Epson 3000Z Quick Reference Guide

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Quick Reference Guide
This book provides a quick reference to using your
camera. It covers the camera’s basic features and includes
helpful tips for taking pictures in various locations.
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IMPORTANT NOTICE
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Contents
Installing Batteries 1
Camera Dial Settings 3
Status Display Panel 4
Formatting Your CompactFlash Memory Card 6
Removing a CompactFlash Memory Card 7
Installing a CompactFlash Memory Card 8
Taking Pictures 10
Taking Pictures With the Viewfinder 11
Taking Pictures With the LCD Screen 13
Playing Back Pictures 16
Deleting Pictures 17
Capturing Video Clips 18
Playing Back Video Clips 20
Deleting Video Clips 21
Tips for Getting Great Pictures From Your Camera 21
Using the LCD Setup and View Screens
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Installing Batteries
Your camera includes a battery charger and a set of new,
uncharged batteries. See your User’s Guide for battery
charging and safety instructions, then follow these steps
to install the charged batteries:
1 Hold the camera upside-down.
2 Press and hold the battery cover lock down and slide
the cover out to open it.
battery cover
lock
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3 Insert four batteries into the compartment,
positioning the + and − ends as shown below.
4 Lower the battery cover and slide it in.
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Camera Dial Settings
To turn on the camera, remove the
lens cap, then press the POWER
button in the center of the dial.
(Press it again to turn the camera
off.)
The following table describes camera dial settings.
Use for video clips to capture motion, for interval mode
to photograph scenes that change over time, and for
continuous shooting mode to capture pictures in rapid
succession.
Take pictures using the LCD screen. You can use the
LCD screen to take panoramic, macro, and digital zoom
pictures.
Take pictures using the viewfinder. This setting uses
less battery power than taking pictures with the LCD
screen.
Play back or delete your photos, sounds, and video
clips, or lock and unlock photos.
Connect your camera to your computer to download or
upload photos, sounds, and video clips. Also use it to
create DPOF files with the PrintMark program. See
your User’s Guide.
Set up or view camera information and settings.
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Status Display Panel
These settings appear on the status display panel on the
top of the camera:
image quality
sensitivity
flash
white
balance
low battery
icon
monochrome
indicator
timer
exposure
pictures
remaining
Status Display Panel Settings
Image Quality Settings
Standard
(640 × 480 pixels)
Fine
(2048 × 1536 pixels)
Super Fine
(2048 × 1536 pixels)
HyPict™
(2544 × 1904 pixels)
Flash Setttings
Automatic
Forced Flash
Flash Off
Slow Synchronized**
Red-eye Reduction
Uncompressed Tiff*
(2048 × 1536 pixels)
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Status Display Panel Settings (Continued)
Low Battery Icon
Indicates that the camera
batteries are low.
Monochrome Indicator***
Indicates that the camera is set
to monochrome (black and
white) mode.
Sensitivity Settings**
White Balance Settings**
AUTO Adjusts white
balance automatically.
Standard (ISO 100)
High (ISO 200)
Super High
(ISO 400)
Exposure Settings**
Changes the automatic
exposure setting from −2.0 to
+2.0 EV in increments of 0.5 in
Program mode and 0.2 in
Manual mode.
FIX
Locks white balance
at 5200°K.
CUST
Lets you customize
white balance.
Timer
If the timer icon appears, the
timer is on.
Pictures Remaining
Displays the number of pictures you can still take. This number
varies depending on your image quality setting.
*
The Uncompressed Tiff setting must be enabled in the Shot
Setup menu. See your User’s Guide for details.
** These settings are only available in the Program and Manual
user modes. See "Using the LCD Setup and View Screens"
for instructions on changing the user mode.
*** The monochrome setting must be enabled in the SETUP menu.
See your User’s Guide for details.
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Formatting Your CompactFlash
Memory Card
To take photos, a CompactFlash™ memory card must be
in your camera and formatted. Your camera comes with a
preinstalled 16MB memory card that you must format
before you take pictures. Follow these steps:
1 Press down the POWER button to turn on the
camera and turn the camera dial to
.
2 If you haven’t set the clock
yet, you see the clock setting
screen with the year
highlighted in red.
3 Press the buttons next to the up, down, right, and
left arrows to change the date and time settings. (For
detailed instructions, see your User’s Guide.)
