AMPHIBICO Video Camera Housing Specifications

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endeavor
Video Camera Housing for
SONY ® HDR-Fx7 & HVR-V1U
Before operating the unit, please read this
manual carefuly. Keep it for future reference.
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459, Deslauriers, Montréal, Québec H4N 1W2 (Canada)
Ph: 514.333.8666 Fax: 514.333.1339
E-mail: info@amphibico.com
www.amphibico.com
072-6201-001-R01
WARRANTY
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WARRANTY
All Amphibico products are guaranteed against defects in material or workmanship
for one full year from the date of purchase for consumer use. These same products
when used commercially will carry a 90-day warranty. No statutory warranty applies.
Cameras housed in Amphibico housings are not covered under this warranty and ANY
WATER DAMAGE SUSTAINED DUE TO INSTALLATION ERROR OR FOR ANY OTHER
REASON IS NOT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF AMPHIBICO INC. Therefore the appropriate
insurance should be maintained by the user.
Subject to the terms and conditions specified hereunder, Amphibico Inc. agrees to correct, either by repair or by replacement, any defect in material or workmanship which
develops within one year after delivery of the product to the original purchaser.
Repair or replacement is provided in the event that investigation and factory inspection by Amphibico Inc. discloses that such a defect has developed under normal and
proper use. No warranty is granted concerning components, accessories, or devices
not manufactured by Amphibico Inc.
AMPHIBICO INC. SHALL BE RELEASED FROM ALL OBLIGATIONS UNDER ITS WARRANTY IN THE EVENT REPAIRS OR MODIFICATIONS ARE MADE BY PERSONNEL OTHER
THAN ITS OWN OR AUTHORISED (IN WRITING) SERVICE PERSONNEL.
Amphibico Inc., in its continued commitment to provide excellence in the field of
underwater imaging, reserves the right to change specifications at any time, without
notice and without incurring any obligations to incorporate new features in equipment
previously sold.
CONDITIONS
Registration condition: The attached (warranty) card must be mailed to Amphibico
Inc. within fourteen (14) days after retail purchase.
Repairs: The unit must be returned freight prepaid to Amphibico Inc. The returned
documents must show Serial N0. and be marked “ CANADIAN GOODS RETURNED.” No
returns will be accepted without Amphibico Inc return authorisation number.
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GENERAL SHOOTING TIPS
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INTRODUCTION AND FEATURES
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General Shooting Tips
Endeavor
Water entry
Marine housing for the SONY® HDR-Fx7 & HVR-V1
Never leap into the water while holding the housing. Always have the housing handed
to you or lowered down once you are in the water.
Point the lens of the housing upwards and shake off any air bubbles. It may also be
necessary to gently wipe the lens with your finger to remove bubbles.
While shooting
1. Best results will be obtained with natural light if the sun is directly overhead during
calm water periods.
2. Placing the sun behind your shoulder during shooting will produce the best colors.
3. Wide angle is the preferred focus setting for best results with subject, as close as
possible to the housing. This will reduce the water column and the amount of particles
between subject and lens.
4. Zooming during shooting is not recommended unless absolutely necessary as
telephoto will magnify particles. Swimming toward subject is a much more visually
pleasing filming method.
5. Use image stabilizer if available on your camera when filming macro to minimize
camera movement during high magnification. Image stabilizer is not as critical while
using wide angle and will use battery power unnecessarily.
6. Buoyancy control is one of the most important aspects of underwater videography
and diving in general. Avoid disturbing bottom silt and contacting delicate reef structures. Work on controlling your breathing and your buoyancy. Your video will be much
more visually appealing. You are trying to make yourself a steady shooting platform.
The less movement you make , the better your video will be. Work on attaining a comfort zone underwater. The more comfortable you are underwater, the more controlled
your breathing will be and the steadier your video will be.
