Archos AV300 Series Camcorder User Manual

User Guide
Table of Contents
1 The AVCam300....................................................................................................5
2 Buttons and Functions ........................................................................................6
ARCHOS AVCam300
3.3 Megapixel Digital Still Camera and Digital Camcorder for ARCHOS AV300 series
3 Taking a Photo (Camera)....................................................................................7
3.1 Understanding and setting the Camera parameters ....................................................... 7
4 Filming a Video Segment (Camcorder) .............................................................9
4.1 Understanding and setting the Camcorder parameters .................................................. 9
5 Viewing your photos and videos .......................................................................11
6 Troubleshooting .................................................................................................12
7 Technical Support..............................................................................................14
User Guide for ARCHOS AVCam 300 Digital Still and Video camcorder
v1.0 (no. 102 433)
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Warranty and Limited Liability
FCC Compliance Statement
This product is sold with a limited warranty and specific remedies are available to the original purchaser in the
event the product fails to conform to the limited warranty. Manufacturer’s liability may be further limited in
accordance with its sales contract.
In general, the manufacturer shall not be responsible for product damages caused by natural disasters, fire, static
discharge, misuse, abuse, neglect, improper handling or installation, unauthorized repair, alteration or accident. In
no event shall the manufacturer be liable for loss of data stored on disk media.
MANUFACTURER SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL
DAMAGES. EVEN IF INFORMED OF THE POSSIBILITY THEREOF IN ADVANCE.
FCC Compliance
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with 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 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:
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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 an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
ARCHOS licensor(s) makes no warranties, express or implied, including, without limitation, the implied
warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, regarding the licensed materials.
ARCHOS’s licensor(s) does not warrant, guarantee or make any representations regarding the use or the
results of the use of the licensed materials in terms of its correctness, accuracy, reliability, correctness or
otherwise. The entire risk as to the results and performance of the licensed materials is assumed by you. The
exclusion of implied warranties is not permitted by some jurisdictions. The above exclusion may not apply to
you.
In no event will ARCHOS’s licensor(s), and their directors, officers, employees or agents
(collectively ARCHOS’ licensor) be liable to you for any consequential, incidental or indirect
damages (including damages for loss of business profits, business interruption, loss of business
information, and the like) arising out of the use of inability to use the licensed materials even if
ARCHOS’ licensor has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Because some jurisdiction
do not allow the exclusion or limitation of liability for consequential or incidental damages, the
above limitations may not apply to you.
Please see your sales contract for a complete statement of warranty rights, remedies and limitation of liability.
Furthermore, warranty does not apply to:
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Damages or problems resulting from misuse, abuse, accident, alteration or incorrect electrical current
or voltage.
Note: During file transfer or in the PC mode, if the End User Terminal (EUT) or computer suddenly freezes or does
not respond, it may be due to the electrostatic phenomenon. Please follow the procedures below to recover the
operation:
Unplug the USB cable from the End User Terminal (EUT)
Close the software application in the computer (or re-boot the computer if necessary)
Re-connect the USB cable to the End User Terminal (EUT)
In case of Electrostatic Discharge, the AV300 may lose function. Just power off and on in order to restore.
CAUTION : Modifications not authorized by the manufacturer may void users authority to operate this device.
FCC Part 15 - Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
1. This device may not cause harmful interference;
2. This device must accept any interference received including interference that may cause undesired operation.
Copyright Notice
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Any product tampered-with or damaged warranty seal or serial number label.
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Any product without a warranty or serial number label.
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Batteries and any consumable items delivered with or in the equipment.
Warnings and Safety Instructions
Copyright ARCHOS © 2003 All rights reserved.
This document may not, in whole or part, be copied, photocopied, reproduced, translated or reduced to any
electronic medium or machine-readable form without prior consent, in writing, from ARCHOS. All brands and
products names are registered trademarks and the property of their respective owners. Specifications are subject
to change without notification. Errors and omissions accepted. Images and illustrations may not always match
contents. Copyright ® ARCHOS. All rights reserved.
Disclaimer of warranty: to the extent allowed by applicable law, representations and warranties of non-infringement of
copyrights or other intellectual property rights resulting from the use of the product under conditions other than as here above
specified, are hereby excluded.
CAUTION
To prevent risks of electric shock, this unit must only be opened by qualified service personnel.
Power off and disconnect the power supply cable before opening the unit.
WARNING
To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not expose the unit to rain or moisture.
Use of this product is for personal use only. Copying CDs or loading music, video, or picture files for sale or other
business purposes is or may be a violation of copyright law. Copyrighted materials, works of art, and/or
presentations may require authorization to be fully or partially recorded. Please be aware of all such applicable
laws concerning the recording and use of such for your country and jurisdiction.
