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CV-2 8 x 30 1.3MP Digital Camera Binocular
Contents
Quick Start ................................................................................ 4
Features .................................................................................... 7
Introduction .............................................................................. 9
How to Use Your Binocular ......................................................10
Adjust Eye Relief, Barrels......................................................10
Focus the Binocular ..............................................................11
How to Use Your Camera..........................................................12
Insert Batteries, Select an Operation ....................................12
Select Near or Far Focus ......................................................13
Taking Pictures and Video ........................................................14
Take a Still Picture ................................................................14
Capture Video........................................................................15
Capture Video Using Flashback ............................................16
Some Suggestions for Using Flashback ..............................17
Operations ................................................................................18
Use the Mode and Shutter Button ........................................18
Use the Camera Mode, Change the Camera Resolution......19
Use the Video Mode, Use Flashback ....................................20
Erase (Delete) Pictures or Video ..........................................21
Find Out How Many Pictures You’ve Taken ..........................21
Use the Self-Timer, Format and Load Memory Card ............22
Find Out Why CaptureView is Beeping ................................23
Turn Buzzer On or Off ..........................................................23
Find Out How Much Power is Left in the Battery ..................23
Download Pictures ................................................................24
Install Image Editing Software ..............................................26
Other Software and System Requirements ..............................27
Maintenance and Troubleshooting ............................................28
Specifications............................................................................29
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Quick Start
How to start taking pictures...
1
Install 2 AAA batteries
(not included).
2
Turn on camera.
Press and hold down
Mode for 3 seconds.
3
Point at something
interesting.
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Press the Shutter.
You’ve taken a picture!
Quick Start
How to use Flashback...
Have you ever wanted to record just the play of
the game (for example, your son or daughter
kicking the winning goal)?
Flashback
icon
Use Flashback when you want to capture video
of a short activity—without using up all your
memory. You’ll begin recording, but with
Flashback selected, you’ll only save the last 10
seconds of video.
Note: You must have a user-supplied SD card
for Flashback to operate. To insert the
SD card, press the card into the SD card slot
with the pin side up and release when you
hear a click.
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Turn on camera.
Press and hold down the
Mode button for 3 seconds.
Mode
Button
Shutter
Button
Select the Flashback Mode.
Press the Mode button until the Flashback icon displays.
Point at an interesting activity and press the Shutter button to enter the
record mode.
Press the Shutter button again to stop recording.
CaptureView has recorded only the last 10 seconds of the activity. See FLASHBACK,
and SUGGESTED USES FOR FLASHBACK, pages 16 and 17 for more information.
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Quick Start
How to download your pictures...
USB Cable
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Plug in.
Connect CaptureView to your PC or Mac (OS 9.0
or higher) using the included USB cable.
Sit back and relax a minute.
If using Windows 98ME or higher, CaptureView
automatically installs on your PC. No drivers are needed. If
using Windows 98SE or lower, drivers must be installed on
your PC and can be found on the included CD-Rom.
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Install Ulead Photo Express.
Insert the CD, click on Ulead Photo Express and follow
the on-screen instructions.
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Enjoy your photos.
Open Ulead Photo Express to view, edit and print
your pictures.
Features
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Fig. 1: Top View
1. Mode Button
2. Shutter Button
3. Diopter Scale
(right eyepiece)
4. LCD Panel
5. Barrels
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Features
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Fig. 2: Rear View
6. Eyepieces
7. USB Port
8. SD Card Port
9. Rubber eyecups
10. Focus knob
Fig. 3: Front View
11. Objective Lens
12. Battery
Compartment Lid
(push forward and
lift to remove)
13. Camera Lens
14. Focus Ring
Introduction
Congratulations on purchasing the Meade® CaptureView® CV-2. CV-2 is an
8 x 30mm full-featured binocular. It is integrated with a digital camera that requires no
film to capture pictures or video. This manual is designed to quickly guide you
through the operation of your CaptureView CV-2. For best results, take a few
moments to become familiar with the operation of your device, and save this manual
for future reference.
CaptureView has the following features:
• Fully functional binocular.
• Digital camera that captures pictures and video.
• Flashback feature allows you to easily record just the highlight of an activity.
• LCD display panel indicates status for ease in performing desired operations.
Important Note: Images stored in the camera’s internal memory will be lost if the
batteries are depleted or if the batteries are removed. Therefore, download
pictures before you remove the batteries. However, images stored on
user-supplied SD cards (commonly known as “flash memory cards”) will not be
lost if the batteries are depleted or removed. If it is critical that you save a set of
pictures, it is recommended that you use an SD card.
