Epson PhotoPC Color Digital Camera User's Manual

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IMPORTANT NOTICE
DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY
Epson America makes no representations or warranties, either express or
implied, by or with respect to anything in this manual, and shall not be liable
for any implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular
purpose or for any indirect, special, or consequential damages. Some states
do not allow the exclusion of incidental or consequential damages, so this
exclusion may not apply to you.
COPYRIGHT NOTICE
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retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic,
mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written
permission of Epson America, Inc. No patent liability is assumed with
respect to the use of information contained herein. Nor is any liability
assumed for damages resulting from the use of the information contained
herein. Further, this publication and features described herein are subject to
change without notice.
TRADEMARKS
EPSON is a registered trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation.
PhotoPC and PhotoSpan are trademarks of Epson America, Inc.
EPSON Connection is a service mark of Epson America, Inc.
EasyPhoto and the EasyPhoto logo are trademarks of Storm Software, Inc.
General notice: Other product names used herein are for identification purposes only
and may be trademarks of their respective owners. EPSON disclaims any and all rights
in those marks.
Copyright © 1995 by Epson America, Inc.
Torrance, California, USA
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6360472037
11/95
Printed in Japan
A NOTE CONCERNING RESPONSIBLE USE OF
COPYRIGHTED MATERIALS
Like photocopiers, digital cameras can be misused by improper
photographing of copyrighted material. Although Section 107 of the U.S.
Copyright Act of 1976 (Title 17, United States Code), the “fair use” doctrine,
permits limited copying in certain circumstances, those circumstances may
not be as broad as some people assume. Unless you have the advice of a
knowledgeable attorney, be responsible and respectful by not photographing
published material without the permission of the copyright holder.
FCC COMPLIANCE STATEMENT
FOR CANADIAN USERS
FOR AMERICAN USERS
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions from
digital apparatus as set out in the radio interference regulations of the Canadian
Department of Communications.
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
and television reception. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur
in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause interference to radio and
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:
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Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna
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Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver
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Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected
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Consult an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Le présent appareil numérique n'émet pas de bruits radioélectriques dépassant les limites
applicables aux appareils numériques de Classe B prescrites dans le règlement sur le
brouillage radioélectrique édicté par le Ministère des Communications du Canada.
WARNING
The connection of a non-shielded equipment interface cable to this equipment will
invalidate the FCC Certification of this device and may cause interference levels that
exceed the limits established by the FCC for this equipment. It is the responsibility of the
user to obtain and use a shielded equipment interface cable with this device. If this
equipment has more than one interface connector, do not leave cables connected to
unused interfaces.
Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer could void the
user's authority to operate the equipment.
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Create professional letters, documents, and presentations with real life
images right on your desktop. Share pictures with business colleagues or
friends over the Internet. Add color and visual appeal to your
newsletters, flyers, and brochures. Anything you can display on your
screen or print will look better with PhotoPC pictures.
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PhotoPC Features
PhotoPC is a complete system for capturing digital images, and includes
the following features:
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Base unit with 1MB internal memory for 16 high-resolution images
You can also use standard 37 mm video camcorder lenses and filters
(640 x 480 pixels) or 32 standard-resolution images (320 x 240
available from leading suppliers, such as Tiffen®.
pixels)
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24-bit color image capture
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Built-in flash with both automatic and manual settings
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Self-timer
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Automatic shut-off to save batteries
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Variable shutter speed
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Automatic date and time recording for each picture
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Serial cable for transferring photos to your computer
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EasyPhoto software that lets you transfer, organize, enhance, and
System Requirements
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IBM®-compatible PC with 486 or higher processor
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3.5-inch high-density diskette drive
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Serial port with standard RS-232C interface
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8MB RAM
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Hard disk drive with at least 15MB free space
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VGA or SVGA monitor with at least 256-color display
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Microsoft® Windows 3.1 or later, Microsoft Windows for
Workgroups 3.11 or later, or Windows 95.
print your pictures
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Use your pictures with any Windows® application
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Print out your pictures on any color or black and white printer.
Where to Get Help
If you purchased your PhotoPC in the United States or Canada, EPSON
The following optional accessories are available from EPSON for
provides customer support and service through a network of Authorized
enhancing your PhotoPC:
EPSON Customer Care Centers. EPSON also provides the following
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2MB and 4MB PhotoSpan memory modules
services when you dial (800) 922-8911:
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AC adapter to use with a standard electric outlet.
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Technical assistance with the installation, configuration, and
operation of EPSON products
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Assistance in locating your nearest Authorized EPSON Reseller or
World Wide Web
Customer Care Center
If you are connected to the Internet and have a Web browser, you can
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Customer relations
access EPSON’s World Wide Web site at http://
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EPSON technical information library fax service
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www.epson.com. EPSON’s home page links users to What’s New,
EPSON Products, EPSON ConnectionSM, Corporate Info, and EPSON
Product literature on current and new products.
Contacts.
You can purchase accessories, printed manuals, or parts for EPSON
products from EPSON Accessories at (800) 873-7766 (U.S. sales only).
In Canada, call (800) BUY-EPSON.
Link to the EPSON Connection for the latest drivers and FAQs
(Frequently Asked Questions) and the EPSON Chat area. To get in touch
with EPSON around the world, EPSON Contacts includes contact
If you purchased your PhotoPC outside the United States or Canada,
information for local EPSON subsidiaries.
contact your EPSON dealer or the marketing location nearest you for
customer support and service.
EPSON Bulletin Board Service
You can call the EPSON Bulletin Board Service (BBS) at (310) 782-
If you need help with EasyPhoto software, call Storm Software at (415)
4531. No membership is required. Make sure your communications
969-9555.
software is set to 8 data bits with 1 stop bit, no parity bit, and a modem
Electronic Support Services
If you have a modem, the fastest way to access helpful tips,
speed up to 28.8 Kbps. See the documentation that came with your
communications software for more information.
specifications, drivers, application notes, and bulletins for EPSON
CompuServe Online Support
products is through the online services listed below.
CompuServe members can call the Epson America Forum on
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CompuServe. If you are already a member, simply type GO EPSON at
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the menu prompt to reach the Forum.
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If you are not currently a member of CompuServe, you are eligible for a
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To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not remove the camera’s
free introductory membership as an owner of an EPSON product. This
cover or open any compartments except as instructed in this User’s
membership entitles you to:
Guide.
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An introductory credit on CompuServe
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Your own user ID and password
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A complimentary subscription to CompuServe Magazine,
CompuServe’s monthly publication.
To take advantage of this offer, call (800) 848-8199 in the United States
and Canada and ask for representative #529. In other countries, call the
following U.S. telephone number: (614) 529-1611, or your local
CompuServe access number.
Registration
Please take a minute to fill out the registration card included with
PhotoPC and mail it back to us. This will enable you to receive special
information on software upgrades, accessories, and new products. You’ll
get immediate attention if you have a problem with your PhotoPC.
Safety Instructions
Read all of these instructions and save them for later reference. Follow
all warnings and instructions marked on the camera.
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To prevent fire or electric shock, do not expose the camera to rain
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Avoid sudden temperature changes, which can cause moisture to
or moisture.
condense on the camera. Keep the camera in a case or bag if you
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Do not use outdoors during a thunderstorm.
need to move it from a cold environment to a warm one. Allow
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If the camera shows unusual signs such as noise, odor, or smoke,
stop using it and turn it off immediately. Remove the batteries and/
time for the camera to adjust to temperature changes before
using it.
or disconnect the AC adapter.
