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USB Dual Mode Digital
Camera
Owner’s Manual
Please read before using this equipment.
ˆ Contents
Features .................................................................................................................................. 3
FCC Statement ........................................................................................................................ 3
System Requirements ............................................................................................................ 4
Application Software ......................................................................................................... 4
Preparation ............................................................................................................................. 5
Installing Batteries ............................................................................................................. 5
Setting the Resolution ....................................................................................................... 6
Operation ................................................................................................................................
Turning the Camera On ....................................................................................................
Taking Pictures ..................................................................................................................
Normal Shooting ........................................................................................................
Macro Shooting ..........................................................................................................
Continuous Shooting .................................................................................................
Self-Timer Shooting ...................................................................................................
Clearing All Pictures from Memory ....................................................................................
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Installing the Drivers and Software ......................................................................................
Uninstalling and Reinstalling the Driver ............................................................................
Connecting the Camera to the Computer .........................................................................
Downloading Pictures to the Computer .............................................................................
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Troubleshooting ................................................................................................................... 11
Care ................................................................................................................................ 11
Specifications ....................................................................................................................... 12
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Contents
ˆ Features
Your RadioShack USB Dual Mode Digital
Camera is a PC (web) camera, designed for
PCs that have a universal serial bus (USB)
port. It uses software that supports TWAIN
cameras (MGI PhotoSuite III). You can capture still images, make a video clip, and post
pictures to the World Wide Web. With the
supplied fun-to-use application software,
your camera is a powerful addition to your
PC. You can also use the camera as a digital
still camera to take up to 107 low-resolution
pictures or 26 high-resolution pictures, then
upload them to your PC. You can even use
your camera to connect to your friends online for video conferencing!
USB Operation — When connected to your
PC, the camera uses power provided
through the USB bus (without batteries).
CMOS Sensor — Provides high quality video images.
Maximum 640 × 480 Pixels 24-Bit Color
Resolution — Provides excellent video
quality.
Macro Mode — Lets you take a photo from
as close as four inches.
ˆ FCC Statement
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC
Rules. Operation is subject to the following
two conditions: (1) this device may not cause
harmful interference, and (2) this device
must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
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 this equipment 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:
• Reorient or
antenna.
relocate
the
receiving
• Increase the separation between the
equipment and receiver.
• Consult your local RadioShack store or
an experienced radio/TV technician for
help.
If you cannot eliminate the interference, the
FCC requires that you stop using your camera.
Changes or modifications not expressly approved by RadioShack may cause interference and void the user’s authority to operate
the equipment.
You must use shielded interface cables with
this equipment.
Features
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ˆ System Requirements
• IBM PC or compatible with Pentium
MMX 166 MHz (Pentium II 350 MHz recommended)
You can easily create fun slide shows or digital greeting cards and send them to your
friends online!
• One available USB port
PhotoBank Video Capture — Lets you capture and manage video clips and still images
to send via e-mail. You need a soundcard
and microphone to record audio signals.
• CD-ROM drive (4 × or better)
• 800 × 600/16-bit monitor
• 32MB or more of available internal
memory (RAM)
• 150MB of free hard disk space
• Microsoft Windows 98, Windows 98
SE, Windows 2000, or Windows Me
• Microphone and speakers (optional)
• Printer (optional)
AVI Creator — Lets you create an AVI file
from a series of pictures. AVI Creator converts still image shots in continuous mode to
AVI-format video clip files.
Your camera comes with following accessories. Be sure to locate them all before discarding the packing material.
• Software CD
• USB Cable
Important:
• Strap
Your camera will not work with Windows 95.
You must have Windows 98, Windows 98 SE
or later, Windows 2000, or Windows Me installed on your computer to use the camera.
• Holder
APPLICATION SOFTWARE
Note: See each software’s help files for
more detailed operation tips.
Your camera comes with a CD-ROM that includes the drivers and applications needed
to operate the camera. You can install the
desired applications when you install the
drivers.
MGI PhotoSuite III SE — Lets you capture,
transfer, edit, and organize images from the
camera. The software contains over 1,500
templates and backgrounds, as well as image libraries for a variety of applications,
such as collages, cards, photo layouts, calendars, magazine covers, or business uses.
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System Requirements
ˆ Preparation
Hand Strap Slot — Thread the strap’s
small loop through the slot. (You might
need to use a small screwdriver or a
straightened paper clip.) Then pull the
strap’s large loop through the small loop.
Shutter Button
Power Indicator
Normal Focus
Macro Focus
USB Jack
Holder/Clip — Provides a steady base for
your camera. Use it as a stand for self-timer shooting, or use the clip to attach the
camera to your notebook PC during video
conferencing. Insert the head of the holder/clip into the tripod mount slot on the
bottom of the camera. Turn the holder/clip
counterclockwise until it stops. Place the
holder on a flat surface or use the clip to attach it on to the edge of your notebook PC.
