Rosewill RCM-2655V User manual

2MP WebCamRCM-2655/RCM-2655R
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2MP Web Cam RCM-2655/RCM-2655R
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Table of Contents
Chapter I. Introduction ..................................................................................................... 1
Box Contents .................................................................................................................. 1
External Components ..................................................................................................... 1
System Requirements..................................................................................................... 2
Warning........................................................................................................................... 2
Chapter II. Product Features ........................................................................................... 4
Video Quality ................................................................................................................... 4
Image Quality .................................................................................................................. 4
Internet Compatibility...................................................................................................... 4
Chapter III. Installation..................................................................................................... 5
Get Ready To Install Your USB Web Camera .................................................................. 5
Install Your USB Web Camera ........................................................................................ 5
Chapter IV. Using the USB Web Camera ........................................................................ 6
Software.......................................................................................................................... 6
Meet People Over The Internet ................................................................................... 6
Camera Settings ............................................................................................................. 9
Video Format............................................................................................................... 9
Video Source or Video Settings................................................................................. 10
Light Sources................................................................................................................ 12
Lighting Settings ....................................................................................................... 12
Audio Source and Settings ........................................................................................... 12
Chapter V. Troubleshooting and Maintenance ............................................................. 15
Problems and Solutions ................................................................................................ 15
Frequently Asked Questions ......................................................................................... 15
Maintenance Tips.......................................................................................................... 16
Lens cleaning ............................................................................................................ 16
Outdoor Use.............................................................................................................. 16
Appendix A: Product Specifications ............................................................................. 17
Appendix B: FCC Statement .......................................................................................... 18
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Chapter I. Introduction
Thanks for purchasing the USB Web Camera. This USB Web Camera will display real-time video on your
PC screen, enabling you to have live video-conferences and interactive video conversations* with people
over the internet. Your new USB Web Camera can also create still images for applications that produce
greeting cards, photo albums and video mails. Your USB Web Camera will become a watch-dog while
the security software is activated.
The USB Web Camera also comes with a snapshot button allowing you to take still pictures. Your
computer will treat still images taken by the USB Web Camera in the same way as images from scanners.
The USB Web Camera is TWAIN compliant and can thus be used as an image source for most
image-editing software and graphics applications conform TWAIN compliant.
State-of-the-art features include instant live video at high frame rates making your conversations feel
more natural. It is easy to install, consumes little power, views photographs in 1.6 million colors and has a
versatile clamp. The video and images captured by your USB Web Camera can be saved for later
viewing and printing with the same ease as taking normal photos.
Box Contents
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USB Web Camera
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Web Camera SOFTWARE CD-ROM
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Quick Installation Guide
External Components
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Snapshot Button
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LED Indicator
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Adjustable Focus
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Versatile Clamp
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Built-in Microphone
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) Note: 1. The power supply for the camera is provided through the USB cable.
2. Illustrations may appear different from your USB Web Camera.
System Requirements
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IBM-compatible PC computer
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Intel Pentium III 800MHz compatible PC or faster
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Windows XP SP2, Vista & Windows 7 or later
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128 MB RAM (256 MB recommended)
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160 MB free hard disk space (260MB recommended)
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CD-ROM drive
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One available USB port
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A VGA or SVGA video card capable of displaying at least 32,768 colors (15bit) with 800 X 600
resolution
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Modem, microphone & Internet access for videophone
Warning
Do not attempt to modify this camera.
Do not place this camera in extremely damp or dusty locations.
Do not place this camera in places subject to extremely high temperatures, such as in a closed
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vehicle or direct sunlight. Exposure to high temperatures may adversely affect the camera case
and internal components.
Do not remove the camera casing. Internal inspection, maintenance and repairs should be
carried out by an authorized service facility.
Do not use the camera if any foreign objects have entered the casing. Disconnect the camera
from your computer and contact your local dealer or an authorized service facility. Do not
continue to use the camera.
