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CAM150
Contents
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Important
Safety
Notice
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Your camcorder
Introduction
What’s in the box
Functional overview
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Get started
Load the Micro SD card
Turn on
First-time setup
Charge the built-in battery
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Use your water and drop proof
camcorder
Record video
Take pictures
Play
Options during video play
Adjust settings
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Use more of your camcorder
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View video or pictures on TV
Install and use the camcorder software
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Technical specifications
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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
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1 Important
n Do not use this camcorder in water
deeper than 3 meters (10 feet) or for
longer than 30 minutes.
Safety
Any changes or modifications made to this
device that are not expressly approved by
Philips Consumer Lifestyle may void the user’s
authority to operate the equipment.
a Read these instructions.
b Keep these instructions.
c Heed all warnings.
d Follow all instructions.
Notice
e Clean only with dry cloth.
f Do not block any ventilation openings.
Install in accordance with the
manufacturer’s instructions.
g Do not install near any heat sources such
as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or
other apparatus (including amplifiers) that
produce heat.
This product complies with the radio
interference requirements of the European
Community.
This product is designed to be waterproof in
compliance with IEC 60529 IP68.
h Only use attachments/accessories
specified by the manufacturer.
i Refer all servicing to qualified service
personnel. Servicing is required when
the apparatus has been damaged in any
way, such as power-supply cord or plug
is damaged, objects have fallen into the
apparatus or does not operate normally.
j Do not place any sources of danger on
the apparatus (e.g. lighted candles).
k Before use underwater, always securely
close the protective cover at the bottom
of the camcorder.
l Never open the protective cover
underwater or when the camcorder is
still wet after use underwater.
m After use in sea water, immediately
rinse the camcorder with fresh water
to prevent corrosion, then clean the
camcorder with a soft dry cloth and let it
dry in a well-ventilated place away from
direct sunlight.
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Your product is designed and manufactured
with high quality materials and components,
which can be recycled and reused.
When this crossed-out wheeled bin symbol is
attached to a product it means that the product
is covered by the European Directive 2002/96/
EC.
Please inform yourself about the local separate
collection system for electrical and electronic
products.
Please act according to your local rules and
do not dispose of your old products with your
normal household waste. Correct disposal of
your old product helps to prevent potential
negative consequences for the environment and
human health.
Your product contains batteries covered by
the European Directive 2006/66/EC, which
cannot be disposed with normal household
waste.Please inform yourself about the local
rules on separate collection of batteries
because correct disposal helps to prevent
negative consequences for the environmental
and human health.
Always bring your product to a professional to
remove the built-in battery.
Note
• The safety logo and power rating information are
located at the inner side of the protective cover at the
bottom of the camcorder.
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2 Your camcorder
Introduction
With this portable camcorder, you can:
• take full HD (1080P), sports HD (720P
with 60 FPS) or VGA movies
• take pictures
• take the camcorder underwater (up to 3
meters, 10 feet)
• take with you anywhere thanks to the
rugged and drop-proof design (1.5-meter
drop-proof)
• play recorded movies or pictures either
directly or on the large screen of a
connected TV
• upload the recorded movies or pictures to
the Internet directly via your PC/Mac
What’s in the box
Make sure that the following items are packed
in the box:
• Camcorder
• USB cable (with a mini USB connector)
• Quick start guide
• Pouch
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Functional overview
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a Built-in speaker
b Display panel
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In viewfinder mode, switch to play
mode.
In play mode, play a selected video
clip.
Confirm settings.
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•
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/
•
•
•
•
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Navigate left/right in a menu.
Select a menu option.
In play mode, turn to the previous/
next picture/video clip.
( ) In viewfinder mode, switch to
the scene selection window.
( ) In viewfinder mode, switch to
the settings menu.
e +/• In viewfinder mode, zoom in/out.
• Navigate up/down in a menu.
• Change a value in the settings menu.
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•
During video play, change the volume.
Perform the specific function as
shown on the display panel.
f Shutter button
• In viewfinder mode, take a picture or
start/stop video recording.
• In play mode, switch to viewfinder
mode.
g Fastener
• Secure the protective cover.
h Protective cover
i Mini USB socket
• Connect to a PC/Mac through the
supplied USB cable.
j Reset button
• Restore default settings.
k Micro SD socket
• Connect a Micro SD card.