To conserve battery life, remove batteries after downloading images to a
computer. There is continual battery drainage even when CaptureView is turned
off.
Be sure CaptureView is off before changing batteries.
WARNING! Never use a Meade binocular to look at the Sun! Looking at or
near the Sun will cause instant and irreversible damage to your eye. Eye damage
is often painless, so there is no warning to the observer that damage has
occurred until it is too late. Do not point the binocular at or near the Sun. Children
should always have adult supervision while observing.
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How to Use Your Binocular
If you want to...
Do this...
Adjust Eye Relief
If you wear eyeglasses, fold down the
rubber eyecups and hold the
eyepieces up against your glasses.
Fold down
Adjust the Barrels
You need to adjust the barrels, as the
distance between your eyes is usually
different than the distance between
another person’s eyes.
Barrel
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Barrel
1. Hold CaptureView up to your eyes in
the normal viewing position. Use
both hands to hold each barrel firmly.
2. Pull the barrels apart or push the
barrels together until you see a
single circular field with both of your
eyes.
How to Use Your Binocular
If you want to...
Do this...
Focus the Binocular
Diopter scale
Focus knob
1. Set the Diopter Scale on underside
of CaptureView at its center point
between “+” and “-.”
2. Choose an object (such as a
telephone pole) that is at least 50
feet (15m.) away.
3. Looking with only your left eye,
rotate the Focus Knob until the
object you are viewing is focused.
4. Looking with only your right eye,
rotate the Diopter Scale until the
object you are viewing is focused.
5. Now, looking with both eyes, rotate
the Focus Knob to focus on both far
and near objects.
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How to Use Your Camera
CaptureView performs best under good lighting conditions. Take some time to
practice capturing still pictures and video. Depending on the available light and your
distance from the object, captured images may not appear as bright or centered as
viewed through the binoculars. CaptureView takes focused pictures even if the image
in the binoculars is out-of-focus.
If you want to...
Insert Batteries
Battery
compartment
Select an Operation
Mode
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Shutter
Do this...
1. Make sure camera is off before
changing batteries.
2. Push the battery compartment lid
forward and lift to open.
3. Insert 2 AAA 1.5v (user-supplied)
batteries into the compartment,
noting the correct polarity as
illustrated inside the compartment.
• Press and hold the Mode button
for 3 to 5 seconds to turn on the
camera.
• Press the Mode button to display and
cycle through the operation icons on
the LCD.
• Press the Shutter button when the
desired icon is displayed to select an
operation.
Near and Far Focus
If you want to...
Do this...
Select Near or Far Focus
Focus Ring
Note: The Binocular focus knob
does not affect the camera focus.
The camera’s focus is determined
by the Focus ring setting:
Near Focus: Use for objects that
are 30 to 60 feet away. Near focus
will capture crisp, sharp images of
nearby objects, especially people.
Far Focus: Use for objects more
than 60 feet away.
1. Press and hold the Mode button for 3
seconds to turn on the camera.
2. The binocular can be focused using
the focus knob. However, the camera
can be set to Near or Far focus using
the focus ring, and is not affected by
the focus knob.
3. To set the Near focus: Position
CaptureView so that you are looking
at the front lens and focus ring.
Rotate the focus ring to the “man”
icon. You will feel a click. Continue to
rotate slightly past this point. If you
are unable to rotate the ring to the
left, the camera may already be set
to Near focus.
To set the Far focus: Position the
binoculars so that you are looking at
the front lens and focus ring. Rotate
the focus ring to the “mountain” icon.
You will feel a click. Continue to rotate
slightly past this point. If you are
unable to rotate the ring to the right,
the camera may already be set to Far
focus.
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Taking Pictures and Video
If you want to...
Take a Still Picture
Mode
Shutter
The amount of pictures you can take:
High Resolution (1280 x 1024): 12
Low Resolution (640 x 480): 40
The number of photos you may take
will decrease if you have also taken
video.
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Do this...
1. Press and hold the Mode button for
3 seconds to turn on the
camera. The camera will beep and
the camera icon displays on the
LCD. The counter, battery life and
resolution icons also display.
2. Point the binoculars at an object. You
may use the focus knob to focus the
image in the binocular, but keep in
mind that you may choose Near or
Far focus for the camera. In other
words, the camera’s focus is not
affected by the binocular’s focus
knob.
