E
Digital Camera
EX-Z3
User’s Guide
Thank you for purchasing this
CASIO Product. Before using
it, be sure to read the
precautions contained in this
User’s Guide, and keep the
User’s Guide in a safe place
for future reference.
K855PCM1DMX
INTRODUCTION
INTRODUCTION
Unpacking
Check to make sure that all of the items shown below are included with your camera. If something is missing, contact your
dealer as soon as possible.
PHOTO
Rechargeable lithium
ion battery (NP-20)
Camera
Strap
USB
USB Cradle
(CA-21)
USB Cable
CD-ROM
CHARGE
Basic Reference
* The shape of the AC
power cord plug varies
according to country or
geographic area.
Special AC Adaptor
(Inlet Type)
AC power cord *
2
○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○
• Note that the shape of the AC adaptor depends on the area where you purchased the camera.
Special AC Adaptor
(Plug-in Type)
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Contents
GETTING READY
About This Manual ..................................................... 19
2
General Guide ............................................................ 20
INTRODUCTION
Camera
USB Cradle
Unpacking .................................................................... 2
Monitor Screen Contents ........................................... 22
Features ....................................................................... 9
REC mode
PLAY mode
Changing the Contents of the Monitor Screen
Precautions ................................................................. 11
General Precautions
Data Error Precautions
Operating conditions
Condensation
LED Backlight
Lens
Other
15
20
21
11
12
13
13
14
14
14
22
23
24
Indicator Lamps .......................................................... 24
Attaching the Strap .................................................... 25
Power Requirements ................................................. 25
To load the battery
To remove the battery
To charge the battery
Power Supply Precautions
Turning the Camera On and Off
Configuring Power Saving Settings
QUICK START GUIDE
First, charge the battery! ............................................ 15
25
27
27
32
35
36
To configure display language and clock settings ..... 16
Using the On-screen Menus ...................................... 37
To record an image .................................................... 17
Configuring Display Language and Clock Settings ... 39
To configure display language and clock settings
To view a recorded image .......................................... 17
To delete an image ..................................................... 18
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43
Exposure Compensation (EV Shift) ........................... 61
BASIC IMAGE RECORDING
Adjusting White Balance ............................................ 63
Recording an Image ................................................... 43
Recording Precautions
About Auto Focus
About the REC Mode Monitor Screen
Adjusting White Balance Manually
45
46
46
64
Using the Best Shot Mode ......................................... 65
Creating Your Own Best Shot Setup
66
Combining Shots of Two People into a Single Image
(Coupling Shot) .......................................................... 69
Using the Optical Viewfinder ...................................... 47
Using Zoom ................................................................ 48
48
49
Recording a Subject onto an Existing Background
Image (Pre-shot) ........................................................ 71
Using the Flash .......................................................... 50
Using the Movie Mode ............................................... 73
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Flash Unit Status
Flash Precautions
52
52
Using the Histogram .................................................. 75
REC Mode Camera Settings ..................................... 76
Using the Self-timer ................................................... 53
Specifying ISO Sensitivity
Turning Image Review On and Off
Assigning Functions to the [] and [] Keys
Specifying Power On Default Settings
Resetting the Camera
Specifying Image Size and Quality ............................ 55
To specify the image size
To specify image quality
57
55
56
OTHER RECORDING FUNCTIONS
80
Selecting the Focus Mode ......................................... 57
Using Auto Focus
Using the Macro Mode
Using the Infinity Mode
Using Manual Focus
Using Focus Lock
76
77
77
78
79
PLAYBACK
Basic Playback Operation .......................................... 80
57
58
59
59
60
Flipping the Display .................................................... 81
Zooming the Display Image ....................................... 82
Resizing an Image ..................................................... 83
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Cropping an Image ..................................................... 84
PRINT Image Matching II .......................................... 101
Playing a Movie .......................................................... 85
Exif Print ................................................................... 101
Displaying the 9-image View ..................................... 86
Using USB DIRECT-PRINT ..................................... 102
Selecting a Specific Image in the 9-image View
87
Using the FAVORITE Folder .................................... 104
Displaying the Calendar Screen ................................ 87
To copy a file to the FAVORITE folder
To display a file in the FAVORITE folder
To delete a file from the FAVORITE folder
Playing a Slide Show ................................................. 88
To specify the slideshow images
To specify the slideshow time
To set the slideshow interval
Using the Photo Stand Feature
90
91
91
92
108
Rotating the Display Image ........................................ 93
94
Turning the Key Tone On and Off ............................ 109
DELETING FILES
Specifying an Image for the Startup Screen ........... 109
Using the Alarm ......................................................... 110
Deleting All Files ........................................................ 95
To set an alarm
Stopping the Alarm
To select your Home Time zone
To set the current time and date
Changing the Date Format
Folders ....................................................................... 96
96
To display the World Time screen
To configure World Time settings
To configure summer time (DST) settings
97
98
DPOF .......................................................................... 98
To configure print settings for a single image
To configure print settings for all images
112
113
113
Using World Time ...................................................... 114
Protecting Files .......................................................... 97
To protect a single file
To protect all files in memory
110
111
Setting the Clock ....................................................... 112
FILE MANAGEMENT
Memory Folders and Files
OTHER SETTINGS
Specifying the File Name Serial Number
Generation Method .................................................. 108
Deleting a Single File ................................................. 94
96
104
105
106
114
114
115
Changing the Display Language .............................. 116
99
100
Formatting Built-in Memory ....................................... 117
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118
USING A MEMORY CARD
139
Using a Memory Card ............................................... 119
To insert a memory card into the camera
To remove a memory card from the camera
Formatting a Memory Card
Memory Card Precautions
USING THE CAMERA WITH A COMPUTER
Using the Album Feature ......................................... 139
119
119
120
121
Creating an album
Selecting an Album Layout
Configuring Detailed Album Settings
Viewing Album Files
Saving an Album
Copying Files ........................................................... 122
139
140
141
143
146
Installing the Software from the CD-ROM ............... 146
To copy all the files in built-in memory
to a memory card
122
To copy a file from a memory card to built-in memory 123
About the bundled CD-ROM
Computer System Requirements
146
147
Installing Software from the CD-ROM in Windows ... 148
124
Getting Started
Selecting a Language
Viewing the Contents of the “Read me” File
Installing an Application
Viewing User Documentation (PDF Files)
User Registration
Exiting the Menu Application
VIEWING IMAGES ON A COMPUTER
Using the Camera with a Windows Computer ........ 124
USB Connection Precautions
129
Using the Camera with a Macintosh Computer ....... 129
USB Connection Precautions
134
Installing Software from the CD-ROM
on a Macintosh ......................................................... 151
Operations You Can Perform from Your Computer .. 134
Using a Memory Card to Transfer Images
to a Computer .......................................................... 135
Installing Software
Viewing User Documentation (PDF Files)
Memory Data ............................................................ 136
DCF Protocol
Memory Directory Structure
Image Files Supported by the Camera
Built-in Memory and Memory Card Precautions
148
148
149
149
150
150
150
136
136
137
138
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INTRODUCTION
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APPENDIX
Menu Reference ....................................................... 154
Indicator Lamp Reference ....................................... 156
REC mode
PLAY mode
USB Cradle Indicator Lamps
157
158
158
Troubleshooting Guide ............................................. 159
Display Messages
162
Specifications ........................................................... 163
Main Specifications
163
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• The USB driver (mass storage) uses Phoenix
Technologies Ltd. software.
