VTech Kidizoom camera Connect User`s manual

2009
91-002361-000
INTRODUCTION
Thank you for purchasing VTech® Kidizoom Camera™!
Kidizoom Camera™ is a fun and durable digital camera for kids to take
photos, view photos, edit photos and play games! Kidizoom Camera™
has 64MB of built-in memory, and it includes a USB port and cable to
connect the Kidizoom Camera™ to your home computer for viewing
and printing photos.
PRODUCT LAYOUT AND BUTTONS
Shutter Button
Flash
Lens
Zoom Out &
Zoom In Buttons
4-Directional
Cursor Buttons
Introduction / Features
FEATURES
OK Button
Mode Button
Flash Button
USB Port for
Computer
Connection
ON/OFF Button
Reset Button
Delete Button
Features
ON/OFF Button
Press this button to turn the camera ON or OFF.
USB Port
Plug the included USB cable into this USB port to connect the camera
to your computer.
Mode Button
Press this button to go to the main menu or to go back to the previous
submenu.
4-Directional Cursor Buttons
Press these buttons to move the cursor and make selections.
OK Button
Press this button to confirm a choice or action.
Note: The OK Button can also be used to take a photo.
Delete Button
Press this button to delete the selected file.
Shutter Button
Press this button to take a photo.
Reset Button
Press this button to reset the camera if it stops working properly.
Note: The photos stored in the camera’s memory will not be affected
by resetting the camera. However, you will need to select the camera’s
language setting again, and the volume setting will return to the default
level.
Flash Button
Press this button to switch between Auto-flash, Strong Flash On, Weak
Flash On, and Flash Off.
Zoom In Button
Press this button to zoom in.
Zoom Out Button
Press this button to zoom out.
INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE
• 1 VTech® Kidizoom Camera™
• 1 USB cable
• 1 wrist strap
• 1 user’s manual
WARNING: All packing materials such as tape, plastic sheets, wire
ties and tags are not part of this toy, and should be discarded for
your child’s safety.
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
Display: 1.5” CSTN color LCD
Photo Resolution: 640x480
Memory: 64MB built-in memory (approximately 45MB free memory for
photos)
Store up to 500 photos (photo size = 640x480 resolution in JPEG
format)
Supported File Formats: JPEG
Supported Hardware: USB cable (included) for computer connection
Zoom: 2X digital zoom
BATTERY INSTALLATION
Note: Adult assembly is required for battery installation. Tools required
for battery installation: Phillips screwdriver (not included).
• Make sure the camera is turned OFF.
• Locate the battery cover on the bottom of the camera. Loosen the
screws using a screwdriver and remove the battery cover.
• Install 4 new “AA” batteries (2 on each side) as illustrated above.
(The use of new, alkaline batteries is recommended for maximum
performance.)
• Replace the battery cover and tighten the screws. Do not over-tighten
screws.
Note: If Kidizoom Camera™ is not
working properly after the batteries
have been replaced, press the Reset
Button and then restart the camera.
Note: The photos stored in the
camera’s memory will not be affected by resetting the camera. However,
you will need to select the camera’s language setting again, and the
volume setting will return to the default level.
Getting Started
GETTING STARTED
• The use of new alkaline batteries is recommended for maximum
performance.
• Install batteries correctly observing the polarity (+, -) signs to avoid
leakage.
• Do not mix old and new batteries.
• Do not mix batteries of different types: alkaline, standard (carbon-zinc)
or rechargeable (nickel-cadmium).
• Remove the batteries from the equipment when the unit will not be
used for an extended period of time. Please note: To prevent data
loss, copy all photos from Kidizoom Camera™ to a computer before
removing batteries.
• Always remove exhausted batteries from the equipment.
• Do not dispose of batteries in fire.
• Do not attempt to recharge ordinary batteries.
• The supply terminals are not to be short-circuited.
• Only batteries of the same and equivalent type as recommended are
to be used.
TO BEGIN USING Kidizoom Camera™
• Press the ON/OFF Button
to turn on the camera.
• If it is the first time that you are turning on the Kidizoom Camera™, the
Try-me demo movie will start playing. Press the OK Button
during the
movie to exit the Try-me demo mode. The Try-me demo will be disabled
and will not play again on start-up. After the camera exits demo mode,
the language selection screen will appear. Press the Up Cursor Button
or Down Cursor Button
to select a language, and then press the OK
Button
to confirm. If you wish to change the language selection later,
please go to the Settings menu.
• After the Try-me demo mode has been disabled, when Kidizoom
Camera™ is turned on, it will go directly into camera mode and you can
start taking photos.