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Do not use harsh or abrasive cleaners. Wipe off dust with a clean,
dry cloth.
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To avoid damage to the optics of the camera, do not expose the lens
to direct sunlight for extended periods of time.
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Do not store the camera near sources of bright light, direct sunlight,
high humidity, heat, excessive dirt or dust, or where it will be
exposed to strong vibrations or magnetic fields.
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To prevent possible eye injury, do not take flash pictures of faces at
close range.
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Table of Contents
Introduction
PhotoPC Features
System Requirements
Where to Get Help
Electronic Support Services
Registration
Safety Instructions
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4
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Chapter 1: Getting Started
Unpacking Your PhotoPC
Getting to Know the Camera
Installing Batteries
Handling Batteries
Attaching the Hand Strap
Installing Your EasyPhoto Software
1-1
1-1
1-2
1-3
1-4
1-5
Chapter 2: Taking Pictures with PhotoPC
Turning the Camera On and Off
Auto Shut-off
The EasyTouch™ Control Panel
Checking the Battery Icon
2-2
2-2
2-2
2-3
Snapping the Shutter
Picture-taking Range
Adjusting Settings
Flash
Resolution
Timer
Erasing Pictures
Checking the Picture Counter
2-3
2-4
2-4
2-5
2-6
2-8
2-9
2-9
Chapter 3: Using PhotoPC with Your Computer
Connecting PhotoPC to Your Computer
Transferring Pictures to Your Computer
Erasing Pictures from Your Camera
Using Pictures in Your Documents
Inserting a Picture with Copy and Paste
Inserting a Picture with Drag and Drop
Inserting a Picture by Importing
Closing EasyPhoto
3-1
3-3
3-5
3-6
3-6
3-7
3-8
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Chapter 4: Working with Your Pictures
Using Photo Galleries
Adding or Changing Picture Information
Finding a Picture
Making Changes with the Photo Workshop
Cropping
Resizing
Rotating
Adjusting Brightness and Contrast
Adjusting Colors
Saving, Moving, and Printing Your Pictures
Changing File Information
Appendix A: Using Optional Accessories
4-2
4-2
4-3
4-5
4-6
4-6
4-6
4-7
4-7
4-7
4-8
Chapter 5: Using Advanced Features
Getting Ready to Use Advanced Features
Setting the Clock
Setting Auto Shut-off
Setting the Shutter Speed
Adjusting Port Settings
Taking Pictures from Your Computer
Snapping the Shutter
5-1
5-2
5-2
5-3
5-4
5-5
5-7
Chapter 6: Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Caring for the Camera
Camera Problems
Picture Problems
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6-1
6-2
6-3
Expanding Your PhotoPC Memory
Installing PhotoSpan Memory Modules
Using the AC Adapter
Using Optional Lenses
A-1
A-2
A-3
A-5
Appendix B: Specifications
Physical Dimensions
Power
Technical
Photographic
Index
B-1
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camera
hand strap
batteries
his chapter helps you get ready to use your
PhotoPC. It covers the following:
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Unpacking your PhotoPC
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Getting to know the camera
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Installing the batteries
❙
Attaching the hand strap
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Installing your EasyPhoto software.
Unpacking Your PhotoPC
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Getting to Know the Camera
diskettes
serial cable
After you unpack your PhotoPC, take a few minutes to learn about its
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features, as shown on page 1-2.
Getting Started 1-1
Installing Batteries
red timer light
viewfinder
light sensor
flash
Your PhotoPC comes with four AA alkaline batteries. Make sure the
camera is turned off, and follow these steps to insert the batteries:
port cover
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Slide the battery cover lock to the right to release the cover.
battery cover
lens
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Grasp the battery cover and pull it away from the camera body as
shown.
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Insert all four batteries into the compartment, positioning the + and
Handling Batteries
- ends as shown in the compartment. Arrange the ribbon under the
When your PhotoPC batteries wear out, you can replace them with any
batteries so you can use it to pull them out when you need to
of the following:
replace them. Press down on the batteries to snap them into place.
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Single-use AA alkaline batteries
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Single-use AA lithium batteries (longest battery life)
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Rechargeable AA Ni-Cad batteries.
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Getting Started 1-3
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WARNING
To avoid the danger of fire or explosion, do not mix different types of
batteries. Do not allow the battery contacts to touch metal objects such
If you use rechargeable Ni-Cad batteries, replace them with four
fully-charged batteries. If you find that your batteries run out faster
after you recharge them a number of times, make sure you
discharge them completely before recharging.
as coins or keys, which could short out the battery’s circuits.
Attaching the Hand Strap
Note the following when handling batteries:
❙
Do not use manganese batteries.
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Replace all four batteries at the same time.
❙
Do not drop, puncture, disassemble, or mutilate batteries. Do not
To attach the hand strap, loop the strap around the holder on the side of
the camera as shown below.
get them wet or expose them to fire.
❙
When the camera is not used for long periods of time, remove the
batteries and store them at a low temperature in a dry location.
❙
Dispose of used batteries according to the battery manufacturer’s
instructions and in compliance with all applicable laws. Contact
your local government agency for information about battery
recycling and disposal.
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Installing Your EasyPhoto Software
PhotoPC comes with EasyPhoto, a software application that lets you
transfer your pictures from the camera to your computer and place them
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into documents. You can also use EasyPhoto to organize, enhance, and
print your pictures. Follow these steps to install EasyPhoto:
1
Insert EasyPhoto diskette 1 in your diskette drive.
2
From the Windows 3.1 Program Manager screen, select Run from
the File menu. In Windows 95, click the Start button, and then click
Run.
3
In the box, type: A:\SETUP. If the diskette drive you are using is
not drive A, substitute the correct letter.
4
Click OK and follow the instructions on the screen.
NOTE
If you want to have the time and date of each picture automatically
recorded, see page 5-2 for instructions.
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You’re now ready to take pictures with your PhotoPC. Turn to Chapter 2
for simple, step-by-step instructions.
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Checking the battery icon
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Picture-taking range
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Turning the Camera On and Off
Auto Shut-off
To turn the camera on, simply slide the power switch to the ON position.
If you wait more than 60 seconds before taking a picture, the camera
The lens cover opens and the control panel on the top of the camera
turns off automatically to save battery power. To turn the camera back
lights up. The green standby light on the back of the camera flashes for a
on, slide the power switch OFF, and then ON. Or press the shutter
few seconds. When it stops flashing and stays fully lit, the camera is
button. You will have to press the shutter button again to take a picture.
ready to take pictures.
If you want, you can change the 60-second time period for auto shut-off.
For more information, see page 5-3.
green standby
light
control panel
The EasyTouch™ Control Panel
The control panel keeps track of how many pictures you’ve taken and
gives you important information about the status of your battery and
various settings you’re using.
power switch
pictures taken
erase last picture
resolution mode
Slide the power switch to the OFF position to turn off the camera. The
lens cover closes and the control panel turns off.
pictures remaining
AUTO
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flash mode
battery level
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Checking the Battery Icon
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Slowly press the shutter button.
Before you take pictures, check the battery icon on the control panel.
4
Hold the camera still until the standby light starts flashing and the
The icon shows how much battery power you have left, in the following
camera beeps.
four stages:
Full battery power (or AC adapter in use)
shutter button
viewfinder
Battery power is decreasing
2
Battery power is almost out
Change batteries
green standby light
The battery icon is not precise, so you should use it only as a guide to
remaining power. Note that several factors can affect battery life,
including the surrounding temperature and the type of batteries you use.