Angle the camera as desired.
Focus
Adjustment
Lever
INSTALLING BATTERIES
When the camera stops operating properly,
replace the batteries.
Your camera requires two AAA batteries (not
supplied) for power. For the best performance and longest life, we recommend
RadioShack alkaline batteries. Using standard batteries will significantly reduce battery
life.
Cautions:
• Use only fresh batteries of the required
size and recommended type.
• Do not mix old and new batteries, different types of batteries (standard, alkaline, or rechargeable), or rechargeable
batteries of different capacities.
1. Press OPEN and slide the battery compartment cover in the direction of the
arrow, then lift the cover.
2. Place the batteries in the compartment
as indicated by the polarity symbols
marked inside.
3. Replace the cover.
Warning: Dispose of old batteries promptly
and properly. Do not burn or bury them.
Cautions:
• If you do not plan to use the camera for
a long time, remove the batteries. Batteries can leak chemicals that can
destroy electronic parts.
• Battery life is about one week with the
power off and 2 hours in continuous
shooting mode (using alkaline batteries).
When batteries become weak, the display blinks. Wait until the camera automatically shuts off in 30 seconds, then
replace the batteries. Insert new batteries within 2 minutes to avoid losing pictures stored in the camera.
• Always upload the pictures to your PC
promptly after shooting. Do not open the
battery compartment while the power
indicator blinks and do not press MODE
while replacing the batteries or all stored
pictures are lost.
Preparation
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Notes:
Notes:
• Your camera works best if you set it to
the same resolution while taking and
downloading pictures.
• We do not recommend using Ni-Cd
rechargeable batteries. They discharge
power quickly and might result in unexpected loss of the pictures.
• 107 low-resolution pictures are initially
available; however, the display can only
show 2 characters. // appears until the
first 9 pictures (107 to 99) are used.
• When you use the USB cable to connect
the camera to a computer and the computer is turned on, the computer supplies power to the camera and the
batteries are disconnected.
• The actual number of pictures you can
take depends on the complexity of the
subject matter. Pictures with little detail
take up less memory than pictures with
a lot of detail. You might occasionally
notice the display reducing by more than
1 when taking pictures with a lot of detail
(memory).
• In low temperatures (below 32°F), battery efficiency lowers and camera operation time is reduced. When using the
camera in cold environments, keep it
warm by covering it when not in use.
SETTING THE RESOLUTION
The camera is automatically set to take a
high-resolution picture (640 × 480 pixels).
You can take up to 26 high-resolution pictures, or up to 107 low-resolution pictures
(320 × 240 pixels).
To change the resolution to low, repeatedly
press MODE on the back of the camera until
Bh appears. Within 5 seconds, press the shutter button. The display shows the number of
pictures available. // appears if there are no
pictures in memory.
To change the resolution back to high, repeatedly press MODE until >h appears. Within
5 seconds, press the shutter button. The display shows the number of pictures available.
(, appears if there are no pictures in memory.
ˆ Operation
TURNING THE CAMERA ON
Press MODE. The power indicator lights and
the number of pictures available for the selected resolution appear.
The camera automatically turns off after
about 30 seconds if no buttons are pressed.
Press MODE to turn the camera on if it automatically turns off. The power indicator lights
and two beeps sound.
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TAKING PICTURES
Normal Shooting
The camera is ready to begin taking pictures
when the power indicator lights and the display shows the number of pictures available.
Operation
Caution: Do not use the optical viewfinder to
look directly at the sun or any source of
bright light.
1. Slide the focus adjustment lever to ”.
2. Look through the optical viewfinder to
find something to photograph.
3. Press the shutter button to take the picture. The camera beeps and the number
of available pictures decreases by one.
pensate for the parallax (difference in
the position of the viewfinder and lens).
3. Press the shutter button to take the picture. The camera beeps and the number
of available pictures decreases by one.
Continuous Shooting
To make short videos, you can use the camera’s continuous shooting mode.
1. Look though the optical viewfinder to
find something to photograph.
Notes:
• The focus adjustment lever must be set
to ”ýor • to take a picture.
• When using low-resolution mode, the
number of pictures does not change for
the first nine shots.
• Pictures taken under fluorescent light
might show yellow stripes.
• If the background and target objects are
too dark, you cannot take a picture. The
camera emits a low beep when you
press the shutter button.
2. Repeatedly
appears.
You can take pictures from a distance of 31/2
to 51/2 inches for a close-up photo.
1. Slide the focus adjustment lever to •.
2. Center the object in the optical viewfinder frame, then shift the frame about
3/8 to 1/2 inches to the lower left to com-
until
9j
4. Release the shutter button when you are
finished.