• To switch to other activities, press the Mode Button
to go to the
Main Menu. From the Main Menu, you can select the following activities:
Camera
, Photo Editor
, Games
and Settings
.
• To connect to a computer, follow the instructions in the Connecting to
a Computer section below.
• Press the ON/OFF Button
again to turn the unit off.
To Begin Using Kidizoom Camera™
BATTERY NOTICE
You can choose to adjust the Volume, Memory, Flickering, and Language
settings in your Kidizoom Camera™. To change the camera’s settings,
choose the Settings icon
in the Main Menu. Scroll through the
Settings Menu by pressing the Right Cursor Button
or Left Cursor
Button .
• Volume
After choosing Settings in the Main Menu, the Volume setting menu will
be the first menu to appear. Press the Up Cursor Button
or Down
Cursor Button
to adjust the volume up or down.
• Memory
View the status of the camera’s internal memory by select the Memory
setting. To format the memory, press the Down Cursor Button
to select “Format,” and then press the OK Button
. You will see a
warning message; formatting the memory will erase all data in Kidizoom
Camera™.
• Flickering
The default Flickering setting for the US is 60 Hz. Please leave your
camera set to the 60 Hz Flickering setting unless you are travelling.
• Language
You may change the language shown in Kidizoom Camera™. Choose
from English, Spanish, or French.
BATTERY STATUS
When the screen shows a Low Battery icon
, we recommend backing
up all data in the internal memory of Kidizoom Camera™ by uploading
all data to a computer. Once you have saved your data, change the
batteries in Kidizoom Camera™.
When the unit shows the Batteries Exhausted icon
, the unit will not
work properly. New batteries should be inserted before further use.
Note: We recommend that you save the data stored in the internal memory of the Kidizoom Camera™ to a computer regularly to avoid data
loss.
Adjusting Settings in Kidizoom Camera™
ADJUSTING SETTINGS IN
Kidizoom Camera™
AUTOMATIC SHUT-OFF
To preserve battery life, Kidizoom Camera™ will automatically turn off
after 3 minutes without input. The camera can be turned on again by
pressing the ON/OFF Button
.
You can connect Kidizoom Camera™ to a PC or Mac using the included
USB cable. Once connected, you can upload and download files to
Kidizoom Camera™ by accessing your camera as a removable storage
device. When Kidizoom Camera™ is connected to a computer, a new
drive called “VTech 1069” will appear.
• Turn Kidizoom Camera™ OFF before connecting to a computer.
• Locate the USB port on the back of your camera and open the door.
• Insert the USB cable (small end) into the USB port on the camera.
• Insert the larger end of the USB cable into a USB port on the computer.
A USB port is usually marked with this symbol
.
• Download the taken photos from the folder “photo” in the drive.
• To upload photos to the unit, put the photos into the root folder of the
drive. DO NOT put them in the folder “photo”, which is only for storing
the taken photos.
Note: To avoid data corruption, before uploading data to your computer
or downloading data to the camera, make sure that your Kidizoom
Camera™ does not have low battery levels.
MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPUTER CONNECTION:
Windows® 2000 SP3+/ XP/Vista
Mac OS® X 10.4 or above
Connecting to a Computer
CONNECTING TO A COMPUTER
Note: Once the camera is connected to your computer, do not disconnect
the camera or computer while files are uploading or downloading. After
you have finished, turn OFF
the camera to save power.
ACTIVITIES
1. CAMERA
• In Camera mode, you can look at the LCD screen to see the photo
subject.
• While holding the camera steady, press the Shutter Button
on the
top of the camera or press the OK Button
to take a picture.
Flash mode
Optimum distance for use
Weak Flash mode
12 - 24 inches
Auto-flash mode
24 - 48 inches
Strong Flash mode
More than 35 inches
• Press the Zoom In Button
or Zoom Out Button
to use the digital
zoom feature.
• To add a photo frame, stamp or kaleidoscope effect to the photo, press
the Left Cursor Button
or Right Cursor Button
to scroll through
the options. Then take a photo as usual and the selected frame or
stamp will be part of the photo.
• To view the photos you’ve taken, press the Up Cursor Button
or
Down Cursor Button
once to enter the Photo Album. Then press
the Up Cursor Button
or Down Cursor Button
again to view the
previous or next picture stored in the album.
• While in the Photo Album, press the Delete Button
to delete the
photo that is currently shown on the LCD screen.
• While in the Photo Album, press the Zoom In Button
or Zoom Out
Button
to zoom in or out while viewing a photo. While viewing a
photo in zoomed-in view, press the Up, Down, Left or Right Cursor
Buttons
to pan across the picture. Press the OK Button
anytime
to return to normal view.
