Epson 850Z User Setup Information

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Quick Reference Guide
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Contents
Installing Batteries
1
Camera Dial Settings
3
Status Display Panel
4
Installing and Formatting the CompactFlash Card
6
Taking Pictures
9
Taking Pictures With the Viewfinder
10
Taking Pictures With the LCD Screen
12
Playing Back Pictures
15
Deleting Pictures
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Tips for Getting Great Pictures From Your Camera 17
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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.
Installing Batteries
Your camera includes a battery charger and a set of new,
uncharged batteries. See your User’s Guide for battery
charging instructions, then follow these steps to install
the charged batteries:
1 Turn the camera upside down.
2 Hold the battery cover lock down and slide the cover
out and up 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
The following table describes camera
dial settings. Turn the dial to Off to
remove or install batteries or the
CompactFlash card. The dial locks in
this position. Push in the camera dial
lock to change to other settings.
camera dial lock
Use for continuous or interval shooting to capture a
complex motion or to photograph scenes that change
over time.
Take pictures using the LCD screen. You can use the
LCD menus to adjust photo settings, such as digital
zoom, sensitivity, white balance, and exposure.
Take pictures with the viewfinder. This setting uses
less battery power than taking pictures with the LCD
screen.
Play back or delete your photos and sounds, or lock and
unlock photos.
Print directly from your camera to an EPSON ink jet
printer.
Set up or view camera information and settings.
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Status Display Panel
These settings appear on the status display panel:
image quality
timer flash
sensitivity
white
balance
low
battery
icon
pictures
remaining
exposure
monochrome
indicator
Status Display Panel Settings
Image Quality Settings
Standard
(640 × 480 pixels)
Flash Setttings
Automatic
Forced Flash
Fine
(640 × 480 pixels)
Super Fine
Flash Off
(640 × 480 pixels)
Slow Synchronized
HyPict
Red-eye Reduction
(640 × 480 pixels)
Low Battery Icon
Indicates that the camera
batteries are low.
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Monochrome Indicator
Indicates that the camera is set
to monochrome mode.
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Status Display Panel Settings (Continued)
Sensitivity Settings*
Standard (ISO 100)
High (ISO 200)
Super High
(ISO 400)
Exposure Settings*
Changes exposure setting from
- 2.0 to + 2.0 in increments of
0.5 in Program mode and 0.2 in
Manual mode.
White Balance Settings*
AUTO Adjusts white
balance automatically.
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.
* These settings are only available in the Program and Manual user
modes. See the inside back cover to set the user mode from
FullAuto mode to Program or Manual.
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Installing and Formatting the
CompactFlash Card
To take photos, your Compact Flash memory card must
be installed and formatted. Follow these steps:
1 Place your thumb or index finger behind the
memory card cover latch and pull the cover open.
memory card
cover latch
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2 Insert the card all the way into the memory card slot.
Make sure the front of the card faces the same
direction as the front of the camera, and the arrow
on the card points in.
3 As you insert the card, the eject button pops out.
Flip the eject button up and close the memory card
cover.
eject
button
4 Turn the camera dial to
.
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5 If you haven’t set the clock
yet, you see the clock setting
screen with the year
highlighted in red.
6 Press the +, −, ISO, and W.B. buttons to change the
date and time settings. (For detailed instructions, see
your User’s Guide.)
7 When you’re finished, press the bottom left button
(next to SET). You see the SETUP menu.
8 Press the bottom right
button (under Memory
SETUP). The Memory Card
Format menu appears:
9 Press the top left button (next to MEMORY CARD
FORMAT). You see a warning message. Press the
button next to Yes to format the card.
10 When the card is formatted, the camera returns to
the Memory Card Format menu. Press the bottom
right button (under BACK) to return to the SETUP
menu.
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Taking Pictures
You can take pictures with the viewfinder when you don’t
need to see the image on the LCD screen; this saves
battery power. You can take pictures with the LCD
screen to see a preview of how your image will appear
and change advanced settings.
NOTE
Before you start taking pictures, you need to make sure the
batteries are installed and the CompactFlash card is installed and
formatted, as described earlier in this book. You should also choose
your user mode. (See the inside back cover for details.) See your
User’s Guide for detailed instructions on using camera settings.
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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
camera status light
control buttons
camera dial
photo capture light
Follow these steps:
1 Make sure you are at least 20 inches (50 cm) away
from your subject.