Notes:
• Continuous shooting time is about 3
seconds in high-resolution mode and 14
seconds
in
low-resolution
mode
(approximately 8 shots per second).
• You can convert the continuous pictures
to a video file and create your own video
clip using the supplied software.
• When taking pictures of bright objects,
the bright parts might look white.
Macro Shooting
MODE
3. Within 5 seconds, hold down the shutter
button to start continuous shooting
mode.
• If the battery power is low, images may
appear distorted.
• Picture quality may be reduced if the
camera gets too hot. If this happens, let
the camera cool before using it again.
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Self-Timer Shooting
You can set a self-timer so the camera automatically takes a picture after a 10-second
delay. Use the supplied camera stand to provide a steady base for your camera.
1. Select the area you want to photograph.
If the camera is too close, you might not
get the desired results.
2. Repeatedly press MODE until Ij
appears, then within 5 seconds, press
the shutter button.
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3. The camera emits a short beep every
second. When the camera sounds a
long beep then a short beep, it automatically takes a picture, and the number of
available pictures decreases by one.
CLEARING ALL PICTURES
FROM MEMORY
4. After shooting, the camera automatically
returns to normal mode.
2. Press the shutter button. 9B flashes.
1. Repeatedly
appears.
press
MODE
until
9B
3. While 9Bý flashes, press the shutter button again. The display shows the maximum number of pictures for the selected
resolution (26 or 99). The previous picture memory is permanently cleared.
Caution: Do not leave pictures in the camera’s memory for about 10 days or more.
ˆ Installing the Drivers and Software
1. Insert the supplied CD into your PC’s
CD-ROM drive. The computer automatically runs the setup program and the
Installation screen appears with the list
of supplied software.
Notes:
• If the CD does not start automatically,
make sure the CD-ROM's door is
completely shut. If the CD still does
not start, the auto-run option on your
computer might be turned off. If this
happens, double-click My Computer to
view the available drives on your
computer. Double-click the CD-ROM
icon, then click Setup. The CD starts
and the Installation screen appears.
• You do not have to install all software
applications. After installing the
desired software applications, you
must restart your computer before
using them.
2. Click Driver Installation. Follow the onscreen instructions to install the drivers.
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Note: If a digital signature message
appears, click Yes.
3. After the drivers are installed, you are
promped to restart your computer. If you
are installing the software applications,
click Cancel to return to the main Installation screen. Otherwise, restart your
computer.
4. Click MGI PhotoSuite III SE on the Installation screen. Follow the on-screen
instructions to install the software.
5. When you finish installing the application, you are prompted to restart your
computer. Click Cancel to return to the
main Installation screen and continue
installing software. Otherwise, restart
your computer.
Note: You must register the software
before you use it. When prompted to
register the software, select Register
Later and register when you are done
installing all software.
Installing the Drivers and Software
6. Click PhotoBank Video Capture. Follow
the on-screen instructions to install the
software.
13. Enter stvrds*.* in the Named text box,
then select the drive on which you
installed the driver (typically C:).
7. When you are finished installing the software, click Finish to return to the main
Installation screen and continue installing software. If you are done installing
software, select the option to restart
your computer.
14. Click Find Now. The files associated with
the driver are listed.
8. Click AVI Creator. Follow the on-screen
instructions to install the software.
9. Click Finish and restart your system.
UNINSTALLING AND
REINSTALLING THE DRIVER
If your PC does not recognize the camera
driver, uninstall the current driver and then
reinstall it.
1. Connect the camera to the PC.
2. Go to Start/Settings/Control Panel.
3. Double-click System.
4. Select the Device Manager tab.
5. Select RadioShack Dual Mode Camera
under Imaging Device and click Remove.
6. Click Close.
15. Select all of the files and delete them.
16. See “Installing the Drivers and Software”
on Page 8 for instructions on reinstalling
the driver.
CONNECTING THE CAMERA
TO THE COMPUTER
Caution: The pictures might be lost if the
battery power decreases, even when the
camera is connected to the computer. The
computer supplies power to the camera only
when the computer is turned on.
Note: You can use your camera as a PC
camera or as a digital still camera without
batteries as long as you connect it to your
PC’s USB port using the supplied cable. Use
only the supplied USB cable to connect the
camera to the PC.
Insert the flat head of the supplied USB cable
into the computer’s USB port and the other
head of the cable into the camera’s USB
jack. When the camera is successfully connected, the camera beeps and the power indicator lights.
7. Disconnect the camera from the PC.
8. Open Windows Explorer and select
View/Folder Options.
9. Select the View tab.
10. Select Display all hidden files, then
select Apply.