3. Hold CaptureView steady and press
the Shutter button. Note that the
counter advances. For example, if
the counter reads “0016,” this means
that this is your sixteenth
picture.
Taking Pictures and Video
If you want to...
Capture Video
Mode Shutter
The maximum length of a movie:
30 seconds.
Do this...
1. Press and hold the Mode button for
3 to 5 seconds to turn on the camera.
2. Press the Mode button once and the
Video mode icon displays.
5. Point the binoculars at the scene you
wish to capture.
4. Press the Shutter button. The
camera now captures video.
5 The counter keeps counting (in
seconds) as you capture video.
Press the Shutter button again to
stop recording video. Note that the
counter stops and the number of
pictures advances by one (a video
segment counts as one object).
The length of video will decrease if
you have also taken still pictures.
You may take longer movies using a
user-supplied SD memory card.
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Flashback
If you want to...
Capture Video
Using Flashback
This feature is very useful when you
wish to capture a short activity, but
are not sure when it will begin.
This feature captures video for 10
seconds. Select the Flashback menu
icon and then press the Shutter button
to activate recording.
Note: You must have a (user-supplied)
SD card to use the Flashback feature.
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Do this...
For example, you may want to record
a baseball pitcher throwing a pitch:
1. Select the Flashback icon.
2. Press the Shutter button to begin
recording while the pitcher prepares. After the pitcher throws the
ball, click on the Shutter button
again to turn off recording. You’ll
have saved only the last ten
seconds of the pitcher’s activity.
Flashback
Some suggestions for using Flashback
Let’s say your daughter is on the varsity basketball team. And right now, she’s
dribbling down the court. You’d like to capture her patented hook shot on video.
This is a job for Flashback.
Select the Flashback icon and press the Shutter button as she sets off down
court. The ball is passed back and forth, and is kicked out of bounds. But don’t
touch the Shutter button just yet to stop the recording. Keep following the action.
An opponent puts the ball back into play, your daughter steals the pass.....she
sets....she shoots.....skyhook....she scores! Now press the Shutter button to stop
the recording. The last ten seconds has been saved to video. Everything else—
all the unimportant activity—is discarded.
Using this method, you can record 7 or 8 of the best plays of the game.
Or let’s say your last name begins with “J” and your son is graduating from
college. The Dean begins calling the “J’s.” Select the Flashback icon and press
the Shutter button to start recording. Finally the big moment arrives, it’s your
young man’s moment in the sun. After he accepts his diploma and high fives the
Dean, press the Shutter button again and you’ll have this unforgettable memory
saved to video.
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Operations
If you want to...
Do this...
Use the Mode and Shutter Buttons
Mode Shutter
Note: If you do not perform an
operation for 60 seconds, the camera
automatically switches off.
Operation Icons
Camera
Self-Timer
Video
Resolution
Flashback
Erase All
Erase Last Format Storage Beeper
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• Press and hold the Mode button for 3
to 5 seconds to turn the camera on
or off.
• Use the Mode button to cycle
through the operation icons.
As you press the Mode button, the
operation icons display on-screen in
the following order:
Camera
Video
Flashback (when SD card present)
Self-timer
Quality/Resolution
Erase Last Image
Erase All Images
Format Storage
Beeper On/Off
The next press returns you to the
Camera icon.
• Press the Shutter button when the
desired icon is displayed to select an
operation.
• Use the Shutter button to take a
picture, and to begin or end the
recording of a movie.
Operations
If you want to...
Use the Camera Mode
Do this...
• Keep pressing the Mode button until
the Camera icon displays. Then
press the Shutter button to take a
still picture.
Camera Icon
Change the Camera Resolution
High and Low
Resolution Icons
H: High Resolution mode (1280 x 1024).
L: Low Resolution mode (640 x 480).
The default setting is High Resolution.
• Select a Resolution setting before
taking a still image:
1. The first time you turn on the
camera, it displays the High
Resolution icon (“H”). This is the
default setting.
2. To change the resolution, keep
pressing the Mode button until the
Low Resolution icon displays (“L”).
Then press the Shutter button to
activate Low Resolution. Low
resolution allows you to capture
more images with your camera.
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Operations
If you want to...
Use the Video Mode
Video Icon
Do this...
• Keep pressing the Mode button until
the Video icon displays. Then press
the Shutter button to begin recording
a movie. Press the Shutter button
again to stop recording.
Note: The length of a movie
depends on how much memory you
have available. Audio recording is
not available with this camera.
Use Flashback
Flashback Icon
Note: Flashback captures 10
seconds of video.