7. In low light situations, add light with optional Amphibico video lights for brighter
and more vibrant colors. As light level falls so does color saturation. Lights will also
provide necessary fill during daylight shooting. If this technique is used, filtration of
light using a color correction filter will be necessary for accurate color rendition.
Audio Tips
To eliminate any faint background noises which may come from an internal device,
it is recommended to switch the audio level setting on your camcorder from auto to
manual. The audio level should be set anywhere between 3 and 4 once in manual
mode. For the HVR-V1 camcorder, you only need to set the CH1 to manual.
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THE ENDEAVOR CLASS housing for the “NEW” Sony HDR-FX7 & HVR-V1-3CMOS
HDV camcorders. Designed for the Prosumer in mind with access to full camcorder controls, outstanding Optics and superior balance it will create broadcast
HD quality imaging. Amphibico continues to excel to a new level by accessing
from the housing, all the important features such as White Balance, Gain, Shutter Speed, Iris and manual focus. We have also added a large 3.5” SD LCD rear
viewfinder to facilitate your framing. Those who are familiar with Amphibico’s
products will know that the housing construction quality and reliability is still the
highest you could find in the industry. That is why Amphibico once again, is leading the way of technology and performance with underwater imaging.
Designed for professional underwater use
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14 Electronic push button controls to access over 25 functions
6 Mechanical push button controls
3.5” Standard Definition LCD rear Viewfinder
Electronic Controlled Manual Focus
Electronic Variable zoom
Manual Iris
Manual Gain
Manual Shutter Speed
Expanded Focus
Power On/Off
Picture (direct to Memory Stick)
VCR Mode (Play, Rewind, F-Forward, Stop, Pause)
Index Markers
Menu Control Panel
Sensitive Dual Hydrophones
Audible Water sensor alarm
Tally light flashes green while filming
Secure Lockable Safety Latches
Remote ON/OFF Video Light Switches (for Amphibico Ultra Pro Pack lights only)
Bayonet Mounted Lens System
Optional lens adaptors
2 Auxiliary ports
Internal Flip filter Arm with blue water color correction filter installed
Picture recorded onto memory stick even while recording video
HD and SD signals available for surface monitors
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Unpacking your housing
The Endeavor offers an array of optional accessories and they
are as follows:
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First steps with your underwater
video housing
OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES
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- Large carry case with casters and handle
- Optics
- +2 Diopter
Housing features and controls
- Audio
- Professional saddle with XLR adapter
(for external audio on the HVR-V1 camcorder)
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Get to learn more on what makes
your housing professional
Preparing Camcorder & Housing
-Video
- 100’ (30m) umbilical cable for video to surface
a) SD Rear Bulkhead users: Dual video out, to the monitor back an to
the surface
b) HD Rear Bulkhead users: Will have to choose between Video
to surface or to the monitor back. Only one HD signal is available.
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Basic but important setings before
initial use
Housing & Camcorder operation
- Lights
- 35/50 Watt “HID” Technology Arc Light with aluminum Extension Arm
- 10 Watt Arc Light “HID Technology” with mounting arm
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Will guide you through all the
functions
- Filters
- UR PRO Green Water 67mm Filter
- ND Graduating 67mm Filter
Maintenance
- WB/Color chart slate
- 7” x 11” slate
- 11” x 17” slate.
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Keep your housing in good shape
for best performances
Offered with an optional branding to personalise your slate
- Charger with 4x High capacity Amphibico brand NiMH battery kit
- 4x High capacity Amphibico brand NiMH battery kit
Specifications
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What you need to know about your
system
Tips and Tricks
Operating depth :
- Each unit is pressur
330ft (100m)
- Extended warranty program
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What you need to know about
underwater videography
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SPECIFICATIONS
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UNPACKING YOUR HOUSING
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ENDEAVOR
Marine housing for the Sony HDR-FX7 & HVR-V1
Before unpacking your housing kit, inspect the shipping box as well as all contents for damage during shipping. If damage has occurred, please contact the
shipping company immediately.
