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HP Photosmart E217 Digital Camera
User’s Manual
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Contents
1 Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Setup
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Attach the Wrist Strap . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Install the Batteries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Turn on the Camera . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Choose the Language. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Set the Date and Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Install and Format a Memory Card
(Optional) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
7 Install the Software. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Windows® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Macintosh. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
User’s Manual on the CD . . . . . . . . . . . .
Camera Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Back of the Camera. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Top of the Camera . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Front, Left Side, and Bottom of the Camera. . .
Camera States . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Camera Menus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Using Live View . . . . . . . . . . .
Taking Still Pictures . . . . . . . . .
Recording Video Clips. . . . . . .
Using Digital Zoom . . . . . . . . .
Setting the Flash . . . . . . . . . . .
Using the Focus Modes . . . . . .
Using the Self-Timer Settings. . .
Using the Capture Menu . . . . .
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3 Reviewing Images and Video Clips . . . . . . . . 49
Using Playback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Total Images Summary Screen. . . . . . . . . .
Using the Playback Menu. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Delete . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Viewing Thumbnails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Magnifying Images . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Print . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4 Transferring and Printing Images . . . . . . . . . . 61
Transferring Images to a Computer . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Printing Images Directly from the Camera. . . . . . . 62
5 Using the Setup Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Display Brightness . . . . . .
Camera Sounds . . . . . . .
Date & Time . . . . . . . . . .
USB Configuration . . . . .
Language. . . . . . . . . . . .
Move Images to Card . . .
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6 Troubleshooting and Support . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Resetting the Camera. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
HP Image Zone Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
System Requirements (Windows Only) . . . .
HP Image Zone Express (Windows Only) . .
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Using Your Camera without Installing the
HP Image Zone Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Transferring Images to a Computer without
HP Image Zone Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Connecting Your Camera as a
Digital Camera . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Using a Memory Card Reader. . . . . . . . . 78
Configuring the Camera as a Disk Drive. . 81
Problems and Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Error Messages on the Camera . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Error Messages on the Computer . . . . . . . . . . . 104
Getting Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
HP Accessibility Website . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
HP Photosmart Website . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Support Process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Phone Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
Phone Support Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
A Managing Batteries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
Top Points About Batteries . . . . . . . . . . . .
Extending Battery Life . . . . . . . . . . . .
Safety Precautions for Using Batteries .
Performance per Battery Type. . . . . . . . . .
Number of Shots per Battery Type . . . . . .
Power Indicators. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Recharging NiMH Batteries . . . . . . . . . . .
Safety Precautions for Recharging
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B Purchasing Camera Accessories . . . . . . . . . 121
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C Caring for Your Camera . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
Basic Camera Care. . . . . . . . . . . .
Cleaning the Camera . . . . . . . . . .
Cleaning the Camera Lens . . . .
Cleaning the Camera Body and
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D Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
Memory Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
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HP Photosmart E217 User’s Manual
1 Getting Started
Congratulations on your purchase of the HP Photosmart
E217 digital camera and welcome to the world of digital
photography!
This manual explains camera features you can use to ensure
great results while enjoying the photographic experience.
Some of these features are:
• Video and audio capability—Record video clips (see
page 30) or add audio clips to your still pictures (see
page 60).
• Transferring images to a computer—Easily transfer
images from your camera to your computer. See
page 61.
• Direct print—Print directly from your camera to any
PictBridge-certified printer without having to connect to
your computer. See page 62.
• Internal memory or memory card—Store images in your
camera’s internal memory or on an optional memory
card of your choice. See page 15.
Getting Started
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Setup
To locate a part on your camera (such as a button or a light)
while following the instructions in this section, see Camera
Parts on page 19.
1. Attach the Wrist Strap
Attach the wrist strap to the
wrist strap mount on the side
of the camera as shown.
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2. Install the Batteries
1. Open the Battery/Memory card door on
the side of the camera by sliding the
door toward the front of the camera.
2. Insert the batteries as indicated inside
the door.
3. Close the Battery/Memory card door by
pushing the door down and sliding the
door toward the back of the camera until
the door latches.
For the performance of NiMH, Lithium, and
Alkaline batteries when used with this camera, see
Performance per Battery Type on page 114. For the number
of shots you can expect to get for each battery type based
on usage, see Number of Shots per Battery Type on
page 115. For hints on optimizing battery performance, see
Appendix A, Managing Batteries, starting on page 111.
TIP: If you use rechargeable NiMH batteries, you can
recharge the batteries in the optional HP Photosmart
quick recharger. For more information, see Appendix B,
Purchasing Camera Accessories, starting on page 121.
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3. Turn on the Camera
To turn the camera on,
slide the lens cover open
until it clicks, uncovering
the lens. The Power/
Memory light on the back
of the camera turns on
solid green. The HP logo
also displays on the Image
Display as the camera
powers up.
To turn the camera off, slide the lens cover closed until it
clicks, covering the lens.
CAUTION: When sliding the lens cover, keep your fingers
clear of the lens. Fingerprints on the lens can impair the
quality of the picture. For information about cleaning the
lens, see Cleaning the Camera on page 125.
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4. Choose the Language
The first time you turn the camera on, you are prompted to
choose a language.
1. Scroll to the language that you
want by using the
buttons on the Controller .
2. Press the
button to select the
highlighted language.
TIP: If you need to change the language later, you can do
this with the Language setting in the Setup menu. See
Chapter 5, Using the Setup Menu.
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5. Set the Date and Time
The camera has a clock that records the date and time at
which you take each picture. This information is recorded in
the image properties, which you can see in Playback, when
viewing Image Advice, and when viewing the image on your
computer. You can also choose to have the date and time
imprinted on the image (see Date & Time Imprint on
page 42).
1. The first item highlighted is the
date and time format. If you want
to change the format, use the
buttons. If the date and time
format is correct, press the
button to move to the next
selection.
2. Adjust the value of the highlighted selection using the
buttons.
3. Press the
buttons to move to the other selections.
4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the date and time are set
correctly.
5. Press the
button when you have entered the proper
values for the date and time. A confirmation screen
appears, asking if the correct date and time have been
set. If the date and time are correct, press the
button
to select Yes.
If the date and time are incorrect, press the
button to
highlight No, and then press the
button. The Date &
Time screen appears again. Repeat Steps 1 through 5 to
set the correct date and time.
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TIP: If you need to change the date and time settings later,
you can do this with the Date & Time setting in the Setup
menu. See Chapter 5, Using the Setup Menu.
6. Install and Format a Memory Card
(Optional)
Your camera contains internal memory that allows you to
store images and video clips. However, you can use a
memory card (purchased separately) instead to store images
and video clips. For more information about supported
memory cards, see Storage on page 129.
1. Turn off the camera and open
the Battery/Memory card
door on the side of the
camera.
2. Insert the memory card in the
small slot behind the batteries,
with the notched end of the
card going in first, as shown.
Make sure the memory card
snaps into place.
3. Close the Battery/Memory
card door and turn on the camera.
4. Press the
button, then use the button to move to the
Playback Menu
.
5. Press the
button to highlight Delete, and then press the
button to display the Delete sub-menu.
6. Use the
button to highlight Format Card, and then
press the
button to display the Format Card
confirmation screen.
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7. Press the
button to highlight Yes, and then press the
button to format the card.
Formatting Card... appears in the Image Display while
the camera is formatting the memory card. When the
camera has completed the formatting, the Total Images
Summary screen is displayed (see Total Images Summary
Screen on page 52).
To remove the memory card from the camera, first turn the
camera off. Then open the Battery/Memory card door,
press down on the top edge of the memory card, and it will
spring outward from the slot.
NOTE: When you install a memory card in the camera, all
new images and video clips will be stored on the card,
and you will no longer be able to view images stored in
the camera’s internal memory. To use internal memory
and view images stored there, remove the memory card,
or transfer the images from the internal memory to the
memory card (see Move Images to Card on page 71).
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7.
Install the Software
The HP Image Zone software allows you to transfer images.
NOTE: If you do not install the HP Image Zone software, you
can still transfer images. For details, see Using Your
Camera without Installing the HP Image Zone Software
on page 77.
NOTE: If you have trouble installing or using the HP Image
Zone software, see the HP Customer Support website:
www.hp.com/support for more information.