• To exit the Photo Album and return to Camera mode, press either the
Shutter Button
, the Left Cursor Button
or Right Cursor Button ,
or the OK Button
.
• Photos taken by Kidizoom Camera™ will be saved in the PHOTO
folder in the internal memory.
Activities
• When Kidizoom Camera™ is first turned ON, it will be in Auto-flash
mode. To change your flash settings, press the Flash Button
to
switch between these flash modes: Auto-flash
, Strong Flash On
, Weak Flash On
, and Flash Off
.
Warning: Turn off the flash when taking a close photo of a person’s face
to avoid eye damage.
Note: If the batteries are too weak, the flash feature may not be available
and the camera will display this icon .
Recommended Flash Settings:
Note: If you want to view other photos downloaded from a computer
onto your Kidizoom Camera™, make sure they have been downloaded
to the root directory of the Kidizoom Camera™, otherwise you may not
be able to view them.
2. PHOTO EDITOR
: Choose this icon to add a photo frame to your
A.Photo Frames
photo. Press the Left Cursor Button
or Right Cursor Button
to select a frame, and then press the OK Button
to confirm your
selection.
B.Stamps
: Choose this icon to add a stamp to your photo. Press
the Left Cursor Button
or Right Cursor Button
to choose a
stamp, and then you can press the Up Cursor Button
or Down
Cursor Button
to enlarge or shrink the size of the stamp. Press the
OK Button
to confirm to the selection, and then press the cursor
buttons to move the stamp to where you want to apply it. Finally,
press the OK Button
to add the stamp to the photo.
C.Special Effects
: Choose this icon to add a distortion or
kaleidoscope effect to your photo. Press the Left Cursor Button
or Right Cursor Button
to choose an effect, and then press the
Up Cursor Button
or Down Cursor Button
to change the size
of the area it will be applied to. Press the OK Button
to confirm
your selection. Press the cursor buttons to move the effect to where
you want to apply it, and then press the OK Button
to add it to the
photo.
Note: Generating a special effect on your camera may take more than
1 minute.
Activities
In Photo Editor, you can add photo frames, stamps, distortion, and
kaleidoscope effects to a photo. Press the Up Cursor Button
or Down
Cursor Button
to view photos, and then press the OK Button
to
confirm selection and start editing.
An editing menu will appear. Press the Left Cursor Button
or Right
Cursor Button
to choose one of the below functions, press the OK
Button
to begin.
: Choose this icon to undo the last editing operation.
D.Undo
E.Save As
: Choose this icon to save the photo that you just edited
as another file.
Note: The process of saving an edited photo with a distortion effect may
take more than 1 minute.
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3. GAMES
Two games are built into Kidizoom Camera™. After entering the Game
Menu, press the Left Cursor Button
or Right Cursor Button
to
choose a game, and then press the OK Button
to start playing the
selected game.
B.CRAZY CATCHER
Catch all the germs of
a specific type under
the microscope in your
laboratory. Remember
what type of germ is
shown at the beginning of the game, and then catch all the others
of that type. When you see the right one, press the OK Button
to
catch it! Watch out, the germs will start to move faster and faster!
Your playing level will be saved automatically every time you leave a
game. When you play again, the game will start at the saved level. Or,
you can enter a level selection menu by pressing the OK Button
before starting the first round of a game.
Note: Press the Zoom In Button
or Zoom Out Button
to adjust the
volume while playing a game.
Activities
A.JUMPING FROG
Memorize the sequence
of the lights, and then
repeat the sequence
by pressing the cursor
buttons
. After each
correct answer, the sequence will become longer and harder to
memorize. If you press the Shutter Button
, you can take a photo for
the face of the frog!
CARE & MAINTENANCE
1.Keep the camera clean by wiping it with a slightly damp cloth.
2.Keep the camera out of direct sunlight and away from any direct heat
source.
3.Remove the batteries when the camera is not in use for an extended
period of time.
4.Do not drop the camera on a hard surface and do not expose it to
moisture or immerse it in water.
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A very small percentage of the public, due to an existing condition, may
experience epileptic seizures or momentary loss of consciousness when
viewing certain types of flashing colors or patterns.
While Kidizoom Camera™ does not contribute to any additional risks,
we do recommend that parents supervise their children while they play
games. If your child experiences dizziness, altered vision, disorientation,
or convulsions, discontinue use immediately and consult your physician.
Please note that focusing on at close range and handling a Kidizoom
Camera™ as a game controller for a prolonged period of time may cause
fatigue or discomfort. We recommend that children take a 15-minute
break for every hour o]f play.
