Epson PhotoPC 3100Z Specifications

EPSON PhotoPC 3100Z
camera dial
timer light
hot shoe
shutter button
diopter dial
neck strap
USB port
out port
front view
photo capture
status light
display panel
AC adapter
control buttons
neck strap
memory card
print button
LCD screen
back view
battery cover
battery cover lock
shutter button
image quality
camera dial
flash button
self timer
POWER button
bottom view
top view
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Camera Specifications
USB cable
Small size, B-Type connector (camera)
Standard, A-Type connector (computer)
Physical Dimensions
Internal ROM
2MB flash (program memory)
4.3 inches (108 mm)
memory card
3.5 inches (89 mm)
2.6 inches (65 mm)
12.6 oz (358 g) without batteries, strap,
lens cover, and CompactFlash™ card
16MB EPSON CompactFlash memory
card (installed in camera);
also accepts optional Type I
CompactFlash memory cards, 4MB to
256MB (available from various
manufacturers like Lexar Media™ and
Tripod attachment Built-in screw
4 AA batteries (single-use alkaline or
lithium, or rechargeable NiMH or NiCd)
Optional universal AC adapter (B867081)
Optional battery charger and 4 AA NiMH
batteries (B818172)
United States
FCC Part 15 Subpart B Class B
CSA C108.8 Class B
Over 4000 pictures using the viewfinder
Battery Life
(when using the
Approximately 155 pictures using the
included alkaline
LCD screeen (with automatic shut off set
to 30 seconds)
Approximately 210 minutes playback
(no power saving)
Operating: 41 to 95 °F (5 to 35 °C)
Non-operating: –4 to 140 °F (–20 to
60 °C)
Operating: 30 to 80% (non-condensing)
Non-operating: 10 to 80% (noncondensing)
Not water-resistent
3× optical zoom
2× digital zoom
1/1.8-inch color CCD (3.34 megapixels)
Image resolution
2544 × 1904 pixels (HyPict JPEG)*
2048 × 1536 pixels (uncompressed Tiff)
2048 × 1536 pixels (super fine)
1600 × 1200 pixels (fine)
640 × 480 pixels (standard)
F2.0 (W) to F2.5 (T)
Auto-focus range
2.36 inches to 20 inches (6 cm to
50 cm), macro mode, wide
Still images: JPEG (DCF, Exif), Tiff
Video clips: motion JPEG
Bit depth
24-bit color
Video out
NTSC and PAL standards
475 kB/second
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20 inches (50 cm) to infinity (normal)
8 inches to 20 inches (20 cm to 50 cm)
(macro mode)
* Interpolated
File formats
f = 7-21 mm (equivalent to 34-102 mm
on a 35-mm camera)
Manual-focus range 3 settings (approx. 3 ft., 10 ft., and
infinity) for normal mode and 2 settings
for macro mode
LCD screen
1.8-inch TFT color LCD (110 thousand
pixels: 512 × 218 pixels)
View range approximately 98%
(Photographed images shown at 100%)
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Equivalent to ISO 100/200/400
Exposure control
Programmed auto exposure
Photo Processing Time and File Size
Exposure value adjustment: –2 to
+2 EV, in 0.2 increments (manual
mode) or 0.5 increments (program
Manual shutter speed and manual
aperture settings
Aperture-priority and shutter-priority
Spot metering and matrix metering
White balance
Photo processing
time (seconds) *
Photo processing
time for playback
(seconds) *
File Size *
* Processing time and file size are approximate and vary depending
on the image.