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l Mini HDMI socket
• Connect to a TV through an HDMI
cable with a mini HDMI connector
(type C).
m Tripod socket
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Turn on/off the camcorder.
o MODE
• Switch between picture and video
recording modes.
p Built-in microphones
q Lens
r Flashlight
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3 Get started
Turn on
•
Load the Micro SD card
Press .
» For first-time users, a menu for OSD
language selection is displayed (See
‘Get started - Set the OSD language’).
» The camcorder switches to viewfinder
mode.
To turn off the camcorder:
• Press and hold .
» The backlight on the display panel
turns off.
Tip
• To save energy, the camcorder turns off automatically
after being idle for 3 minutes.
First-time setup
When you turn on the camcorder for the first
time, a menu for OSD language selection is
displayed.
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1
Unlock the fastener on the protective
cover.
2
3
Flip open the protective cover.
4
Insert a Micro SD card (not supplied) into
the micro SD socket.
• Make sure that the the Micro SD card
is not write-protected.
• Make sure that the metal contact of
the card faces up.
Close the protective cover securely.
Press +/- to select a language.
Press
to confirm.
» A welcome message is displayed briefly.
» An inquiry box for date and time
setting is displayed.
3
Press to highlight [Yes].
» A date setting menu is displayed.
4
Press / to select the day, month and
year fields successively.
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6
Press +/- to change the value of each field.
Press
to confirm the date setting.
» A time setting menu is displayed.
7
Press / to select the hour and minute
fields successively.
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Press +/- to change the value of each field.
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Press
to confirm the time setting.
» The first-time setup is complete.
Charge the built-in battery
» The camcorder enters viewfinder
mode.
Tip
• See ‘Use your camcorder - Adjust settings’ for more
settings.
Select a scene
1
In viewfinder mode, press to enter the
window for scene selection.
2
3
Press +/- to select a scene.
Press
to confirm and go back to
viewfinder mode.
• Or press to cancel and go back to
viewfinder mode.
1
Unlock the fastener to flip open the
protective cover at the bottom of the
camcorder.
2
Connect the camcorder to a PC through
the supplied USB cable.
» The status indicator on the shutter
button starts flashing in orange.
3
Wait until the status indicator stops
flashing and turns to green steadily.
» The built-in battery is fully charged.
Tip
• The camcorder is fully charged for first-time use.
• It takes about 3 hours to fully charge the built-in
battery via the PC.
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You can also charge the camcorder via a USB
adaptor (not supplied) connected to mains
power. The charge time is about 2 hours.
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4 Use your water
and drop proof
camcorder
Note
• This camcorder is designed to be drop-proof (1.5
meters, 5 feet) and water-proof (3 meters, 10 feet).
You can take this camcorder 3 meters (10 feet)
underwater to film or take photos of what’s
happening underwater.
You can also take it out with you on the beach,
in the pool or anywhere you like.
Warning
• After use underwater, make sure to rinse the
•
camcorder with tap water, then wipe with a soft dry
cloth.
Never open the protective cover when the camcorder
is still wet after use underwater.
Record video
1
Press MODE once or twice until is
displayed at the upper right corner of the
display panel.
» The selected resolution and remaining
recording time are displayed on the
display panel.
2
Hold the camcorder steadily and aim the
lens as needed.
3
Press the shutter button to start recording.
» A red time indicator is displayed on
the display panel.
» The status indicator on the shutter
button starts flashing in red.
4
Press the shutter button again to end
recording.
» [Recording saved!] is displayed briefly.
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Take pictures
1
Press MODE once or twice until is
displayed at the upper right corner of the
display panel.
» The file size and remaining number
of pictures that can be taken are
displayed on the display panel.
2
Hold the camcorder steadily and aim the
lens as needed.
3
Press the shutter button down halfway to
adjust the focus.
4
Press the shutter button down completely
to take a picture.
» [Picture saved!] is displayed briefly.
Play
1
In viewfinder mode, press
to enter
play mode.
» The last recorded media is played
automatically.
2
Press /
for play.
3
If the selected file is a video clip, press
to start play.
to select a picture or video clip
Delete a file
1
2
3
In play mode, press
4
Press to highlight [Yes] and confirm the
deletion operation.