TROUBLESHOOTING
Go through this section if you experience difficulty in operating
Kidizoom Camera™.
Problem
Solution
Program stops
working
1.Press the Reset Button with a paper clip.
If this does not solve the problem, please
continue the following steps.
2.Please make sure the camera is OFF.
3.Interrupt the power supply by removing the
batteries.
4.Let the camera sit for a few minutes without
batteries, then replace the batteries and
press the Reset Button again.
5.Turn the unit ON. The unit should now be
ready to play again.
6.If the unit still does not work, replace the
batteries with an entire set of new batteries.
Image taken is not 1.Check to see if the camera lens protection
clear
window is clean.
Display on
Kidizoom
Camera™ LCD
does not turn on
1.Make sure there are 4 “AA” batteries in the
camera. Hold the ON/OFF button to turn it on
again.
Cannot save files
1.Check the memory status of Kidizoom
Camera™ internal memory to see if it is full.
Care & Maintenance / Troubleshooting
WARNING
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DISCLAIMER AND LIMITATION OF
LIABILITY
VTech® Electronics North America, L.L.C. and its suppliers assume no
responsibility for any damage or loss resulting from the use of this handbook. VTech® Electronics North America, L.L.C. and its suppliers assume no responsibility for any loss or claims by third parties that may
arise through the use of this product. VTech® Electronics North America,
L.L.C. and its suppliers assume no responsibility for any damage or loss
caused by deletion of data as a result of malfunction, dead battery, or
repairs.
Company: VTech® Electronics North America, L.L.C.
Address: 1155 West Dundee Road, Suite 130, Arlington Heights, IL,
60004 USA
Phone: 1-800-521-2010 in the U.S., or 1-877-352-8697 in Canada.
IMPORTANT NOTE:
Creating and developing Preschool Learning™ products is
accompanied by a responsibility that we at VTech® take very seriously.
We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information which
forms the value of our products. However, errors sometimes can occur.
It is important for you to know that we stand behind our products and
encourage you to call our Consumer Services Department at 1-800521-2010 in the U.S., or 1-877-352-8697 in Canada with any problems
and/or suggestions that you might have. A service representative will
be happy to help you.
Disclaimer And Limitation Of Liability
If you have a problem that cannot be solved by using this manual, we
encourage you to visit us online or contact our Customer Services
Department with any problems and/or suggestions that you might have.
Our support representative will be happy to assist you.
Before requesting support, please be ready to provide or include the
information below:
• The name of your product or model number (the model number is
typically located on the back or bottom of your product).
• The specific problem you are experiencing.
• The actions you took right before the problem occurred.
Internet: www.vtechkids.com, or www.vtechcanada.com
Phone: 1-800-521-2010 in the U.S., or 1-877-352-8697 in Canada.
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This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for
a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These
limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful
interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses
and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in
accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio
communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will
not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful
interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct
the interference by one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to
which the receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Caution: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party
responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the
equipment.
THIS DEVICE COMPLIES WITH PART 15 OF THE FCC RULES.
OPERATION IS SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING TWO CONDITIONS:
(1) THIS DEVICE MAY NOT CAUSE HARMFUL INTERFERENCE, AND
(2) THIS DEVICE MUST ACCEPT ANY INTERFERENCE RECEIVED,
INCLUDING INTERFERENCE THAT MAY CAUSE UNDESIRED
OPERATION.
THIS CLASS B DIGITAL APPARATUS COMPLIES WITH CANADIAN
ICES-003.
CET APPAREIL NUMÉRIQUE DE LA CLASSE B EST CONFORME À
LA NORME NMB-003 DU CANADA.
Disclaimer And Limitation Of Liability
Note:
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Question 1:
I have bought a Vtech Kidizoom Camera™, but it will not work with
my PC; my PC is looking for a driver. I have searched the Internet and
cannot find a VTech® camera driver. What can I do?
Answer:
There is no separate driver needed for the Kidizoom Camera™. It uses a
standard USB mass storage device driver. Such a driver comes standard
on all Windows® operating systems starting with Windows® 2000 Service
Pack 3 (including Windows® XP and Vista) and Mac OS® 9.0 or above.
If your computer meets these OS requirements and is still looking for a
driver, please contact your PC manufacturer for further assistance. For
earlier operating systems that do not support mass storage, a system
upgrade or mass storage device driver may be available. Again, please
check with your PC manufacturer.
Question 2:
The pictures I take aren’t matching what I see when I look through the
viewfinder. The actual captured image covers a greater area than what
the viewfinder shows.