TTL automatic white balance
Fixed white balance (5200 °Kelvin)
User-defined white balance (custom)
Optional Universal AC Adapter
Electric iris with mechanical shutter,
8 seconds to 1/1000 second (shutter
speed varies, depending on aperture
F2.0, F2.3, F2.8, F4.0, F5.6, F8.0
Real-image optical, with centering
crosshair (view range approx. 83%)
Physical Dimensions
1.7 inches (43 mm)
1.22 inches (31 mm)
4.1 inches (104 mm)
Adjustable focus with diopter
10 seconds (fixed)
Built-in automatic luminance control
flash (range: up to 13.8 feet, or 4.3 m)
7 VDC, 2.0 A
100 to 240 VAC, 50 to 60 Hz
Optional external flash (attaches to hot
shoe on camera)
Flash modes
Optional NiMH Battery Charger
(Model EU-38)
Forced flash, automatic flash, flash off,
slow synchronized flash (with leading
and trailing modes), red-eye reduction
The battery charger is available as a kit (Universal Power Pak,
B818172); the kit includes 4 NiMH batteries.
Physical Dimensions
3.0 inches (76 mm)
4.5 inches (115 mm)
1.1 inch (28 mm)
Approximately 4.6 oz (130 g)
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Minimum System Requirements
100 to 240 V, 50 to 60 Hz
DC 1.2 V, 490 mA × 4
To transfer images to your computer and edit them, make sure
your system meets these minimum requirements:
Charging time
4 hours maximum (initial charge)
2.5 hours average (subsequent charges)
Windows Systems
Power consumption
Approximately 8 W
❏ IBM-compatible PC with Pentium 166 or higher
❏ At least 32MB RAM (64MB recommended)
Charging temperature 41 to 95 °F (5 to 35 °C)
Storage temperature
❏ Double-speed CD-ROM drive
−4 to 86 °F (−20 to 30 °C)
❏ At least 30MB free hard disk space
❏ VGA or SVGA monitor with at least 256-color display
(16-bit color or greater recommended)
Optional NiMH Batteries (B818113)
❏ Mouse or other pointing device
AA size, Nickel-Metal Hydride,
rechargeable (includes 4 batteries)
❏ 16-bit sound card and speakers
1.2 VDC
USB connection requirements:
❏ QuickTime 4.1.2 or later (included on CD-ROM)
❏ Built-in USB port
CompactFlash Memory Card
❏ Windows 2000, Windows Millennium Edition (Me), or
Windows 98 (pre-installed)
Type I CompactFlash (standard and USB-enabled)
Macintosh Systems
16MB (card included with camera)
4MB to 256MB (optional cards)
1.7 inches (42.8 mm)
1.5 inches (36.8 mm)
0.13 inch (3.3 mm)
❏ At least 32MB RAM (64MB recommended)
❏ At least 30MB free hard disk space
❏ CD-ROM drive
❏ VGA monitor with minimum resolution of 640 × 480
❏ Mouse or other pointing device
❏ 16-bit sound card and speakers
❏ QuickTime 4.1.2 or later (included on CD-ROM)
USB connection requirements:
The following table lists accessories for the PhotoPC 3100Z:
❏ iMac™ or Power Macintosh® G3 or G4 with Mac® OS
version 8.5.1 to 9.1
❏ Built-in USB port
Part number
EPSON PhotoPC 3100Z Universal AC Adapter
NiMH Battery Pak (4 batteries)
Universal NiMH Power Pak (charger and 4 batteries)
If you are using Mac OS X, check the EPSON web site for software
updates. Connect to the internet, then go to http://
The software included with the camera cannot be used with the
Multiple Users function in Mac OS 9.
You can purchase manuals and accessories from EPSON
Accessories at (800) 873-7766. In Canada, please call
(800) 873-7766 for dealer referral. Or, visit the EPSON Store
at (U.S. sales only).
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When the battery power is almost out, a low battery icon
appears on the camera’s status display panel. Be sure to replace
all four batteries at the same time.
Installing Batteries
The EPSON PhotoPC 3100Z accepts these battery types:
❏ Single-use AA lithium or alkaline batteries
Battery Handling
❏ Rechargeable NiMH or NiCd batteries
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 as coins or keys, which could short out the battery.
Read all safety and handling instructions before using batteries.
Follow these steps to install the batteries:
1. Hold the camera upside down.
2. Press and hold the battery cover lock down and slide the
cover out to open it.
Note the following when handling batteries:
❏ Do not use manganese batteries.
❏ Do not mix different types of batteries; this can cause fire or
❏ Replace all four batteries at the same time. Do not mix old
and new batteries.