Windows®
To install the HP Image Zone software successfully, your
computer must have a minimum of 64MB of RAM, Windows
2000, XP, 98, 98 SE, or Me, and Internet Explorer 5.5
Service Pack 2 or higher. Internet Explorer 6 is
recommended. If your computer meets these requirements,
the installation process installs either the full version of
HP Image Zone or HP Image Zone Express. For differences
between these, see HP Image Zone Software on page 75
and HP Image Zone Express (Windows Only) on page 76.
1. Close all programs and temporarily disable any virus
protection software running on your computer.
2. Insert the HP Image Zone software CD into the CD drive
of your computer and follow the on-screen instructions. If
the installation screen does not appear, click Start, click
Run, type D:\Setup.exe, where D is the letter of your CD
drive, then click OK.
3. When the HP Image Zone software has finished
installing, re-enable the virus protection software you
disabled in Step 1.
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Macintosh
1. Close all programs and temporarily disable any virus
protection software running on your computer.
2. Insert the HP Image Zone software CD into the CD drive
of your computer.
3. Double-click the CD icon on the computer desktop.
4. Double-click the installer icon, and then follow the onscreen instructions.
5. When the HP Image Zone software has finished
installing, re-enable the virus protection software you
disabled in Step 1.
User’s Manual on the CD
A copy of this camera User’s Manual in different languages
is located on the HP Image Zone software CD. To view your
camera User’s Manual:
1. Insert the HP Image Zone software CD into the CD drive
of your computer.
2. On Windows: Click View User’s Manual on the Main
page of the CD installation screen to view the User’s
Manual.
On Macintosh: Look in the readme file in the docs folder of
the HP Image Zone software CD to locate the User’s Manual
in your language.
NOTE: For an interactive learning experience (in English)
that will guide you through the most-used features of your
camera and provide basic digital photography tips,
please install and run the Interactive User's Guide
program from your software CD.
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Camera Parts
Refer to the pages in parentheses after the part names in the
following tables for more information about those parts.
Back of the Camera
1
2
3
4
5
6
8
7
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Name
Description
1
Image Display
(page 27)
Allows you to frame pictures and video
clips using Live View and review them
afterward in Playback, and to view all the
menus.
2
Live
View/Playback
button
• If Live View is displayed, allows you to
switch to Playback.
• If Playback is displayed, allows you to
switch to Live View.
• If the Image Display is off, but the
camera is on, allows you to turn the
Image Display on.
• If a menu is open in the Image
Display, allows you to close the menu.
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Name
Description
3
Flash button
(page 32)
Allows you to select between the different
flash settings.
4
Self-Timer
button (page 35)
Allows you to take a self-timer picture.
5
Power/Memory
light
• Solid green—Camera is on.
• Blinking green—Camera is writing to
either the internal memory or an
installed memory card.
6
Battery/Memory
card door
(pages 11, 15)
Allows access to insert and remove the
batteries and an optional memory card.
7
button
(pages 37, 53)
Allows you to display camera menus,
select menu options, and confirm certain
actions on the Image Display.
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Controller
and
buttons
buttons—Allows you to scroll
vertically through menus.
•
buttons—Allows you to scroll
horizontally through menus and
images on the Image Display.
•
Zoom In (
button)—While in
Live View, allows you to digitally
zoom the picture to a lower resolution
while taking still pictures (page 31).
•
Zoom Out (
button)—While in
Live View, allows you to digitally
zoom the picture to a higher resolution
while taking still pictures (page 31).
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Top of the Camera
1
2
3
#
Name
Description
1
Shutter button Takes a picture.
(page 29)
2
Wrist strap
mount
(page 10)
Allows you to attach a wrist strap to the
camera.
3
Video
button
(page 30)
Starts and stops recording a video clip.
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Front, Left Side, and Bottom of the
Camera
1
2
3
7
6
5
4
#
Name
1
Lens cover/Power Turns the camera on and off and protects
switch (page 12) the lens when the camera is off.
2
Self-Timer/Video
light
(pages 30, 35)
Blinks during the count-down before
taking a picture when the camera is set to
Self-Timer. Also turns on solid when
recording video.
3
Flash
(page 32)
Provides additional light to improve
picture-taking.
4
USB
connector
(pages 61, 62)
Allows you to connect a USB cable from
the camera to a USB-enabled computer
or any PictBridge-certified printer.
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Name
Description
5
Focus Mode
switch (page 34)
Allows you to switch between Normal and
Macro focus mode.
6
Tripod mount
Allows you to mount the camera on a
tripod.
7
Microphone
(page 34)
Records audio clips that are attached to
still images and the audio portion of
video clips.
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Camera States
Your camera has two main states that allow you to complete
certain tasks.
• Live View—Allows you to take still pictures and record
video clips. For information about using Live View
,
see Chapter 2, Taking Pictures and Recording Video
Clips, starting on page 27.
• Playback—Allows you to review the still images and
video clips that you capture. For information about using
Playback
, see Chapter 3, Reviewing Images and
Video Clips, starting on page 49.
To switch between Live View and Playback states, press the
Live View/Playback
button.
Camera Menus
Your camera has three menus that, when accessed, appear
in the Image Display on the back of the camera.
To access the menus, press the
button, then use the
buttons to move to the menu you want. To select a menu
option, use the
buttons to highlight it, then press the
button to display the menu option’s sub-menu and
modify the settings.
To exit a menu, you can do one of the following:
• Press the Live View/Playback
button.
• Use the
buttons to scroll to the
EXIT menu option
and press the
button.
TIP: In the Capture and Setup Menus, you can modify
settings by highlighting the menu option and using the
buttons to change the setting.
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The Capture Menu
lets you
specify settings for taking a picture
such as image quality, ISO speed,
and imprinting the date and time on
the images. For information about
using this menu, see Using the
Capture Menu on page 37.
The Playback Menu
lets you
magnify and rotate images, add
audio clips to images, select images
for printing, and delete images. For
information about using this menu,
see Using the Playback Menu on
page 53.
The Setup Menu
lets you modify
configuration settings such as
display brightness, date and time,
and language, among others. It
also allows you to move images
from the internal memory to an
optional memory card. For
information about using this menu, see Chapter 5, Using the
Setup Menu, starting on page 65.
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2 Taking Pictures and
Recording Video Clips
Using Live View
The Image Display allows you to frame pictures and video
clips using Live View. To activate Live View when the Image
Display is off, press the Live View/Playback
button
until the Live View
icon appears in the upper left corner
of the Image Display.
TIP: To conserve battery life, the Image Display shuts down
during periods of inactivity when the camera is on. You
can activate the Image Display by pressing the Live View/
Playback
button.
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The following table describes the information that is
displayed in Live View when the camera settings are at their
default values and an optional memory card is installed in
the camera. If you change other camera settings, icons for
those settings will also be displayed in Live View.
2 3
1
4
5
# Icon
Description
1
Live View icon, indicating the camera is in Live View.
This icon displays for the first few seconds.
2
Indicates that a memory card is installed in the
camera
3
Power indicator, such as this full battery level
indicator (see Power Indicators on page 116)
4
12
5
4MP
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Remaining pictures count (actual number depends on
the current Image Quality setting and how much
space remains in memory)
Image Quality setting (default is 4MP)
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Taking Still Pictures
To take a still picture:
1. Press the Live View/Playback
button until the Live View
icon appears in the upper left
corner of the Image Display, then
frame the subject for your picture in
the Image Display.
2. Press the Shutter button to take the picture. The camera
beeps after taking the picture.
TIP: Hold the camera with both hands and gently press the
Shutter button to reduce camera shake and prevent
blurry pictures.
After a picture is taken, the image appears for several
seconds on the Image Display. This is called Instant Review.
You can delete the image during Instant Review by pressing
the button, then selecting This Image in the Delete
sub-menu.
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Recording Video Clips
1. Press the Live View/Playback
button until the Live
View
icon appears in the upper left corner of the
Image Display, then frame the subject for your video
using the Image Display.
2. To start recording video, press and
release the Video
button on the
top of the camera. A video
icon, REC, a video counter, and a
message instructing how to end the
video appear on the Image Display.
The Self-Timer/Video light turns on
solid red.