The flashing light indicates that the image is captured and the camera is
Low temperatures (especially below 50° F) will weaken your batteries.
processing it. (If you try to press the shutter button again, you’ll hear an
See page 1-2 for information about changing batteries.
“error” beep.) When the light stops flashing, the image is saved. Saved
images remain in memory for up to a year, even when the camera is
Snapping the Shutter
turned off and the batteries are removed.
Follow these steps to take a picture:
You can take another picture when the standby light stops flashing. If the
1
2
Turn the camera on and wait until the green standby light stops
light flashes longer each time you take a picture, your batteries are
flashing.
becoming weaker.
Look straight through the viewfinder and center your subject.
Taking Pictures with PhotoPC 2-3
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You should be at least 2 feet (60 cm) away from the subject you are
When you’re taking pictures outdoors, make sure the sun is at your back.
photographing. If you want to take pictures at a closer range, you should
In very bright light (at the beach or in snow, for example) your pictures
use a 37 mm video camcorder close-up lens. See page A-5 for
may come out too light. You can use an ND filter to reduce the amount of
instructions.
light. See page 6-4 for more information.
However, if you use a close-up or “macro” lens, the viewfinder will not
give you an accurate image of your picture. You may want to connect
Adjusting Settings
the camera to your computer and view your close-up images on the
You can adjust the following three settings on PhotoPC using the
screen before you capture them. See page 5-6 for information on
EasyTouch control buttons on the top of
viewing and taking pictures from your computer.
the camera:
You can take flash pictures within a range of 3 to 10 feet, as described on
❙
Flash
page 2-5.
❙
Resolution
❙
Timer.
All control button settings (except the timer) remain in effect even after
you turn off the camera.
NOTE
The controls return to their factory settings when you remove or change
the batteries.
2-4 Taking Pictures with PhotoPC
.
Forced Flash
The flash goes off with every picture you take. Use this setting
to compensate for backlighting; for example, when you are
facing the sun.
AUTO
Flash Off
The flash is disabled, even when adequate lighting is not
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Flash
PhotoPC’s built-in flash has three settings as listed below, which are
effective within a range of 3 to 10 feet. Press the flash control button to
cycle from one setting to another. The settings appear on the control
panel as shown.
Auto
AUTO
The flash goes off automatically whenever it’s needed for
adequate lighting (factory setting).
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Taking Pictures with PhotoPC 2-5
Resolution
Standard resolution
PhotoPC has two resolution settings, high and standard. Press the
resolution control button to switch from one setting to the other. The
settings appear on the control panel as shown.
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Images are captured at 320 x 240 pixels. The camera holds 32
pictures, but the images include less detail.
You can switch freely between the two settings and mix standard and
high resolution pictures in the camera. The camera’s capacity will vary
resolution button
accordingly. For example, the camera will hold 24 pictures if you take 8
at high resolution and 16 at standard resolution.
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Choose high resolution if you want “snapshot”-size or larger pictures.
Standard resolution is sufficient for “wallet”-size pictures.
The following examples show the same image captured at standard and
High resolution
Images are captured at 640 x 480 pixels. Your pictures include
more detail, but the camera only holds 16 pictures (factory
setting).
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high resolution.
2
A
High resolution image
640 x 480 pixels
Standard resolution image
320 x 240 pixels
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Timer
Setting the timer creates a 10-second delay between the time
you press the shutter button and the actual image capture. This
timer button
shutter button
allows you to take a picture of yourself. The timer icon on the
control panel flashes when you use the timer.
Follow these steps to take a picture with the timer:
1
Secure the camera on a flat surface.
2
Press the timer button. The timer icon on the control panel flashes.
TITLE
red timer light
3
EPSON AMERICA, INC.
Documentation Department
20770 Madrona Avenue, Torrance, CA 90503
(310) 782-0770
Cam2-14.eps
DATE
6/26/95
DRAWN BY
L.Oliver
Press the shutter button. The red timer light on the front of the
camera turns on and stays lit for 7 seconds. Then it flashes 3 times.
The camera beeps when the image is captured. The green standby
light on the back of the camera flashes as PhotoPC processes the
image. When the green light stops flashing, the timer is off and you
can take another picture.
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Erasing Pictures
TIP
If you don’t want to keep a picture after you take it, you can
You can also erase all the pictures in the camera’s memory. Press the
erase it from the camera’s memory. Using a small pointed
erase button. While you hold it down, press and hold the timer button.
object such as a ballpoint pen, press the erase button on the top
The erase icon flashes until all pictures are deleted.
of the camera. The erase icon on the control panel flashes when
you press the button.
2
Checking the Picture Counter
The large number in the center of the control panel below shows you
how many pictures you have taken. The smaller number shows how
many pictures you can take.
pictures remaining
pictures taken
AUTO
After a few seconds, the last picture you took is erased from the
camera’s memory. The picture counter (number of pictures taken)
The number of pictures remaining depends on the resolution setting you
decreases by one. You can continue pressing the button to erase more
have chosen. If you switch between standard resolution and high
pictures.
resolution, the number of pictures remaining will change. For example,
if the counter shows 2 pictures remaining at high resolution, it will
change to 4 when you switch to standard resolution.
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A
NOTE
Depending on the type of images you capture, your camera may hold
more than 16 pictures at high resolution or 32 at standard resolution.
When you take the last picture, the number of pictures remaining may
show one instead of zero. When this happens, you can take an extra
picture—or several extra pictures. As long as the control panel shows
one picture remaining, you can take another picture.
When the camera’s memory is full, the number of pictures remaining is
0. The green standby light on the back of the camera turns off, and you
can’t press the shutter button. You need to connect the camera to your
computer and transfer the pictures. Then you can erase the images and
start taking pictures again.
Turn to Chapter 3 to find out how to connect the camera to your
computer and transfer your pictures.
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Using PhotoPC with Your Computer
W
hen you’re finished taking pictures, you can
connect the camera to your computer and transfer the images.
Then you can use them in your letters, presentations, or just about
anything you create on your computer. This chapter tells you how,
including:
Connecting PhotoPC to Your Computer
Before you start, locate the serial cable that came with your PhotoPC.
Make sure the camera is finished processing. If you have the optional
AC adapter, you can save on batteries by using the adapter whenever
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you connect the camera to your computer.
❙
Connecting PhotoPC to your computer
❙
Transferring pictures to your computer
To order an AC adapter, call EPSON Accessories at (800) 873-7766
❙
Erasing pictures from the camera
(U.S. sales only). In Canada, call (800) BUY-EPSON.
❙
Using pictures in your documents
❙
Closing EasyPhoto.
The AC adapter should be available where you bought your PhotoPC.
B
Using PhotoPC with Your Computer 3-1
Follow these steps to connect the camera:
1
Locate the port cover on the side of the camera. Press on the arrows
and slide the cover down to open it.
serial port
arrows
notch
TITLE
Documentation Department
20770 Madrona Avenue, Torrance, CA 90503
(310) 782-0770
3
arrow
Cam3-02.eps
EPSON AMERICA, INC.
DATE
6/26/95
DRAWN BY
L.Oliver
Locate a serial port on the back of your computer. You may have
two serial ports labeled COM1 and COM2, or the ports may be
2
Line up the arrow on the cable connector with the notch on the
labeled with icons. If you have two serial ports available, use port 1
camera’s serial port. Then insert the connector.
to connect your camera.