❏ Do not drop, puncture, disassemble, or mutilate batteries.
Do not 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. Store away from the reach of children.
battery cover
❏ To avoid fire or electric shock, do not use batteries that are
leaking or damaged in any way.
❏ If battery acid gets in your eyes or on your skin,
immediately rinse the area with water and seek medical
treatment. If a battery is swallowed, seek medical treatment
3. Insert four batteries into the compartment, positioning the
+ and − ends as shown below.
❏ Dispose of used batteries according to the manufacturer’s
instructions and in compliance with all applicable laws.
Contact your local government agency for information
about battery recycling and disposal.
❏ Battery life varies depending on the battery type, the
manufacturer, and other factors.
4. Lower the battery cover and slide it closed.
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Removing and Inserting the Memory Card
Using Your CompactFlash Memory
If you install a new memory card, make sure you format it
before you start taking pictures. See the previous section for
Your camera comes with a preinstalled 16MB CompactFlash
memory card that needs to be formatted before you can use it.
This card stores your photographs until you transfer them to a
Follow these steps to remove and insert the memory card:
1. Make sure the camera is turned off. (Press the POWER
button to turn the camera off, if it is on.)
You can purchase additional Type I CompactFlash memory
cards (4MB to 256MB) from leading suppliers like Lexar
Media and SanDisk.
Never remove the card while the camera is on. Data in the card
may be lost or damaged.
Formatting the Memory Card
2. Use your thumb or fingernail to pull open the memory card
To take photos, a CompactFlash memory card must be in
your camera and formatted. Follow these steps:
1. Press down the POWER button to turn on the camera and
turn the camera dial to
2. If you haven’t set the clock yet, you see the clock setting
screen with the year highlighted in red.
3. Push the eject button in to release the card. Then pull the
card out to remove it.
3. Press the buttons next to the up, down, right, and left
arrows to change the date and time settings. (For detailed
instructions, see your User’s Guide.)
4. When you’re finished, press the button under BACK.
You see the SETUP menu.
5. Press the button under Memory SETUP. The Memory
Card Format menu appears:
eject button
4. To install the memory card,
insert it all the way in. Make
sure the front of the card is
facing the same direction as
the front of the camera, and
the arrow on the card’s label is
pointing in.
6. Press the button next to MEMORY CARD FORMAT. You
see a warning message. Press the button next to Yes to
format the card.
7. When the card is formatted, the camera returns to the
Memory Card Format menu. Press the button under BACK
to return to the SETUP menu.
5. Close the memory card cover.
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Adjusting the Viewfinder Focus
Checking the Picture Counter
You can adjust the viewfinder’s focus using the diopter. This is
useful if you wear glasses and want to remove them to take
pictures with the viewfinder. To adjust the focus, simply look
through the viewfinder and move the diopter dial up or down
until you have a clear view.
The large number in the lower right of the status display panel
shows how many additional pictures you can take.
This number is affected by the image quality setting. Also, if
you have any video clips or audio recordings stored on your
memory card, the number on the status display panel may be
greater than the actual number of remaining pictures.
When the memory card is full, the number on the status
display panel reads 0, the status light on the back of the
camera flashes red, and you can no longer use the shutter
button. Before you can take any more pictures, you must
either delete some of the images or transfer them to your
computer system.
You may also see one of the following on the display panel:
❏ In Program or Manual mode, the
exposure value appears on the left and the
shutter speed appears on the right when
you hold the shutter button down
Using the Display Panel
❏ When you turn the camera’s dial to
Set is displayed.
The display panel shows the camera’s current settings and the
number of pictures remaining.
❏ When making an audio recording, you
see Rec displayed.
image quality
❏ When taking photos using the interval
shooting feature, you see Int displayed.
low battery icon
Using the Flash
Your camera has a built-in flash as well as a hot shoe for
attaching an optional external flash. See your User’s Guide for
more information on where to buy and how to attach an
external flash.
Press the flash button to cycle through the five flash settings.