3. To stop recording video, press and release the Video
button again; otherwise, the video will continue recording
until the camera runs out of memory.
After recording has stopped, the first frame of the video clip
appears for three seconds on the Image Display. This is
called Instant Review. You can delete the video clip during
Instant Review by pressing the button, then selecting This
Image in the Delete sub-menu.
A video clip includes audio. To hear the audio portion of
your video clips, transfer them to your computer and use the
HP Image Zone software.
NOTE: Digital zoom is not available while recording video
clips.
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Using Digital Zoom
You can use digital zoom whenever you want to capture only
a portion of the scene in the Image Display. As you zoom in,
a yellow frame surrounds the portion of the scene you want
to capture, allowing you to eliminate unwanted portions of
the scene.
1. While in Live View, press the
button (Zoom In icon)
to enter digital zoom.
2. Continue to press Zoom In
until a yellow frame surrounds
the area of the image you want
to capture. If you zoom in too far
and want to zoom out, press the
button (Zoom Out
icon)
to enlarge the selection.
The resolution number on the right side of the screen also
becomes smaller as you digitally zoom. For example,
2.2MP appears in place of 4MP, indicating that the
image is being reduced to a size of 2.2 Megapixels.
3. When the image is at the desired size, press the Shutter
button to take the picture.
4. To turn digital zoom off, press the
button (Zoom Out
icon) until the yellow frame disappears.
NOTE: Digital zoom reduces the resolution of an image, so
your picture will tend to be more pixilated or grainy than
images taken without zoom. In situations where you need
higher quality (such as for printing), limit the use of digital
zoom.
NOTE: Digital zoom is not available while recording video
clips.
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Setting the Flash
The Flash button allows you to cycle through the flash
settings on the camera. To change the flash setting, press the
Flash button until the desired setting appears on the Image
Display. The following table describes each of the flash
settings on the camera.
Setting
Description
Auto
Flash
The camera measures the light level and uses the flash
if necessary.
Red-Eye
The camera measures the light level and uses the flash
with red-eye reduction if necessary (for a description of
red-eye reduction, see Red Eye on page 33).
Flash On The camera always uses flash. If the light is behind your
subject, you can use this setting to increase the light on
the front of your subject. This is called fill-flash.
Flash Off The camera will not use flash, no matter the lighting
conditions. Use this setting to capture poorly lit subjects
that are beyond the flash range. Exposure times may
be increased when using this setting, so you should use
a tripod to avoid blurry pictures from camera shake.
NOTE: The flash is not available in Sunset mode nor is it
available while recording video clips.
If the flash setting is anything other than the default Auto
Flash setting, the icon for the setting will appear in the Live
View screen. The new setting remains in effect until it is
changed again or until the camera is turned off. The flash
setting resets to the default Auto Flash setting when you turn
the camera off.
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Red Eye
The red-eye phenomenon is caused by light from the flash
reflecting off the subjects’ eyes, which sometimes makes a
human’s eyes appear red or an animal’s eyes appear green
or white in the captured image. When you use a flash setting
with red-eye reduction, the camera flashes quickly up to three
times to minimize the subject’s pupils, thus reducing the effect
of the red-eye phenomenon, before the camera uses the main
flash. It will take longer to take a picture using red-eye
reduction, because the shutter is delayed for the additional
flashes. Therefore, make sure your subjects wait for the
additional flashes.
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Using the Focus Modes
Focus modes change the focal distance of the camera to
make it possible to take pictures of objects that are close to
or far away from the camera.
To change the focus mode, slide the Focus Mode switch on
the front of the camera. The following table describes both of
the focus mode settings on the camera.
Setting
Description
Normal
Use Normal mode when you need to take pictures of
subjects more than 1 m (39 in) away.
Macro
Use Macro mode to take close-up pictures of subjects
less than 1 m (39 in) away. In this mode, the camera
will focus at a distance range of 60 cm to 1m
(24 to 39 in), and the Macro icon appears on the
image display.
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Using the Self-Timer Settings
1. Secure the camera to a tripod or set it on a stable
surface.
2. Press the Timer
button until Self-Timer
appears in
the Image Display, then frame the subject (see page 27).
3. The next steps depend on whether you are capturing a
still picture or recording a video clip.
For Still Pictures:
Press the Shutter button. A countdown appears on the
screen and the Self-Timer/Video light blinks for 10
seconds before the camera takes the picture.
For Video Clips:
To start recording video, press the Video
button and
then release it. A 10-second countdown appears on the
Image Display. The Self-Timer/Video light on the front of
the camera then blinks for 10 seconds before the camera
starts recording the video.
To stop recording the video clip, press the Video
button again; otherwise, the video will continue recording
until the camera runs out of memory.
The self-timer setting resets to the default Normal setting after
the picture is taken or the video clip is recorded.
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TIP: If you are taking still images in low light with or without
a tripod, you can use the self-timer setting to avoid blurry
images caused by camera shake. Place the camera on a
steady surface or a tripod, frame your picture, then press
the Shutter button all the way down and remove your
hands from the camera. The camera will wait 10 seconds
before taking the image, eliminating any possibility of
your shaking the camera when you press the Shutter
button.
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Using the Capture Menu
The Capture Menu allows you to adjust various camera
settings that affect the characteristics of the images and
video clips you capture with your camera.
1. To display the Capture Menu, press the
button if Live
View is on. If Live View is not on, press the Live View/
Playback
button, and then press the
button.
2. Use the
buttons to scroll through the Capture Menu
options.
3. Either press the
button to select a highlighted option
and display its sub-menu, or use the
buttons to
change the setting for the highlighted option without
going to its sub-menu.
4. Within a sub-menu, use the
buttons and then the
button to change the setting for the Capture Menu
option.
5. To exit the Capture Menu, press the Live View/Playback
button. For other ways to exit a menu, see
Camera Menus on page 24.
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Shooting Modes
This setting provides a pre-defined set of camera settings that
are optimized for taking still pictures of certain scene types to
give you better results. In each shooting mode, the camera
selects the best settings, such as the ISO speed, F-number
(aperture), and shutter speed, optimizing them for the
particular scene or situation.
NOTE: The shooting mode does not apply when you are
recording video clips.
1. In the Capture Menu (page 37), select Shooting Mode.
2. In the Shooting Mode sub-menu,
use the
buttons to
highlight a setting.
3. Press the
button to save the
setting and return to the Capture
Menu.
The following table explains the Shooting Mode settings in
more detail:
Setting
Description
Auto
Mode
Use Auto Mode when you need to take a good shot
quickly, and do not have time to select a special
shooting mode on the camera. Auto Mode works well
for most shots in normal situations. The camera
automatically selects the best F-number (aperture), ISO
speed, and shutter speed for the scene.
Action
Use Action mode to capture sporting events, moving
cars, or any scene where you want to stop the action.
The camera uses fast shutter speeds and higher ISO
speeds to stop motion.
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Setting
Description
Landscape Use Landscape mode to capture scenes with deep
perspective, such as mountains or city skylines, when
you want the foreground and the background to be in
focus. The camera combines a higher F-number for
better depth of field with higher saturation for a more
vivid effect.
Portrait
Use Portrait mode for pictures that have one or more
people as their primary subject. The camera combines
a smaller F-number to blur the background, with lower
sharpness for a more natural effect.
Sunset
Use Sunset mode to capture outdoor scenes at sunset.
This mode starts the focus at infinity and sets the flash
to Flash Off. This mode improves the saturation of
sunset colors and retains the warmth of the scene with
a bias towards the orange colors of the sunset.
If the shooting mode setting is anything other than the default
Auto Mode setting, the icon for the setting will appear in the
Live View screen. The new setting remains in effect until it is
changed again or until the camera is turned off. The
shooting mode setting resets to the default Auto Mode setting
when you turn the camera off.
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Image Quality
This setting allows you to set the resolution and JPEG
compression of the still images you capture with your
camera. The Image Quality sub-menu has four settings.
1. In the Capture Menu (page 37), select Image Quality.
2. In the Image Quality sub-menu,
use the
buttons to
highlight a setting.
3. Press the
button to save the
setting and return to the Capture
Menu.
The following table explains the
Image Quality settings in more detail:
Setting
Description
4MP Best
Images will be full resolution and have the lowest
compression. This setting produces very high quality
images and uses the most memory. This setting is
recommended if you plan to print images up to 297
by 420 mm (11 by 17 in).