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The AVCam300
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Dear Customer,
We’d like to thank you for your choice of this ARCHOS camera add-on module for your AV300
series Personal Video Player (PVP). By adding this camera to your AV300, you now have all the
functionality of a 3.3 Megapixel Digital still camera AND a video camcorder. Please be careful to
treat it like you would a regular camera by handling it carefully and cleaning the lens with a
cleaner specific to camera lenses.
Wishing you the best Video, Music, and Photo experience,
The ARCHOS TEAM
Buttons and Functions
Ready Indicator:
On: Ready to take a picture or video segment
Off: Camera module is off and pictures/video cannot be
made
Blinking: Camera is busy. Ex: during auto focus or writing
the image data to the hard drive.
Flash Indicator:
On: Flash picture can be taken
Off: Flash disabled
Blinking: Flash unit charging
Shutter Button:
Half way pressed:
Photo: set the focus
Fully pressed:
Photo: take a picture
Video: start/stop video recording
View finder
Zoom In Button
Connecting the AVCam300 Camera
Zoom Out Button
When connecting the AVCam300 to your AV300, you must be sure that the AV300 is off. Never
Video: start / pause / recommence recording
plug in or remove the AVCam from a device that is on. Remove the rubber cover on the left side
Video: stop recording
of the AV300 to expose the minicentronics connector. Align it to the
camera and then push in firmly making
sure that both the left and right side of
the connector “click” into place. The
AVCam300 should now be securely
connected to the body of the AV300.
If it can wiggle and has some play, then
you have not connected it correctly.
To remove the camera, simply shut off
your AV300 then squeeze the top and
bottom orange tabs to disengage the
clips, and then pull out.
Warning: Disconnecting the camera while the
AV300 is on could damage the contents of the AV300
hard drive.
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Rename: This lets the user specify the file name
of the next photo.
Taking a Photo (Camera)
! Select Camera from the main menu screen (use joystick to select then click
Flash mode: Choose which type of flash you
want. On – use the flash on all pictures. Off – do
not use the flash. Auto - camera uses the flash if
there is not enough ambient light. Red eye – use a
special flash system that helps reduce the red in
subject’s eyes.
on ENTER !)
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Look either through the viewfinder or at the AV300 screen and aim the
camera at the subject to be photographed.
# Press the shutter button down half-way to tell the AV300 to set the focus.
You must wait for approximately one second for the autofocus to make its automatic adjustment.
$ Fully press the button to take the snapshot.
% The camera may take up to several seconds to store the JPEG image file on the hard disk of
Camera Settings Menu
Img quality (Image Quality): Choose what level
of JPEG compression you want. Fine will give the
best image quality, but the largest file size. Basic
will give the smallest file size, but the images will
not be as sharp.
the AV300. It will store it in the folder HD/Photo or the folder you were in before pressing on the
function key Record.
3.1
Understanding and setting the Camera parameters
Resolution: This will be resolution of the JPEG
image (in pixels) when a picture is taken.
Zoom: The current zoom factor. Zoom 1x - 3x
optical, 4x - 9.6x used the digital zoom.
Flash status: This shows the current flash
mode. On, Off, Auto, or Red eye.
Digital Zoom: This shows whether or not the
camera is currently using its digital zoom.
Click on the center function button to
access and change the Camera settings
Compression: This is the current setting of the
JPEG compression (Basic/Normal/Fine). For
the best possible image (although it will take up
more disk space) set this to Fine (fine dots
icon).
Img size (Image size): Choose the size, in pixel resolution, that you want your image file to be.
The higher the value, the more definition your picture will have. If you are going to print your
pictures either on your own printer or by a digital photo developer, you should use the settings at
the higher end. Note: You can choose all image sizes in zoom level 1x – 3x. You must choose
2048x1536 to use zoom 4x – 10x, but your resolution will be diminished the higher you go on the
digital zoom.
Exposure: Use this setting to expose the image more or less than normal. Values are in steps of
1/3 from –2 to +2. Setting it in the negatives, will decrease the amount of picture exposure and
make your picture darker. Setting it positive will increase the exposure and make your pictures
brighter. If your subject has a bright background, you may want to over expose your picture a
little bit so that the person’s face is more visible. If you are taking pictures where there is a lot of
snow or the sun’s reflection on water, you may want to reduce the exposure.
White Bal. (White Balance): Use the setting to change the color temperature of your photos.
Set it to the ambient light conditions in order to best reproduce the colors of the objects in the
photo (tungsten, fluorescent, daylight, or cloudy). Changing these settings will adjust the camera
color so that even with these different types of light sources, the picture colors will be as close as
possible to reality.
Timer: You can set the self-timer to 5 seconds or 10 seconds. The picture will be taken five or
ten seconds after the shutter button is pressed.