Do not use the camera if any water has entered the casing. Disconnect the camera from your
computer, and contact your local dealer or an authorized service facility. Do not continue to use
the camera.
Do not use this camera if it is emitting smoke, is unusually hot to touch, is emitting any unusual
odor or is in any other abnormal state.
Take care not to bump or drop your camera as this may cause the camera to malfunction. If your
camera has been dropped or the casing has been damaged, disconnect it from your computer
and contact your local dealer or an authorized service facility. Do not continue to use the camera.
* Tele-conferencing and video-conferencing also require a sound card, microphone and an Internet connection.
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Chapter II. Product Features
Video Quality
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Up to 30 FPS (Frames Per Second) at VGA (640x480 pixels) mode
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Up to 9 FPS (Frames Per Second) at 1.3M (1280x1024 pixels) mode
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Up to 5 FPS (Frames Per Second) at 2M (1600x1200 pixels) mode
The frame rates (speed) of the camera are affected by the bandwidth available in the particular USB
configuration being used, the speed of your CPU, and when using the Internet, the speed of your network
connection.
As a general rule, the smaller the frame size and the lower the resolution, the faster the video frame rates
will be.
Image Quality
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Up to 24-bit RGB color
The snapshot button on the top of the USB Web Camera allows you to take still pictures. These images can
be used by all TWAIN compliant graphics software and image-editing applications. The image resolution
can be adjusted to suit virtually any requirements.
Internet Compatibility
The USB Web Camera was designed being used primarily to send videos over the Internet for applications
such as video-conferencing. It can be used with all current video applications such as video-conferencing,
MSN Messenger (Windows Live Messenger), Yahoo! Messenger and Skype Video.
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Chapter III. Installation
Get Ready To Install Your USB Web Camera
1. Your USB Web Camera
2. Web Camera SOFTWARE CD-ROM
Install Your USB Web Camera
1. Turn on your computer or Notebook PC. Close all the programs run under the Windows system.
2. Connect the end of the USB cable of your PC Camera into the USB port of your computer or Notebook
PC.
3. Load the Web Camera SOFTWARE CD-ROM into your CD-ROM drive.
4. Follow the on-screen instructions given by the installation program to complete the USB Web Camera
installation. (If the auto-run program is not started, choose Start and Run, type ‘E:/Setup.exe’ at the
Open column to start installation.)
Your USB Web Camera is now set up and ready to use. Please refer to the next chapter Using the USB Web
Camera for more information.
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Chapter IV. Using the USB Web Camera
Before using the USB Web Camera, make sure it is properly connected to the USB Port and the required
Setup software is installed from the Web Camera SOFTWARE CD-ROM, as described in the previous
chapter.
Software
A variety of TWAIN compliant image editing, graphics application and video editing software can be used
with the USB Web Camera to view, edit, record and send videos and pictures. To use TWAIN compliant
software, you will need to choose the correct driver, usually found under the File, Acquire (or Scan) menu.
After the driver is selected, choose File, Acquire (Scan) from within the graphics application to begin
viewing videos from the USB Web Camera. With the USB Web Camera and either Yahoo! Messenger or
MSN Messenger, you will be able to call and see people face-to-face over the Internet.
) Note: Only one software application can use the USB Web Camera at a time.
Meet People Over The Internet
There are some free ware could be used with the USB Web Camera such as Yahoo! Messenger and
Windows Live Messenger (MSN Messenger) are widely used for Internet Video Chat for free. You may try
either of them to see people face-to-face over the Internet.
Instant Video Messenger such as MSN Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger allows you to send text
messages and make video chats online. Your message and video is delivered immediately, and the person
you sent the message to can immediately respond. With a webcam, you can send your live image in
real-time while exchanging messages. If your friend doesn’t have a webcam, he or she can still see you.
Here are a few basic steps to help you get started:
Get started with MSN Messenger (Windows Live Messenger)
1.
2.
Download and install the software
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Go to http://messenger.msn.com/.
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Choose the version suitable for your system, then download and install it.