4 When you’re finished, press the button under BACK.
You see the SETUP menu.
5 Press the button under
Memory SETUP. The
Memory Card Format
menu appears:
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6 Press the button next to MEMORY CARD
FORMAT. You see a warning message. Press the
button next to Yes to format the card.
7 After the card is formatted, the camera returns to the
Memory Card Format menu. Press the button under
BACK to return to the SETUP menu.
Removing a CompactFlash Memory
Card
CAUTION
Never remove the card while the camera is on. Data in the card may
be lost or damaged.
Follow these steps to remove a memory card:
1 Place your finger behind the memory card cover
latch and pull the cover open.
memory card
cover latch
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2 Push the eject button in to release the card. Then
pull the card out and close the cover.
eject button
Installing a CompactFlash Memory
Card
You can purchase additional CompactFlash memory cards
(Type I, 4MB to 192MB) from leading suppliers. See your
User’s Guide for more information.
Follow these steps to install a memory card:
1 Make sure the camera is turned off. (Press the
POWER button to turn the camera off, if it is on.)
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2 Place your finger behind the memory card cover
latch and pull the cover open.
memory card
cover latch
3 Insert the card all the way into the memory card slot.
Make sure the front of the card is facing the same
direction as the front of the camera, and the arrow
on the card’s label is pointing in. As you insert the
card, the eject button pops up.
4 Close the memory card cover.
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If you install a new memory card, make sure you format
it before you start taking pictures. See page 6 for
instructions.
Taking Pictures
If you prefer, you can take pictures using the viewfinder.
Or, you can take pictures with the LCD screen to see a
preview of how your image will appear.
Before you start taking pictures, you need to make sure
the lens cap is removed, the batteries are installed and
fully charged, and the CompactFlash memory card is
installed and formatted, as described earlier in this book.
You should also choose your user mode. (See "Using the
LCD Setup and View Screens.") See your User’s Guide for
instructions on using your camera and its settings.
NOTE
Your camera requires at least 9.1MB of free space on your
CompactFlash memory card to take Uncompressed Tiff mode
pictures. If you are taking pictures in Tiff mode or HyPict mode, you
will notice a delay in processing time of up to 32 seconds. (See your
User’s Guide for instructions on enabling Uncompressed Tiff
mode.)
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Taking Pictures With the Viewfinder
Use the camera’s viewfinder to capture an image as you
would with any point-and-shoot auto-focus camera.
viewfinder
status display panel
control buttons
shutter
button
photo capture
light
telephoto
button
wide angle
button
menu button
Make sure the lens cap is not on the camera, then follow
these steps:
1 Make sure you are at least 20 inches (50 cm) away
from your subject.
2 Press down the POWER button and turn the camera
dial to . Wait until the photo capture light stops
flashing and remains a steady green.
3 Use the camera’s control buttons to change image
quality, flash, or other basic settings. (See page 4 for
a description of basic camera settings.)
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NOTE
To change the programmed subject setting (when the user
mode is set to Program), or make changes to exposure, white
balance, or other advanced settings, press the MENU button
to see the Viewfinder menu. (See your User’s Guide for
details.)
4 Look straight through the viewfinder and center
your subject within the cross-hairs.
5 Push the T (telephoto) button to zoom in on your
subject, or the W (wide angle) button to zoom out.
6 Hold the shutter button halfway
down to lock the auto focus and
exposure.
7 Press the shutter button the rest of
the way down to take the picture.
8 Hold the camera still until the shutter snaps, then
release the shutter button. When the photo capture
light stops flashing, your image is saved.
CAUTION
If you set the camera down while the light is still flashing, do it
carefully. The camera may lose your image if you set it down
too hard.
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Taking Pictures With the LCD Screen
The LCD screen lets you see a live preview of what the
camera’s lens sees at any moment.
control buttons
shutter
button
photo capture
light
microphone
telephoto
button
wide angle
button
LCD screen
Make sure the lens cap is not on the camera, then follow
these steps to take a picture using the LCD screen:
1 Make sure you are at least 20 inches (50 cm) away
from your subject.
NOTE
You can get as close as 2.36 inches (6 cm) in Macro mode.
The lens must be zoomed all the way out to get closer than
8 inches (20 cm). See your User’s Guide for instructions.
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2 Press down the POWER button and turn the camera
to see a live preview with the View menu
dial to
settings.