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Every Amphibico Housing is pressure tested prior to shipping. However, damage
may have occurred during shipping. It is strongly recommended to test dive the
housing once without camcorder installed to assure the housing is water tight.
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Marine grade aluminum Construction
Fully anodized with a hard coat of polyurethane paint and a clear coat
All hardware is marine grade brass and stainless steel
Optics: Marine bayonet mounted lens system, flat port.
Optional: Marine bayonet mounted lens system, 0.68X rectilinear fully
coated amphibious conversion lens. Full zoom-through ca
pability, 94° field of view underwater and vacuum-sealed for
maximum anti-fog protection.
Internal Flip filters with a Blue Water
Sensitive Dual Hydrophones to pick up high frequency sounds, such as whales
and dolphins
3.5 inches LCD viewfinder
2 Auxiliary ports
Weight of unit :
- On land fully loaded w/camera NP970 battery, lens and 6 lead ballasts.
Endeavor SD with Flat port : 22.16 lbs (10.05kg)
Endeavor SD with Dome port : 22.1 lbs (10.02kg)
Endeavor SD with 94° Wide Angle Adaptor : 25.21 lbs (11.44kg)
Endeavor HD with Flat port : 23.10 lbs (10.48kg)
Endeavor HD with Dome port : 23.05 lbs (10.45kg)
Endeavor HD with 94° Wide Angle Adaptor : 26.14 lbs (11.86kg)
- In freshwater fully loaded w/camera NP970 battery, lens and 6 lead ballasts.
Endeavor SD with Flat port : neutral
Endeavor SD with Dome port : neutral
Endeavor SD with 94° Wide Angle Adaptor : 0.28lbs (125g) negative
Endeavor HD with Flat port : 23.10 lbs (10.48kg)
Endeavor HD with Dome port : 23.05 lbs (0.22 lbs (100g) negative
Dimensions :
- Length 17.0 inches (430mm)
- Width 13.0 inches (330mm)
- Height 9.0 inches (229mm)
- Measurements includes lens and grips
This instruction manual assumes that the user is already familiar with the SONY®
HDR-FX7 and HVR-V1 camcorders. If not, please read instruction manuals thoroughly before beginning to use the housing.
Your Endeavor camcorder housing comes to you as follows:
A) Marine Housing
B) Lens port (upon system selection)
C) Removable / lockable camcorder saddle
(shipped in its position inside the hous
ing)
D) O-ring kit with container of silicone
grease
E) Instruction Manual and warranty card
F) Carry Handle
G) Allen key 1/8” (for carry handle)
H) Allen key 1/16” (for lead balasts)
Operating depth :
- Each unit is pressure tested to 330ft (100m)
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HOUSING FEATURES & CONTROLS
MAINTENANCE
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WARNING: DO NOT leave the housing exposed to direct sunshine, as extreme heat
condition can be detrimental to certain of its components.
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1. Keep housing and o-rings away from direct sunlight. Always store unit when possible
away from direct sunlight as this can dry out and crack o-rings in the housing. Ultraviolet
rays can damage plastics, paint and o-rings.
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2. Always rinse or soak closed housing in fresh water for 10 to 15 minutes after every use.
Reach into freshwater and operate all controls to clear salt water. Do not use solvents to
clean unit. If preferred, use mild detergent and clean fresh water.
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3. Fasteners that are removable should occasionally have the threads lubricated with
silicon grease.
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5. Inspect housing’s rear door main o-ring seals (double seals) before every dive. Make
sure that there are no cracks or misalignment in the o-ring channel and that no debris is
caught on the o-rings.
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4. Rinse clean and remove water spots from external filters and lens surface after every
dive or water spots may build up and become impossible to remove. Dry gently with a soft,
lint-free cloth.
SERVICING O-RINGS
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1. O-rings and sealing surface should be lightly lubricated with silicon lubricant on a regular basis. This is not necessary after every dive; every tenth dive during regular heavy use
is sufficient. This should always be done before storing the housing and before a first dive
after taking the housing out of storage.