Register with MSN Messenger
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If you have a Hotmail or MSN e-mail address, go straight to step 2.
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If you do not have a Hotmail or MSN e-mail address, you need to sign up for a Microsoft .NET
Passport with your current e-mail address, or sign up for a free Hotmail account.
3.
Sign in
Before you can use MSN Messenger, you must sign in.
4.
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Double-click the MSN Messenger icon at the bottom of your screen.
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Enter the e-mail address and password that you registered with Passport.
Add friends and family to your contact list
Congratulations! Now you can add your friends and family into your contact list.
5.
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Click Add a Contact.
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Type the e-mail address of your friend, family member, or colleague.
Chat using messages
Now that you’ve got MSN Messenger, you can connect to your friends and family who are online.
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Double Click to the contact in the contact list and start chat with your friend
Using a live webcam
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In the main MSN Messenger window, click the Webcam button while you are exchanging
messages with a contact. Your live image will be sent to your friend.
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Follow the instructions that appear.
Get started with Yahoo! Messenger
1.
Download and install the software
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Go to http://messenger.yahoo.com/.
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Choose the version suitable for your system, then download and install it.
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Once the installation is complete, Yahoo! Messenger will open automatically and you will see a
window like the one below to your right on your desktop.
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Get a Yahoo! ID
Every person needs a unique ID to identify himself when using Yahoo! Messenger. After you have
installed the program, you will see a Get a Yahoo! ID button where you can sign up for a Yahoo! ID if
you do not have any. If you have already created a Yahoo! ID for any Yahoo! Services – Mail, My!
Yahoo, Yahoo! Personals, etc. – you can use that for Yahoo! Messenger as well. A Yahoo! ID is the first
part of a Yahoo! Mail address – e.g. dairyman88 in dairyman88@yahoo.com.
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3.
If you need to sign up for a Yahoo! ID, you will be taken to a web page that asks you to:
i.
Select an ID (e.g. dairyman88)
ii.
Choose a password
iii.
Enter a security question in case you forget your password
iv.
Enter your name, language, zip code and gender
Sign in
Before you can use Yahoo! Messenger, you must sign in.
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Enter your Yahoo! ID and password into the Yahoo! Messenger ID and password boxes, and then
click the Sign In button.
4.
Add friends and family to your contact list
Congratulations! Now you can add your friends and family into your contact list.
5.
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Click Add.
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Type the e-mail address or Yahoo! ID of your friend, family member, or colleague.
Chat using messages
Now that you’ve got Yahoo! Messenger, you can connect to your friends and family who are online.
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Double Click to the contact in the contact list and send messages to your friend
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Chat using a live webcam
1.
In the main Yahoo! Messenger window, click the Webcam button while you are exchanging
messages with a contact. Your live image will be sent to your friend.
2.
Follow the instructions that appear.
If the video image from the viewing window is not clear, adjust the focus. If you cannot see an image on
your computer screen, consult the Troubleshooting section at the end of this manual.
Camera Settings
The following section will explain the procedures for fine-tuning your USB Web Camera to receive an
optimal image. There are many factors that may affect videos and still image quality including, light source –
fluorescent, incandescent or natural sunlight, resolution, color depth, frame rate, USB configuration, etc.
Video Format
The Video Format dialog box in instant messenger applications allows you to control the size and color of
the image provided by your camera. The following dialog box will appear when you select ‘Video Format
Settings’ from within instant messenger applications. Please note, other graphic applications should also
have a settings window with similar controls.
Items in the above Video Format window are described as follows:
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Output Size – this setting controls the size of the image or video that will be shown by the
software. Larger images contain more data, so the frame rate might be slower than for smaller
resolutions.
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Color Depth/Compression – this setting controls how many colors will be shown. The higher the
number, the more colors that can be shown. High pixel depth allows your videos and images to
show realistic colors. Various color formats can be selected, but 24-bit RGB color is
recommended unless your PC can display only 256 colors. As with resolution, the higher the pixel
depth, the more data the video or image will contain.