Answer:
The actual image and digital saved image may vary due to the refraction
of light through the viewfinder lens. Light bends through the lenses at
different angles based on a variety of factors including the distance
between the lens and your eyes, the angle at which you are viewing the
lenses, and even the distance between your eyes. Generally speaking,
when the lenses are placed close to the eyes the way they are intended
to be, light will refract through the lenses in such a way that it focuses in
a tighter and closer area, making the image and the viewing area appear
smaller than what is digitally captured.
Question 3:
What is the ISO value (light sensitivity) of the Kidizoom Camera™?
Answer:
The Kidizoom Camera™ uses an auto-ISO value. It auto adjusts
the exposure time and light sensitivity depending on the lighting
environment.
Kidizoom Camera™ Frequently Asked Questions
Kidizoom Camera™ Frequently
Asked Questions
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Question 4:
Answer:
The pictures taken by the Kidizoom Camera™ do not have any time and
date stamp written to its file. This is added by Windows when you upload
the pictures on your computer, and it can only be changed through the
use of third party software.
Question 5:
My camera turns on then immediately shuts off.
Answer:
Please make sure you are using new batteries. If there is no bad contact
due to dirt on the contact spring/plate or deformation of the contact spring
or plate, the power should be able to turn on. If the problem persists after
normal battery installation, then you might have a defective unit.
Question 6:
Why are my pictures sometimes grainy and fuzzy? Is there anything I can
do to improve the picture quality?
Answer:
In a poorly lit environment, the frame rate (shutter speed) drops to allow
for a longer exposure time. The downside of this is that any movement
in the frame, or of the hand holding the camera, can result in greater
blur. Furthermore, the camera sensor will soften the edges in low light
to counteract the darkness by reducing the image noise. This too can
sometimes result in a blurred picture. Try to improve the lighting to get
better results.
The sensitivity of the photo sensor in low lighting conditions and the
vulnerability of the image to hand shake have been improved in the most
recent models of the Kidizoom Camera™.
Question 7:
Can you delete a group of pictures at one time, or do they have to be
deleted one at a time on the camera?
Answer:
If you connect the Kidizoom Camera™ to your computer and access it
as an external drive (labeled VTech 1069), you can select multiple pictures to delete at any one time.
Kidizoom Camera™ Frequently Asked Questions
Can the date stamp be changed on the pictures?
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Question 8:
Answer:
Unfortunately, if you delete the pictures by formatting the internal storage
memory, there’s no way to retrieve it. There is third party software that
can help recover “deleted” data from storage, but we do not recommend
using this.
Question 9:
Will changing batteries erase the unit’s internal memory?
Answer:
Battery replacement under normal operation as detailed in the user’s
manual should not cause data corruption or data loss in either the built-in
memory.
Question 10:
Why do some of my close-up pictures look bleached out?
Answer:
Using a flash setting that is too strong when shooting a close-up can
result in too much light reflecting off the subject. When shooting a closeup, use the Weak Flash On setting to prevent the photo from bleaching
out. Please refer to page 9 for the recommended flash settings.
Question 11:
When connecting the camera to the USB port, I get the message “USB
device not recognized, one of the USB devices attached to this computer
has malfunctioned and Windows® does not recognize it.” I am running
Windows® XP.
Answer:
This is most likely a hardware or OS issue. A number of consumers have
reported this problem with their computers not recognizing mass storage
devices of all kinds. Please contact your PC manufacturer for support.
Question 12:
I am trying to download my pictures to my PC. I connected per the
instructions (connecting the USB cable to the camera and PC), and the
new driver VTech 1069 appears. However, no pictures are automatically
downloading. Is there something I need to do at start up to get the pictures
downloaded and saved?
Kidizoom Camera™ Frequently Asked Questions
If you accidentally delete the pictures by reformatting, is there any way
to get them back?
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The picture download operation does not start by itself. After you have
connected the USB cable to your PC and the drive VTech 1069 appears
ready, you can open the drive, look under the folder “PHOTO”, and you
should find the images you captured with the Kidizoom Camera™.
Moreover, if you wish to upload images that are not taken by the
Kidizoom Camera™ to be viewed on the camera, you can do so by
moving the JPEG image files into the root folder.
Question 13:
When I try to take pictures outdoors, the screen just shows white as if the
camera is getting too much light. Is there any way to fix this?
Answer:
Please check your flash setting to make sure that you don’t have the
camera in Strong Flash mode
(indicated by the lightning bolt with the
plus sign in the upper right corner). Using this setting in strong lighting
conditions would result in a picture with too much light.
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