» [Deleted!] is dispalyed briefly.
/
to select a file.
Press + to enter the edit window.
Press + again to enter the window for
deletion confirmation.
» To exit the operation, press
highlight [No].
to
Zoom in a picture
1
2
3
4
In play mode, press
picture.
Tag a file
/
to select a
Press + to enter the edit window.
Press
1
2
3
In play mode, press
4
Repeat steps 1 to 3 to tag other files.
to zoom in the picture.
Press +/-/ / to pan through the
enlarged picture.
•
To return to normal view, press
.
to select a file.
Press - to tag the file.
• To untag the file, press - again.
Preview
•
Trim a video clip
/
Press + to enter the edit window.
Note
In play mode, press -.
» The thumbnails of 6 files are displayed
on each page.
» To select a file, press +/-/
/ .
• Only video files not recorded with ‘Dual recording’ can
be edited (trimmed) on the camcorder.
Play tagged files
1
In play mode, press /
recorded video clip.
2
3
Press + to enter the edit window.
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5
6
7
8
to select a
Press to enter the trim window.
» A bar for video trimming is displayed
at the top of the window.
Press
to set the starting point you want.
Press
Press
to confirm.
1
During preview, hold
.
» A tag operation menu is displayed.
2
Press +/- to select an option, then press
/ to highlight [Yes] for confirmation.
Menu option
[Play all]
[Play tagged]
[Quick impression]
to set the ending point you want.
Press
to confirm.
» A video trim menu is displayed.
Press +/- to select an option, then press
to confirm.
Menu option
[Go back]
[Preview edit]
[Save as new
file]
[Cancel and
exit]
Description
Go back to the trim window.
Preview the trimmed video
clip.
Save the trimmed video clip
as a new file.
Cancel the trim operation
and exit.
[Clear all tags]
Description
Play all files.
Play tagged files only.
Play excerpts of tagged
files.
Untag all files.
Options during video play
Fast forward/reverse
•
During video play, press and hold / .
• To return to the normal speed,
release / .
Adjust volume level
•
During video play, press +/-.
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Adjust settings
1
In viewfinder mode, press .
» A settings menu is displayed.
2
3
4
Press +/- to highlight an option.
Press
/
to select a setting.
Press
to confirm the setting and return
to viewfinder mode.
Settings menu Description
option
[Flash]
Select a flashlight mode: [On],
[Off] or [Auto].
[Resolution] Select a video resolution: [Full
HD] (for best video quality),
[Sports HD] (for filming of fast
moving objects), or [Standard]
(for reduced video file size).
[Photo Size] Select the size of the photos to
be saved (the higher the photo
size, the higher the resolution).
[Scene]
Select an automatic exposure
mode that matches your shot
for easy shooting.
[Smile
Enable/disable smile detection.
Detection]
[Dual
Record full HD and
recording]
compressed QVGA videos at
the same time.
[Autoplay]
Start automatic play when the
camcorder is connected to a
PC.
[Pre-record] Enable/disable 3-second prerecord mode.
Turn on/off the capture sound.
[Capture
sound]
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Settings menu
option
[Date]
[Time]
[Language]
[Format SD
card]
[TV system]
Description
Set the date.
Set the time.
Select your desired menu
language.
Clear contents from the micro
SD card.
Change this setting if the
output video does not appear
correctly on your TV.
5 Use more of
your camcorder
Install and use the camcorder
software
Warning
View video or pictures on TV
• If you remove the supplied software, you will not be
able to get one from ArcSoft for free.
With the software (ArcSoft MediaImpression
HD Edition) available in the internal memory
of the camcorder, you can import, edit, archive
or upload your pictures/videos to the Internet
easily.
Note
Mini HDMI /
HDMI
• The software supplied only works on PCs that operate
Microsoft® Windows® XP, Vista and Windows 7.
• When you connect the camcorder to a Mac, use the
iMovie software to import and edit your pictures/
videos directly.
Install the camcorder software
1
Unlock the fastener to flip open the
protective cover at the bottom of the
camcorder.
2
Connect an HDMI cable (not supplied) to:
• the HDMI socket on the camcorder
(requiring a mini HDMI connector)
• the HDMI input socket on an HDTV
• An inquiry box for output mode
selection is displayed.