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• Keep pressing the Mode button until
the Flashback icon displays. Then
press the Shutter button to begin
recording a movie. Press the Shutter
button again to stop recording.
See pages 16 and 17 for more
information.
Operations
If you want to...
Erase (delete) Pictures or Video
Erase Last Icon
Erase All Icon
Find Out How Many Pictures You
Have Taken
Do this...
• Erase Last. Keep pressing the
Mode button until the Erase Last
Image icon displays and then press
the Shutter button. The icon flashes.
Press the Shutter button again to
erase the last captured image or
movie.
• Erase All. Keep pressing the Mode
button until the Erase All Image icon
displays and then press the Shutter
button. The icon flashes. Press the
Shutter button again to erase all the
images and video.
Check out the LCD Counter. The
counter displays the number of
pictures or videos taken.
Counter Display
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Operations
If you want to...
Use the Self-timer
Self-Timer Icon
Format your SD Card
Note: The first time you use the SD
card, you need to format it.
Format Storage Icon
Card Present Icon
Load or Eject Memory Card
Note: If you wish to copy files from
your flash card, make sure you
change the Read-Write setting on the
card to "Write." See your flash card’s
instructions for more information.
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Do this...
• Keep pressing the Mode button until
the Self-timer icon displays and
press the Shutter button.
The camera then pauses for about
10 seconds: It sends out 6 slow and
then 6 fast warning beeps before
taking the picture.
• Load the SD card and choose this
icon. When the icon begins to flash,
press Shutter to begin formatting.
Note: The Card Present icon
displays when an SD card is in the
camera.
• Press the card in and release when
you hear a click.
Operations
If you want to...
Find Out Why CaptureView
is Beeping
Note: When the battery is low,
CaptureView sends out six short
high beeps. It is recommended you
download the pictures or change
the batteries at this time. You have
60 seconds to change the batteries
before your images are deleted.
Do this...
Listen for the following patterns:
Power on: Two short high beeps.
Wake up: One long high beep.
Sleep: One short high beep.
Takes a picture: One short high
beep.
Failed to take picture due to
insufficient memory:
Three short high beeps.
Low battery: Six short high beeps
(beeps only when power is On).
Self-timer: Sends out 6 slow, then 6
fast beeps before taking a picture.
Turn the Buzzer On or Off
• Keep pressing the Mode button until
either the Buzzer On or Buzzer Off
displays and then press the Shutter
button.
Find Out How Much Power is
Left in the Batteries
• Check the battery indicators on the
display.
Battery Indicators
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Operations
If you want to...
Download Pictures
Do this...
If using Windows 98SE or lower,
drivers must be installed on your PC
and can be found on the included
CD-Rom.
If using Windows 98ME or higher,
CaptureView automatically installs on
your PC. No drivers are needed.
USB Port
Note: You cannot load to a Unix system using the camera's USB port—
this port can download only to
Windows OS or Mac OS 9.0 or
higher.
However, by using a flash card
reader, you can also download your
images to a Macintosh using an
OS earlier than 9.0 or to a Unix
system. When using a flash card
reader, the flash card looks like a
hard drive to your computer.
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Just attach one end of the USB cable
to the camera's USB port and the
other end to your PC's USB port.
Your PC considers the camera as a
mass storage device and displays it
like a hard drive. You can then copy
your still pictures or video to your computer or even copy files to the memory
on the camera.
Operations
If you want to...
Download Pictures (continued)
Note: See “Troubleshooting,”
page 28, for more information
about connecting CaptureView to
your PC.
Note: If you are using a Mac OS
9.0 or higher, drag the memory
card icon to the trash before
disconnecting the USB cable.
Do this...
1. Using the provided USB cable, plug
the one end of the cable into the
camera's USB port and the other end
into your PC's USB port.
2. If using Windows 98SE or lower,
drivers must be installed on your PC.
See the included CD-Rom.
If using Windows 98ME or higher,
CaptureView automatically installs on
your PC. No drivers are needed.
3. After setup is complete, using
Windows Explorer, you can browse
the camera's memory as if it were a
hard drive.
4. If CaptureView does not appear in
Windows Explorer, it might be using a
drive letter that has already been
assigned by your PC (e.g., C:, D:, E:,
etc.). Use Windows' Disk Manager
program to change the drive letter to
an unassigned letter (e.g., K:).
5 You may now copy images or files
from the camera's memory to your
PC just as you would with any
external hard drive or flash memory.
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Operations
If you want to...