2. It is important never to use a sharp instrument when removing an o-ring as this may
cause damage to the o-ring or the o-ring groove. A hairpin or a credit card works well.
1 Accessory Mounting Holes
7 Iris Control Panel
3. The removed o-ring should be examined for damage. Check to make sure that the
o-ring is free from nicks and cuts and that it retains its original round profile. O-rings that
appear to be damaged should be discarded immediately and replaced with new o-rings.
2 Accessory Mounting Side Rail
8 Power Pack Mounting Bracket
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3 Accessory Mounting Top Rail
9 Expanded Focus
4 Dual Hydrophone
10 Left Electronic Grip
5 Bayonet Mount Lens Port
11 Picture Profile
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6 Color Correction Flip Filter
12 External Accessory port
7. Re-grease the o-rings with a thin layer of silicon grease until it appears to be smooth
and shiny. Do not over grease it - use just enough grease so that the o-ring will pull
smoothly through your fingers. Excessive amounts will only attract dirt to the o-ring.
Rinse the o-ring with freshwater and dry it with a clean lint free cloth.
5. Clean the o-ring grooves (where the o-rings sit) with a Q-tip. Be sure to remove any
lint the Q-tip may leave behind. Inspect the groove for damage.
Wipe the part of the housing that the o-ring seals against with a clean lint free cloth.
8. Replace o-rings in their proper position on the lens assembly and on the main door
seal.
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HOUSING AND CAM. OPERATION
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HOUSING FEATURES & CONTROLS
On Screen Display (OSD)
Screen 2 of 2
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* Values may not appear as shown
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13 LCD Monitor Shade
14 LCD Monitor (SD or HD, upon system selection)
15 Safety Latch
16 Right Electronic Grip
17 Menu Panel
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PREPARING CAMCORDER & HOUSING
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HOUSING AND CAM. OPERATION
Setting up your HD monitor
Opening the housing
Sit the housing on a flat surface. Press
and rotate both safety latches counterclockwise simultaneously until the rear
door opens.
When using the high definition monitor,
you have the ability of adjusting different
settings through the on screen display. As
indicated, the buttons will give you access
to different settings on the display. The
following diagrams will show you how.
Digital Zoom
The digital zoom feature is activated
through the menu keys as shown. The
status LED will turn amber color to indicate that this feature is activated. To deactivated, simply press on the ‘‘Zoff’’ key.
Removing the saddle
Push the saddle locking mechanism as
indicated in order to release the saddle
from its locked position.
Use the handle to pull the saddle completely out of the housing.
Press to deactivate
digital zoom
Press to activate
digital zoom
On Screen Display (OSD)
Screen 1 of 2
Setting the camcorder
1. Remove the eyecup and magnifier
element.
2. Put a fully charged battery in the
camcorder.
3. Place a recordable tape into the camcorder.
4. Set the AUTO LOCK switch to the
center position.
NOTE for users of the HVR-V1 camcorder.
You will have to remove the external
MIC support holder in order to fit the
HVR-V1 camcorder into the housing.
1. Unscrew both screws and remove
support holder.
2. Replace screws into their mounting
holes for safe keeping.
3. Set the “XLR CH SEL” in the menu
screen to “CH1, CH2”.
4. Set the input 1 switch to “OFF”.
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Status LED
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When installed on the Endeavor housing, the high definition monitor back will
display high definition images on a 4.3
inches LCD screen.
1. Place the saddle under the camcorder
with its handle pointing the back of the
camcorder. Align the thumbscrew and
guide bar (located on the back of the
saddle) with the camcorder’s tripod
mounting holes. Make sure that the
saddle arm is lining up with the IRIS
adjustment wheel of the camcorder.
For you to fully appreciate the use of the
LCD viewfinder, you need to know the following details.