4
Line up the serial connector on the cable with one of the serial ports
on your computer, and insert the connector. Then tighten the
screws.
3-2 Using PhotoPC with Your Computer
NOTE
When the camera is connected to your computer, you can’t use any of
the control buttons or the shutter button on the camera. You can only
operate the camera through your computer.
serial cable
The camera’s auto shut-off feature remains in effect when the camera is
connected to your computer, but it takes place after 5 minutes of
serial port on computer
inactivity. To turn the camera back on, you can slide the power switch
off and on again, or you can use any of the software camera controls on
5
Turn on the camera and your computer system. A frame appears
3
your computer, as explained in Chapter 5.
around the picture counter on the camera’s control panel.
Transferring Pictures to Your Computer
Once your camera and computer are connected and turned on, you’re
AUTO
ready to transfer your pictures. You can use the EasyPhoto software that
came with PhotoPC. If you haven’t installed the software yet, do it now,
following the instructions on page 1-5.
Line indicates that the camera is
connected to your computer.
TITLE
A
Using PhotoPC with Your Computer 3-3
Follow these steps to transfer your pictures to your computer:
1
Double-click the EasyPhoto icon. You see the EasyPhoto opening
screen.
2
Click the PhotoPC button. Your pictures appear one-by-one on the
Click below a picture to display the date and time
when the picture was taken. These are not
accurate unless you connected the camera and set
the clock before taking the picture.
PhotoPC screen.
If you connected your camera to a port other than COM1, or your
port doesn’t support the default transfer speed, you will see a
message asking you to check your port settings. Select the correct
settings and click Retry. For more information about port and
transfer speed settings, see page 5-4.
3-4 Using PhotoPC with Your Computer
3
To transfer all pictures to your computer, click Add All to Gallery.
To select pictures individually, click on them, and then click Add
to Gallery. If you select a single picture, EasyPhoto prompts you to
name it for the gallery. (This doesn’t affect the picture’s file name.)
2
You don’t have to wait for all the pictures to appear before you
select pictures to transfer.
Click Yes. Your pictures disappear from the screen, and the camera
resets its counter to 0.
3
Click Close if you are finished.
4
Turn off the camera. The transfer process uses a lot of power, and
EasyPhoto displays its progress as it transfers each picture. To help you
organize your pictures, they are added to a new photo gallery, which
displays small “thumbnail” versions of the images. EasyPhoto labels
your batteries can run out quickly.
your pictures with the current date and numbers them in order. After the
transfer is finished, you can double-click on a picture in the gallery to
view it at full size.
NOTE
You can also use the Camera Controls screen to erase pictures. See page
5-7 for more information.
3
NOTE
Once you install EasyPhoto, you can use any program that supports
TWAIN (such as Adobe® PhotoshopTM or Picture Publisher®) to transfer
your pictures. Select PhotoPC as the source when you acquire an image.
You will see the PhotoPC screen. You may need to transfer your pictures
individually or in small groups, rather than all at once.
Using Pictures in Your Documents
When your pictures are saved in a photo gallery (or in several galleries),
you can insert them in your documents. You can use your pictures in
many different types of software applications, such as word processors,
presentation programs, spreadsheets, database managers, page layout
and desktop publishing packages.
Erasing Pictures from Your Camera
After you have viewed your pictures and transferred them to your
computer, you can erase them from your camera. Follow these steps:
If you want to change a picture before you insert it, you can use the
EasyPhoto Workshop to crop, resize, rotate, or make other kinds of
enhancements. (You can also use your software application to change
1
From the PhotoPC screen, click Erase All. EasyPhoto asks you to
confirm that you want to erase all the pictures in the camera.
Using PhotoPC with Your Computer 3-5
A
the size and position of your picture after you insert it.) For more
information about the Photo Workshop, see Chapter 4 or click the
EasyPhoto Help button.
You can use three methods to add pictures to your documents:
❙
Copy and paste
❙
Drag and drop
❙
Importing.
Inserting a Picture with Copy and Paste
You can use this method to insert a picture in any Windows application.
Follow these steps:
1
Make sure the picture you want to use is showing in the photo
gallery on your screen.
2
Click on the picture to select it. You can also double-click on the
picture to open it in the Photo Workshop. You may find that your
pictures look better when you copy them from the Workshop.
3
Choose Copy from the Edit menu. (In the Workshop, you have to
choose Select Entire Photo from the Edit menu before you can
choose Copy.)
4
Start your word processor or other application.
3-6 Using PhotoPC with Your Computer
5
Open the document or file where you want to use the picture.
6
Position the cursor where you want to insert the picture.
7
Choose Paste (or Paste Special) from the Edit menu. A copy of the
picture appears in your document.
Follow these steps to drag and drop a picture into your document:
1
Make sure the picture you want to use is showing in the photo
gallery on your screen.
2
Start your application.
3
Open the document or file where you want to use the picture. You
should have both the document and photo gallery windows
displayed on your screen.
4
Drag the picture from the photo gallery to your document. After a
3
few seconds you see the drop cursor. If your application does not
support drag and drop, you see a message on the screen instead of
the drop cursor.
5
mouse button. A copy of the picture appears in your document.
Inserting a Picture with Drag and Drop
You can use this method with any Windows application that supports
OLE 2.0 (object linking and embedding)—for example,
Word 6.0 or
WordPerfect® 6.1.
Position the drop cursor where you want the picture and release the
Microsoft®
If you’re not sure, give it a try. If it
doesn’t work, you can always use the copy and paste method.
Inserting a Picture by Importing
If your Windows application can’t import a JPEG file, you need to
change the picture’s file type to BMP. See page 4-8 for instructions.
Then follow these steps:
1
Start your application.
2
Open the document or file where you want to use the picture.
Using PhotoPC with Your Computer 3-7
A
3
Position the cursor where you want to insert the picture.
4
Choose the Insert Picture or Import File command. The command
Double-click the Getting Started icon for a quick lesson on using
may have a different name in your application. It may appear on the
EasyPhoto with pictures from other sources, such as scanners and photo
File menu, the Insert menu, or another menu.
CDs. You can use EasyPhoto to work with picture files in the following
After you choose the command, you see a box where you can enter
the file name for your picture or choose from a list of files.
5
Enter the file name or use the lists to locate and select your picture.
6
Click OK. The picture appears in your document.
Closing EasyPhoto
When you are finished working with your pictures, follow these steps to
close EasyPhoto:
1
Select Exit from the File menu. EasyPhoto asks if you want to save
the new photo gallery.
2
Click Yes. EasyPhoto then prompts you to name the photo gallery.
3
Type any name up to 32 characters, and click OK. The photo
gallery is saved, and you can use it to access your pictures
whenever you want.
3-8 Using PhotoPC with Your Computer
NOTE
formats: JPEG (read/write), BMP (read/write), TIFF (read), Photo CD
(read), and GIF (read).
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sing your EasyPhoto software, you can organize
your pictures in photo galleries, enhance the images with the
Photo Workshop, and add visual impact to almost any kind of document
with your photos. To find out how to transfer pictures to your computer
and insert them in your documents, see Chapter 3. You can also use the
EasyPhoto Help feature to get software instructions.
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This chapter describes the following EasyPhoto activities:
❙
Using photo galleries
❙
Making changes with the Photo Workshop
❙
Printing your pictures
❙
Changing file information.
Using Photo Galleries
When you transfer your pictures from the PhotoPC camera to your
computer, they are stored in a photo gallery.