4MP
Images will be full resolution and have medium
compression. This setting produces high quality
images, but uses less memory than the 4MP Best
setting above. This is the default setting and is
recommended if you plan to print images up to a size
of 210 by 297 mm (8.5 by 11 in).
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Setting
Description
2MP
Images will be half resolution and have medium
quality and compression. This is a memory-efficient
setting and is recommended if you plan to print
images up to a size of 130 by 180 mm (5 by 7 in).
VGA
Images will be 640 by 480 (lowest) resolution and
have medium compression. This is the most memoryefficient setting, but produces lower quality images.
This setting is good for images you want to send via
e-mail or post to the Internet.
The Image Quality setting affects both the quality of the
images and the number of images that can be stored either
in the camera’s internal memory or on an optional memory
card. For example, the 4MP Best setting results in the highest
quality images, but consumes more memory space than the
next lower setting, 4MP. Likewise, many more still images can
be stored in memory at the 2MP or VGA settings than at
4MP; however, these settings result in lower quality images.
The Pictures remaining count at the bottom of the Image
Quality sub-menu screen updates when you highlight each
setting. See Memory Capacity on page 131 for more
information about how the Image Quality setting affects the
number of images that can be saved in the internal memory
in the camera.
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The Image Quality setting will appear in the Live View
screen. The new setting remains in effect until it is changed
again, even when you turn the camera off.
NOTE: When you use digital zoom, the resolution reduces as
you zoom in. See Using Digital Zoom on page 31.
NOTE: Image Quality settings do not apply when recording
video clips.
Date & Time Imprint
This setting imprints either the date or the date and time of
when the image was captured in the lower left-hand corner
of the image. After you select either of the Date & Time
Imprint settings, the date or date and time will be imprinted
on all subsequent still images that are captured, not on
previously captured images.
After you have taken a picture using either the Date Only or
Date & Time setting, the date or date and time that is
imprinted on the image cannot be removed later.
TIP: Verify that the date and time setting is correct before
using this feature (see Date & Time on page 68).
1. In the Capture Menu (page 37),
select Date & Time Imprint.
2. In the Date & Time Imprint submenu, use the
buttons to
highlight a setting.
3. Press the
button to save the
setting and return to the Capture
Menu.
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The following table explains the settings in more detail:
Setting
Description
Off
The camera will not imprint a date or date & time
on the image.
Date Only
The camera will permanently imprint the date in the
lower left-hand corner of the image.
Date & Time The camera will permanently imprint the date and
time in the lower left-hand corner of the image.
If the new setting is anything other than the default Off
setting, the icon for the setting will appear in the Live View
screen. The new setting remains in effect until it is changed
again, even when you turn the camera off.
NOTE: The Date and Time setting does not apply when
recording video clips.
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EV Compensation
In difficult lighting conditions, you can use EV (Exposure
Value) Compensation to override the automatic exposure
setting that the camera makes.
EV Compensation is useful in scenes that contain many light
objects (like a white object against a light background) or
many dark objects (like a black object against a dark
background). Scenes containing many light objects or
many dark objects could turn out gray without the use of
EV Compensation. For a scene with many light objects,
increase the EV Compensation to a positive number to
produce a brighter result. For a scene with many dark
objects, decrease the EV Compensation to darken the scene
to be closer to black.
1. In the Capture Menu (page 37), select EV Compensation.
2. In the EV Compensation submenu, use the
buttons to
change the EV setting in 0.33
steps from -2.0 to +2.0. The
new setting is applied to the Live
View screen behind the menu,
so you can see the effect each
setting will have on the picture.
3. Press the
button to save the setting and return to the
Capture Menu.
If the setting is anything other than the default setting of 0.0,
the number value will appear in the Live View screen next to
the
icon. The new setting remains in effect until it is
changed again or until the camera is turned off. The EV
Compensation setting resets to the default 0.0 setting when
you turn the camera off.
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White Balance
Different kinds of lighting conditions cast different colors. For
example, sunlight is more blue, while indoor tungsten light is
more yellow. Scenes dominated by a single color may
require an adjustment of the white balance setting to help the
camera reproduce colors more accurately and ensure that
whites appear white in the final image. You can also adjust
the white balance to produce creative effects. For example,
using the Sun setting can produce a warmer look to the
image.
1. In the Capture Menu (page 37), select White Balance.
2. In the White Balance sub-menu,
use the
buttons to highlight
a setting. The new setting is
applied to the Live View screen
behind the menu, so you can
see the effect each setting will
have on the picture.
3. Press the
button to save the setting and return to the
Capture Menu.
The following table explains the settings in more detail:
Setting
Description
Auto
The camera automatically identifies and corrects for
scene illuminance. This is the default setting.
Sun
The camera balances color assuming the subject is
outdoors under sunny or bright cloudy conditions.
Shade
The camera balances color assuming the subject is
outdoors in shade, in dark cloudy conditions, or at
dusk.
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Setting
Description
Tungsten
The camera balances color based on incandescent or
halogen lighting (typically found in homes).
Fluorescent The camera balances color based on fluorescent
lighting.
If the setting is anything other than the default Auto setting,
the icon for the setting will appear in the Live View screen.
The new setting remains in effect until it is changed again or
until the camera is turned off. The White Balance setting
resets to the default Auto setting when you turn the camera
off.
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ISO Speed
This setting adjusts the sensitivity of the camera to light.
When ISO Speed is set to the default Auto setting, the
camera selects the best ISO speed for the scene.
Lower ISO speeds will capture images with the least amount
of grain (or noise), but result in slower shutter speeds. If
taking a picture in low light conditions without a flash at ISO
100, you may want to use a tripod. In contrast, higher ISO
numbers allow faster shutter speeds, and can be used when
taking pictures in dark areas without a flash, or when taking
pictures of fast moving objects. Higher ISO speeds produce
pictures with more grain (or noise).
1. In the Capture Menu (page 37),
select ISO Speed.
2. In the ISO Speed sub-menu, use
the
buttons to highlight a
setting.
3. Press the
button to save the
setting and return to the Capture
Menu.
If the setting is anything other than the default Auto setting,
the icon for the setting (as shown in the ISO Speed sub-menu)
will appear in the Live View screen. The new setting remains
in effect until it is changed again or until the camera is
turned off. The ISO Speed setting resets to the default Auto
setting when you turn the camera off.
NOTE: The ISO Speed setting does not apply when
recording video clips.
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3 Reviewing Images and
Video Clips
You can use Playback to review the images and video clips
stored in your camera.
In addition, the Playback Menu allows you to view
thumbnails of images or magnify images so you can take a
closer look at them on the camera, delete images or video
clips, and manipulate images. To do these things and more,
see Using the Playback Menu on page 53.
Using Playback
1. Press the Live View/Playback
button until the
Playback
icon appears in the upper left corner of the
Image Display.
2. Use the
buttons to scroll through your images and
video clips. Press and hold either of the
buttons to
scroll faster.
For video clips, indicated by the video
icon, you see
only the first frame for the first 2 seconds. They then begin
playing automatically.
3. To change to Live View after reviewing your images and
video clips, press the Live View/Playback
button
again.
NOTE: To hear audio clips that have been attached to your
still images, transfer them to your computer and use the
HP Image Zone software.
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During Playback, the Image Display also indicates
additional information about each image or video clip. The
following table describes this information.
1
2 3
4
5
7
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#
Icon
Description
1
Playback icon, indicating the camera is in
Playback. This icon displays for the first few
seconds.
2
Displays only when an optional memory card is
installed in the camera.
3
Power indicator, such as this full battery level
indicator (see Power Indicators on page 116).
4
Displays for the first few seconds when you enter
Playback to indicate that you can scroll through
the images or video clips using the
buttons.
5
2 Indicates this image has been selected for printing
6
17 of 43 Shows the number of this image or video clip out
7
2 copies (see Print on page 58).
of the total number of images and video clips that
are stored in memory.
0:29
or
• Shows the recorded length of this audio or
video clip.
• Indicates this image has an audio clip
attached.
• Indicates this is a video clip.