Compatibility Software Copyright C 1997
Phoenix Technologies Ltd., All Rights Reserved.
• Other company, product and service names used
herein may also be trademarks or service marks of
others.
• Photo Loader and Photohands are the property of
CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD. Except as stipulated
above, all copyrights and other related rights to these
applications revert to CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
IMPORTANT!
• The contents of this manual are subject to change
without notice.
• CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD. assumes no
responsibility for any damage or loss resulting from
the use of this manual.
• CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD. assumes no
responsibility for any loss or claims by third parties
which may arise through the use of the EX-Z3.
• CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD. shall not be held
liable for any damages or losses suffered by you or
any third party due to the use of Photo Loader and/or
Photohands.
• CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD. assumes no
responsibility for any damage or loss caused by
deletion of data as a result of malfunction, repairs, or
battery replacement. Be sure to back up all important
data on other media to protect against its loss.
• The SD logo is a registered trademark.
• Windows, Internet Explorer, and DirectX are
registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
• Macintosh is a registered trademark of Apple
Computer, Inc.
• MultiMediaCard is a trademark of Infineon
Technologies AG of Germany, and licensed to the
MultiMediaCard Association (MMCA).
• Acrobat and Acrobat Reader are trademarks of
Adobe Systems Incorporated.
■ Copyright Restrictions
Except for the purposes of your own personal enjoyment,
unauthorized copying of snapshot files and movie files
violates copyright laws and international contracts.
Distribution to third parties of such files over the Internet
without permission of the copyright holder, whether for
profit or for free, violates copyright laws and international
contracts.
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• Best Shot
Simply select the sample scene that matches the type of
image you are trying to record and the camera performs
troublesome setups automatically for beautiful pictures
every time.
Features
• 3.2 million Effective Pixels
A high-resolution megapixel CCD provides 3.2 million
effective pixels (3.34 million total pixels) for images that
print beautifully.
• Coupling Shot and Pre-shot
Coupling Shot lets you combine two subjects into a single
image, while Pre-shot lets you add a subject to a
previously recorded background image. This means you
can create images that include you and your friend, even
if you are the only two people around. You can use
Coupling Shot and Pre-shot by selecting the applicable
sample images in the Best Shot mode.
• 2.0-inch TFT color LCD monitor screen
• 12X seamless zoom
3X optical zoom, 4X digital zoom
• 10MB Flash memory
Images can be recorded without using a memory card.
• Support for SD memory cards and MMC (MultiMedia
Cards) for memory expansion
• Triple Self-timer mode
The self-timer can be set up to repeat three times,
automatically.
• Easy Charging
Just place the camera onto the USB cradle to charge its
battery.
• Real-time histogram
An on-screen histogram lets you adjust exposure as you
view the effect on overall image brightness, which makes
shooting under difficult lighting conditions easier than
ever before.
• Easy Image Transfer
Transfer images to a computer simply by placing the
camera onto the USB cradle.
• Photo Stand feature
A slideshow of images in file memory can be played while
the camera is on its USB cradle.
• World Time
A simple operation sets the current time for your current
location. You can select from among 162 cities in 32 time
zones.
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• PRINT Image Matching II Compatible
Images include PRINT Image Matching II data (mode
setting and other camera setup information). A printer that
supports PRINT Image Matching II reads this data and
adjusts the printed image accordingly, so your images
come out just the way you intended when you recorded
them.
• Alarm
A built-in alarm helps to keep you on time for important
events, and even can be used in place of an alarm clock.
You can also have a specific image appear on the
monitor screen when the alarm time is reached.
• Album Function
HTML files are generated automatically to create an
album of recorded images. Album contents can be viewed
and printed using a standard Web browser. Images can
also be incorporated into Web pages quickly and easily.
• USB DIRECT-PRINT support
Your camera supports USB DIRECT-PRINT, which was
developed by Seiko Epson Corporation. When connected
directly to a printer that supports USB DIRECT-PRINT,
you can select images to print and start the print
operation directly from the camera.
• Calendar screen
A simple operation displays a full-month calendar on the
camera’s monitor screen. Each day of the full-month
calendar shows a thumbnail of the first image recorded
for that date, which helps to make searching for a
particular image quicker and easier.
• Bundled with Photo Loader and Photohands
Your camera comes bundled with Photo Loader, the
popular application that automatically loads images from
your camera to your PC. It also comes with Photohands,
and application that makes image retouching quick and
easy.
• Movie mode with audio
• DCF Data Storage
DCF (Design rule for Camera File system) data storage
protocol provides image inter-compatibility between the
digital camera and printers.
• Digital Print Order Format (DPOF)
Images can be printed easily in the sequence you want
using a DPOF compatible printer. DPOF can also be used
when specifying images and quantities for printing by
professional print services.
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• Never fire the flash while it is too close to the subject’s
eyes. Intense light from the flash can cause eye damage
if it is fired too close to the eyes. This is especially true
with young children. When using the flash, the camera
should be at least one meter (3.3´) from the eyes of the
subject.
• Keep the camera away from water and other liquids, and
never let it get wet. Moisture creates the danger of fire
and electric shock. Never use the camera outdoors in the
rain or snow, at the seashore or beach, in the bathroom,
etc.
• Should foreign matter or water ever get into the camera,
immediately turn it off. Next, remove the camera’s battery
and/or unplug the AC adaptor power cord from the power
outlet, and contact your dealer or nearest CASIO
authorized service center. Using the camera under these
conditions creates the danger of fire and electric shock.
• Should you ever notice smoke or a strange odor coming
out of the camera, immediately turn it off. Next, taking
care you do not burn your fingers, remove the camera’s
battery and/or unplug the AC adaptor power cord from the
power outlet, and contact your dealer or nearest CASIO
authorized service center. Using the camera under these
conditions creates the danger of fire and electric shock.
After making sure there is no more smoke coming from
the camera, take it to your nearest CASIO authorized
service center for repair. Never attempt your own
maintenance.
Precautions
General Precautions
Be sure to observe the following important precautions
whenever using the EX-Z3.
All references in this manual to “this camera” and “the
camera” refer to the CASIO EX-Z3 Digital Camera.
• Never try to take pictures or use the built-in display while
operating a motor vehicle or while walking. Doing so
creates the danger of serious accident.
• Never try to open the case of the camera or attempt your
own repairs. High-voltage internal components create the
risk of electric shock when exposed. Always leave
maintenance and repair work up to a CASIO authorized
service center.
• Never look at the sun or any other bright light through the
camera’s viewfinder. Doing so can damage your eyesight.