Working with Your Pictures 4-1
B
You can easily rearrange the pictures in a photo gallery by clicking and
dragging. You can also open several photo galleries at once and transfer
Click to edit
information
pictures between them. This lets you organize your pictures by subject
matter, project, or in any way you want.
Photo galleries appear “on top” of any other windows on your screen. If
Click to change
“Always on Top”
feature
you don’t want the photo gallery on top, you can turn off this feature. In
the photo gallery menu area, choose Always on Top from the File menu.
Adding or Changing Picture Information
Click to display
information
In addition to displaying small “thumbnail” versions of your pictures
and short titles, galleries also store important information about each
image.
Photo gallery showing picture information
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You can click on the title bar to display the following information:
❙
3
type up to 32 characters for the title and 256 for the caption. This
Caption
❙
File name and path
❙
File location (hard disk drive, diskette, or CD).
Type in the text you want for the picture’s title or caption. You can
doesn’t affect the picture’s file name.
4
Click close.
You can use this information to help you find a picture if you don’t
Finding a Picture
remember where you stored it. See “Finding a Picture” on this page for
It’s easy to find a picture in one of your galleries. You can search for a
more information.
picture that has a word or phrase in its title or caption. You can even find
Follow these steps to add or change a picture’s information:
1
Click the photo to select it.
2
Click the T button. The Edit Photo Information box appears, as
shown.
a picture that resembles another picture.
Follow these steps to search for pictures by words:
1
Choose Find Photos from the Edit menu. The Find Photos box
4
appears, as shown below.
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Working with Your Pictures 4-3
2
Click the By Words tab, if necessary.
3
Type the word or phrase you’re looking for.
4
Under Where To Look, click In the Current Photo Gallery or In All
3
Click the By Example tab. The By Example screen appears, as
shown below.
Galleries.
5
Click Find. EasyPhoto displays a new photo gallery with all
pictures that have your word or phrase in their title or caption.
Follow these steps to search for pictures by resemblance:
1
In the photo gallery, select the picture you want to use as an
example.
2
Choose Find Photos from the Edit menu. The Find Photos box
4
Under Where To Look, click In the Current Photo Gallery or In All
Galleries.
appears.
5
Click Find. EasyPhoto displays a new photo gallery with all
pictures that resemble the example picture.
Making Changes with the Photo Workshop
EasyPhoto’s Photo Workshop lets you make the following kinds of
changes to your pictures:
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❙
Cropping
❙
Resizing
❙
Rotating
❙
Adjusting brightness and contrast
❙
Adjusting colors.
You can apply the change to the whole picture or to part of the picture.
Select Freehand
Select Rectangle
Move
Resize
Crop
Rotate
Adjust Brightness and
Contrast
Zoom In
Adjust Colors
Zoom Out
Save
To start the Photo Workshop, double-click a picture in the photo gallery.
You see your picture in the Photo Workshop window, as shown on the
right.
NOTE
You can also use TWAIN-compliant image editing software such as
Micrografx Picture Publisher or Adobe Photoshop to further
4
enhance or modify your pictures.
If you need a closer look at your picture, you can use the zoom feature.
Click the Zoom In button, and then click on your picture. Click the
Zoom Out button, and then click on your picture again to return to your
original view.
A
Working with Your Pictures 4-5
Cropping
You can crop your pictures by selecting either a rectangular area or a
freehand area to keep; everything outside of the area is cut away. Follow
these steps:
1
2
3
NOTE
You can also use your word processor or other software to change the
size of a picture after you import it.
Click either the Select Rectangle button or the Select Freehand
Rotating
button.
You can rotate your picture and tilt it at any angle you want. Follow
Drag the mouse to enclose the area you want to keep. A dotted line
these steps:
moves around the selected area.
1
Click the Rotate button. Curved arrows appear around your picture.
Click the Crop button. EasyPhoto deletes everything outside of the
2
Drag one of the arrows to rotate your picture. Rotation information
selected area.
Resizing
is displayed at the bottom of the window.
3
When you change the size of your picture, EasyPhoto automatically
Release the mouse button when the picture is turned the way you
want it.
keeps the original proportions, so your picture is never distorted. Follow
these steps:
Adjusting Brightness and Contrast
Changing the brightness of a picture lets you make it lighter or darker;
1
2
Click the Resize button. Arrows appear in the corners of your
changing the contrast adjusts the difference between the picture’s light
picture.
and dark areas. Follow these steps:
Drag one of the arrows to change your picture’s size. Size
1
information is displayed at the bottom of the window.
3
Release the mouse button when the picture is the size you want.
4-6 Working with Your Pictures
Click the Brightness and Contrast button. You see a screen like the
one below.
2
Drag the sliders to make the adjustments you want. The Before and
3
Click OK when you are ready to make the changes to your picture.
After samples show you the results of your changes.
3
Click OK when you are ready to make the changes to your picture.
Zoom in
Zoom out
Drag to move picture in
window
Drag to adjust colors
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Drag to adjust brightness
dj
l
Drag to adjust contrast
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Saving, Moving, and Printing Your Pictures
Adjusting Colors
When you’re finished working with your picture in the Photo Workshop,
You can change the way your picture looks by adjusting the intensity
you can save it, move it to a document, or print it out.
and relationship of the three primary colors on your screen: red, green,
❙
Click the Save button to save your picture.
❙
To move your picture to a document, follow the instructions on
and blue. Follow these steps:
1
2
Click the Adjust Color button. You see a screen like the one below.
page 3-7, but click the Move button before you drag the picture
from the Photo Workshop screen.
Drag the sliders to change the red, green, and blue colors in your
picture. The Before and After samples show you the results of your
❙
To print your picture, choose Print from the File menu.
changes.
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A
Changing File Information
see a copy of your picture displaying the new file name as its title. You
When you work with EasyPhoto, you don’t need to keep track of your
have two copies of the picture: one with the new file information and
picture files. EasyPhoto does it for you. However, you can change a
one with the original file information. You can delete the original if you
picture’s file name, file type, or location if you want. Follow these steps:
don’t need it.
1
From the Photo Workshop screen, choose Save As from the File
menu. The Save As box appears.
EasyPhoto automatically stores your picture files in the
C:\EZPHOTO\PHOTO directory. The files are named according to
the date and order in which they were transferred from the camera.
The file type is JPEG (*.JPG), which provides high image quality
in small, compressed files.
2
Choose the drive and directory where you want to save the file.
3
Choose the file type: either JPEG or BMP. BMP files are larger (in
bytes) than JPEG files, but they can be inserted or imported into
most Windows software applications.
4
Type a name for the file in the File Name box. The name you type
replaces the name originally displayed.
5
Click OK. EasyPhoto saves a copy of your picture with the new
information.
When you exit the Photo Workshop and return to the photo gallery, you
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5
W
Using Advanced Features
hen PhotoPC is connected to your computer, you
can customize several of the camera’s features to work the way
you want. You can also take pictures by controlling the camera
2
Turn on both the camera and your computer system.
3
Double-click the PhotoPC Settings icon in the PhotoPC software
group or folder, as shown below.
directly from your computer. This chapter describes the following:
❙
Getting ready to use advanced features
❙
Setting the clock
❙
Setting auto shut-off
❙
Setting the shutter speed
❙
Adjusting port settings
❙
Taking pictures from your computer.
The Setup screen appears, as shown on page 5-2.
5
Getting Ready to Use Advanced Features
You use the PhotoPC Settings software to work with advanced features.