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Total Images Summary Screen
When you press the button while
viewing the last image, the Total
Images Summary screen appears
showing the number of pictures
taken, and the number of pictures
remaining. A counter indicating the
total number of images selected for
printing
is shown in the upper left-hand corner of the
screen. In addition, icons are shown in the upper right-hand
corner of the screen for an optional memory card if installed
(indicated by the SD icon
) and the power indicator (see
Power Indicators on page 116).
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Using the Playback Menu
The Playback Menu allows you to delete still images or video
clips, undelete images, and format the camera’s internal
memory or optional memory card. Additionally, you can
record audio clips to attach to an image, view thumbnails,
magnify and rotate images, and select images for printing.
1. To display the Playback Menu, press the
button while
you are in Playback. If you are not currently in Playback,
press the Live View/Playback
button until you
are in Playback, then press the
button.
2. Use the
buttons to highlight the Playback Menu
option that you want to use on the left side of the Image
Display. The Playback Menu options are explained later
in this section.
3. Move to the image or video clip you want to use by
pressing the
buttons. This makes it easy to perform the
same action on several images or video clips, such as
deleting multiple images or video clips.
4. Select the highlighted Playback Menu option by pressing
the
button. Follow the instructions on the screen to
complete the selected task.
5. To exit the Playback Menu, press the Live View/Playback
button. For other ways to exit a menu, see
Camera Menus on page 24.
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The following table summarizes the Playback Menu options.
1
2
3
4
5
#
6
7
Icon
Description
1
Delete—Presents a sub-menu where you can delete
the current image or video clip, delete all images
and video clips, format the internal memory or an
optional memory card, and undelete the last deleted
image. (See Delete on page 55.)
2
View Thumbnails—Displays a thumbnail view of
images and video clip frames on the Image Display.
(See Viewing Thumbnails on page 56.)
3
Magnify—Magnifies the currently displayed image.
(See Magnifying Images on page 57.)
4
Print—Allows you to specify the number of copies of
the currently displayed image to print when
connected to a computer or printer. (See Print on
page 58.)
5
Rotate—Rotates the currently displayed still image in
90 degree increments. (See Rotate on page 59.)
6
Record Audio—Records an audio clip to attach to
this still image. (See Record Audio on page 60.)
7
EXIT—Exits the Playback Menu.
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Delete
In the Playback Menu (page 53),
when you select Delete, the Delete
sub-menu displays. Use the
buttons to highlight an option, and
then press the
button to select it.
The Delete sub-menu provides the
following options:
• Cancel—Returns you to the Playback Menu without
deleting the currently displayed image or video clip.
• This Image—Deletes the currently displayed image or
video clip.
• All Images (in Memory/on Card)—Deletes all of the
images and video clips either in internal memory, or on
an optional memory card that is installed in the camera.
• Format (Memory/Card)—Deletes all of the images, video
clips, and files in internal memory or on an optional
memory card, and then formats the internal memory or
memory card. To help prevent corrupted cards and
images, use Format Card to format optional memory
cards before you use them for the first time, and when you
want to delete all of the images and video clips stored on
them.
• Undelete Last—Recovers the most recently deleted image.
(This option is only displayed after a Delete operation has
been performed.) You can recover only the most recently
deleted image. Once you proceed to another operation,
for example, powering off the camera or taking another
picture, the delete operation you performed is permanent,
and the image is no longer recoverable.
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Viewing Thumbnails
In the Playback Menu (page 53), when you select View
Thumbnails you can view the still images you have taken and
the first frames of the video clips you have recorded
arranged in a matrix of nine thumbnail images and video
clip frames per screen.
1. In the Playback Menu, select
View Thumbnails. A Thumbnail
view of up to nine images and
video clip frames appears on
the Image Display. A yellow
border surrounds the current
image or video clip frame.
2. Use the
buttons to scroll horizontally to the previous or
next thumbnail.
3. Use the
buttons to scroll vertically to the thumbnail
directly above or below the current thumbnail.
4. Press the
button to exit Thumbnail view and return to
Playback. The current image or video clip (that was in the
yellow border in Thumbnail view) is displayed in full view
on the Image Display again.
At the bottom of the Image Display, a print icon indicates
that the current image has been selected for printing, an
audio icon signifies that an audio clip is attached to this still
image, and a video icon signifies that the image is a video
clip.
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Magnifying Images
In the Playback Menu (page 53),
when you select Magnify, the
currently displayed image is
automatically magnified 2x. The
center portion of the magnified
image is displayed.
1. In the Playback Menu, select Magnify.
2. To pan around the magnified image, use the
and
buttons.
3. To increase magnification to 4x, press the
button.
Press the
button again to return to normal
magnification.
4. Press the
button to exit Magnify and return to
Playback.
NOTE: You can only magnify still images; video clips cannot
be magnified.
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Print
In the Playback Menu (page 53), when you select Print, the
camera displays a sub-menu that allows you to select a still
image for printing.
1. In the Playback Menu, select
Print. The Print selection screen
appears on the Image Display
with the number of copies to
print displayed in the center of
the screen.
2. Use the
buttons to increase
or decrease the number of copies to print.
3. Use the
buttons to select additional images to print.
4. After you have selected the images to be printed, press
the
button to return to the Playback Menu.
Images selected for printing will be printed when you
connect your camera to a PictBridge-certified printer (see
Printing Images Directly from the Camera on page 62) or a
computer with the HP Image Zone software installed (see
HP Image Zone Software on page 75).
NOTE: Print is not available for video clips.
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Rotate
In the Playback Menu (page 53), when you select Rotate, the
camera displays a sub-menu that allows you to rotate the
image in 90-degree increments.
1. In the Playback Menu, select Rotate.
2. Use the
buttons to rotate the image clockwise or
counter-clockwise. The image rotates in the Image
Display.
3. After you have rotated the image to the desired
orientation, press the
button to save image in the
new orientation.
NOTE: Rotate is not available for video clips.
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Record Audio
In the Playback Menu (page 53), when you select Record
Audio, you can attach an audio clip to a still picture you
have already taken, or you can replace an audio clip
already attached to an image.
1. In the Playback Menu, select Record Audio. Audio
recording starts immediately.
2. To stop recording, press the
button; otherwise, the
audio continues to record until the camera runs out of
memory.
If the currently displayed image already has an audio clip
attached to it, the Record Audio sub-menu is displayed when
you select Record Audio. This sub-menu lists these options:
• Keep Current Clip—Retains the current audio clip and
returns to the Playback Menu.
• Record New Clip—Begins to record audio, replacing the
previous audio clip.
• Delete Clip—Deletes the current audio clip and returns to
the Playback Menu.
TIP: To hear audio clips, transfer the images to which they
are attached to your computer and use the HP Image
Zone software.
NOTE: Record Audio is not available for video clips.
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4 Transferring and
Printing Images
Transferring Images to a
Computer
TIP: You can also perform this task using a memory card
reader (see Using a Memory Card Reader on page 78).
1. Confirm that either the HP Image Zone software or the
HP Image Zone Express (Windows only) software is
installed on your computer (see Install the Software on
page 17). To transfer images to a computer that does not
have the HP Image Zone software installed on it, see
Using Your Camera without Installing the HP Image Zone
Software on page 77.
2. Your camera came with a
special USB cable for
connecting the camera to a
computer. Connect the
larger end of that USB
cable to the computer.
3. Open the door on the side
of the camera nearest the
lens and connect the
smaller end of the USB
cable to the USB connector on the camera.
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4. Turn on the camera.
• On Windows: The HP Image Transfer software
provides the download functionality. In the Transfer
Images from Camera/Card screen, click Start Transfer.
The images are transferred to the computer. When the
Image Action Summary screen appears on the
computer, you can disconnect the camera from the
computer.
• On Macintosh: Image Capture or iPhoto provides the
download functionality. When the download is
complete, you can disconnect the camera from the
computer.
Printing Images Directly from the
Camera
You can connect the camera directly to any
PictBridge-certified printer to print images. To
determine if your printer is PictBridge-certified,
look for the PictBridge logo on your printer.
1. Check that the printer is turned on. There should be no
blinking lights on the printer or error messages displayed
about the printer. Load paper into the printer, if needed.
2. Connect your camera to the printer.
a. Make sure the camera’s USB Configuration setting
is set to Digital Camera (see USB Configuration on
page 69).