Reset: Reset the values in this screen to the factory default settings.
Exposure Value: Displays EV if you have set
the exposure setting to a non-default value.
White Balance: Shows the current type of
while balance being used. Set according to
lighting conditions.
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Rename: This lets the user specify the file name
of the next video segment.
Filming a Video Segment (Camcorder)
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Select Camcorder from the main menu screen (use the joystick to
select, then click on ENTER !)
" Look either through the viewfinder or at the AV300 screen and aim the
camera at the subject to be filmed.
# Press the shutter button all the way down (or the START ! button ) to
start the recording. A red circle
on the top right of the AV300 screen indicates you are
recording.
$ Press the shutter button all the way down again (or the STOP " button ) in order to stop the
recording. The camera will take a few seconds to store the MPEG4 video file to the hard disk of
the AV300. It will store the file in the folder HD/Video or the most recent folder you were in
when you pressed the function button Record.
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If you would like to pause the video recording, press on the START ! button. You will
notice a pause symbol
appear. Press again on this button and the camera will recommence its
recording.
4.1
Understanding and setting the Camcorder parameters
Zoom: This is the current zoom factor. For
video ranges from 1x to 3x.
Exposure Value: Displays EV if you have set
the exposure setting to a non-default value.
White Balance: Shows the current type of
while balance being used; auto, tungsten,
fluorescent, daylight, or cloudy.
Camera Settings Menu
Exposure: Use this setting to expose the image
more or less than normal. Values are in steps of
1/3 from –1 to +1. Setting it in the negatives, will
decrease the amount of picture exposure and make
your picture darker. Setting it positive will
increase the exposure and make your pictures
brighter. If your subject has a bright background,
you may want to over expose your picture a little
bit so that the person’s face is more visible. If you
are taking pictures where there is a lot of snow or
the sun’s reflection on water, you may want to
reduce the exposure.
White Bal. (White Balance): Use the setting to change the color temperature of your photos. Set
it to the ambient light conditions in order to best reproduce the colors of the objects in the photo
(tungsten, fluorescent, daylight, or cloudy). Changing these settings will adjust the camera color
so that even with these different types of light sources, the picture colors will be as close as
possible to reality.
Source: The default audio source for a video segment is the built-in microphone. To get even
better sound for your videos, we encourage you to use an External microphone (such as the
stereo microphone available as option). Further, you can even use a line level audio source for
special recording situations.
Bitrate: The is analogous to the Image Quality setting in the camera mode. This setting
determines the level of compression of the recorded video file. Set to 2000kb/s for the highest
quality images (takes up more space on the hard drive), or to a lower setting to have smaller file
sizes (you may have a slightly reduced image quality on setting lower than 1500kb/s). The
default of 1500kb/s is fine for most situations.
Note: Long continuous recording times (2 hours and more) can create
files that are greater than 2GB each. The AV300 will create multiple files
in order to make long recordings. Thus a very long video recording may
produce files called VID0000, VID0001, and VID0002.
VU Meter: Shows the sound intensity of the
recording.
Click on the center function button to
access and change the Camcorder settings
Gain Control: Use this control (joystick
left/right) to decrease or increase the audio
recording sensitivity.
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Viewing your photos and videos
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You will, no doubt, have many files on your AV300 over time, and the best way to find them is to
make a clear directory structure and store them in an orderly fashion. For example, you might
want to use the path HD/Video/Camcorder/Spring-vacation for all your videos of your spring
vacation instead of mixing everything together in Video. The more you store your photos, videos,
and music in bulk in folders, the more difficult it will be to find the files you want to play.
Troubleshooting
Question: My photos are out of focus or blurred. What can I do?
Answer: This is often due to the fact of using the digital zoom or the optical zoom.
When
zooming in on objects, you must have a very steady hand to hold the camera when pressing the
shutter button. Any shakiness is magnified and often renders the picture blurry. Also, shooting in
low light conditions will force the shutter to stay open longer and thus any camera movement or
fast movement in the camera’s sight, will be blurred. Trying to take pictures of objects closer than
40cm (16 inches) will also give out of focus results.
Question:
!Going to the photo and video mode via
" Going to the photo and video mode
the main screen icons
via the Record button.
Sometimes while I am recording video, the zoom does not react or is slow in
reacting. Is this normal?
Answer: During a video recording, there is a write process from the internal buffers to the hard
drive every one minute or so. During this time (approximately five seconds), a red hourglass will
There are two ways of accessing the recording screens for taking photos or videos. If you use
only method ! above, the default folders for saving photo images and video segments will be the
appear on the top of the screen and you will not be allowed to zoom in or out during this write
process.