3
To output the exact camcorder display with
menu options to the TV screen, select [TV].
• To output the camcorder display
without menu options to the TV
screen, select [Live CAM].
4
On the camcorder, select a file and start play.
1
Connect the camcorder to a PC (see ‘Get
started’ > ‘Charge the built-in battery’).
2
If the software does not install
automatically, find and click the Setup icon
at My Computer\CAM150.
3
Follow the on-screen instructions to finish
installation of the software.
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Install and use the camcorder
software
1
On your PC, click Start\(All) Programs\
ArcSoft MediaImpression HD Edition.
» The main screen of the software is
displayed.
2
Click an option to select the corresponding
operation.
3
Follow the on-screen instructions to
complete the operation.
Transfer video/pictures to a PC/Mac
1
Connect the camcorder to a PC/Mac
(see ‘Get started’ > ‘Charge the built-in
battery’).
» It may take some time for the PC/Mac
to recognize the camcorder.
2
Find your video/pictures at My
Computer\CAM150\DCIM\100MEDIA
or My Computer\CAM150 SD\
DCIM\100MEDIA.
3
Copy any video/pictures you want to your
designated folder in the PC/Mac.
Tip
• You can also import the video/picture files with the
camcorder software (for PC) or iMovie (for Mac).
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6 Technical
specifications
PC interface
System support
TV out
Product information is subject to change
without prior notice.
Image sensor
Operation
modes
Lens (focusing)
Focus mode
Focus range
Aperture
Digital zoom
Exposure control
White balance
Auto power off
Memory
1/3.2” 8MP CMOS sensor
Movie record, picture
record
Auto focus f=4.76mm
Auto focus
0.1m to Infinity
F2.8
5X
Auto
Auto
3 minutes
64MB (512Mbit) DDR2 +
128MB SLC (96MB for AP)
+ Micro-SD card Slot
Electronic
1/2~1/4000 second
JPEG
Power rating
Weight
Dimensions
(W x H x D)
Mini USB 2.0 port
Windows XP/Vista/
Windows 7, Mac
(mass storage only )
NTSC/PAL selectable, Mini
HDMI (type C)
DC 5V, 500mA
145 g
57.6 x 109.2 x 21.5 mm
Shutter type
Shutter speed
Picture file
format
Video container *.MP4 (H.264 )
format
(compression)
Video resolution Full HD (1080p 30)
1920 X1080 (30fps)
Sports HD (720p 60)
1280X720 (60fps)
VGA (4:3) 640X480
(30fps)
Audio file format AAC
Battery
1100mAh Li-ion (built-in);
120-minute battery life time
based on 720P recording
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7 Frequently
asked questions
(FAQ)
Why is there no response when I use the
camcorder?
•
The camcorder is in power-off mode. Turn
on the camcorder (see ‘Get started’ >
‘Turn on’).
•
The built-in battery may be drained.
Charge the battery (see ‘Get started’ >
‘Charge the built-in battery’).
Why is [Memory full!] displayed when I try to
record?
•
Ensure that the Micro SD card has been
inserted correctly (see ‘Get started’ >
‘Load the Micro SD card’).
•
The memory is used up. Save your video/
pictures to a computer (see ‘Use more of
your camcorder’ > ‘Transfer video/pictures
to a PC/Mac’). Then delete files from your
camcorder or clear the memory.
How much memory is needed for 1 hour of
Full HD recording?
•
The CAM150 uses 4GB on average for
1 hour of Full HD video. For a more
complex video recording (e.g. with lots of
motions in the video, or a lot of panning),
the CAM150 will use more memory. This is
done to maintain the video quality, but will
increase the usage of memory.
Why do I have no access to folders on the
camcorder from my computer?
•
Ensure that the USB connection is correct.
•
The camcorder turns off automatically
15 minutes after it is connected to a
computer. You can press
to turn it on
again.
Why do my video/pictures look blurry?
•
Hold the camcorder steady in your hands
during shooting.
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During video capture, do not move the
camcorder too fast.
Use a tripod (not supplied) if necessary.
Why do my video/pictures look distorted on a
TV screen?
•
Select the correct TV system.
How do I charge the camcorder?
•
You can charge the camcorder via
the supported USB cable. When you
connect it to your PC/laptop it will
automatically charge. You can also connect
the camcorder to a USB charger via the
supplied USB cable.