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b. Using the USB cable
that came with your
camera, connect the
larger, flat end of the
USB cable to the
corresponding connector
on the PictBridge-certified
printer.
TIP: The PictBridge connector is
usually located on the front of
the printer.
3. Open the door on the side of the camera nearest the lens
and connect the small end of the USB cable to the USB
connector on the camera.
4. When the camera is connected
to the printer, a Print Setup menu
displays on the camera. If you
already selected images to print
using the camera Playback
Menu, the number of images
selected is shown. Otherwise,
Images: ALL is displayed.
5. To change the settings in the Print Setup menu, use the
buttons on the camera to select a menu option, then
use the
buttons on the camera to change the setting.
6. When the settings are correct, press the
button on
the camera to begin printing.
After connecting the camera to the printer, you can print the
images you have selected for printing or all images in the
camera.
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TIP: Printing directly from the camera has the following
limitation:
Video clips cannot be printed directly from the camera.
See your printer’s manual for more information.
To avoid this limitation, use the HP Image Zone software
(see HP Image Zone Software on page 75).
NOTE: If you connect the camera to a non-HP printer and
encounter problems with printing, contact your printer
manufacturer. HP does not provide customer support for
non-HP printers.
In addition to the method described in this section, you can
also print images directly from the printer using the following
method:
• If you have an optional memory card that has images
or video clips stored on it that you want to print and
your printer has a memory card slot, remove the
optional memory card from the camera and insert it
into the printer’s memory card slot to print the images
or video clips. If your printer can print video clips, you
can insert the memory card directly in the printer’s
memory card slot and print the video clip. See your
printer’s manual for specific instructions.
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5 Using the Setup Menu
The Setup Menu allows you to adjust a number of camera
settings, such as the camera sounds, date and time, and the
configuration of the USB.
1. While in Live View, press the Live View/Playback
button, and then press the
button.
2. Scroll to the Setup Menu
tab using the
buttons.
3. Use the
buttons to scroll through the Setup Menu
options.
4. Either press the
button to select a highlighted option
and display its sub-menu, or use the
buttons to
change the setting for the highlighted option without
going to its sub-menu.
5. Within a sub-menu, use the
buttons and then the
button to change the setting for the Setup Menu
option.
6. To exit the Setup Menu, press the Live View/Playback
button. For other ways to exit a menu, see
Camera Menus on page 24.
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Display Brightness
This setting allows you to adjust the brightness of the Image
Display for the viewing conditions. You can use this setting to
increase the brightness for harsh lighting environments, or
reduce the brightness to extend battery life.
The default Display Brightness setting is Medium.
1. In the Setup Menu (page 65), select Display Brightness.
2. In the Display Brightness
sub-menu, highlight the
brightness level you prefer for the
Image Display. The new setting is
applied to the Live View screen
behind the menu so you can see
the effect the setting will have on
the display brightness.
3. Press the
button to save the setting and return to the
Setup Menu.
The new setting remains in effect until it is changed again,
even when you turn the camera off.
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Camera Sounds
Camera sounds are the sounds that the camera makes when
you turn it on, press a button, or take a picture. Camera
sounds are not the audio sounds recorded with images or
video clips.
The default Camera Sounds setting is On.
1. In the Setup Menu (page 65), select Camera Sounds.
2. In the Camera Sounds sub-menu,
highlight Off or On.
3. Press the
button to save the
setting and return to the Setup
Menu.
The new setting remains in effect
until it is changed again, even when
you turn the camera off.
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Date & Time
This setting allows you to set the date/time format, as well as
the current date and time for the camera. This is usually
done when you first set up the camera; however, you may
need to re-set the date and time when you are travelling to
different time zones, after the camera has been without
power for an extended time, or if the date or time is
incorrect.
The date/time format chosen will be used to display the date
information in Playback. Also, the format chosen in this
setting is what is used in the Date & Time Imprint feature (see
Date & Time Imprint on page 42).
1. In the Setup Menu (page 65), select Date & Time.
2. In the Date & Time sub-menu,
adjust the value of the
highlighted selection by using
the
buttons.
3. Press the
buttons to move to
the other selections.
4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the
correct date/time format, date, and time are set.
5. Press the
button to save the setting and return to the
Setup Menu.
The date/time format setting remains in effect until it is
changed again, even when you turn the camera off. The
date and time settings also remain current as long as the
camera batteries that are installed have a charge, or the
batteries are removed for less than 10 minutes.
If the camera is without batteries for a prolonged period, the
clock may be reset to the last date and time at which the
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camera was turned off. You may be prompted to update the
date and time the next time you power on the camera.
USB Configuration
This setting determines how the camera is recognized when
connected to a computer.
1. In the Setup Menu (page 65),
select USB.
2. In the USB Configuration
sub-menu, highlight one of these
two choices:
• Digital Camera—Causes the
computer to recognize the
camera as a digital camera using the Picture Transfer
Protocol (PTP) standard. This is the default setting on
the camera, and the setting needed to configure the
camera for printing to a PictBridge-certified printer.
• Disk Drive—Causes the computer to recognize the
camera as a disk drive using the Mass Storage Device
Class (MSDC) standard. Use this setting to transfer
images to a Windows 2000, 98SE, or Me computer
that does not have the HP Image Zone software
installed on it (see Transferring Images to a Computer
without HP Image Zone Software on page 77). You
may be unable to use this setting with a Windows 98
computer that does not have the HP Image Zone
software installed on it.
3. Press the
button to save the setting and return to the
Setup Menu.
The new setting remains in effect until it is changed again,
even when you turn the camera off.
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Language
This setting allows you to set the language used in the
camera interface, such as the text in menus.
1. In the Setup Menu (page 65),
select
.
2. In the Language sub-menu, use
the
and
buttons to
highlight the language you want
to use.
3. Press the
button to save the
setting and return to the Setup Menu.
The new setting remains in effect until it is changed again,
even when you turn the camera off.
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Move Images to Card
This option allows you to move images from the internal
memory to an optional memory card that you have installed
(see Install and Format a Memory Card (Optional) on
page 15). This option is available in the Setup Menu if an
optional memory card is installed in the camera and the
internal memory contains at least one image.
1. In the Setup Menu (page 65), highlight Move Images to
Card... and press the
button.
2. A confirmation screen appears in the Image Display.
• If there is room on the memory card for all the images
in internal memory, the confirmation screen asks if you
want to move all the images.
• If only some of the images will fit, the confirmation
screen tells you how many images it can move and
asks if you want to move them.
• If no images can be moved to the memory card, the
confirmation screen displays CARD FULL.
3. To move the images, highlight Yes and press the
button.
During the move, a progress bar is shown. All of the images
that are successfully moved to the memory card are then
deleted from the camera’s internal memory. When the move
is complete, you return to the Setup Menu.
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Reset Settings
This option allows you to reset the camera to the factory
default settings.
1. If you have an optional memory card in the camera,
remove the memory card (see page 16).
2. In the Setup Menu (page 65), select Reset Settings....
3. In the Reset All Settings? sub-menu, highlight one of these
two choices:
• Cancel—Exits the menu without resetting any of the
settings.
• Yes—Resets all camera settings to their default value
in the Capture Menu and Setup Menu (except Date &
Time, Language, and USB Configuration).
4. Press the
button to reset settings and return to the
Setup Menu.
5. If you removed an optional memory card in Step 1,
replace the memory card.
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6 Troubleshooting and
Support
This chapter contains information on the following topics:
• Resetting the camera (page 74)
• HP Image Zone software, including system requirements
and HP Image Zone Express (page 75)
• Using the camera without installing the HP Image Zone
software (page 77)
• Possible problems, causes, and solutions (page 83)
• Error messages on the camera (page 95)
• Error messages on the computer (page 104)
• Getting assistance from HP, including web and phone
support (page 106)
NOTE: For more information about solutions to problems
mentioned here, as well as any other issues you might
have with your camera or the HP Image Zone software,
see the HP Customer Support website:
www.hp.com/support.
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Resetting the Camera
If your camera does not respond when you press any
buttons, try resetting the camera as follows:
1. Turn off the camera.
2. If you have an optional memory card installed, remove it.
(Although removing an optional memory card is not
necessary for performing the reset, it eliminates the
memory card as a possible cause of the problem.)