(The camera dial must be turned to , , or .) An icon
for each setting appears on the status display panel, as shown
The flash goes off automatically whenever it’s needed
for adequate lighting (default setting).
Forced Flash
The flash goes off with every picture you take. Use this
setting to compensate for backlighting; for example,
when you are facing a light source.
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Flash Off
The flash is disabled, even when lighting is inadequate.
Use this setting for special effects, where flash
photography is prohibited, or for macro mode close-ups.
Red-eye Reduction
Use this setting to eliminate the red-eye effect (the
reddish reflection of the flash off of your subjects
Slow Synchronized Flash
Produces color or black and white images at 640 × 480
pixels. The CompactFlash card can hold up to
199 pictures without audio recordings, but the image size
is smaller and includes less detail when enlarged. This
setting is good for pictures that are viewed on screen or on
the Web.
Produces color or black and white images at
1600 × 1200 pixels, with moderate compression. Your
pictures include ample detail, and the CompactFlash
card can hold up to 56 pictures.
Super Fine JPEG
Produces color or black and white images at
2048 × 1536 pixels with low compression. Your
pictures include greater detail, and the CompactFlash
card can hold up to 29 pictures. With less
compression, Super Fine images are better for
11 × 14-inch prints.
Slow synchronized flash is available only in the Program or Manual
user modes. See page 11 to change the user mode.
After you take a flash picture, the icon blinks until the flash is
fully recharged. Your flash setting remains in effect even after
you turn off the camera.
HyPict JPEG or Uncompressed Tiff
In this mode, you can take either HyPict JPEG or
uncompressed Tiff images, depending on the option
you select in the Shot Setup menu (see page 11). You
will notice a several-second delay while the camera
processes your image (see page 5).
Setting Image Quality
The EPSON PhotoPC 3100Z has five image quality
(resolution) settings. Press the image quality button on top of
the camera to cycle from one setting to another.
Produces color or black and white images at
2544 × 1904 pixels (interpolated) with moderate
compression. Your pictures include excellent detail,
and the CompactFlash card can hold up to 12
pictures. These images are best for 11 × 14-inch
Standard JPEG
To light up the background as well as your subject, use
the leading slow synchronized flash mode when taking
pictures at night. Or, use the trailing slow synchronized
flash mode setting for capturing motion. This option
causes the aperture to stay open longer, allowing more
light to enter the camera. See your User’s Guide to
change this flash setting to leading or trailing.
The camera dial must be turned to
The image quality icons appear on the status display panel as
shown below.
, or
Uncompressed Tiff
Produces color or black and white Tiff images at
2048 × 1536 pixels with no compression. You can
use this mode only when you have at least 9.1MB
free on your CompactFlash memory card. Your
pictures include excellent detail, and the
CompactFlash card can hold one image.
You can buy a larger CompactFlash memory card if you want to take
multiple shots in Uncompressed Tiff mode. You can also take several
JPEG images when a Tiff image is stored on your memory card.
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Use the Shot Setup menu to switch between these JPEG and
Tiff image types. Follow these steps:
Camera Dial Settings
1. Turn the camera dial to
and press the POWER button
to turn on the camera. You see the SETUP menu.
Use for video clips, continuous shooting, interval
shooting, or stitching mode.
2. Press the button next to Shot Setup to go to the Shot
Setup menu.
Lets you take pictures using the LCD screen. You can
preview your photos on the screen and use the LCD
menus to adjust photo settings, such as sensitivity,
white balance, exposure, and aperture.
Choose this setting when taking photos with the
viewfinder, which uses less battery power than the LCD
Use this setting to play back your photos so that you
can delete them or add audio recordings to them.
3. Press the button under
Image JPEG to change the
setting to
Image Tiff. (Press the same button to change
the setting back.) If your card has less than 9.1MB of free
space, the camera instructs you to use a card with enough
Use this setting when connecting your camera to the
computer. Also use it to create DPOF files with the
PrintMark program, or to adjust brightness and
sharpness with PRINT Image Matching.™
Use to set up or view information about your camera
on the LCD screen. You can change user mode, set the
camera clock, format the memory card, and make other
camera settings.