Setting the camcorder
In order for the viewfinder to display the
image correctly, you must set the camcorder to the right video out setting. To
do so, browse through the camcorder
MENU, then access the DISPLAY SET page
and DISP OUTPUT setting. Set the value
to V-OUT/PANEL. This way, the image will
correctly show in the viewfinder screen.
NOTE THAT ALL CAMERA MARKERS
SHOULD BE SET TO OFF.
2. Tighten the thumbscrew with a coin
or a screwdriver to secure the saddle to
the camcorder. The saddle arm should
be sitting against the camcorder’s IRIS
wheel. The gear’s teeth have to mate
correctly with the IRIS wheel indents so
there is a movement transfer when turning the wheel.
Batteries
It is recommended to place four fresh
“AA” batteries into the battery holder before every dive.
3. In order to activate the IRIS, please
push the button as indicated in order to
toggle the IRIS ON and OFF.
Operating limit: Typical alkaline batteries
will produce up to 30 minutes of continuous use. Nickel metal hydride batteries
(Ni-MH), on the other hand, will produce
up to 265 minutes.
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Installing the saddle
Endeavor with HD Monitor Back
The “LOW BATT.” indicator starts to flash
red once the batteries have reached
their operating limit. A steady red color
indicates that the batteries need to be
replaced.
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If the gear doesn’t grab on to the
camcorder’s IRIS wheel, reposition the
gear so the points mate with the wheel
dents. To verify that the assembly works
correctly, roll the gear with your thumb.
The IRIS wheel will then start turning.
Low batt.
4. If you find that the gear doesn’t
touch the IRIS wheel enough to activate it, you can adjust the saddle arm
by moving it in a little more. Losen the
screw and slide the arm in. Tighten the
screw back on and try steps 1, 2 and 3
again.
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WARNING !
HOUSING AND CAM. OPERATION
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Endeavor with SD Monitor Back
Some Endeavor housings are equipped with
a standard definition viewfinder mounted
on the back. This depends on your choice of
equipment.
DO NOT PLACE ANY TYPE OF LENS
ADAPTER OR LENS FILTER OTHER
THAN AMPHIBICO ACCESSORIES ON
THE CAMCORDER. Doing so can cause
severe damage to the unit when inserting camcorder into housing.
For you to fully appreciate the use of the
LCD viewfinder, you need to know the following details.
Setting the camcorder
In order for the viewfinder to display the
image correctly, you must set it to the right
video out setting. To do so, browse through
the camcorder MENU, then access the DISPLAY SET page and DISP OUTPUT setting.
Set the value to V-OUT/PANEL. This way,
the image will correctly show in the viewfinder screen. NOTE THAT ALL CAMERA
MARKERS SHOULD BE SET TO OFF.
PLACING THE CAMCORDER INTO THE
HOUSING
By now the camcorder is set, installed to
the saddle and ready to be placed inside
the housing.
1. Line up the camcorder and saddle with
the rails found inside the housing.
Adjusting colors
Settings for the rear LCD monitor are located on the inside of the rear bulkhead and
are described as follows.
COLOR: To adjust color saturation
BRIGHT: To adjust the brightness
CONTRAST: To adjust the contrast
2. Begin to insert the camcorder by placing the front of the saddle over the housing rails. This will allow you to better locate
the rails on the housing.
3. Slide the camcorder all the way until the
saddle locking device locks into place.
Batteries
4. Set the power switch on the camcorder
to CAMERA.
It is recommended to place four fresh “AA”
batteries into the battery holder before
every dive.
NOTE: It is essential for the camcorder to
be turned ON in order for the housing electronic features to work properly.
Operating limit: Typical alkaline batteries
will produce up to 30 minutes of continuous
use. Nickel metal hydride batteries (Ni-MH),
on the other hand, will produce up to 150
minutes. We suggest you to use the High
capacity Amphibico brand batteries
Set to CAMERA
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“CLICK”
The “LOW BATT.” indicator starts to flash red
once the batteries have reached their operating limit. A steady red color indicates that Low batt.
the batteries need to be replaced.