Follow these steps to get started:
1
B
Connect the camera to your computer as described in Chapter 3.
Using Advanced Features 5-1
You can switch between the Setup screen and the Controls screen by
Setting the Clock
clicking on the tab.
PhotoPC can record the date and time of your pictures automatically.
When you transfer the pictures from the camera to your computer, you
Drag to customize auto shut-off
can see exactly when each shot was taken.
In order to have the time and date recorded, you need to set the camera’s
clock from your computer. The PhotoPC clock will continue to keep
time accurately until you replace the batteries; at that point you will have
to connect the camera to your computer again and reset the clock.
Follow these steps to set the camera’s clock:
1
Connect the camera to your computer and open the Setup screen as
described on page 5-1.
The Date/Time box shows the current values in your camera’s
internal clock. You can use the arrow buttons to change these
values if necessary.
2
Click OK. EasyPhoto updates the date and time in your camera.
Click to change date and time, if necessary
Setting Auto Shut-off
PhotoPC’s power-saving feature automatically shuts off the camera if
you wait more than 60 seconds before taking a picture.
5-2 Using Advanced Features
You can adjust this time period by connecting the camera to your
Setting the Shutter Speed
computer and using PhotoPC settings. Follow these steps:
When the camera is connected to your computer, you can use PhotoPC
1
Connect the camera to your computer and open the Setup screen as
Settings to adjust the shutter speed. Slower shutter speeds allow more
described on page 5-1.
light to strike the lens; faster speeds allow you to take “stop-action”
pictures of moving subjects. Shutter speed settings remain in effect only
2
The Auto Shut-off slider is set to 1 minute, as shown on page 5-2.
while the camera is connected to your computer.
Drag the slider to the left to reduce the time period, and to the right
The factory setting for PhotoPC is Auto, which means that the shutter
to increase it.
speed is adjusted automatically based on the amount of light available to
As you move the slider, the number of minutes is shown on the
the camera. You will probably want to use this setting most of the time,
screen. You can select from 0 to 5 minutes. If you select 0, the
unless you are planning to take stop-action pictures or use special
camera shuts off immediately after your picture is captured and
lighting effects.
saved to memory. When you turn it back on, you have just 30
seconds to take a picture after the standby light stops flashing.
NOTE
When you adjust the shutter speed manually, you can’t use the auto flash
Auto Shut-off takes place after 5 minutes when the camera is
connected to your computer. You can’t change this time period.
3
5
setting on the camera. To take a picture with the flash, you have to use
the forced flash setting.
When you are finished, click OK.
To set the shutter speed, follow these steps:
1
Connect the camera to your computer and open the Setup screen as
described above.
Using Advanced Features 5-3
A
2
The Shutter Speed slider is set to Auto.
Adjusting Port Settings
Drag the slider to the left to reduce the shutter speed, and to the
You can use PhotoPC Settings to adjust the serial port connection for
right to increase the shutter speed. The shutter speed range is from
PhotoPC. You will need to adjust these settings if you see an error
1/30 second to 1/10,000 second.
message when you connect the camera. You may also want to
experiment with the speed setting to decrease the time it takes to transfer
3
When you are finished, click OK.
pictures to your computer.
Drag to set shutter speed
Click to change port for camera
connection
5-4 Using Advanced Features
Click to change speed for
transferring pictures
Follow these steps to set the port and speed for your PhotoPC
EasyPhoto automatically chooses 38,400 baud, a speed that works
connection:
with most computers. You can experiment to choose the fastest
1
speed that works on your system. Increasing your port speed will
Connect the camera to your computer and open the Setup screen as
make pictures transfer much faster from the camera to your
described on page 5-1. The Computer Connection box shows the
computer.
current port settings.
2
Click the arrow to change the Port setting. You can select from
COM1, COM2, COM3, or COM4.
NOTE
Do not change the Port setting unless you want to use a different
port or you get an error message. When you change the Port
4
When you are finished, click OK.
Taking Pictures from Your Computer
When the camera is connected to your computer, you can take pictures
and use PhotoPC features through the software on your computer. The
only control you can use on the camera itself is the power switch.
setting, you lose the connection between the camera and your
computer.
5
In most cases, you should select either COM1 or COM2,
depending on which serial port you connected the camera to.
If you have a serial device connected to one port and an internal
A
modem on the other, you can try COM3 or COM4. You may have
to reconfigure your ports in the Windows Control Panel. If you get
an error message, see page 6-3 for more information.
3
Click the arrow to change the Speed setting.
Using Advanced Features 5-5
When you take pictures from your computer, you can see each image on
4
your screen before you capture it. This “live preview” feature works
something like a video camera, except that the image moves more
slowly. Live preview is especially helpful when you are using a close-up
lens.
Double-click the EasyPhoto icon. The EasyPhoto opening screen
appears.
5
Click the PhotoPC button. The PhotoPC screen appears.
6
Click the Camera Options button. The Camera Controls screen
appears, as shown on page 5-7.
NOTE
Taking pictures from your computer with live preview uses a lot of
7
Click Show Live Preview to display your image in the viewfinder
window.
battery power. If you don’t have the PhotoPC AC adapter, you may want
to consider purchasing it. See Appendix A for more information about
You can move or tilt the camera until you see the image you want
using the AC adapter.
to capture in the window. The image is updated every three
seconds.
The auto shut-off feature remains in effect when the camera is connected
You can click the buttons on your screen to set the resolution, flash,
to your computer (except when you use live preview). However, it takes
timer and erase features, just as you use the buttons on the camera. The
place after 5 minutes of inactivity. To turn the camera back on, slide the
control panel on your screen displays the same information as the
power switch off and on again.
control panel on the camera itself. For more information about the
Follow these steps to take pictures from your computer:
control panel, see Chapter 2.
1
Connect the camera to your computer as described in Chapter 3.
2
Position the camera facing the subject. Using a tripod will give you
the maximum flexibility in setting up your shots.
3
Turn on both the camera and your computer system.
5-6 Using Advanced Features
Be sure to note the status area of the screen. You’ll see messages
displayed when the camera is taking previews or processing a picture.
set resolution
erase
viewfinder window
NOTE
You can’t turn off the camera when you’re using live preview. Click
Show Live Preview to turn off the live preview feature, and then turn off
the camera.
5
status area
set timer
set flash
Snapping the Shutter
A
To snap the shutter from your computer, simply click the Take Picture
button. The green standby light flashes and the camera beeps. When the
light stops flashing, the image is saved and you can shoot another
picture.
Using Advanced Features 5-7
6
Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Y
our PhotoPC is easy to take care of, and any
❙
To avoid scratching the lens, don’t press too hard.
problems you may have are easy to solve.
❙
Keep the lens covered (power switched off) when you’re not using
the camera.
Caring for the Camera
❙
If necessary, clean the battery contacts with a dry cloth.
Your PhotoPC camera requires only the most basic care. Before you
do any maintenance procedures on the camera, be sure to read the
Safety Instructions in the Introduction. Then follow these guidelines:
❙
Use a clean, dry cloth to keep the camera free of dust.
❙
Don’t use harsh or abrasive cleaners.
❙
To clean the lens, first blow off any loose dust or dirt. Then
Don’t store the camera in the following locations:
❙
Where it will be exposed to direct sunlight, for example, on a car
dashboard
❙
Near sources of bright light or high humidity
❙
Near heat sources or in a closed car
breathe on the lens and wipe off all moisture with a soft, lint-
❙
In areas of excessive dirt or dust
free cloth or lens cleaning tissue.