3. Remove the batteries from the camera for 5 to 10
seconds.
4. Reinsert the batteries and close the Battery/Memory card
door.
5. After verifying that the camera works without an optional
memory card, turn off the camera and reinsert the card if
you have one.
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HP Image Zone Software
The HP Image Zone software provides several features that
enhance your camera’s capabilities. With the full version of
the HP Image Zone software, you can use HP Instant Share
to e-mail your photos without sending large file attachments.
You can also create online albums or order professionally
processed prints directly from your computer.
If your computer uses the Windows operating system, the
HP Image Zone software installation process (see Install the
Software on page 17) automatically installs either the full
version of the HP Image Zone software, the HP Image Zone
Express version, or no HP Image Zone software. This
depends on your computer’s system configuration, as
explained in the next section. HP Image Zone Express lacks
some features contained in the full version of HP Image
Zone. See HP Image Zone Express (Windows Only) on
page 76.
System Requirements (Windows Only)
NOTE: The system requirements in this section apply only to
computers using the Windows operating system.
Depending on your computer’s system configuration, the
installation process installs either the full version of the
HP Image Zone software, the HP Image Zone Express
version, or no HP Image Zone software.
• If your computer has Windows 2000 or XP and 128MB
of RAM or more, the installation process installs the full
version of the HP Image Zone software.
• If your computer has Windows 2000 or XP and between
64MB and 128MB of RAM, the installation process
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installs the HP Image Zone Express software. See
HP Image Zone Express (Windows Only) on page 76.
• If your computer has Windows 98, 98 SE, or Me and at
least 64MB of RAM, the installation process installs the
HP Image Zone Express software.
• If your computer has less than 64MB of RAM, you cannot
install the HP Image Zone software. See Using Your
Camera without Installing the HP Image Zone Software
on page 77.
HP Image Zone Express
(Windows Only)
HP Image Zone Express has most of the features of the full
version of the HP Image Zone software, including transferring
images and video clips from your camera to a computer.
However, you will not be able to view transferred video clips
in Image Zone Express: you must view them with another
viewer software package.
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Using Your Camera without
Installing the HP Image Zone
Software
You can still transfer images and video clips from the camera
to your computer without installing either HP Image Zone or
HP Image Zone Express. However, the process for
transferring will be different, since normally the HP Image
Zone software handles this task. See the following section for
details.
Transferring Images to a Computer
without HP Image Zone Software
If you do not, or cannot, install HP Image Zone on your
computer, there are three ways to transfer images from your
camera to the computer:
• Connect your camera to the computer as a Digital
Camera (Windows XP or Mac OS X only)
• Use a memory card reader
• Configure the camera as a disk drive
Connecting Your Camera as a Digital
Camera
If you have a Windows XP system, or a Mac OS X system,
simply connect the camera to your computer directly, and the
operating system will launch a program to help you transfer
images. Check that your camera USB Configuration in the
Setup Menu is set to Digital Camera, and connect the
camera to your computer with the USB cable.
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Using a Memory Card Reader
If you are using a memory card in your camera, you can
simply remove it from the camera and put it in a memory
card reader (purchased separately). The memory card
reader acts just like a floppy disk drive or CD-ROM drive. In
addition, some computers and HP Photosmart printers have
memory card slots built into them, and you can use these
memory card slots as you would use a regular memory card
reader to save images to the computer.
Transferring Images to a Windows Computer Using a
Memory Card Reader
1. Remove the memory card from your camera and insert it
into the memory card reader (or the memory card slot in
your computer or printer).
2. Right-click on the My Computer icon on your desktop,
then select Explore from the menu.
3. A screen appears that shows a list of disk drives under My
Computer. The memory card shows up as a removable
disk drive. Click on the + sign just to the left of the
removable disk.
4. Two directories (folders) appear under the removable
disk. Click on the + sign next to the folder called DCIM,
and a subdirectory for your camera should appear.
When you click on the subdirectory under DCIM, the list
of your images should appear on the right side of the
Explorer screen.
NOTE: You may have more than one folder in your DCIM
directory. If you cannot locate the images, check all the
folders in the DCIM directory.
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5. Select all the images (in the Edit pull-down menu click on
Select All), then copy them (in the Edit menu click on
Copy).
6. Click on the Local Disk under My Computer. You are now
working in your computer’s hard disk drive.
7. Create a new folder under Local Disk (go to the File pulldown menu and click on New, then click on Folder. A
folder called New Folder appears in the right side of the
Explorer screen). While the text of this new folder is
highlighted, you can type in a new name (for example,
Pictures). To change the name of the folder later, you can
simply right-click on the folder name, choose Rename
from the menu that appears, then type in the new name.
8. Click on the new folder you just created, then go to the
Edit pull-down menu and click on Paste.
9. The images you copied in Step 5 are pasted into this new
folder on your computer’s hard drive. To verify that the
images were successfully transferred from the memory
card, click on the new folder. You should see the same list
of files in that folder that you saw when you looked at
them on the memory card (Step 4).
10. When you have verified that the images were
successfully transferred from the memory card to your
computer, put the card back in your camera. To free up
space on the card, you can either delete the images or
format the card (under the Delete option in the Playback
Menu in the camera).
NOTE: It is recommended that you format the card rather
than delete the images because it will help prevent
corrupted images or cards.
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Transferring Images to a Macintosh Computer Using a
Memory Card Reader
1. Remove the memory card from your camera and insert it
into the memory card reader (or the memory card slot in
your computer or printer).
2. Depending on your computer configuration and/or the
version of the Mac OS you are running, an application
called either Image Capture or iPhoto will launch
automatically and guide you through the process of
transferring images from your camera to your computer.
• If the Image Capture application is launched, click on
either the Download Some or Download All button to
transfer the images to your computer. By default, the
images will be put in the Pictures or Movies folder
(depending on which kind of file they are).
• If the iPhoto application is launched, click on the
Import button to transfer the images to your computer.
The images will be stored in the iPhoto application, so
to access the images later, simply run iPhoto.
• If no application launches automatically or if you want
to copy the images manually, look on the desktop for
a disk drive icon which represents the memory card,
then copy the images from there to your local hard
drive. For more information about how to copy files,
visit Mac Help, the help system included with your
computer.
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Configuring the Camera as a Disk Drive
You can set up your camera to function as a disk drive when
it is connected to your computer, so you can transfer images
without using the HP Image Zone software.
NOTE: Recommended for Windows 2000, Me, and 98 SE
computers. You may be unable to use this method with
Windows 98 computers.
1. Set your camera to act as a Disk Drive (you only need to
do this step once):
a. Turn the camera on, press the
button, then use
the button to navigate to the Setup Menu .
b. Use the
button to highlight the USB menu option,
then use the button to select Disk Drive.
c. Press the Live View/Playback
button to exit
the Setup Menu.
2. Connect the camera to your computer using the USB
cable.
3. At this point, the process is the same as described in
Using a Memory Card Reader on pages 78, 80. On
Windows computers, the camera will appear as a
removable disk in the Windows Explorer screen. On
Macintosh computers, either the Image Capture or iPhoto
application will launch automatically.
4. When you have finished transferring images from the
camera to the computer, simply disconnect the camera
from the computer. If your computer is running Windows
2000 or XP and you get an Unsafe Removal warning,
disregard the warning.
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NOTE: On Macintosh computers, if either Image Capture or
iPhoto do not launch automatically, look on the desktop
for a disk drive icon with your camera’s model number.
For more information about how to copy files, visit Mac
Help.
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Problems and Solutions
Problem
Possible Cause
Solution
The camera
does not turn
on.
You did not
slide the lens
cover far
enough.
• Slide the lens cover until it
clicks.
The batteries
are functioning
incorrectly, are
dead, are
installed
incorrectly, are
missing, or are
the wrong type.
• The charge in the batteries
could be low or completely
drained. Try installing new
or recharged batteries.
• Ensure that the batteries are
installed correctly (see
page 11).
• Do not use ordinary
Alkaline batteries. For best
results, use Energizer Lithium
AA or rechargeable NiMH
AA batteries.
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Problem
Possible Cause
Solution
The camera
does not
turn on
(continued).