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HOUSING AND CAM. OPERATION
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Connecting the camcorder
Picture profile
As quoted in your camcorder’s user manual,
you can set 6 different picture quality settings. This function is called PICTURE PROFILE (P.P.). To access the function through
your Endeavor housing, press the P.P. push
button located on the lower back of the
left side of the housing. The P.P. screen will
show up. Navigate the P.P. menu with the
MENU PANEL + and - keys. You can also
adjust the values of each P.P. with the same
keys.
Please refer to your camcorder’s user manual for more details on picture profile.
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LANC: Connect the cable from the top
panel to the camcorders LANC jack.
VIDEO: Connect the video cable (Dshaped) to the camcorder’s A/V jack.
AUDIO (HDR-FX7): Connect the audio
cable from the front of the saddle to the
camcorder’s MIC jack (Not shown).
AUDIO (HVR-V1): Connect the adapter
plug (supplied) to the camcorder’s INPUT
1 MIC jack. Connect the audio cable from
the top panel to adapter plug.
NOTE: MIC must be plugged in before
fully inserting the camcorder.
Picture Profile access
Audio
LANC /
Remote
Gain
You can adjust GAIN by using it with the “+”
and “-” buttons on the MENU panel. To turn
the function to manual, simply push on the
GAIN button located on the rear bulkhead.
Push the button once again to return into
the automatic
setting.
Shutter Speed
You can adjust SHUTTER SPEED by using it with the “+” and “-” buttons on the
MENU panel. To turn the function to manual,
simply push on the SHUTTER SPEED button
located on the rear bulkhead. Push the button once again to return into the automatic
setting.
Gain
ON / OFF
CLOSING THE HOUSING
Manual :
Auto :
9db
Shutter
speed
ON / OFF
Manual :
Auto :
60
1. While the housing is open, inspect the
two o-rings and the sealing surface for dirt
and debris. If necessary, clean them with
a lint free tissue. Make sure that the two
o-rings and the sealing surface are clean.
Then apply a small amount of lubricant
(supplied) to the o-rings.
NOTE: If you have to change your orings, make sure you are using the o-rings
provided with the package. Using different
o-rings than those in the o-ring kit may
cause the housing to leak and result in
damage.
2. Make sure that no cables are blocking
the sealing surface. If a cable gets pinched,
the system might be intermittent or not
functioning at all. Close the rear door until
the latches begin to engage.
3. Make sure the o-rings are well placed
before locking the latch. Turn the latch
clockwise until a positive click is felt.
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O-RING
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REPLACING THE BAYONET LENS
The Endeavor is equipped with high
quality lens adaptors (upon system
selection). For example, You may
have to replace the existing flat port if
you want to change to a Dome port or
a Wide angle lens adaptor.
FLAT
PORT
94° WA
ADAPTOR
DOME
PORT
Menu Control Panel
The menu control panel is located on the
right-hand side of the unit, in front of the
grip. This panel allows the user to communicate with the camera’s menu settings.
“Menu”
“+”
“-” button :
Scrolls menu selections downwards.
“Exec” button :
Activates your menu selection.
“-”
Iris adjustment panel
LUBRICATE O-RINGS
“Exec”
Iris adjustment panel
You must first make sure that the iris is
set to manual. Since the current aperture
value (f) is always displayed in the viewfinder, when set to manual, the small icon
disapears. If not, press on the Iris button
located beside the iris knob. This will set
the iris to manual, rotating the Iris knob CW
or CCW will make the aperture value of the
camcorder change. Note that the
icon
means that the camcorder’s iris function is
set to automatic.
2. Remove the covers from the replacement adaptor lens. Place them in a clean
and dry environment to avoid any damage. Make sure the seals on the back part
of the lens port are clean and free from
dust and debris.
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Menu Control Panel
“+” button :
Scrolls menu selections upwards.