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Frame Rate – this setting controls the frame rate of the image or video. The higher the frame rate,
the larger the file size.
Since these settings directly control the amount of data in a video or still image, they are very important
when transmission speed or file size are at a premium. High resolution and pixel depth can generate very
large amounts of data. If sending a video over the Internet or recording a video to a file, you may wish to
lower the frame rate and color depth to achieve greater transmission speeds or smaller file sizes,
respectively.
Other factors may affect video quality include:
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CPU – the faster your CPU, the faster your computer can process data. A 300MHz Pentium CPU
will show videos (especially those with higher resolutions and pixel depth) at higher frame rates.
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Graphics Display Card – Fast display cards and graphics accelerators can greatly increase the
quality of videos shown on your screen.
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USB Configuration – When the USB Web Camera is the only USB device connected to your
computer, it will be able to send image data to your computer faster than if there are other USB
devices present.
Video Source or Video Settings
The video source dialog box allows you to control the image quality provided by your camera. Most
applications allow you access a ‘Video Source’ or ‘Video Setting’ window similar to the one shown below.
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Items in the above Video Source windows are described as follows:
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Saturation – this setting controls the richness of colors shown by the camera.
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Brightness – this setting controls how bright an image or video will appear.
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Contrast – this setting adjusts the tonal range of an image by lowering mid-tone values and
increasing values for high and low tones. For example, use contrast to eliminate noise or shading
on black & white and grayscale videos or images or to clean-up color ones.
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Sharpness - the higher the sharpness, the sharper the image. The lower the sharpness, the more
blurry an image will be.
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Auto Exposure – this setting lets you change the electronic shutter speed.
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Light Source – this setting allows you to select the type of light source you are using.
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Auto White Balance – this setting allows you to adjust how much white will be in the Red, Green
and Blue color channels. Checking the Auto box sets the amount of white for each color to
predefined settings based on the type of light source.
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Light Frequency – this setting allows you to select the correct light frequency used in your
country, you will either choose 50 Hz or 60 Hz.
Please note that many of the above settings operate the same as those on a normal color TV or computer
monitor.
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Light Sources
Proper room lighting is critical for correct functioning of the USB Web Camera. Your camera requires a
certain light level to produce good pictures. If you are getting dull or dark images, or if the color is poor, try
increasing the ambient light in the room or close the light beyond the subject, or lighting the subject directly.
Using the camera in a sunlit room will also produce good results. If you cannot use your camera in a
naturally well-lit setting, then a desk lamp or some other artificial light source must be used.
Lighting Settings
Some applications may also allow you to adjust light settings other than those shown above. We have
defined some commonly used terms which may appear in software programs you are using:
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Lighting Modes - Your camera normally operates in normal mode; however, you can switch it to
dark mode when there is too much light or bright mode when light is dim.
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Banding Filter - If you are in a room lit by fluorescent lighting, then please check that the Banding
Filter is being used, if present. Depending on the fluorescent lighting system used in your country,
you will either choose a filter type of 50 Hz or 60 Hz.
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Color Temperature - The USB Web Camera’s default is normal mode, but you can switch it to
cool when your light source tends to be red or switch it to warm when your light source tends to
be blue.
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Compression Control - Compression control lets you adjust the frame rate. The USB Web
Camera is initially set to use the lowest compression setting, but choosing high compression
mode may help speed up the rate of transmission.
Audio Source and Settings
Your camera comes with a built-in microphone which allows you to talk without additional microphone. To
allow it work with you computer, follow the setting as below:
1. In ‘Control Panel’ of ‘My Computer’, select ‘Sounds and Multimedia’, change the ‘Default device’ of
‘Sound recording’ to ‘RCM-2655’ for XP, VISTA users or ‘USB Audio Device’ for 2000 users.
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2. After selecting the video device, click ‘Volume’ of ‘Sound Recording’, adjust the ‘Volume’ till the
microphone play sound well.