2 Turn the camera dial to
and wait until the photo
capture light turns green.
3 Look straight through the viewfinder and center
your subject within the cross-hairs.
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4 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.)
5 Turn the optical zoom control to the left (counterclockwise) to zoom in on your subject, or to the
right (clockwise) to zoom out.
zoom control
shutter button
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 it clicks, 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.
camera status light
control buttons
camera dial
microphone
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.
2 Turn the camera dial to
the View menu settings.
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This example shows how
the LCD screen looks in
Full Auto user mode. The
screen looks different in
Program or Manual mode.
(See the inside back cover
to change the user mode.)
NOTE
The LCD screen uses up battery power quickly. If it’s idle for
more than the designated power off interval, the camera turns
off automatically. To turn it back on, press the shutter button,
or turn the camera dial to Off and then back to
.
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 optical zoom control to the left (counterclockwise) to zoom in on your subject, or to the
right (clockwise) to zoom out.
zoom control
shutter button
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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 it clicks. Then release the
shutter button.
After a few seconds, you
see a confirmation screen.
NOTE
Press the button next to Delete if you don’t want the picture.
If you’ve turned recording on, you see a countdown
on the screen. During this time, you can record a
message into the camera’s microphone.
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Playing Back Pictures
You can play back pictures if you are taking photos with
the LCD screen.
NOTE
You can also see your pictures in the camera’s playback menu, with
more options such as displaying a slide show, locking and unlocking
photos, recording and deleting sounds. See your User’s Guide for
details.
Follow these steps:
1 Turn the camera dial to
.
2 If you are taking pictures in Full Auto or Program
mode, press the top left button (next to the
icon).
If you are taking pictures in Manual mode, press the
bottom right button (under Menu Change). From
the next menu, press the top left button (next to the
icon).
You see the quick
playback screen
displaying the last
picture you took:
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3 Press the + button (next to the right arrow) to
display the earliest picture taken. You can continue
pressing the + button to view your pictures in order.
Press the − button (next to the left arrow) to move
backward through your pictures.
4 Press the bottom right button (under BACK) to
return to the previous menu.
Deleting Pictures
If you want to delete images stored on the camera, follow
these steps:
1 Follow steps 1 through 3 above to play back your
images.
2 When you see the image you want to delete, press
the bottom left button (next to Delete).
3 You see a confirmation screen. Click Yes to delete
the image.
You can also delete multiple photos or lock and unlock
photos for deletion using the camera’s playback menu;
see your User’s Guide for instructions.
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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 the inside back
cover to change the user mode.)
If you are taking pictures in bright sunlight:
◗
Avoid taking pictures while facing the sun.
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Reduce the exposure setting.
◗
Use a fast shutter speed or smaller aperture setting.
◗
Use an optional filter with the camera’s included lens
adapter to cut down on excessive light.
◗
Use the Solar Assist™ panel to save battery power.
If you are taking pictures when it is cloudy, you might
want to adjust your camera settings as follows:
◗
Increase the exposure setting.
◗
Try using fixed white balance.
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If the sky has complete cloud cover, you may want to
avoid taking landscape photos. Portrait photos and
closer shots are better under cloudy conditions.
◗
If the sky is partly cloudy, you can take landscape
photos with interesting cloud formations that look
great.
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 fluorescents.
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.
◗
Adjust exposure settings for different effects.
◗
Take shots at different times of the sunset to capture
the changing colors.
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 exposure setting.
◗
Use a wide aperture or slow shutter speed to let in
more light.
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Use a higher sensitivity or ISO eqivalent. (A tripod is
recommended for higher sensitivity settings.)
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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.
◗
Use the
◗
Be aware of lighting conditions and how they affect
the appearance of your subject. Early morning and
late afternoon provide flattering light for outdoor
portraits.
◗
Use a tripod.
◗
Try the Program mode Portrait setting.
◗
Try to get on the same level as your subject. For
children or pets, you can get shots that are more
interesting if they are taken from their perspective.
manual focus setting.
Action shots can be tricky. To get the best results:
◗
Use a fast shutter speed.
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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
later.
◗
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 these settings if
you’re in a hurry or you don’t want to make manual
camera settings.
◗
Try using quick shot mode to cut down on
processing time. (See your User’s Guide to turn this
on.)
◗
Don’t forget that if you don’t like the way a shot
comes out, you can erase it.
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