If you feel too much resistance due to orings and pressure, we suggest you to stay
behind the housing and hold it against your
chest. With your right hand, hold the bayonet release button depressed and grab
the bottom of the lens shade with your left
hand. Turn counter clockwise to release
the port from the bayonet.
4. Line up the bayonet lug marked by a
hole with the printed dot on the front bulkhead of the housing. Push the adaptor lens
all the way in until it sits on the bayonet
ring and turn clockwise. You will hear a
positive click and the adaptor will lock into
place.
HOUSING AND CAM. OPERATION
Menu Button :
Brings up the menu screen on your viewfinder.
1. To remove the lens, push and hold the
button on the upper left of the front bulkhead and then turn counter clockwise until
the lugs are free from the bayonet ring.
Pull gently on the lens adaptor to release
it.
3. Put a small amount of lubricant on the
o-ring seals and the sealing surface of the
housing.
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You may find the iris values changing a little
slow. For more sensitivity on the camcorder’s iris wheel, set the DIAL SENS to HIGH
in the EXPOSURE/IRIS menu setup screen.
Toggle
between
Auto /
Man Iris
Expanded focus
Expanded focus
In order enable the Expanded Focus functions of the camcorder, locate the push
button below the Iris Adjustment Panel. By
pushing on the button, the image shown in
the viewfinder will be magnified by about 2
times. This will help you set the focus during
manual focusing.
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Iris adjustment
dial
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White Balance
Pressing on the WB button located on the
rear bulkhead will enable this feature. Press
on the right grip WB button to white balance
Pressing again on the WB button located on
the rear bulkhead will disable the feature.
White
Balance
Right Grip
ON / OFF
Hidden features
These features are accessible when the user
presses on the SHIFT button (left trigger).
To run the following functions, press the
suggested buttons while holding the SHIFT
button depressed.
Trigger on
left grip:
Shift key
A. POWER OFF : Press MODE
This will turn the system OFF.
B. STBY RETURN : Press right grip trigger.
Will bring the system back to REC.
Right Grip
C. BACKLIGHT : Press WB.
Will activate the backlight function of
the camcorder.
D. FAST ZOOM T : Press Zoom T
Will increase the zoom speed.
E. FAST ZOOM W : Press Zoom W
Will increase the zoom speed.
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F. REC REVIEW : Press AF Toggle
Allows you to review the last few
seconds of the most recently recorded
scene while in rec/standby mode.
G. DISPLAY TOGGLE : Press Moment. AF
Will display O/OFF the camcorders
information.
H. RIGHT LAMP ON/OFF : Press Focus Will turn ON and OFF right Discovery
II light while attached to the housing
(light kit not supplied).
I. LEFT LAMP ON/OFF : Press Focus +
Will turn ON and OFF left Discovery
II light while attached to the housing
(light kit not supplied).
Trigger on
right grip:
B
Left Grip
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F
Trigger on
left grip:
Shift key
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Accessory brackets
INSTALLING ACCESSORIES
The Endeavor as been equipped with mount- mounting holes
ing holes and railing systems to accommodate for a variety of accessories. Locations
for a few of these accessories have been desCarry
ignated for your convenience. However, these
Handle
locations can be used for other accessories.
Some of them like the monitor or video lights
require to be connected to the housing. Accessory connector ports are available for this
purpose.
Achieving neutral buoyancy and balance
Adding accessories to the housing may make
it heavier or off balance in the water. Removable ballasts have been added to the bottom
of the housing for this purpose.
Accessory connector port
To make the weight adjustments.
1. Submerge the housing with the added ac- Allen
cessories into the water so you get an idea of keys
what and where to remove weight.
2. Using the allen key supplied, start removing or relocating the ballasts from the right or
the left channels as illustrated.
WATER ENTRY
1. Always turn housing to its ON position
before entering water. To turn it ON, use the
right grip trigger button. This is confirmed Right Grip
by the CAM. indicator light turning on steady
green. The housing monitor will also turn ON.