• Keep the small parts and accessories of this camera out
of the reach of small children. If swallowed accidentally,
contact your physician immediately.
• Never fire the flash in the direction of a person operating
a motor vehicle. Doing so can interfere with the driver’s
vision and create the danger of accident.
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• Never use the AC adaptor to power any other device
besides this camera. Never use any other AC adaptor
besides the one that comes with this camera.
• Never cover the AC adaptor with a quilt, blanket, or other
cover while it is in use, and do not use it near a heater.
• At least once a year, unplug the AC adaptor power cord
from the power outlet and clean the area around the
prongs of the plug. Dust build up around the prongs can
create the danger of fire.
• If the camera’s case should ever become cracked due to
dropping it or otherwise subjecting it to rough treatment,
immediately turn it off. Next, remove the camera’s battery
and/or unplug the AC adaptor power cord from the power
outlet, and contact your dealer or nearest CASIO
authorized service center.
• Never use the camera inside of an aircraft or in any other
areas where its use is prohibited. Doing so can result in
an accident.
• Physical damage and malfunction of this camera can
cause the data stored in its memory to be deleted. Be
sure to always keep backup copies of data by transferring
them to personal computer memory.
• Never open the battery cover, disconnect the AC adaptor
from the camera, or unplug the AC adaptor from the wall
socket while recording images. Doing so will not only
make storage of the current image impossible, it can also
corrupt other image data already stored in file memory.
Data Error Precautions
• Your digital camera is manufactured using precision
digital components. Any of the following creates the risk
of corruption of data in file memory.
— Removing the battery or memory card, or setting the
camera onto the USB cradle while the camera is
performing a record or memory access operation
— Removing the battery, removing the memory card, or
placing the camera onto the USB cradle while the
operation lamp is still flashing after you turn off the
camera
— Disconnecting the USB cable, removing the camera
from the USB cradle, or disconnecting the AC adaptor
from the USB cradle while a data communication
operation is being performed
— Low battery power
— Other abnormal operations
Any of the above conditions can cause an error message to
appear on the monitor screen (page 162). Follow the
instructions provided by the message to eliminate the
cause of the error.
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Operating conditions
Condensation
• This camera is designed for use in temperatures ranging
from 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F).
• Do not use or keep the camera in the following areas.
— In areas subject to direct sunlight
— In areas subject to high humidity or dust
— Near air conditioners, heaters, or other areas subject
to temperature extremes
— Inside of a closed vehicle, especially one parked in the
sun
— In areas subject to strong vibration
• When you bring the camera indoors on a cold day or
otherwise expose it to a sudden change of temperature,
there is the possibility that condensation can form on the
exterior or on interior components. Condensation can
cause malfunction of the camera, so you should avoid
exposing it to conditions that might cause condensation.
• To keep condensation from forming, place the camera
into a plastic bag before moving it into a location that is
much warmer or colder than your current location. Leave
it in the plastic bag until the air inside the bag has a
chance to reach the same temperature as the new
location. If condensation does form, remove the battery
from the camera and leave the battery cover open for a
few hours.
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LED Backlight
Other
• The monitor screen is illuminated by an LED backlight. A
dark monitor screen indicates that the LED backlight has
reached the end of its service life, and needs to be
replaced by a CASIO authorized service center. Note that
you will be charged for LED backlight replacement. The
LED backlight brightness is reduced by half after about
1,000 hours of use.
• The camera may become slightly warm during use. This
does not indicate malfunction.
• If the exterior of the camera needs cleaning, wipe it with a
soft, dry cloth.
Lens
• Never apply too much force when cleaning the surface of
the lens. Doing so can scratch the lens surface and cause
malfunction.
• Fingerprints, dust, or any other soiling of the lens can
interfere with proper image recording. Never touch the
lens with your fingers. You can remove dust particles
from the lens surface by using a lens blower to blow them
off. Next, wipe the surface of the lens with a soft lens
cloth.
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QUICK START GUIDE
QUICK START GUIDE
First, charge the battery!
1. Load the battery (page 25).
2. Place the camera onto the USB cradle to charge the
battery (page 27).
1
• Note that the shape of the AC adaptor depends on the area where
you purchased the camera.
• It takes about two hours to achieve a full charge.
1 Inlet Type
Stopper
2
2
PLAY
REC
MEN
SET
DISP
○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○
3
1 Plug-in Type
PHOTO
CHAR
15
GE
USB
U
QUICK START GUIDE
To configure display language and clock settings
• Be sure to configure the following settings
before using the camera to record images.
(See page 39 for details.)
1. Press the power button to turn on the camera.
2. Press [] to select the language you want.
1
3. Press [SET] to register the language setting.
4. Use [], [], [], and [] to select the geographical
PLAY
REC
MENU
SET
DISP
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
area you want, and then press [SET].
5. Use [] and [] to select the city you want, and then
press [SET].
6. Use [] and [] to select the summer time (DST)
setting you want, and then press [SET].
7. Use [] and [] to select the date format setting you
want, and then press [SET].
8. Set the date and the time.
9. Press [SET] to register the clock settings and exit the
setting screen.
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QUICK START GUIDE
To record an image
To view a recorded image
(See page 43 for details.)
Green
operation lamp
2 1
4
(See page 80 for details.)
2 1
99
1600 1200
NORMAL
IN
1 / 1000
F2.6
PLAY
03/12
03
12/24
24
12:58
12
58
PLAY
REC
REC
MENU
MENU
SET
3
SET
Focus frame
DISP
DISP
3
1. Press the power button to turn on the camera.
1. Press the power button to turn on the
camera.
2. Align the mode selector with “REC”.
3. Point the camera at the subject, use the monitor
screen or viewfinder to compose the image, and
then press the shutter release button half way.
• When proper focus is achieved, the focus frame turns green
and the green operation lamp lights.
4. Holding the camera still, gently press the shutter
release button.
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2. Align the mode selector with “PLAY”.
3. Use [] and [] to scroll through the
images.
QUICK START GUIDE
To delete an image
(See page 94 for details.)
2 1
PLAY
REC
MENU
SET
DISP
3, 4, 5, 6
1. Press the power button to turn on the camera.
2. Align the mode selector with “PLAY”.
3. Press [] (
).
4. Use [] and [] to display the image you want to delete.
5. Use [] and [] to select “Delete”.
• To exit the image delete operation without deleting anything, select
“Cancel”.
6. Press [SET] to delete the image.
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GETTING READY
GETTING READY
■ Button Operations
This section contains information about things you need to
know about and do before trying to use the camera.
Button operations are indicated by the button name inside
of brackets ([ ]).
About This Manual
■ On-screen Text
This section contains information about the conventions
used in this manual.
On-screen text is always enclosed by double quotation
marks (“ ”).
■ Terminology
■ File Memory
The following table defines the terminology used in this
manual.