❙
Where it will be exposed to strong vibrations or magnetic fields.
6
Camera Problems
Before you call for help, check this list of problems and possible
solutions.
Maintenance and Troubleshooting 6-1
B
The camera has no power.
The flash doesn’t work.
❙
Check the power switch and make sure the camera is turned on.
❙
Make sure the flash setting is either automatic or forced flash.
❙
The camera may have shut off automatically. Slide the power
❙
Check the batteries and make sure they are installed correctly.
❙
switch off and then on.
Replace the batteries if necessary, following the instructions on
Check the batteries and make sure they are installed correctly.
page 1-2.
Replace the batteries if necessary, following the instructions on
page 1-2.
❙
If you are using the AC adapter, make sure it is plugged into a
You get an error message when you try to transfer your pictures from
the camera to your computer.
❙
working outlet.
You can’t take a picture with the camera.
❙
❙
❙
3-1.
❙
Make sure the camera is turned on and the batteries have enough
power.
The flash may be recharging. Wait until you see the green standby
light, and try again.
Make sure the cable is connected correctly, as described on page
❙
Check the serial port settings in your PhotoPC software. You may
The camera may be full. Check the picture counter on the control
need to change the settings for the Port and Speed of your serial
panel. Erase a picture using the erase button, or transfer the pictures
connection.
to your computer and then erase them. See Chapter 3 for
If you have an internal modem on one port and a serial device
information about transferring your pictures and erasing them with
connected to the other port, you may not be able to use COM1 or
your computer.
COM2. You can select COM3 or COM4. However, you may need
The camera may be connected to your computer. When it’s
to reconfigure your ports in order to use these settings.
connected, you can’t use any of the controls on the camera itself.
See page 5-5 for instructions on taking pictures from your
computer.
6-2 Maintenance and Troubleshooting
You can use the Windows Control Panel to reconfigure your ports.
❙
Make sure your subject is within the camera’s range. You should
Make sure you select a different IRQ for each port you want to use.
be at least 2 feet away to take a picture without the flash, and 3 to
For more information, see your Windows documentation and the
10 feet away to take a picture with the flash.
manuals that came with your computer and other equipment.
❙
Make sure you hold the camera steady, and your subject isn’t
moving.
Picture Problems
❙
If you’re not satisfied with the pictures you get from PhotoPC, you may
shutter speed. For information about changing the shutter speed,
need to adjust some of the camera settings. Or maybe you need to brush
up on your photography techniques. Read the suggestions listed below
and give them a try.
Your pictures display poor image quality on the screen or when you
print them out.
❙
see page 5-3.
❙
❙
❙
You may need to use the flash. Make sure the setting is either
automatic or forced flash.
❙
If you’re using the flash, make sure your subject is within the range
of 3 to 10 feet.
monitor or your computer’s video controller don’t support this
color depth. You may need to upgrade your system to achieve the
Make sure your flash setting is either automatic or forced flash.
Your picture is too dark (underexposed).
PhotoPC captures images in 24-bit color (16.7 million colors).
Your pictures will not display maximum image quality if your
If you want to photograph a moving subject, try increasing the
❙
Use EasyPhoto or another image editing program to adjust the
best possible image quality.
picture’s brightness and contrast. See
If your pictures look better on the screen than when you print them
page 4-7 for instructions.
out, you may need to upgrade your printer. An EPSON color ink jet
printer, for example, will provide excellent image quality.
Your picture is blurry or out of focus.
A
Your picture is too light (overexposed).
❙
6
If you’re using the forced flash setting, it may be too bright. Try
setting the flash to auto.
Maintenance and Troubleshooting 6-3
❙
❙
The camera’s light sensor may be covered or dirty. Make sure
The wrong date and/or time are displayed on your pictures.
you’re not blocking it when you take pictures. You may need to
❙
camera’s clock. See page 5-2 for instructions. Whenever you
If you’re facing a bright light source, you may need to shoot your
change batteries in the camera you need to reset the clock.
picture from a different angle.
❙
You need to connect the camera to your computer and reset the
clean it with a soft, dry cloth.
If you’re taking pictures in the snow or at the beach on a sunny day,
you may need to use an ND-filter. A 37 mm ND-4 camcorder filter
The colors in your picture don’t look right.
❙
When you take pictures under certain artificial lighting conditions,
the colors may be slightly distorted. You can use EasyPhoto to
should work in most cases.
adjust the colors. See page 4-7 for instructions.
❙
Use EasyPhoto or another image editing program to adjust the
picture’s brightness and contrast. See
Your pictures don’t look as good as they used to.
page 4-7 for instructions.
❙
Part of your picture is missing.
❙
Make sure you’re not blocking the lens with your finger, hand
strap, clothing, or other object.
A horizontal or vertical red line appears on your picture.
❙
Red lines are caused by glare. Avoid photographing very shiny
surfaces that reflect a glare of light into your lens.
❙
In very bright light, you may need to use an ND filter to avoid
glare. Try a 37 mm ND-4 camcorder filter.
6-4 Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Your camera’s lens may be dirty or dusty. Try cleaning it following
the instruction on page 6-1.
A
P
Using Optional Accessories
hotoPC’s flexibility allows you to use the camera
capacity by installing a 2MB or 4MB PhotoSpan external memory
with a variety of options. You can increase the camera’s
module (flash memory board), as described in this table:
storage capacity by installing a 2MB or 4MB PhotoSpan™ memory
PhotoPC capacity
module. To help you save battery power, particularly when
transferring pictures to your computer, you can use the optional AC
Number of photos
1MB internal
memory
With 2MB
PhotoSpan
A882401
With 4MB
PhotoSpan
A882411
At high resolution
16
48
80
At standard resolution
32
96
160
adapter. The PhotoSpan module and AC adapter should be available
where you bought your PhotoPC. You can also order them from
EPSON Accessories at (800) 873-7766 (U.S. sales only). In Canada,
call (800) BUY-EPSON. For close-ups, wide-angle pictures, and
special effects, you can use any standard 37 mm video camcorder
CAUTION
lens or filter.
Once you install a PhotoSpan module, you can’t remove it. Make
sure you think about your future needs before you decide whether
Expanding Your PhotoPC Memory
to install the 2MB module or the 4MB module.
A
PhotoPC comes with 1MB of internal memory, which holds up to 16
pictures at high resolution or 32 pictures at standard resolution. You
B
can increase the camera’s
A-1
Installing PhotoSpan Memory Modules
3
Press down on the tabs with your fingers while pushing up on the
socket cover with your thumbs.
Before you install a PhotoSpan module, make sure you erase all pictures
in the camera and turn it off.
CAUTION
PhotoSpan modules are sensitive to static electricity and easily
damaged. Be sure you ground yourself by touching a metal object before
memory socket
cover tabs
you handle the module, and never touch the module’s metallic area.
Follow these steps to install a PhotoSpan module:
4
1
Open the battery compartment and remove the batteries.
2
Place the camera on end to access the memory socket cover tabs.
Position the module so that the notch is aligned with the rounded
corner of the socket.
rounded corner
notch
5
Slide the module into the socket at an angle as shown, pressing
along the edge until it clicks into place.
A-2
6
Press down on the module until it snaps into the retaining clips at
You’ll see the camera’s expanded capacity reflected in the control panel
the sides of the socket.
(number of pictures remaining) when you take your first picture.
With expanded memory, you may notice a delay between the time you
press the shutter button and when the camera beeps. You can reduce this
retaining clip
delay by pressing the button down halfway, holding it as long as
necessary, and then pressing it down the rest of the way when you’re
ready to take the picture.