This example shows how
the LCD screen looks in
Program user mode. The
screen looks different in
Manual or Full Auto mode.
(See the inside back cover
to change the user mode.)
NOTE
If the camera is idle for more than the designated power off
interval, it turns off automatically. To turn it back on, press the
shutter button, or turn the camera off and then back on.
3 Make any changes you want to the settings on the
View menu. You can also use the camera’s control
buttons to change image quality, flash, or other basic
settings. (See page 4 for a description of basic camera
settings.)
4 Push the T (telephoto) button to zoom in on your
subject, or the W (wide angle) button to zoom out.
You see a display with green zoom steps and the
current zoom position in yellow.
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5 Center your subject on the screen,
then press the shutter button
halfway down to lock the auto
focus and exposure.
You see a green circle on the screen when the
camera locks the settings.
6 Press the shutter button the rest of
the way down to take the picture.
7 Hold the camera still until the shutter snaps. Then
release the shutter button.
If the confirmation
setting is on, you see a
confirmation screen after
a few seconds.
NOTE
You enable the confirmation screen in the Shot Setup menu.
See your User’s Guide for detailed instructions.
From the confirmation screen, you can do the
following:
◗
Press the button next to Delete if you don’t
want the picture.
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◗
Press the button next to Rec Sound to record a
voice message or other sound. You see a
countdown on the screen. During this time, you
can record a message into the camera’s
microphone.
◗
Press the button next to to instantly play
back your images. (Press the button under
BACK to return to the View menu.)
For more detailed instructions on using the
confirmation screen, see your User’s Guide.
When the camera’s green photo capture light stops
flashing, the camera is ready to take another picture.
Playing Back Pictures
You can play back your pictures in the camera’s playback
menu.
NOTE
◗
For detailed instructions on options such as displaying a slide
show, locking and unlocking photos, and recording and deleting
sounds, see your User’s Guide.
◗
If you are viewing Uncompressed Tiff images, you will notice a
delay when you play them back.
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Follow these steps:
1 Press down the camera’s POWER button to turn on
the camera, and turn the camera dial to
.
You see the playback
screen displaying the last
picture you took:
2 Press the button next to the right arrow to display
the earliest picture taken. You can continue pressing
the same button to view your pictures in order. Or,
press the button next to the left arrow to move
backward through your pictures.
Deleting Pictures
If you want to delete images stored on the camera, follow
these steps:
1 Follow steps 1 and 2 in the section above to play
back your images.
2 When you see the image you want to delete, press
the button under Delete.
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3 You see a confirmation screen. Press the button next
to Yes to delete the image.
You can also delete multiple photos or lock and unlock
photos for deletion; see your User’s Guide.
Capturing Video Clips
Make sure the lens cap is not on the camera, then follow
these steps to capture 25-second video clips:
1 Press the POWER button down to turn on your
camera and turn the camera dial to
.
NOTE
If you want to adjust any camera settings, such as white
balance, sensitivity, or macro mode, turn the camera dial to
to see the View menu and adjust the settings, then turn the
camera dial back to
. (See your User’s Guide for instructions
on using camera settings.)
You see the video clip
capture screen:
2 Press the button next to
Sound to turn the setting
to On or Off.
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3 Push the T (telephoto) button to zoom in on your
subject, or the W (wide angle) button to zoom out.
You see a display with green zoom steps and the
current zoom position in yellow.
Make sure you are zoomed to the position you want;
you can’t change the zoom setting once you’ve
started recording.
4 Press the shutter button to begin recording your
video clip. If you want to stop the recording, press
the shutter button again.
You see the red letters REC on the screen while your
camera is recording. When the recording is done, the
camera displays Please wait... and takes a few
seconds to store the video.
You can play back your video, as described on page
page 20.
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Playing Back Video Clips
Follow these steps to play back your video clips:
1 Press the POWER button to turn on your camera
and turn the camera dial to . You see the last
picture you took on the LCD screen. (If you haven’t
taken any photos, you see a gray screen with the
following message: There is no image.)
2 Press the button under Menu Change.
3 Press the button next to
Video Clip. The camera
displays Please wait... as it
accesses your video clip.
After a few seconds, you see
a video clip playback screen:
4 Press the buttons next to the left and right arrows to
select a video clip.