This term as used in this
manual:
Means this:
“this camera” or “the
camera”
The CASIO EX-Z3 Digital
Camera
“file memory”
The location where the
camera is currently storing
images you record (page 43)
“battery”
The NP-20 Rechargeable
Lithium Ion Battery
“optional charger unit”
The optionally available
CASIO BC-10L Charger Unit
The term “file memory” in this manual is a general term that
refers to the location where your camera is currently storing
the images you record. File memory can be any one of the
following three locations.
• The camera’s built-in Flash memory
• An SD memory card loaded in the camera
• A MultiMediaCard loaded in the camera
For more information about how the camera stores images,
see page 118.
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GETTING READY
General Guide
The following illustrations show the names of each component, button, and switch on the camera.
Camera
■ Front
12
34
■ Back
7 8
90
A
1 Shutter release button
2 Power button
3 Flash
4 Self-timer lamp
5 Microphone
6 Lens
B
PLAY
REC
MENU
SET
DISP
5
F
6
20
E D
C
7 Viewfinder
8 Operation lamp
9 Mode selector
0 [MENU] button
A Zoom button
B Strap ring
C [SET] button
D [왖][왔][왗][왘]
E [DISP] button
F Monitor Screen
GETTING READY
■ Bottom
USB Cradle
Simply placing your CASIO digital camera onto the USB
cradle lets you perform the following tasks.
• Battery charging (page 27)
• Automatic transfer of images to a computer (page 124)
• Viewing of images using the Photo Stand slideshow
feature (page 92).
G
H
I
■ Front
G Battery cover
H Connector
I Tripod screw hole
12
3
* Use this hole when attaching to a tripod.
PHOT
O
J
CHAR
GE
USB
1 Camera connector
2 [USB] lamp
3 [USB] button
4 [CHARGE] lamp
5 [PHOTO] button
5 4
■ Back
J Stopper
K Battery compartment
L Memory card slot
6 [DC IN 5.3V]
(AC adaptor connector)
7 [USB]
K
L
6
7
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(USB port)
GETTING READY
Monitor Screen Contents
The monitor screen uses various indicators and icons to keep you informed of the camera’s status.
REC mode
Self-timer
None
10s
2s
x3
REC modes
1-Image
Snapshot
Best Shot
Self-timer 10 sec
Memory capacity
(Remaining number
of storable images)
Self-timer 2 sec
Triple self-timer
Movie
Image size
2048 ҂ 1536 pixels
1600 ҂ 1200 pixels
1280 ҂ 960 pixels
640 ҂ 480 pixels
Movie Recording: recording time (seconds)
Focus Mode indicator
None
Auto Focus
Macro
Infinity
Manual Focus
Quality
Focus frame
• Focusing complete: Green
• Focusing failed: Red
Built-in memory selected for
data storage.
Memory card selected for
data storage.
Battery capacity
EV value
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Date and time
FINE
NORMAL
ECONOMY
GETTING READY
PLAY mode
White balance
indicator
None
Digital zoom indicator
Folder number/
File number
Auto
Sunlight
Shutter speed
value
Shade
Light Bulb
Image protection
indicator
• An out of range
aperture or shutter
speed causes the
corresponding
monitor screen
value to turn
amber.
Fluorescent
Manual
Image size
2048
1600
1280
640
҂ 1536 pixels
҂ 1200 pixels
҂ 960 pixels
҂ 480 pixels
PLAY mode file type
Snapshot
Movie
Quality
FINE
NORMAL
ECONOMY
Aperture value
Built-in memory
selected for data
storage.
Memory card
selected for data
storage.
ISO sensitivity
Flash Mode indicator
None
Auto
Flash Off
Zoom indicator
Left side indicates optical zoom.
Right side indicates digital zoom.
Battery capacity
Date and time
Flash On
Red-eye reduction
• If the camera detects that flash is
required while auto flash is
selected, the flash on indicator
will appear when the shutter
release button is pressed half
way.
IMPORTANT!
• Some information may not display properly if you
display an image that was recorded using a different
digital camera model.
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GETTING READY
Changing the Contents of the Monitor
Screen
Indicator Lamps
You can find out the operational status of the camera and
the USB cradle at a glance by checking the color of the
indicator lamps, and whether a lamp is lit or flashing. For
details, see “Indicator Lamp Reference” on page 156.
Each press of the [DISP] button changes the contents of
the monitor screen as shown below.
Indicators
on
(page 22)
Histogram
on
(page 75)
Indicators
off
Monitor *
screen off
Self-timer lamp
Green operation lamp
PLAY
REC
* You cannot turn off the monitor screen in the following modes:
PLAY mode, Best Shot mode, Movie mode, Macro mode.
MENU
SET
DISP
Red operation lamp
[USB] lamp
PHOT
O
CHAR
GE
USB
[CHARGE] lamp
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Attaching the Strap
Power Requirements
Attach the strap to the strap ring as shown in the
illustration.
Your camera is powered by a rechargeable lithium ion
battery (NP-20).
To load the battery
PLAY
REC
1. While pressing the battery cover on the
MENU
bottom of the camera, slide the cover in the
direction indicated by the arrow, and then
swing it open.
SET
DISP
PLAY
REC
MENU
SET
DISP
IMPORTANT!
• Be sure to keep the strap around your wrist when
using the camera to protect against accidentally
dropping it.
• The supplied strap is intended for use with this
camera only. Do not use it for any other purpose.
• Never swing the camera around by the strap.
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GETTING READY
2. While pulling the stopper in the direction
3. Swing the battery cover closed, and then slide
indicated by the arrow in the illustration, align
the arrow mark on the battery with the arrow
mark on the camera and slide the battery into
the camera.
it in the direction indicated by the arrow.
Stopper
IMPORTANT!
• Use only the special NP-20 rechargeable lithium ion
battery to power this camera. Use of any other type
of battery is not supported.
Arrow marks
The battery is not charged when you purchase the
camera. You need to charge the battery before using
the camera for the first time (page 27).
NP-20
• Push the bottom of the battery, and make sure that
the stopper securely locks the battery in place.
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GETTING READY
To remove the battery
To charge the battery
1. Open the battery cover.
1. Connect the bundled AC adaptor to the [DC IN
5.3V] connector of the USB cradle, and then
plug it in to a household power outlet.
2. Pull the stopper in the direction indicated by
the arrow.
• Note that the shape of the AC adaptor depends on
the area where you purchased the camera.
• This will cause the battery to come part way out of
the slot.
USB Cradle
[DC IN 5.3V]
Stopper
AC Adaptor
AC power cord
3. Release the stopper and pull the battery from
the camera.
• Take care so you do not drop the battery.
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GETTING READY
NOTE
NOTE
• The bundled AC adaptor is designed for operation
with any power supply in the range of 100V to 240V
AC. Note, however, that the shape of the AC power
cord plug varies according to country or geographic
area. If you plan to use the AC adaptor in a
geographic area where the power receptacle shape
is different from that in your area, replace the AC
power cord with one of the other ones that comes
with the camera, or purchase a commercially
available AC power cord that is compatible with the
power outlets in that area.