4. Press the button under BACK to return to the SETUP
Setting Sensitivity
Choosing the User Mode
You must be in Program or Manual user mode to adjust the
sensitivity setting (see “Choosing the User Mode”). Press the
ISO button on the back of the camera to cycle through the
three sensitivity settings:
The EPSON PhotoPC 3100Z has three user modes to give
you different levels of control over the camera settings. To use
the more advanced features, such as white balance and
exposure adjustment, you must be in Program mode or
Manual mode.
The standard setting is equivalent to ISO 100. This
is the recommended setting for most photos.
The high sensitivity setting is equivalent to ISO 200.
Program This setting is recommended for photographers
who want a moderate amount of control over
the camera’s functions. This mode is the default.
Programmed subjects (Normal, Sports, Portrait,
and Landscape) tailor your camera settings to the
type of picture you’re taking. You can also use the
LCD menus to make your own adjustments to
sensitivity, white balance, and exposure.
The super high sensitivity setting is equivalent to
ISO 400.
Waking the Camera
If you’re using batteries, the camera automatically shuts off
after a designated period of inactivity to conserve battery
power. To wake the camera, do one of the following:
❏ If the camera dial is set to , , or , press the shutter
button. Or, turn the camera off, then back on.
❏ If the camera dial is set to ,
, or
, press any button
on the back of the camera (the shutter button won’t wake
the camera). Or, turn the camera off, then back on.
This mode is for experienced photographers who
want complete control over the camera’s wide array
of settings and features. In addition to changing
sensitivity and white balance, you can adjust the
shutter speed and aperture, choose a spot or matrix
metering system, and focus the camera to three
feet, ten feet, or fifty feet.
Full Auto Simply point and shoot. The camera determines
most settings for you, but you can still select basic
settings such as image quality and macro mode.
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This example shows how the LCD screen looks in Program
user mode. The screen looks different for Manual or Full
Auto mode.
Follow these steps to choose the user mode:
and press the POWER button to turn
1. Turn the dial to
on the camera. You see the SETUP menu:
user mode
2. Press the button next to the current user mode to cycle
through the three modes.
3. Make any changes you want to the settings on the View
menu. You can also use the camera’s control buttons to
make changes to image quality, flash, or other basic settings.
(See page 9 for descriptions of basic camera settings.)
Using the Camera SETUP Menu
4. Push the T (telephoto) button to zoom in on your subject,
or the W (wide angle) button to zoom out. You see a display
with green zoom steps and the current zoom position in
You can use the Camera SETUP menu to turn the
confirmation screen on or off, set the automatic power off
feature, adjust the brightness of the LCD screen, set the alert
sounds, and adjust the volume.
5. Center your subject on the screen, then press the shutter
button halfway down to lock the auto focus and exposure.
To go to the Camera SETUP menu, turn the camera dial to
to go to the Setup menu. Then press the button under
Camera SETUP.
power off
The photo capture light stops flashing and you see a green
on the screen when the lens locks in focus and the
camera locks its exposure settings. While holding the
shutter button down, you can reframe your picture if you
set LCD
set the
photo capture
set alert sounds
Taking Pictures with the LCD Screen
Once you’ve made any changes to the user mode and Camera
SETUP menus, you’re ready to take pictures with the LCD
If the LCD screen is idle for more than the designated power-off time,
the camera shuts down automatically. To turn it back on, press the
shutter button.
6. Press the shutter button the rest of the way down to take the
Follow these steps to take your picture:
1. Make sure you are at least 20 inches (50 cm) away from
your subject. (To get closer, use Macro mode.)
2. Turn the camera dial to
View menu settings.
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If you’ve turned on the Confirmation setting in the Shot
Setup menu, your photographed image appears briefly in a
confirmation screen.
Follow these steps:
1. Make sure your camera and connected video equipment are
turned off.
2. Open the camera’s connector cover and connect the black
end of the video cable to the AV Out port, as shown below:
While the confirmation screen is visible, you can do the
❏ Press the button next to Delete if you don’t want to keep
the picture.