5 Press the button next to
Play. You see your video
clip playing in a screen
like this:
6 Press the button under Quit
to stop playing the video
clip.
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For detailed playback information, see your User’s Guide.
Deleting Video Clips
Follow these steps to delete a video clip:
1 Follow steps 1 through 4 under “Playing Back Video
Clips,” to select a video clip for deletion.
2 Press the button next to Delete.
3 You see a confirmation screen. Press the button next
to Yes to delete the video clip. Press the button next to
No if you don’t want to delete it.
Tips for Getting Great Pictures From
Your Camera
Here are some tips to help you use the camera’s settings.
Conditions and subjects vary, so these settings may not
be exactly right for your specific photograph.
NOTE
This section includes suggested advanced settings that are
described in detail in your User’s Guide. Many of these settings can
only be changed in Manual or Program mode. (See "Using the LCD
Setup and View Screens," to change the user mode.)
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If you are taking pictures in bright sunlight:
◗
Reduce the automatic exposure setting.
◗
Use a fast shutter speed or narrow aperture setting.
◗
Use an optional filter with the PhotoPC 3000Z’s
included lens adapter to cut down on excessive light
and protect the camera’s lens.
If you are taking pictures when it is cloudy, you might
want to adjust your camera settings as follows:
◗
Increase the automatic exposure setting.
◗
Try using fixed white balance.
◗
If the sky has complete cloud cover, you may want to
avoid taking landscape photos. Portrait photos and
closer shots are better under these conditions.
◗
If the sky is partly cloudy, you can take landscape
photos with interesting cloud formations.
Under fluorescent lighting, you need to counteract the
cool, bluish lighting that results. Try the following:
◗
Use custom or fixed white balance.
◗
Avoid taking portraits under fluorescent lights.
To capture beautiful sunsets without losing any of the
color or lighting effects, set up the camera as follows:
◗
Use the fixed white balance setting.
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◗
Adjust exposure settings for different effects.
◗
Take shots at different times of the sunset to capture
the changing colors. (Try interval shooting mode.)
Under low light conditions, it is often difficult to
capture a good shot of the background as well as your
subject. Try the following:
◗
Increase the automatic exposure setting.
◗
Use a wide aperture or slow shutter speed.
◗
Use a higher sensitivity or ISO equivalent. (A tripod
is recommended when using higher sensitivity
settings.)
◗
Use the slow synchronized flash setting to light up
the background along with the subject.
When you are taking portraits, you should set up your
camera so it captures flattering images that make your
subject the center of attention:
◗
Try the spot metering setting. Be sure to center your
subject when locking the camera settings with the
two-step shutter.
◗
Be aware of lighting conditions and how they affect
the appearance of your subject. Early morning and
late afternoon provide flattering light for portraits.
◗
Try the Program mode Portrait setting.
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◗
Try to get on the same level as your subject; shots are
more interesting if they are taken from the subject’s
perspective.
Action shots can be tricky. To get the best results:
◗
Use a fast shutter speed.
◗
Pick a good location where you can capture a shot at
any moment.
◗
In Program mode, try the Sports setting.
For all your pictures:
◗
Don’t forget about your optical zoom, black and
white, Macro mode, and other specialized settings.
You can frame the exact shots you want, reducing
the time you might spend adjusting your images.
◗
Hold the camera as still as possible and use a tripod
if you have one.
◗
Program mode has great shortcuts for Landscape,
Portrait, and Sports images.
◗
Try HyPict mode or Uncompressed Tiff mode for
prints that will be enlarged up to A3-size (12 × 17
inches).
◗
Don’t forget that if you don’t like the way a shot
comes out, you can erase it from your CompactFlash
memory card and take another one.
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To change a setting, press the button
under or next to the setting.
Using the LCD Setup and View Screens
1
Press the POWER button to turn the camera on. Turn the
camera dial to
to go to the Setup menu, then press the
button next to the current mode setting to cycle through the
modes: Program, Manual, and Full Auto.
2
3
4
Program
Setup Menu
View Screen
Take Your Picture
Turn the camera dial to
to go to the View Screen
Manual
Setup Menu
View Screen 1
View Screen 2
Turn the camera dial to
to go to the View Screen
Optionally, press the button under
Menu Change to go to View Screen 2
Full Auto
Setup Menu
View Screen
Turn the camera dial to
to go to the View Screen
Take Your Picture
Take Your Picture