Doing step 1 will activate the built-in moisture alarm sensor located in the bottom of
the housing.
IMPORTANT
All indicator lights will start flashing RED
and an audible alarm will be heard if water
leakage occurs inside the housing. Remove
from water as soon as possible, take the
camcorder out of the housing and inspect all
seals and the inside of the housing. ALWAYS
REMEMBER DIVER SAFETY FIRST.
2. Lower the housing just below the water
surface in level position and hold for one
minute to confirm there is no leakage in the
housing.
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Accessory
lights
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Trigger
button
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HOUSING AND CAM. OPERATION
Right Grip
The ENDEAVOR offers a large range of functions both electronic and mechanical. This
chapter will explain to you in detail all of
these functions.
POWER ON
The trigger button on the right grip will activate the camcorder. Simply press on it once
and the CAM -1- indicator light will turn on
steady green. The rear monitor will also be
turned ON to confirm the power ON of the
camcorder.
PICTURE
While you are in REC/Stanby mode, you can
take a picture that will be directly recorded
onto the memory stick. Hold the Trigger on
the left grip while pressing onto the Trigger
on the right grip. Note that you can take a
picture while recording a scene. The picture
will be stored onto the memory stick.
Trigger
System ON
Record /
Standby Left Grip
Simply press on the right trigger button. The
camcorder will start recording. Note that it
will take longer to start recording.
MODE SETTINGS
There are two mode settings on the housing.
One mode setting is for the CAMERA operation (CAM MODE -1-) and the VCR operation
(VTR MODE -3-) of the camcorder.
You can change mode settings, once the
housing is activated, by pressing on the
MODE switch located on the right grip control
panel.
CAM MODE
The housing will set itself to record/standby
mode (-1- CAM indicator LED is steady green)
when initially turned ON. To record a scene,
simply press on the right grip trigger button.
The CAM indicator LED will flash green when
recording. Pressing it again will bring it back
to record/standby mode.
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Left Grip
Rewind
Fast-Forward
Stop
Play
Trigger : SHIFT
Trigger
(Shift key)
Hold MODE &
Press trigger
to turn the
system OFF
Right Grip
Trigger
Trigger on
left grip
Left Grip
VTR MODE
In VTR mode, all playback functions on both
grips become available. The CAM indicator
LED turns off and the VTR indicator LED turns
on steady green in this mode.
POWER OFF
To power off the camcorder during a dive will
allow you to save on battery energy. To do so,
push the MODE button while keeping the left
grip trigger button (shift) depressed. Wait for
2 seconds and the system will shut down.
POWER SAVE
(Right grip LED indicators are on steady
green) When the camcorder is left in Record/
Standby for more than 5 minutes, it will exit
this mode to prevent tape wear and battery
loss. To return to REC mode do the followings:
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Right Grip
1 2
Hold to
change
modes
Left Grip
3 4
Trigger on
left grip:
Shift
Right Grip
ZOOMING
Located on the right grip, the ZOOM-W
and ZOOM-T buttons enables you to zoom
through with a constant speed. Pressing on
ZOOM-W will widen the zoom while pressing
on ZOOM-T will result in the opposite being
telephoto.
Faster Zoom Speed: If so desired, the zoom
speed may be increased. Simply hold down
the left grip trigger button (shift key) while
pressing on the ZOOM-W or ZOOM-T buttons.
FOCUSING
The camcorder focus on the Endeavor can
be set to either auto or manual focus. To
toggle from auto to manual focus, simply
press on the AF TOGGLE button to navigate
through Auto and Manual focus.
Manual Focus
In manual focus, fine tune the focus by using the FOCUS + and FOCUS - buttons.
Use the right grip MOMENT AF button (by
holding it down) to temporary auto focus.
Letting go will return to manual focus.
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Trigger on
Right grip:
REC /Stby
Left Grip
FOCUS + :
Focus near
FOCUS - :
Focus far