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Important: When running with camera software application as the first time, increase the audio volume by
sliding the bar in ‘Audio Property’ page as below. In the ‘Pin Line’ box, select ‘Microphone’.
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Chapter V. Troubleshooting and Maintenance
This section discusses basic problems with the USB Web Camera, frequently asked questions and provides
some maintenance tips.
Problems and Solutions
No Image
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Ensure the USB cable is correctly and securely attached.
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Ensure that your video software has been properly installed.
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Make sure your lens is free from obstructions, and that it is pointing in the appropriate direction.
Dark Pictures
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Check that there is sufficient light for the camera. Alternatively, you may wish to adjust the Brightness or
Contrast settings in the software you are using.
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Ensure there is no strong light source behind the object or person being viewed by the PC Camera.
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Ensure that the lens is clean.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Can I use my USB Web Camera with software applications other than those included with the
camera?
A.
Yes. A Video for Windows device driver and a TWAIN driver are supplied with your camera and are
automatically installed on your computer during the setup process. These drivers allow the USB Web
Camera to be used as a general video and/or still image input device with other Windows
applications.
Q. How do I use my USB Web Camera with other video capture devices?
A.
The best way is to disable all other video capture devices and ensure the USB Web Camera is the
default device. To do this:
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Click on the Start menu button and choose Settings, and then Control Panel. In the
Windows Control Panel, double click on the “Multimedia” icon.
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Select the Devices tab at the top to view a list of all multimedia devices installed on your
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computer.
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Double click on the driver name.
This will open a dialog box showing your camera’s
properties.
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Enable or disable the driver as required.
Q. The video on my screen appears too light or too dark. What should I do?
A.
Proper room lighting is critical for the correct functioning of the USB Web Camera. Your camera
requires a certain light level to produce good pictures. If you are getting dull or dark images, or if the
color is poor, try increasing the ambient light in the room, or lighting the subject directly. Using the
camera in a sunlit room will also produce good results. If you cannot use your camera in a naturally
well-lit setting, then a desk lamp or some other artificial light source must be used.
You may also wish to adjust the Brightness or Contrast settings usually located in a Video Source (or
similarly named) settings window in the software you are using.
Maintenance Tips
Lens cleaning
If your lens becomes dirty, wipe lightly with a dry, lint-free cloth.
Outdoor Use
Your USB Web Camera is not designed for outdoor use and should not be exposed to the elements without
suitable protection. In general, you should not expose it to extreme temperatures or humidity.
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Appendix A: Product Specifications
Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Effective Pixels
Focus Distance
Number of Colors
Frame Rate
Manual Focus
Auto White Balance
Auto Exposure Control
Snapshot Button
LED Indicator
Built-in Microphone
Dimensions
USB Cable Length
Interface
Power Consumption During
Operation
During Standby
2M CMOS Sensor
1/5”
Up to 1600x1200
40 cm to infinity
Up to 24 bits
Up to 30 FPS at VGA Mode
Up to 9 FPS at 1.3M Mode
Up to 5 FPS at 2M Mode
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
77.5 x 43.5 x 31.5mm (WxDxH)
150 cm
USB2.0
< 170 mA
< 500µA
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Appendix B: FCC Statement
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 communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular
installation.
If the unit does cause harmful interference to radio or 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 the dealer or any experienced TV/radio technician for help.
Caution
In order to maintain compliance with FCC regulations, shielded cables must be used with this equipment.
Operation with non-approved equipment or unshielded cables is likely to result in interference to radio and
TV reception.
To comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC rules, this device must
only be installed on computer equipment certified to comply with the Class B limits. In addition, only the
supplied power cables should be used with the product. Operation with non-certified computers, use of a
cable other than that supplied, or modification of the device may result in interference to radio or television
reception and could void the user’s authority to operate this device.
Thank you for purchasing a quality Rosewill Product.
Please register your product at : www.rosewill.com for complete warranty information and future support for your product.
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