• The AC adaptor is designed for operation on power
ranging from 100V AC to 240V AC. Note, however,
that the shape of the power cord plug varies
according to country or geographic area. It is up to
you to find out if the shape of the AC adaptor power
cord plug is compatible with local power outlets when
traveling abroad.
2. Turn off the camera.
3. Set the camera onto
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the USB cradle.
PLAY
REC
• Do not place the
camera onto the USB
cradle while it is turned
on.
USB Cradle
AC Adaptor
• The [CHARGE] lamp on
the USB cradle should
turn red, indicating that
charging has started.
When charging is
complete, the
[CHARGE] lamp will
turn green.
[DC IN 5.3V]
MEN
U
SET
DISP
PHOT
O
CHAR
GE
USB
[CHARGE] lamp
4. After charging is complete, remove the
camera from the USB cradle.
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IMPORTANT!
• If the [CHARGE] lamp starts flashing red, it means
that an error occurs while charging. An error can be
caused by any of the following: a problem with the
USB cradle, a problem with the camera, or a problem
with the battery or how it is loaded. Remove the
camera from the USB cradle and see if it works
normally.
• You can use the USB cradle to charge the camera’s
battery, to exchange data with a computer over a
USB connection, or when using the Photo Stand
feature only.
• It takes about two hours to achieve a full charge.
Actual charging time depends on current battery
capacity and charging conditions.
• Use only the USB cradle (CA-21) or the optionally
available charger unit (BC-10L) to charge the special
NP-20 rechargeable lithium ion battery. Never use
any other charging device.
• Use only the bundled AC adaptor. Never use any
other type of AC adaptor. Do not use optionally
available AD-C40, AD-C620 and AD-C630 AC
adaptors with this camera.
• Make sure that the camera connector of the USB
cradle is securely inserted into the camera’s
connector as far as it will go.
• The [CHARGE] lamp may remain amber colored and
the charge operation may not start right away if you
try to charge immediately after using the camera
(which causes battery to become warm) or when it is
too hot or too cold where you are performing the
charge operation. If this happens, simply wait until
the battery reaches normal temperature. The
[CHARGE] lamp will turn red and charging will start
when the battery temperature returns to the
allowable charging temperature range.
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■ If the camera works normally
■ Battery Life Guidelines
The battery life guideline values given below indicate the
amount of time at standard temperature (25°C (77°F)) until
power automatically turns off due to battery failure. They do
not guarantee that the battery will provide the amount of
service indicated. Low temperatures and continued use
reduce battery life.
1. Continue using the camera until the current
charge is used up, and then charge the
battery.
■ If the camera does not work normally
This can mean there is a problem with how the battery is
loaded.
Operation
Approximate Battery Life
Continuous Recording*1
(Continuous Snapshot Recording)
75 minutes (450 shots)
Continuous Playback*2
1. Remove the battery from the camera and
check the battery contacts for dirt. If the
contacts are dirty, wipe them clean with a dry
cloth.
120 minutes
Supported Battery: NP-20 (Rated Capacitance: 680mAh)
*1 Continuous Recording Conditions
• Normal temperature: 25°C (77°F)
• Flash: Off
• Monitor screen: On
• Image recorded about every 10 seconds using the
following operations: Zoom to full wide angle
Auto
Focus
Zoom to full close-up
Auto Focus
Image recording
2. Check to make sure that the AC adaptor’s
power cord is connected securely to the
power outlet and USB cradle.
• If the same symptoms occur again when you place
the camera on the USB cradle after taking the above
steps, contact a CASIO authorized service center.
*2 Continuous Playback Conditions
• Normal temperature: 25°C (77°F)
• Scroll one image about every 10 seconds
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■ Tip to Make the Battery Last Longer
• Recording one image per minute under the above
conditions reduces battery life to about one sixth of that
noted above.
• The above values are based a new battery starting from a
full charge. Repeated charging shortens battery life.
• Battery life is greatly affected by how much you use flash,
zoom and other functions, and how long you leave power
turned on.
If you do not need the flash while recording, select
(flash off) for the flash mode. See page 50 for more
information.
■ Low Battery Indicator
The following shows how the battery capacity indicator on
the monitor screen changes as battery power is used. The
indicator means that remaining battery power is low.
Note that you will not be able to record images while the
battery indicator is
. Charge the battery immediately
whenever either of these indicators appears.
Battery Level
Indicator
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High
Low
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• Failure to observe any of the following precautions
while using the battery creates the risk of overheating,
fire, and explosion.
— Never use any other type of charger except the
optional charger unit specified for the battery.
— Never try to use the battery to power any other
device other than this camera.
— Never use or leave the battery near open flame.
— Never place the battery in a microwave oven, throw
it into fire, or otherwise expose it to intense heat.
— Make sure the battery is oriented correctly when you
load it into the camera or attach it to the optional
charger unit.
— Never carry or store the battery together with items
that can conduct electricity (necklaces, pencil lead,
etc.)
— Never try to take the battery apart, modify it in any
way, or expose it to strong impact.
— Do not immerse the battery in fresh water or salt
water.
— Do not use or leave the battery under direct
sunlight, in an automobile parked in the sun, or in
any other area subject to high temperatures.
Power Supply Precautions
Note the following precautions when handling or using the
battery and the optional charger unit.
■ Battery Handling Precautions
● SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
Be sure to read the following Safety Precautions before
trying to use the battery for the first time. Keep these safety
precautions and all operating instructions on hand for
future reference.
NOTES
• The term “battery” in this manual refers to the CASIO
NP-20 Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery.
• The term “optional charger unit” in the following
precautions refers to the optionally available CASIO
BC-10L Charger Unit.
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● PRECAUTIONS DURING USE
• Should you ever notice leakage, strange odor, heat
generation, discoloration, deformation, or any other
abnormal condition while using, charging, or storing a
battery, immediately remove it from the camera or
optional charger unit and keep it away from open flame.
• If the battery does not achieve full charge after the
normal charging time has passed, stop charging.
Continued charging creates the risk of overheating, fire,
and explosion.
• Battery fluid can damage your eyes. Should battery
fluid get into your eyes accidentally, immediately rinse
them with clean tap water and then consult a physician.
• Be sure to read page 27 of this User’s Guide and the
instructions that come with the optional charger unit
before using or charging the battery.
• If the battery is to be used by young children, make
sure that a responsible adult makes them aware of the
precautions and proper handling instructions and make
sure that they handle the battery correctly.
• Should fluid from the battery accidentally get onto
clothing or your skin, immediately rinse it off with clean
tap water. Prolonged contact with battery fluid can
cause skin irritation.
• The battery is designed for use with this CASIO digital
camera only.
• Use only the USB cradle that comes with the camera or
the specified optional charger unit to charge the
battery. Never use any other type of charger unit for
charging.
• A new battery is not charged. Be sure to charge the
battery before using it for the first time.
• Use of a battery in cold environments shortens the
operating time you can expect on a full charge. Charge
the battery in a location where the temperature is in the
range of 10°C to 35°C (50°F to 95°F). Charging
outside this temperature range can cause charging to
take longer than normal or even cause charging to fail.