Photo and Video folders respectively. Thus afterwards, you will find all your pictures or videos
in those two folders.
If you browse to a subfolder which is in the Photo folder or the Video
folder and then use the Record function button ", then your photo or video file will be saved
directly into that folder. This is much more convenient for storing your files in an orderly fashion.
After you have done this once, each time you use the main screen icons to take a picture or video,
it will save the files to the folder that you last used when you used the Record button.
Question: Can I change the exposure time when I take a photo?
Answer: The camera has an automatic exposure system and cannot be set manually.
Depending
on the lighting conditions and the flash mode, it will adjust anywhere from 1/1000 of a second to 1
second.
To view a video or photo that you have taken, just use your browser to go to that file and click on
Problem:
There is a flicker on the screen when using the camcorder.
START !. Remember, when viewing photos, you can zoom up to three levels of magnification
Solution:
This may be due to the indoor lighting. Try changing the screen display type by going
on a photo if you like, or you can view multiple images on the screen (4 or 9 images).
to the Setup > Display > TV Standard. Use PAL for Europe and NTSC for North America.
Problem: The Camera and the Camcorder icons are grayed out and I cannot select them.
Solution: There are two possible reasons for this.
One, the camera is not securely connected to
the AV300. Take if off and when you reinsert it, make sure both sides of the connection click into
place. The second reason may be that you connected the camera to the AV300 without shutting
off the AV300 first. Shut off the AV300 and restart it again.
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Problem:
I cannot get the camera or camcorder to zoom in more than 3X.
Solution: The camera can zoom up to 9.6X only if the Image size parameter under Settings is set
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to 2048x1536. The camcorder zooms only up to 3X.
Technical Support
If technical support determines that your product needs to be returned, please contact the
place of purchase to have your product repaired or replaced (depending on problem type).
Customers who purchased directly from the Archos web site should fill out the form on the
Problem: The AV300 unit freezes operation and none of the buttons do anything.
Solution: This is a rare case and the simplest thing to do is to hold down on the STOP/OFF "
button for 12 seconds. This will shut off the AV300. Turn it back on again and retry the
operation.
web site under Support : Product Returns : RMA Request form.
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There is an FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions section at the ARCHOS Website
www.archos.com that can help answer many of your questions.
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If you need technical help, you may contact ARCHOS directly in your own language via
these phone numbers. For other countries, please e-mail our technical support.
Problem: The autofocus takes too long or its focus is incorrect.
Solution: The autofocus system needs to have contrast in the picture in order to focus correctly.
Telephone Support:
DO NOT USE PHONE SUPPORT FOR PRESALES
Thus, it will have difficulties focusing on flat areas without contrast or sharp edges. Move the
INFORMATION. These numbers are to aid those who
camera to have some other objects on the screen so that it can figure out how to make the focus.
have technical difficulties / malfunctions. Our technicians
can only help you with technical issues.
949-609-1400
01 70 20 00 30
0207-949-0115
069-6698-4714
(USA, Canada)
(France)
(UK)
(Germany)
09-1745-6224
02-4827-1143
02-050-405-10
(Spain)
(Italy)
(Netherlands)
E-mail Support:
technical-support@archos.com (United States and Canada customers) English
support-technique@archos.com (Europe and rest of the planet) English and French
support.de@archos.com (Germany) German
To respond to your e-mails efficiently, when sending one, please indicate the product name and
question type in the Subject of the e-mail.
For example:
To: technical-support@archos.com
Subject: AVCam300 – Video recording
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ARCHOS AVCam300 Technical Specifications
Photo
File format:
JPEG compressed Basic/Normal/Fine
ISO:
Fixed at 100
Image sizes:
2048x1536, 1024x768, or 640x480 (Between 1x and 3x)
Auto focus range:
40 cm – infinity
Focal length
35mm equivalence: 41mm – 122mm
Auto focus:
Always on
Exposure Value (EV):
-2 to +2 steps of 1/3
White Balance:
Auto, Outdoors, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent
Flash modes:
off/auto/on/red eye
Optical zoom:
1x – 3x
Shutter speed:
Automatic depending on light/flash 1/1000 sec. – 1 sec.
Digital Zoom:
4x – 9x (Only in 2048x1536 image size setting)
Zoom 3.9x makes 1600x1200 pixel image
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Zoom 5.4x makes 1280x960 pixel image
Zoom 6.0x makes 1024x768 pixel image
Zoom 7.8x makes 800x600 pixel image
Zoom 9.6x makes 640x480 pixel image
Video
Format video:
Mpeg4 320x240 resolution .avi file
NTSC 20 frames/sec
PAL 25 frames/sec
Format audio:
Tel:
Fax:
MP3 192kb/s stereo Constant Bit Rate (CBR)
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