11. Select OK to exit Windows Explorer.
12. Go to Start/Find/Files or Folders.
DOWNLOADING PICTURES
TO THE COMPUTER
• Download pictures to your PC as soon
as possible after taking them. Otherwise, you might lose some of the pictures in the camera’s memory.
• The PC and still camera modes share
the same memory. When you set your
camera to PC camera mode, all the pictures you took in still mode are lost. Be
Installing the Drivers and Software
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sure to download all the pictures before
you set your camera to PC camera
mode.
• You can download the pictures using
any image software that supports
TWAIN. These programs include Presto!
Mr. Photo, Adobe PhotoShop, Corel
Draw, Ulead Photo Explorer, MetaCreation Painter, Adobe PhotoDeluxe,
Ulead PhotoImpact, NewSoft Presto!
Page Manager, Imaging, Photo Editor,
as well as the supplied MGI PhotoSuite
III SE.
• Select RadioShack Dual Mode Camera as
the TWAIN device.
• For operation with other software, refer
to the instructions provided with the software or its help files.
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Installing the Drivers and Software
ˆ Troubleshooting
Problem
Solution
The camera does not work.
Check battery condition.
The lighting is too dark. Use more light or move to
brighter place.
If you are using it as a PC camera, be sure the
camera is correctly connected to the computer.
The camera does not turn on when connected to
PC.
Verify that your USB port is enabled.
No capture device appears.
Be sure the camera is correctly connected to the
computer.
No camera image or no motion in video.
Unplug the camera then plug it back in. Restart
your computer.
Camera software stops after installing other application programs.
Installing other applications sometimes changes
the computer’s system registry so that the camera
no longer works. If this happens, reinstall the camera’s driver.
USB Controller Bandwidth Exceeded appears.
If your computer has more than one USB port, try
plugging the camera into a different port.
The PC does not recognize the camera driver.
Try removing the previous driver and reinstall the
driver.
The PC (Windows 98SE) does not work properly
with the camera.
If you have an AMD processor (running at 350MHz
or faster) or a VIA technologies USB controller
installed on your system, install a Microsoft USB
patch available at http://support.microsoft.com/
support.
Verify that the driver is correctly installed.
Unplug any unneeded USB devices.
CARE
Keep the camera dry; if it gets wet, wipe it dry immediately. Use and store the camera only in
normal temperature environments. Handle the camera carefully; do not drop it. Keep the camera away from dust and dirt, and wipe it with a damp cloth occasionally to keep it looking new.
Modifying or tampering with the camera’s internal components can cause a malfunction and
might invalidate its warranty and void your FCC authorization to operate it. If your camera is not
performing as it should, take it to your local RadioShack store for assistance.
Troubleshooting
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ˆ Specifications
Image Sensor ......................................................................................... VGA 1/3 inch CMOS 318,000 pixels
Lens........................................................ Focal Length f = 6.0 mm, Aperture fixed Iris F2.6, View Angle 56°
Focus Distance............................................................................................. Normal: 1.6 ft. (50cm) to Infinity
Macro: 4in (10cm) to 6in (15cm)
AGC.......................................................................................................................................................18 dB
S/N Ratio ...............................................................................................................................................57 dB
Interface ..................................................................................................................................USB Interface
Limited Ninety-Day Warranty
This product is warranted by RadioShack against manufacturing defects in material and workmanship under normal use for ninety (90) days from the date of purchase from RadioShack companyowned stores and authorized RadioShack franchisees and dealers. EXCEPT AS PROVIDED
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ARE LIMITED IN DURATION TO THE DURATION OF THE WRITTEN LIMITED WARRANTIES
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SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, EVEN IF RadioShack HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts or the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to
you.
In the event of a product defect during the warranty period, take the product and the RadioShack
sales receipt as proof of purchase date to any RadioShack store. RadioShack will, at its option, unless otherwise provided by law: (a) correct the defect by product repair without charge for parts and
labor; (b) replace the product with one of the same or similar design; or (c) refund the purchase
price. All replaced parts and products, and products on which a refund is made, become the property of RadioShack. New or reconditioned parts and products may be used in the performance of
warranty service. Repaired or replaced parts and products are warranted for the remainder of the
original warranty period. You will be charged for repair or replacement of the product made after the
expiration of the warranty period.
This warranty does not cover: (a) damage or failure caused by or attributable to acts of God, abuse,
accident, misuse, improper or abnormal usage, failure to follow instructions, improper installation or
maintenance, alteration, lightning or other incidence of excess voltage or current; (b) any repairs
other than those provided by a RadioShack Authorized Service Facility; (c) consumables such as
fuses or batteries; (d) cosmetic damage; (e) transportation, shipping or insurance costs; or (f) costs
of product removal, installation, set-up service adjustment or reinstallation.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from
state to state.
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