• Very limited operation following a full charge indicates
that the battery has reached the end of its service life.
Replace the battery with a new one.
• Never wipe the battery with thinner, benzene, alcohol,
or other volatile agents or chemically treated rags.
Doing so can cause deformation of the battery and lead
to malfunction.
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■ USB Cradle and AC Adaptor Precautions
● BATTERY STORAGE PRECAUTIONS
• Make sure you remove the battery when you do not
plan to use the camera for a long time. A battery left in
the camera discharges very small amounts of power
even when power is turned off, which can lead to a
dead battery or the need for longer charging before the
next use.
• Store the battery in a cool, dry place (20°C (68 °F) or
lower).
● USING THE BATTERY
• See page 27 of this manual or the instructions that
come with the optional charger unit for information
about charging procedures and charging times.
• When transporting a battery, keep it either loaded in
the camera or stored in its case.
Caution!
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• Never use an electrical outlet whose voltage
is outside the rating marked on the AC
adaptor. Doing so can create the danger of
fire or electric shock. Use only the bundled
AC adaptor specified for this camera.
• Do not allow the AC adaptor cord to become
cut or damaged, do not place heavy objects
on it, and keep it away from heat. A damaged
power cord creates the risk of fire and electric
shock.
• Never try to modify the AC adaptor cord, or
subject it to severe bending, twisting, or
pulling. Doing so creates the risk of fire and
electric shock.
• Never touch the AC adaptor while your hands
are wet. Doing so creates the risk of electric
shock.
• Do not overload extension cords or wall
outlets. Doing so creates the danger of fire
and electric shock.
• Should the cord of the AC adaptor become
damaged (exposed internal wiring), request a
replacement from a CASIO authorized service
center. A damaged AC adaptor cord creates
the danger of fire or electric shock.
GETTING READY
• Make sure you always remove the camera from the USB
cradle before connecting or disconnecting the AC
adaptor.
• Charging, USB data communication, and using the Photo
Stand feature can cause the AC adaptor to become
warm. This is normal and does not indicate malfunction.
• Unplug the AC power cord from the power outlet
whenever you are not using it.
• Never place a blanket or any other cover on the AC
adaptor. Doing so creates the risk of fire.
Turning the Camera On and Off
Press the power button to turn the camera on and off.
Pressing the power button to turn on the camera causes
the green operation lamp to light temporarily. Press the
power button again to turn off the camera.
ON/OFF
Power button
Green operation lamp
IMPORTANT!
• If camera power is turned off by the Auto Power Off
feature, press the power button to turn it back on
again.
• Turning on camera power while the REC mode is
selected by the mode selector causes the lens to
extend from the camera. Make sure there is nothing
in front of the camera that can be hit by the lens
when you turn on the camera.
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● See page 37 for information about how to use
menus.
Configuring Power Saving Settings
You can configure the settings described below to
conserve battery power.
Sleep
: Automatically turns off the monitor screen
if no operation is performed for a specified
amount of time in the REC mode.
Performing any button operation causes
the monitor screen to turn back on.
Auto Power Off : Turns off power if you do not perform any
operation for a specified amount of time.
To configure this feature:
Select this setting:
Sleep
Sleep
Auto Power Off
Auto Power Off
5. Use [] and [] to change the currently
selected setting, and then press [SET].
• Available Sleep settings are: “30 sec”, “1 min”, “2 min”,
and “Off”.
• Available Auto Power Off settings are: “2 min” and
“5 min”.
1. Turn on the camera, and then align the mode
selector with “REC” or “PLAY”.
• Note that the Sleep feature does not operate in the
PLAY mode.
2. Press [MENU].
3. Use [] and [] to select the “Set Up” tab.
• Pressing any button while the camera is in the Sleep
state immediately turns the monitor screen back on.
4. Use [] and [] to select the feature whose
• The Auto Power Off and Sleep features are disabled
in the following cases.
setting you want to configure, and then press
[SET].
— When the camera is connected to a computer or
some other device through the USB cradle
— While a slideshow is in progress
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2. Press [MENU].
Using the On-screen Menus
Pressing [MENU] displays menus on the monitor screen
that you can use to perform various operations. The menu
that appears depends on whether you are in the REC
mode or the PLAY mode. The following shows an example
menu procedure in the REC mode.
1. Turn on the camera,
and then align the
mode selector with
“REC” to enter the
REC mode.
Tab
MENU
[MENU]
SET
[SET]
Mode selector
DISP
Settings
PLAY
[][ ][][ ]
REC
MENU
• If you want to enter the
PLAY mode instead,
you would align the
mode selector with
“PLAY”.
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Selection cursor (indicates the
currently selected item)
GETTING READY
3. Press [] or [] to select the tab you want,
● Menu Screen Operations
When you want to do this:
Do this:
Move between tabs
Press [] and [].
Move from the tab to the
settings
Press [].
Move from the settings to
the tab
Press [].
Move between the settings
Press [] and [].
Display the options
available for a setting
Press [] or press [SET].
Select an option
Press [] and [].
Register an option
selection and exit the menu
screen
Press [SET].
Register an option
selection and return to the
menu screen
Press [].
Exit the menu screen
Press the [MENU] button.
and then press [SET] to move the selection
cursor from the tab to the settings.
4. Use [] and [] to
select the feature
whose setting you
want to configure,
and then press [].
• Instead of pressing [],
you could also press
[SET].
Example: To select the
“REC Mode”
item.
5. Use [] and [] to change the currently
selected setting.
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6. Perform one of the following operations to
Configuring Display Language and Clock
Settings
apply the setting you configured.
To do this:
Perform this key operation:
Apply the setting and exit
the menu screen.
Press [SET].
Apply the setting and
return to feature selection
in step 4.
Press [].
Apply the setting and
return to tab selection in
step 3.
1. Press [].
2. Use [] to move back up to
tab selection.
Be sure to configure the following settings before using the
camera to record images.
•
•
•
•
Display language
Home city
Date Style
Date and time
Note that the current date and time settings are used by
the camera to generate the date and time that are stored
along with image data, etc.
• See “Menu Reference” on page 154 for more information
about menus.
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GETTING READY
IMPORTANT!
To configure display language and clock
settings
• The camera’s clock settings are cleared whenever
power is totally cut off. This can happen if the battery
goes dead while the camera is not being supplied
power by the USB cradle. The clock setting screen
will appear automatically the next time you turn on
power after the settings are cleared. Set the date
and time before using the camera.
• The current date and time settings will be cleared if
the battery remains dead without being charged for
about two days.
• Recording images without configuring the clock
settings causes incorrect time information to be
registered. Be sure to configure the clock settings
before using the camera.
1. Press the power button to turn on the camera.
2. Use [], [], [], and
[] to select the
language you want,
and then press [SET].
