Chimaera Mk2 Deep Water Photography Having a large sensor allows more photons per pixel – very important for underwater imagery. This camera has the largest sensor underwater, 35mm Full Frame 24.3 Megapixel, for very detailed photos with a base ISO 2500. This camera features the ability to transfer stills over Ethernet as they are taken. The standard model has built in HD video recording, live SD video, Strobe output, green reference lasers, Ethernet downloading/control, and 512GB of storage. It is capable of full resolution continuous photos at 5fps. The camera also include a built in X and Z tilt sensor overlay. Options include a 12 Megapixel low light sensor, a 36 Megapixel sensor, SD video long line driver, Manual voltage Input controls, and Custom Event Inputs. Available options: Ethernet video, 5x optical zoom. For additional information Contact SubC or your local distributor. Custom product configurations are available. Newfoundland, Canada +1 709-702-0395 www.SubCImaging.com Sensor: Full Frame CMOS (36 x 24mm) Max Video Record: 1920 x 1080 (24/60i/60p) Max Photo Rate: 5fps [Speed Priority] Max Video Bitrate: 50Mbps Viewport: Scratch resistant sapphire Dimensions: 318.16 x Ø145 mm (without connectors) Control: RS232, RS485 and Ethernet ISO Range: 50 – 25600 Still Resolutions: 5, 6, 10, 12, 24, 36 Memory: 512GB View angle: 57.5 degrees Version 3e 2015-08 Chimaera Mk2 Technical Specifications Weight in Water: 3Kg Depth Rating: 4000m Anodized Aluminum View Angle: 55 degrees Control: RS232, RS485 and Ethernet Weight in Air: 8Kg Window Material (Flat): Sapphire Focusing System: Manual, Auto, DMF Voltage Range: 15 – 32Vdc Max Power: 13.5Watts when recording HD video. If using an LED, 67.5Watts Live HD Resolutions: 1920 x 1080 @ 59.97i, 1920 x 1080 @ 59.97p (HDC or HDF) Operating Temperature(Air): 0ºC-6hrs, 10ºC-3hrs, 20ºC-1.5hrs, 30ºC-30mins * In water runtimes are continuous up to water temperature of 25ºC Pin Corrosion Prevention: Water should not be allowed to contact the pins on the bulkheads. When not in use, use dummy plugs. If water touches the pins, use contact cleaner and compressed air to remove the water. Page 2 MC-BH-6-F [Serial] MC-BH-8-M [Ethernet] MC-BH-5-F [LED/Laser] 1 GND GND GND 2 PWR PWR PWR Composite Laser TTL 3 4 Composite 232 Rx 0-5v Dim 5 232 Tx / 485- Ethernet Tx+ LED Strobe 6 232 Rx / 485+ Ethernet Tx- 7 Ethernet Rx+ 8 Ethernet Rx- SubC Info Please read this manual carefully before setting-up and using your unit. The electronic version of this document is the controlled copy. Therefore all printed versions of this document are uncontrolled. There are three(3) documents in addition to this manual that will increase understanding: 1. For Technical Support, contact your local agent or SubC Control: Telephone Fax + 1 (709) 702-0395 + 1 (866) 571-1265 Email Internet email@example.com www.SubCControl.com Mail SubC Control Ltd 317 Memorial Drive Clarenville, NL Canada A5A 1R7 SubC Smart Camera Manual which was provided on the USB stick. It contains important info for setting up your camera 2. Page 3 SubC Underwater Photography Guide latest version is always available at the link. A version was also on the USB stick that shipped with your product 3. The original Sony manual for the camera unit, which is also on the USB stick provided. It contains advanced information about the menu system and also the on screen display. This symbol is intended to alert the user to the presence of important operating and safety instructions in the literature accompanying the system. SubC Control Limited reserves the right to change, modify and update designs and specifications as part of their ongoing product development program. Quick Start Chimaera Mk2 [Serial Control, Ethernet Download] Page 4 Updated manuals and software are on the supplied USB stick. They are also available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Required Components Camera SubC Interface Box Computer Power cable TV, DVR or Capture device RCA video cable Cat5e Ethernet Cable, RS232 or RS485 USB Device SD Video Ethernet USB to 232 Interface Box Power 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Install the software following the SubC Smart Camera Manual, Section 3 Connect the Camera to Interface Box Connect the interface box to a Computer with a Cat5e cable (note: the camera Ethernet device and Computer have to be configured for static IPv4 for this to work. See instructions in Section 6 ) Connect the USB to 232 cable to the PC and Interface box with db9 connector Connect the interface box to a TV or Capture device via Video cable Power on the interface box To operate the camera follow help tooltips within the software Once confirmed operational, go to SubC Smart Camera Manual, Section 7 Warning: Observe operating temperatures when running unit in air. This is an underwater camera. Quick Start Chimaera Mk2 [Ethernet Control and Download] Page 5 Updated manuals and software are on the supplied USB stick. They are also available by emailing email@example.com Required Components Camera SubC Interface Box Computer Power cable TV, DVR or Capture device RCA video cable Cat5e Ethernet Cable SD Video Ethernet 1. 2. 3. Interface Box Power 4. 5. 6. 7. Install the software following the SubC Smart Camera Manual, Section 3 Connect the Camera to Interface Box Connect the interface box to a Computer with a Cat5e cable (note: the camera Ethernet device and Computer have to be configured for static IPv4 for this to work. See instructions in Section 6 ) Connect the interface box to a TV or Capture device via Video cable Power on the interface box To operate the camera follow help tooltips within the software Once confirmed operational, go to SubC Smart Camera Manual, Section 7 SubC equipment is designed to work a various depth ratings on un-manned vehicles. Designs are tested to their full pressure rating. Production units are pressure tested to a nominal rating to ensure no leaks. If using our equipment on vehicles which contain humans, you do so at your own discretion. Manned submersibles require equipment to have additional pressure testing to ensure safety How to use the camera 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Lighting: Adjust lighting conditions of system. Turn the LED On if more light is required. Make sure the Strobe Power is on Full brightness by adjusting Camera Mode: ○ If shooting a moving scene, set to Shutter mode. ○ If shooting a stationary object or the system is not moving, set to Aperture mode. ○ Intelligent Auto works well for most conditions. Full manual is recommended for experts. ISO: Start with a value of 200. Increase ISO only if not enough lighting is available. Decrease ISO if there is too much light. Shutter speed: If target is moving, high shutter speed is necessary. High shutter speeds require more light. Aperture: Higher values mean sharper images but require more light. Higher values also increase depth of field. Lower values let more light onto the sensor. Focus: ○ If moving through water column, manual focus may be necessary. Click the Focus “Type” button, set to MF. Use Focus “Setting” button to digital zoom for focus sharpness assistance. ○ If shooting a static object, Auto focus may be ideal. If the water is very turbid with a lot of dirt, then auto focus may get lost “hunting”; set to MF. Test and Review: Take test images. Review images to determine if settings are correct for the scene. Use Review zoom to determine sharpness of images. Save Settings: Advanced->Save settings if the same settings are required after Power off/on Page 6 How to use the camera (continued) Scenario: Drop camera system, with distance of camera to seabed of 1 - 1.5m. System almost stationary while taking images. After tank testing, it was found that the Mk2 has much flexibility in this setup. Camera settings: Camera mode: Manual LED Strobe Power: 100% LED Pre-illumination: OFF (only need pre-illumination with AUTO modes) Manual focus: set to approx 2m - since the Flat port has a magnification of 1.33x Aperture: f6.3 - f8 ISO: 400 - 1000 Shutter Speed: 1/60 - 1/125 Manual Focus If the underwater shot requires a fixed distance to an object, manual focus is necessary - this can be set in air if required. 1. The camera is set to Manual Focus by hitting the Focus “Type” button 2. Set a target up at the required distance - apply a 1.33x magnification to the focus distance to account for the flat port 3m in water = 4m in air 3. Use the Focus “MF Zoom” tool to really dial in the focus exactly. This can be set to stay ON from the Menu, it is called MF Assist. 4. Adjust focus Near or Far until object is clear, use something with wording on it or fine details 5. Take a picture at this distance, then go into Review mode to check quality, repeat as required 6. To switch from Review to Photo mode, just press the Green photo button Page 7 Recommending f6.3 Aperture, 1000 ISO and 1/100 Shutter Speed for 1-1.5m distance targets in pitch darkness. Note: If the object being shot is too bright, adjust the LED Strobe brightness down to 50% or below. Take a photo, review it in Review mode and then adjust as required. Controlling the Camera via “Smart Ethernet Mode” In this mode, stills are transferred as soon as they are taken. It also gives direct feedback of all settings and what the camera is doing. This is only possible if the system has Ethernet capability. To activate Smart Ethernet Remote: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Navigate to the camera menu. Find USB mode and set to “PC Remote” Go to Options and click “Access Storage” Open USB Server, connect to the _________ device as shown Back in the control software, go to Comms and connect to __________ Select the folder to which images will be saved, if different than shown Images will now transfer live as they are taken Go to Advanced and click “Save Settings” if this mode should be resumed on power down/up To reverse this and connect to internal memory normally, the camera will have to be set back to “Mass Storage” via the menu. oon te C gS omin Softw pda are U Page 8 Reviewing Images/Video on Camera Go to the Review tab in the control software. Click the “Review” button and if the camera is not busy, a screen will be displayed that shows images and video that are in storage. The navigation wheel will move around within the review screen. Keyboard shortcuts are mapped to the Arrow keys and the Enter key for quicker use. Press the “Center” wheel button or Enter to view videos. When reviewing a video, pressing the “Down” button will show icons shown in the table to the right. Click the “Zoom Out” button multiple times and it will show a calendar view of recorded media. From here you can switch viewing modes. Clicking the “Zoom In” button will digital zoom in on the image to help determine sharpness. “Trash” will bring up a dialog to delete the current selected media. Switch between Still image and Videos To play back still images, set [View Mode] to [Folder View(Still)], and to play back movies, set [View Mode] to [Folder View(MP4)] or [AVCHD View]. When you select [Date View], both still images and movies will be displayed on the screen, sorted by date. MENU button -> (Playback) 1 -> [View Mode] -> Select the desired mode. Page 9 Additional Usage Info Page 10 Known Limitations This camera is subject to the limitations of many other stills cameras. See SubC Underwater Photography Guide for better understanding. Recording HD inside of the camera has a limit of 30 minute segments. This is to prevent the sensors and processors from overheating. Date/time is kept accurate with a small lithium ion battery. With a month of inactivity sitting on a shelf it will likely run out of energy. Date/time will then have to be reset. This camera has a mechanical shutter, which means there is a life-span. However, long-term reliability is also assured by a high-precision shutter unit that offers outstanding durability under heavy use. With a standalone unit service life of 100,000 shutter release cycles (approx.), it is built to withstand the performance demands of 1/8000 sec. shutter speeds and 5 fps continuous shooting with a 35mm full-frame sensor. To get a total number of shutter actuations from the camera: http://tools.science.si/index.php Refer to the Sony a7 and a7R manual for info about on screen display and the camera menu.
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