Install Image Editing Software
(Ulead Photo Express)
Note: If you are connected
to the internet and you click
on the Meade logo on the
splash screen, you will go to
meade.com.
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Do this...
1. Insert supplied CD Rom into your
PC’s drive.
2. A splash screen displays. Click on
“Ulead Photo Express.”
3. Follow on-screen instructions.
4. After you click “Finish,” the Ulead
Photo Express icon appears on your
desktop.
5. Double-click the icon to launch
the program. You can now view, edit
and print your images. Photo
Express allows you to browse the
camera's memory as if it were a
hard drive.
Operations
Other Software
The included CD ROM contains other software programs by Ulead that will assist you
in editing your images, allow you to transfer images to email, and provide you with
other useful functions. Ulead Photo Express®, Photo Explorer, and Cool 360®, and
CaptureView Manager are proprietary programs, and may not be sold, licensed or
distributed without the express written consent of Ulead. For more information about
Ulead Photo Express, visit the Ulead website at www.ulead.com/pe. Click on the
"Product Documents" link in the Download section of their homepage to find a link for
the Photo Express manual.
Ulead®, Cool 360® and Photo Express® are trademarks or registered trademarks of Ulead Systems, Inc. in the
United Staes and/or other countries.
System Requirements
• Windows 98SE/Win Me/Win 2000/Win XP
Note: If using Windows 98ME or higher, CaptureView automatically installs on
your PC. No drivers are needed. If using Windows 98SE or lower, drivers must be
installed on your PC and can be found on the included CD-Rom.
• 200MHz (or equivalent) processor or faster.
• 64MB of RAM free over System requirements
• Video (VGA) card with 2MB of RAM for minimum 16-bit (High Color) display.
• 4x CD-ROM drive.
• USB port (1.1).
• 600MB of free hard drive space.
If you have questions regarding your PC system specifications, please contact your
PC manufacturer.
For the latest firmware updates and technical assistance, go to:
www.simmonsoptics.com
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Maintenance
Care of your CaptureView
1. Never immerse CaptureView in liquid. Remove dust or stains with a soft cloth
dampened with water or neutral detergent. Keep in a dry, cool dust-free
environment or a container when it is not being used.
Do not spray liquid cleaners directly onto LCD. Using only gentle pressure, wipe
the LCD with a slightly dampened cleaning cloth.
2. Important Note: Images stored in the camera’s internal memory will be lost if the
batteries are depleted or if the batteries are removed. Therefore, download
pictures before you remove the batteries. However, images stored on
user-supplied SD cards (commonly known as “flash memory cards”) will not be
lost if the batteries are depleted or removed. If it is critical that you save a set of
pictures, it is recommended that you use an SD card.
To conserve battery life, remove batteries after downloading images to a
computer. There is continual battery drainage even when CaptureView is turned
off. Be sure CaptureView is off before changing batteries.
3. Avoid dropping CaptureView. Do not disassemble CaptureView.
Troubleshooting
It is very important to use the following connection and disconnection
procedures to download pictures.
1. Only connect CaptureView to your PC when the PC is on and Windows has
completed loading.
2. Avoid physically connecting, disconnecting and reconnecting the camera during a
download session. Instead, disconnect the camera using Windows software: Rightclick the USB on-screen icon and select disconnect (or connect to
reconnect).
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Specifications
Binocular power
Binocular objective lens diameter
Binocular optical design
Binocular close focus
Field of view (diagonal)
Binocular field of view
Image capture resolution
Maximum length of movie
Camera aperture
8X
30mm
Folding roof prism, fully-coated
16 ft.
7.9°
366 ft. at 1000 yds.
1280 x 1024, 640 x 480, 24-bit color
Up to 30 seconds
f/4.0; fixed lens
Camera optimum range
Near Focus: 30 ft. to 66 ft.
Far Focus: 66 ft. to infinity
Memory
Storage capacity at each resolution
16MB SDRAM
640 x 480: 40 images
1280 x 1024: 12 images
Windows 98SE/2000/Me/XP
41° to 104° F (5° to 40° C). 20%-85%
relative humidity, non-condensing
USB
Icon LCD
4.25" W x 2.4" H x 5.75" D
Two x AAA 1.5V alkaline
USB cable, instructions, neck strap,
cleaning cloth, carry case, CD ROM with
image editing software
Operating system requirements
Operating environment
Interface type
Display
Product dimensions
Batteries (user supplied)
Accessories (included)
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defects in materials and workmanship for a period of ONE YEAR from the date of original purchase in the U.S.A.
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