: Japanese
English
: English
Français : French
Deutsch
: German
Español
: Spanish
Italiano
: Italian
Português : Portuguese
: Chinese (Complex)
: Chinese (Simplified)
: Korean
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3. Use [], [], [], and
6. Use [] and [] to
[] to select the
geographical area
where you live, and
then press [SET].
change the date format
setting, and then press
[SET].
Example: October 23, 2003
4. Use [] and [] to
select the name of the
city where you live,
and then press [SET].
To display the date like this:
Select this format:
03/10/23
YY/MM/DD
23/10/03
DD/MM/YY
10/23/03
MM/DD/YY
7. Set the current date
and the time.
5. Use [] and [] to select the summer time
(DST) setting you want, and then press [SET].
When you want to do this:
Select this setting:
Keep time using summer time
(Daylight Saving Time)
On
Keep time using standard time
Off
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To do this:
Do this:
Change the setting at the current
cursor location
Press [] and [].
Move the cursor between settings
Press [] and [].
Toggle between 12-hour and 24hour timekeeping
Press [DISP].
GETTING READY
8. Press [SET] to register the settings and exit
the setting screen.
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BASIC IMAGE RECORDING
3. Compose the image
This section describes the basic procedure for recording an
image.
on the monitor screen
so the main subject is
within the focus
frame.
Recording an Image
99
1600 1200
NORMAL
IN
03/12
03
12/24
24
12 : 58
Your camera automatically adjusts shutter speed in
accordance with the brightness of the subject. Images you
record are stored in the camera’s built-in memory, or to a
memory card if you have one loaded in the camera.
• When an optionally available SD memory card or
MultiMediaCard (MMC) is loaded in the camera, images
are stored on the card (page118).
• The focusing range of
the camera in the Auto
Focus mode is
approximately 40cm
(1.3 feet) to infinity (∞)
(page 57).
1. Press the power
• When using the optical viewfinder to compose
images, you can use the [DISP] button to turn off the
monitor screen and conserve battery power.
• You can compose images using either the monitor
screen or the optical viewfinder (page 47).
Power button
button to turn on the
camera.
• This causes an image
or a message to appear
on the monitor screen.
2. Align the mode
ON/OFF
Mode selector
selector with “REC”.
• This enters the REC
mode for image
recording.
PLAY
Focus frame
REC
MENU
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4. Press the shutter release
● Operation Lamp and Focus Frame Operation
button half way to focus the
image.
• When you press the shutter
release button half way, the
camera’s Auto Focus feature
automatically focuses the image,
and displays the shutter speed
and aperture values.
• You can tell whether the
image is focused by
observing the focus frame
and the green operation
lamp.
Shutter release
button
When you see this:
It means this:
Green focus frame
Green operation lamp
The image is in focus.
Red focus frame
Flashing green operation lamp
The image is not in focus.
Flash
• Make sure you are not
blocking the lens or the
flash with your fingers
while recording an
image.
Green operation lamp
Lens
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5. After making sure that the
Recording Precautions
image is focused properly,
press the shutter release
button the rest of the way
down to record.
• The number of images that can
be stored in memory depends on
the resolution setting you are
using (page 164).
• Never open the battery cover or place the camera onto
the USB cradle while the green operation lamp is
flashing. Doing so not only causes the current image to
be lost, it can also corrupt images already stored in file
memory and even lead to malfunction of the camera.
• Never remove the memory card while an image is being
recorded to the memory card.
• Fluorescent lighting actually flickers at a frequency that
cannot be detected by the human eye. When using the
camera indoors under such lighting, you may experience
some brightness or color problems with recorded images.
• When “Auto” is selected for the ISO sensitivity setting
(page 76), the camera automatically adjusts its sensitivity
in accordance with the brightness of the subject. This can
cause some static noise to appear in images of relatively
dark subjects.
• When recording a dimly lit subject while “Auto” is selected
for the ISO sensitivity setting (page 76), the camera
increases sensitivity and uses a slower shutter speed.
Because of this, you need to guard against camera
movement if you have flash turned off (page 50).
• If unwanted light is shining on the lens, shade the lens
with your hand when recording the image.
Shutter release
button
• Press the shutter release button gently to avoid
camera movement.
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About Auto Focus
About the REC Mode Monitor Screen
• Auto Focus tends not to work well if the camera is moved
during recording, or when recording the types of subjects
listed below.
— Solid color walls or objects with little contrast
— Strongly backlit objects
— Polished metal or other brightly reflective objects
— Venetian blinds or other horizontally repeating patterns
— Multiple images that are varying distances from the
camera
— Subjects in poorly lit areas
— Moving subjects
• Note that a green operation lamp and focus frame do not
necessarily guarantee that an image is in focus.
• If Auto Focus does not produce the results you want for
some reason, try using focus lock (page 60) or manual
focus (page 59).
• The image shown on the monitor screen in the REC
mode is a simplified image for composing purposes. The
actual image is recorded in accordance with the image
quality setting currently selected on your camera. The
image saved in file memory has much better resolution
and detail than the REC mode monitor screen image.
• Certain levels of subject brightness can cause the
response of the REC mode monitor screen to slow down,
which causes some static noise in the monitor screen
image.
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IMPORTANT!
Using the Optical Viewfinder
• The frame that is visible inside of the viewfinder
indicates the image recorded at a distance of about
one meter (3.3´). When the subject is closer than one
meter, the recorded image will be different from what
you see inside the viewfinder frame.
• The monitor screen turns on automatically whenever
you select the Macro mode or Manual Focus mode.
Always use the monitor screen to compose images
in these modes.
You can conserve battery power by turning off the
camera’s monitor screen (page 24) and using the optical
viewfinder to compose images.
Short distance
to subject
Viewfinder frame
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Using Zoom
Your camera is equipped with two types of zoom: optical
zoom and digital zoom.
Optical Zoom
Zoom out
Zoom in
The range of the optical zoom factor is shown below.
Optical Zoom Factor Range: 1X to 3X
2. Compose the image and then press the
shutter release button.
1. In the REC mode, press
the zoom button to
change the zoom factor.
NOTES
REC
• The optical zoom factor also affects the lens
aperture.
• Use of a tripod is recommended to protect against
hand movement when using the telephoto setting
(zoom in).
MENU
Zoom button
To do this:
Press this side of the zoom button:
Zoom out
(Wide Angle)
Zoom in
(Telephoto)
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5. Hold down the
Digital Zoom
Digital zoom indicator
(Telephoto) zoom
button to increase the
optical zoom factor.
Digital zoom is activated after you reach the maximum
optical zoom factor (3X). It enlarges the part of the image
at the center of the image screen. The range of the digital
zoom factor is shown below.
• When the digital zoom
factor reaches its
maximum value (3X), it
stops momentarily. Keep
(Telephoto)
the
zoom button depressed
and zoom will switch
over to digital zoom
automatically.
Digital Zoom Factor Range: 3X to 12X
(in combination with optical
zoom)
1. In the REC mode, press [MENU].
2. Use [왗] and [왘] to select the “REC” tab.
Zoom indicator
• Switching to digital zoom causes the zoom indicator
to appear on the monitor screen. The zoom indicator
shows the current approximate zoom factor.