How long do I have to charge the camcorder?
•
The camcorder is fully charged for first
usage. The camcorder charge time when
connected to your PC/laptop is 3 hours.
When you charge it via USB adaptor, the
charge time is 2 hours.
Where can I find an adaptor for CAM150 to
charge the battery?
• CAM150 can be charged via regular
USB adaptors, which are readily available
in electronic stores. CAM150 is also
compatible with iPhone adaptors.
How do I fast-forward or rewind on the
camcorder?
•
You can fast-forward during play of a
movie by pressing the right-button for 2
seconds. You can rewind during play of a
movie by pressing the left-button for 2
seconds.
Camcorder stopped responding?
•
In the unlikely event that your camcorder
stops responding, you can manually reset
it. The reset button is located under the
protective cover. There you see a small
opening beside the USB socket. Please use
a small prying object (like a pen) to insert
and press gently for resetting. After you
have reset the camcorder, please turn on
the camcorder again, and set-up will start
again.
Why does the camcorder sometimes not
record the right color?
•
To record both indoors and outdoors,
and not having to change any settings,
the camcorder has an automatic whitebalance correction. This enables you to
record both indoors and outdoors where
the amount of light in the environment
changes. If you move fast from outdoors to
indoors, the camcorder might need some
time to correct that, and in extreme cases
the colors might seem a bit unnatural.
However, after a few seconds this will be
corrected automatically by the camcorder.
Can I connect the camcorder directly to TV,
DVD/Blu-ray player or Home Cinema set via
their USB-port?
•
The USB connection is designed to share
your videos/pictures to your PC or Laptop.
You can connect the CAM150 directly
to your TV, DVD/Blu-ray player or Home
cinema set (called the host from this point
on), and it will play the pictures that are
stored on the CAM150. To play the videos
from the CAM150, it depends if your host
supports the file format H.264 of the
CAM150. Most Blu-ray enabled players are
able to play this format.
How do I connect it to a Windows PC/laptop?
•
Connect the camcorder to your PC/laptop
via USB. For easy sharing and editing, install
the software program (Media Impression
HD) that comes with the camcorder.
How do I connect it to a Mac?
•
The camcorder works with the Mac via
USB. The camcorder works great with
the iMovie software, which is part of the
iLife package that comes with your Mac.
To transfer videos using iMovie, simply
connect the camcorder to your Mac via
USB, launch iMovie and start importing
by clicking the camcorder icon. Select ‘Use
original quality’ to ensure the best quality,
and to maintain file sizes at an optimum.
How do I play my videos on TV?
•
To play back on TV, please use an HDMI
connector (mini HDMI to standard HDMI)
if your TV accepts HDMI input.
Why is there no lens cover?
•
The camcorder comes without a lens
cover, keeping it simple to use and fussfree. It is made of robust material that
doesn’t scratch under normal usage. A
travel pouch and a lens cloth are provided,
allowing you to keep the camcorder clean.
What format does the camcorder record in?
•
The camcorder uses the same video
format as Blu-ray players and discs – H.264.
This highly sophisticated format delivers
superb HD picture quality.
What does pre-record mean that is in the
setting?
•
The pre-record button is designed to
let you never miss a moment. When
you enable the pre-record function, the
camcorder will record video 3 seconds
before you have pressed the record
button. So when you play-back the
recorded film, you will automatically
see the first 3 seconds before you have
pressed the record button. This can be
useful when filming unexpected moments.
The pre-record function will not drain
battery life, it will operate as normal.
Some video files cannot be edited. Why is
that?
•
Video files recorded with dual recording
cannot be edited. To edit video files on the
camcorder, set [Dual recording] to [Off]
before you record video (see ‘Use your
camcorder’ > ‘Adjust settings’).
Tips on video making
•
You can easily look back on fun moments
and relive them with the camcorder. To
enjoy these memories to the fullest, here
are some simple video tips:
• When capturing videos, hold your
camcorder steady in your hand
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Don’t move too fast when panning
(i.e. moving the camera horizontally)
as it will be hard to follow what is
captured when you review the video
Try shooting from different angles
– for example, from the side, from
the front, or even from below. You
can easily join the different video
segments together with the PC
software included
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