Using the AC Adapter
7
Place the socket cover on the camera body and press down until it
snaps into place.
The AC adapter (A882421, model PCDC002) allows you to connect
your PhotoPC camera to a standard electrical outlet. This is especially
useful when you are transferring pictures and operating the camera from
your computer. The adapter powers the camera, but does not charge the
batteries.
A
8
Replace the batteries in the battery compartment and replace the
B
battery cover.
A-3
WARNING
Use only the AC adapter (A882421) designed for PhotoPC. Use of any
other adapter could cause fire, electrical shock, or injury. Do not alter
arrows
the plug on the AC adapter, and do not use the adapter for any purpose
other than powering your PhotoPC camera. If the adapter’s plug
doesn’t fit your outlet, have a proper outlet installed by a qualified
electrician. To avoid radiation danger, do not expose or remove the
ferrite core.
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processing and turned off before you connect or disconnect the AC
2
Plug the adapter cable into the DC port on the camera.
adapter. Then follow these steps:
1
Locate the port cover on the side of the camera. Press on the arrows
DC port
and slide the cover down to open it.
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3
Connect the other end of the adapter to an electrical outlet.
preview feature to see your images on the screen before you capture
them. See
Using Optional Lenses
page 5-5 for more information about taking pictures from your
Although you can use any standard 37 mm video camcorder lens or filter
computer.
with PhotoPC, lenses manufactured by Tiffen® are recommended. Call
(800) 522–7835 for ordering information.
To attach a lens, screw it onto the camera as shown below.
CAUTION
Handle the camera carefully and avoid jarring it when using an optional
lens.
A
When you use a close-up lens, the viewfinder will not give you an
B
accurate image of your picture. The best way to take close-up pictures is
by connecting the camera to your computer. You can use the live
A-5
B
Specifications
Physical Dimensions
Width
6.5 in. (166 mm)
Height
3.5 in. (88 mm)
Power
Sources
4 AA batteries (single-use alkaline, singleuse lithium, or rechargeable Ni–Cad)
Optional AC adapter (A882421)
Depth
1.9 in. (47 mm)
Consumption
Weight
(without batteries)
11 oz. (310 g)
Approximately 100 milliwatt
at power-on
Approximately 4 W during image
processing
Maximum 12 W during flash discharge
Technical
Product type
A
CCD (charge coupled device)
still frame camera
Specifications B-1
B
640 x 480 pixels
(high resolution)
Photographic
320 x 240 pixels
(standard resolution)
Lens
f = 6 mm (equivalent to a 43 mm lens on a
35 mm camera)
Bit depth
16 million colors, 24-bit
Range
2 ft (60 cm) to infinity
Serial interface
8-pin DIN (camera);
RS-232C (computer)
Exposure
Equivalent to ISO 130
Shutter
Automatic electronic shutter,
1/30 to 1/10,000 second
Image size
Internal memory
1MB flash memory
Optional expansion
memory
2MB (0.5MB flash memory x 4 chips)
Viewfinder
Optical
4MB (0.5MB flash memory x 8 chips)
Aperture
f5.6
Flash modes
Auto, forced flash, off
Flash range
3 ft to 10 ft (1 m to 3 m)
B-2 Specifications
Index
A
AC Adapter, A-3
Accessories (optional), Intro-2, A-1–A-5
Adding picture information 4-2
Adjusting
brightness and contrast, 4-6
colors, 4-7
port settings, 5-4
settings
flash, 2-5
resolution, 2-6
timer, 2-8
Advanced features
getting ready to use, 5-1
Attaching the hand strap, 1-4
Auto flash setting, 2-5
Auto shut-off, 2-2, 3-3, 5-6
B
Batteries
handling, 1-3
installing, 1-2
power levels, 2-3
Bulletin Board Service (EPSON), Intro-3
C
Camera
maintenance, 6-1
problems, 6-1
Changing file information, 4-8
Changing picture information, 4-3
Changing your pictures using Photo Workshop, 4-5
Checking the battery icon, 2-3
Close-up lens, A-5
Closing EasyPhoto, 3-8
CompuServe Online Support (Epson America Forum),
Intro-4
A
B
Index 1
Connecting the camera to your computer, 3-1
Control panel, 2-2
Cropping your pictures, 4-6
Customer support services and phone numbers, Intro-3
D
Documents, using pictures in, 3-6
E
EasyPhoto
closing 3-8
installing, 1-5
making changes with Photo Workshop, 4-5
organizing your pictures, 4-1
using advanced features, 5-1
EasyTouch control panel, 2-2
EPSON
Bulletin Board Service (BBS), Intro-4
customer support services and phone numbers, Intro-3
Epson America Forum on CompuServe, Intro-4
Erasing a picture, 2-9, 3-5
Expanding memory, A-1
G
Galleries (photo), 4-2
Getting help, Intro-3
H
Handling batteries, 1-3
High resolution setting, 2-6
I
Inserting a picture into a document
importing, 3-8
using copy and paste, 3-6
using drag and drop, 3-7
Installing
batteries, 1-2
EasyPhoto software, 1-5
memory modules, A-2
L
Lens, using, A-5
Live preview, 5-6
F
M
Features, Intro-2, 1-1
File information, changing, 4-8
Finding a picture in a gallery, 4-3
Flash settings, 2-5
Maintenance
cleaning, 6-1
storage, 6-1
2 Index
O
R
Optional lenses, A-5
Organizing your pictures, 4-2
Recording time and date, 5-2
Registering your PhotoPC, Intro-4
Resizing your pictures, 4-6
Resolution settings (high and standard), 2-6
Rotating your pictures, 4-6
P
Photo galleries
adding or changing picture information, 4-3
using, 4-2
Photo Workshop, 4-5–4-8
PhotoPC
accessories Intro-2
advanced features, 5-1
capacity, A-1
connecting the camera to your computer 3-1
features, Intro-2
how to take pictures, 2-1
maintenance, 6-1
options
AC adapter, A-3
adding memory, A-1
problems and solutions, 6-2
registration card, Intro-4
safety instructions, Intro-4
specifications, B-1
system requirements Intro-2
PhotoSpan memory module, A-1, A-2
Picture counters, 2-9
Picture problems, 6-3
Printing your pictures, 4-8
S
Safety instructions, Intro-4
Saving your pictures, 4-8
Searching for a picture
by resemblance, 4-4
by words, 4-4
Setting
auto shut-off, 5-3
clock, 5-2
flash, 2-4
port and speed, 5-4
resolution, 2-6
shutter speed, 5-3
timer, 2-8
Show live preview, 5-6
Shutter speed, 5-3
Snapping the shutter
from your computer, 5-7
on the camera, 2-3
Specifications, B-1
Standard resolution setting, 2-6
System requirements, Intro-2
A
B
Index 3
T
Taking a picture
from your computer, 5-5
outdoors, 2-4
snapping the shutter, 2-3
with the timer, 2-8
Timer settings, 2-8
Transferring pictures to your computer, 3-3
Troubleshooting, 6-2
Turning the camera on and off, 2-2
U
Using advanced features
adjusting port settings 5-4
setting auto shut-off, 5-3
setting shutter speed, 5-3
setting the clock, 5-2
snapping the shutter, 5-7
taking pictures from your computer, 5-5
Using pictures in your documents, 3-6
W
World Wide Web, Intro-3
Z
Zoom feature, 4-5
4 Index