3. Use [왖] and [왔] to select “Digital Zoom”, and
then press [왘].
4. Select “On”, and then press [SET].
Optical Zoom
Digital
Zoom
• Selecting “Off” disables digital zoom.
1x
3x
Current zoom factor
12x
6. Compose the image and then press the
shutter release button.
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IMPORTANT!
Using the Flash
• Digital zoom is disabled whenever the monitor
screen is turned off (page 24).
• Using digital zoom can cause degradation of the
recorded image.
Perform the following steps to select the flash mode you
want to use.
1. In the REC mode, press [MENU].
2. Press [왔] (
) to select
the flash mode.
MENU
• Each press of [왔] (
)
cycles through the flash
mode settings shown below
on the monitor screen.
SET
DISP
[ 왔] (
Flash mode indicator
50
)
BASIC IMAGE RECORDING
To do this:
Have the flash fire automatically when
required (Auto Flash)
■ About Red-eye Reduction
Select this setting:
Using the flash to record at night or in a dimly lit room can
cause red spots inside the eyes of people who are in the
image. This is caused when the light from the flash reflects
off of the retina of the eye. When red-eye reduction is
selected as the flash mode, the camera performs two preflash operations, one designed to cause the irises in the
eyes of any people in the image to close, and one for the
Auto Focus operation. This is followed by another flash
operation for actual recording of the image.
None
Turn off the flash (Flash Off)
Always fire the flash (Flash On)
Fire a pre-flash followed by image
recording with flash, reducing the
chance of red-eye in the image (Redeye reduction)
In this case, the flash fires automatically
when required
IMPORTANT!
Note the following important points when using redeye reduction.
• Red-eye reduction does not work unless the people
in the image are looking directly at the camera during
the pre-flash. Before pressing the shutter release
button, call out to the subjects so they all look at the
camera while the pre-flash operation is performed.
• Red-eye reduction may not work very well if the
subjects are located far away from the camera.
3. Record the image.
IMPORTANT!
• The flash unit of this camera fires a number of times
when you record an image. The initial flashes are
pre-flashes, which the camera uses to obtain
information that it uses for exposure settings. The
final flash is for recording. Make sure that you keep
the camera still until the shutter releases.
• Image recording may not be performed if you press
the shutter release button while the red operation
lamp is flashing.
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Flash Unit Status
Flash Precautions
You can find out the current flash unit status by pressing
the shutter release button half way and checking the
monitor screen and red operation lamp.
Take care that your fingers do
not block the flash when you
hold the camera. Covering the
flash with your finger can
greatly reduce its
effectiveness.
The
indicator is also
shown on the monitor
screen when the flash unit
is ready to fire.
• You may not be able to achieve the desired results using
a flash if the subject is too close or too far away.
• The flash takes anywhere from a few seconds to as long
as 10 seconds to attain full charge after being fired. The
actual time required depends on the battery level,
temperature, and other conditions.
• The flash does not fire in the Movie mode. This is
indicated by
(Flash Off) on the monitor screen.
• The flash unit may not be able to charge when battery
power is low. Low battery power is indicated by
(Flash
Off) on the monitor screen, and when the flash fails to fire
properly resulting in poor image exposure. When these
symptoms occur, charge the camera’s battery as soon as
possible.
• When the red-eye reduction mode (
) is selected, flash
intensity is adjusted automatically in accordance with the
exposure. The flash may not fire at all when the subject is
brightly lit.
Red operation lamp*
* Red operation lamp
When the red operation
lamp is this:
It means this:
Flashing
Flash unit is charging
Lit
Flash unit is ready to fire
Flash
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• White balance is fixed while the flash is being used, so
sunlight, fluorescent lighting, or other sources of
illumination in the immediate area may affect the coloring
of the recorded image.
Using the Self-timer
The self-timer lets you select either a 2-second or 10second delay of the shutter release after you press the
shutter release button. A Triple Self-timer feature lets you
perform three consecutive self-timer operations to record
three images.
1. In the REC mode, press [MENU].
2. Use [왗] and [왘] to select the “REC” tab.
3. Use [왖] and [왔] to select “Self-timer”, and
then press [왘].
4. Use [왖] and [왔] to select the self-timer time
you want to use, and then press [SET].
• Selecting “Off” in step 4 disables the self-timer.
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To do this:
5. Record the image.
Select this setting:
Specify a 10-second self-timer
10 sec
Specify a 2-second self-timer
2 sec
Specify Triple Self-timer
X3
Disable the self-timer
Off
Self-timer lamp
• When you press the
shutter release button,
the self-timer lamp
flashes and the shutter
releases after the selftimer reaches the end
of its countdown.
• With the Triple Self-timer, the camera records a
series of three images in the sequence described
below.
• You can interrupt an
ongoing self-timer
countdown by pressing
the shutter release
button while the selftimer lamp is flashing.
1. The camera performs a 10-second countdown and
then records the first image.
2. The camera prepares to record the next image.
The amount of time required for preparation
depends on the camera’s current “Size” and
“Quality” settings, the type of memory (built-in or
card) you are using for image storage, and
whether or not the flash is charging.
NOTE
• The “2 sec” self-timer setting is best when shooting
with a slow shutter speed, because it helps to avoid
blurring of images due to hand movement.
3. After preparation is complete, the indicator “1sec”
appears on the monitor screen, and another
image is recorded one second later.
4. Steps 2 and 3 are repeated once more to record
the third image.
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NOTE
Specifying Image Size and Quality
• Use 2048 x 1536 when you plan to produce a large
print of the image. Use 640 x 480 when you need to
economize on space because you plan to send
images in e-mail, etc.
You can specify the image size and image quality to suit
the type of image you are recording.
To specify the image size
1. In the REC mode, press [MENU].
2. Use [왗] and [왘] to select the “REC” tab.
3. Use [왖] and [왔] to select “Size”, and then
press [왘].
4. Use [왖] and [왔] to select the setting you
want, and then press [SET].
2048 x 1536 : 2048 x 1536 pixels
1600 x 1200 : 1600 x 1200 pixels
1280 x 960 : 1280 x 960 pixels
640 x 480 : 640 x 480 pixels
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NOTE
To specify image quality
• Use the “Fine” setting when image quality is your top
priority and file size is secondary. Conversely, use
the “Economy” setting when file size is your top
priority and image quality is secondary.
1. In the REC mode, press [MENU].
2. Use [왗] and [왘] to select the “REC” tab.
3. Use [왖] and [왔] to select “Quality”, and then
IMPORTANT!
press [왘].
• Actual file size depends on the type of image you
record. This means that the remaining image
capacity noted on the monitor screen may not be
exactly accurate (pages 22 and 164).
4. Use [왖] and [왔] to select the setting you
want, and then press [SET].
To get this:
Select this setting:
Very high quality, but large file size
Fine
Normal quality
Normal
Small file size, but low quality
Economy
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