❏ Press the button next to Rec Sound to record a message.
You see a countdown on the screen. During this time, you
can record a message into the camera’s microphone.
3. Connect the yellow end of the video cable to the
VIDEO IN port and the white end of the cable to the
AUDIO IN port on the TV, projector, or VCR.
❏ Press the button next to to retain your image on screen.
(Press the button under BACK to return to the View menu
and continue taking pictures.)
Connecting the Camera to a Video
You can display your photos, video clips, uploaded images,
and sounds on a multimedia projector, television, or other
video device. The video device will display whatever is shown
on the camera’s LCD screen. You can also connect your
camera to a VCR to record the images.
4. Turn on your camera and video equipment. (If necessary,
switch the TV, projector, or VCR to video mode.)
Use the video cable that came with your EPSON PhotoPC
3100Z to connect to the video equipment.
5. Turn the camera dial to
The optional AC adapter is highly recommended when connecting to
a video device to save battery power.
The last image that you uploaded to the camera is displayed
on your TV or projector. If you are using the optional AC
adapter, you can also see the image on the LCD screen; if
you’re powering the camera with batteries, the screen will
remain blank.
You can use the camera’s slide show feature to play your
images and sounds automatically, or you can play them one
at time using the navigation buttons. (Press the MENU
button to hide the on-screen text.) You can use any of the
camera’s playback features to view your photos.
6. When you’re done playing back pictures, turn your camera
and video equipment off. Then disconnect the cables.
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Getting Pictures into Your Computer
When you’re finished taking pictures, you can connect the
camera to your USB-enabled Windows 98, Windows 2000,
Windows Me, or Macintosh system and transfer the images. If
you have the optional universal AC adapter, you can extend
battery life by using it when you connect the camera to your
Cleaning the Camera
❏ Use a clean, dry cloth to wipe the camera free of dust.
❏ Don’t use harsh or abrasive cleaners. Don’t use liquid or
aerosol cleaners.
❏ To clean the lens, first blow off any loose dust or dirt. Then
breathe on the lens and wipe off all moisture with a soft,
lint-free cloth or lens cleaning tissue. To avoid scratching
the lens, don’t press too hard.
Follow these steps to connect the camera to your system:
1. Locate the USB cable that came with your camera. Plug the
connector on one end of the cable into the USB port on
your computer, or into a port on a USB hub.
❏ If necessary, clean the battery contacts with a dry cloth.
❏ If the LCD screen gets fingerprints or smudges on it, use a
soft, damp cloth to lightly wipe the screen.
Storing the Camera
❏ When you’re not using the camera, make sure the camera is
turned off.
❏ 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. This prevents camera damage from battery
leaks or corrosion.
Although you can use a USB hub, it’s recommended that you
connect the camera directly to the computer’s USB port.
Do not store the camera in the following locations:
2. Open the connector cover on the side of the camera. Then
insert the connector on the other end of the USB cable into
the camera’s interface port.
❏ Where it will be exposed to direct sunlight, for example, on
a car dashboard, or near bright sources of light or high
❏ Near heat sources or in a closed car or trunk
❏ In areas of excessive dirt or dust
❏ Where it will be exposed to strong vibrations or magnetic
3. Turn on the camera and turn the camera dial to
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Camera Warranty
1 year limited warranty
Box Contents
❏ PhotoPC 3100Z camera, lens cap and strap, soft case, neck
❏ Quick Reference Guide and User’s Guide
❏ 4 AA alkaline batteries
❏ USB cable
❏ Video (AV) cable
❏ 16MB EPSON CompactFlash memory card (preinstalled)
❏ Lens adapter for optional lenses and filters
❏ Software on CD-ROM: Sierra Imaging Image Expert™
(includes QuickTime and Adobe Acrobat Reader),
Panorama Stitcher, and EPSON File Converter, USB
Storage Driver
Related Documentation
EPSON PhotoPC 3100Z User’s Guide
EPSON PhotoPC 3100Z Quick Reference
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