The optional
memory card is
not a supported
card or is
corrupted.
Ensure that the memory card is
the proper type for your
camera (see page 129). If the
card is the proper type, remove
the memory card and see if you
can turn on the camera. If you
can turn on the camera with the
memory card removed, then the
card is probably corrupted.
Format the memory card with a
computer and a card reader. If
the camera still does not turn
on, replace the memory card.
The camera has
stopped
operating.
Reset the camera (see
page 74).
The Power/
Memory light
is on but the
Image Display
is off.
The Power/
Memory light
is on but the
camera seems
stuck and
won’t operate
properly.
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Press the Live View/Playback
The Image
button to re-activate
Display has shut
down after one the Image Display.
minute of
inactivity.
The camera
may have
experienced a
transient
problem.
Reset the camera (see
page 74).
The camera
may have
experienced a
transient
problem.
Reset the camera (see
page 74).
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Problem
Possible Cause
I have to
replace or
recharge the
batteries
frequently.
Extended Image See Extending Battery Life on
Display use for page 112.
video recording,
excessive flash
use, or Display
Brightness set to
High, increases
the rate of
battery drain.
The NiMH
batteries you
are using were
recharged
incorrectly, or
have drained on
their own
because they
have not been
used lately.
Solution
NiMH batteries are not fully
charged when new, and they
discharge over time whether or
not they are installed in a
camera. Batteries that are new
or have not been charged
recently must be recharged to
reach full capacity (see
page 117).
See Performance per Battery
Battery
Type on page 114.
chemistry type
is inappropriate
for the way the
camera is being
used.
The camera
does not
respond when
I press a
button.
Turn on the camera, or turn it
The camera is
turned off or has off and then on again.
shut down.
The batteries
are drained.
Replace or recharge the
batteries.
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Problem
Possible Cause
Solution
The camera
does not
respond when
I press a
button
(continued).
The camera is
connected to a
computer.
Most of the camera buttons do
not respond when the camera
is connected to a computer. If
they respond, it is only to turn
the Image Display on if it is off,
or, in some cases, turn the
Image Display off if it is on.
The camera is
processing an
image.
Wait until the Power/Memory
light turns solid green,
indicating the camera has
completed processing the
previously taken image.
The optional
memory card is
not a supported
card or is
corrupted.
Ensure that the memory card is
the proper type for your
camera (see page 129). If the
card is the proper type, turn off
the camera, remove the
memory card, and turn on the
camera. If the camera responds
when you press a button, then
the card is probably corrupted.
Replace the memory card.
The camera has
stopped
operating.
Reset the camera (see
page 74).
The scene is
dark and the
camera is
taking a long
exposure.
• Use the flash.
A long delay
occurs
between
pressing the
Shutter button
and the
camera taking
a picture.
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• If using flash is not possible,
then use a tripod to keep
the camera steady during
the long exposure time.
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Problem
Possible Cause
Solution
A long delay
occurs
between
pressing the
Shutter button
and the
camera taking
a picture
(continued).
The camera is
using a flash
setting with redeye reduction.
It will take longer to take a
picture with red-eye reduction.
The shutter is delayed because
of the additional flashes. In
turn, make sure your subjects
wait for the additional flashes.
The camera
does not take
a picture when
I press the
Shutter button.
You did not
press the
Shutter button
hard enough.
Press the Shutter button all the
way down.
The internal
memory or the
optional
memory card
that is installed
is full.
Transfer images from the
camera to your computer, then
format the internal memory or
the memory card (page 15 and
55). Or replace the card with a
new one.
The optional
memory card
that is installed
is locked.
With the camera turned off,
remove the memory card and
switch the locking tab on the
card to the unlocked position.
The flash is
recharging.
Wait until the flash has
recharged before taking
another picture.
The camera is
still saving the
last picture
you took.
Wait a few seconds for the
camera to finish processing the
last image before taking
another picture.
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Problem
Possible Cause
Solution
My image is
blurry.
The light is low
and the flash
is set to
Flash Off
.
• In dim light, the camera
requires a longer exposure,
and it is difficult to hold the
camera steady for more
than 1/60 of a second. Use
a tripod to hold the camera
steady, improve lighting
conditions, or set the flash
to Auto Flash
(see
page 32).
• Hold the camera with two
hands as you gently press
the Shutter button.
The subject was Set the camera to the Macro
close to the
, focus mode and try taking
camera, so the the picture again (see
camera should page 34).
have been set to
the Macro
focus mode.
The subject
moved or you
moved the
camera while
you took the
picture.
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• Set the flash to Auto Flash
or Flash On
and set
the shooting mode to Action
.
• Hold the camera with two
hands as you press the
Shutter button or use a
tripod.
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Problem
Possible Cause
Solution
My image is
too bright.
The flash
provided too
much light.
• Turn the flash off (see
page 32).
• Move back from the subject.
Set EV Compensation to 0.0
You used EV
(see page 44).
Compensation
when you
should not have.
A natural or
artificial source
other than the
flash provided
too much light.
• Try taking the picture from a
different angle.
• Avoid pointing the camera
directly toward a bright light
or reflective surface on a
sunny day.
• Decrease EV Compensation
(see page 44).
The scene had
many dark
objects, such as
a black object
on a dark
background.
Decrease the EV Compensation
(see page 44).
The Display
Brightness
needs to be
adjusted.
Set the Display Brightness in
the Setup Menu to Low or
Medium (see page 66).
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Problem
Possible Cause
Solution
My image is
too dark.
The flash was
on, but the
subject was too
far away.
Make sure your subject is
within the flash working
distance (see page 127). If not,
try using the Flash Off
setting (see page 32). This
setting will require a longer
exposure, so use a tripod.
Increase the EV Compensation
The scene had
(see page 44).
many lightcolored objects,
such as a white
object on a light
background.
There was not
enough light.
• Wait for natural lighting
conditions to improve.
• Add indirect lighting.
• Use the flash (see page 32).
• Increase the EV
Compensation (see
page 44).
A light is behind • Use the Flash On
setting
the subject.
(see page 32) to brighten
the subject. This is called
fill-flash.
• Increase the EV
Compensation (see
page 44).
Your finger
blocked the
flash.
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Be sure to move your fingers
away from the flash when you
take a picture.
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Problem
Possible Cause
Solution
My image is
too dark
(continued).
The Display
Brightness
needs to be
adjusted.
Set the Display Brightness in
the Setup Menu to Medium or
High (see page 66).
My image is
grainy.
The ISO Speed
setting was too
high.
Use a lower ISO Speed setting
(see page 47).
The Image
Quality setting
was too low.
Use a higher Image Quality
setting, such as 4MP Best,
which has the lowest image
compression (see page 40).
There was not
enough light.
• Wait for natural lighting
conditions to improve.
• Add indirect lighting.
• Use the flash (see page 32).
The camera was
too warm when
the picture was
taken. The
camera may
have been on
for a long time
or stored in a
hot location. As
the camera gets
hotter, images
you take may
have more
noise, resulting
in more
graininess.
The effect will diminish as the
camera cools. For best image
quality, avoid storing the
camera in very hot locations.
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Problem
Possible Cause
Solution
Images are
missing on my
camera.
You installed a
memory card
after taking one
or more images.
When you
install a memory
card, images in
internal memory
are not visible.
Move the images from the
internal memory to the memory
card (see page 71) or remove
the memory card.
Some menu
options are
grayed out in
the Playback
Menu.
The option is not This is normal behavior. For
available for the example, if a video clip is
selected, you cannot rotate it.
image.
The image was
taken with
another camera
and cannot be
edited on this
camera.
Transfer the images from the
camera to your computer (see
page 61), then view or modify
them using the HP Image Zone
software.
The wrong
date and/or
time is shown.
The date and/
or time was set
incorrectly or
the time zone
has changed.
Reset the date and time by
using the Date & Time option in
the Setup Menu (see page 68).
Reset the date and time by
The batteries
were drained or using the Date & Time option in
the Setup Menu (see page 68).
were removed
from the camera
for too long.
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Problem
Possible Cause
Solution
The camera
responds very
sluggishly
when trying to
review
images.
A slow optional
memory card
(like an MMC
card) that is
installed or too
many images
on the card can
affect
processing
times.
See Storage on page 129 and
Memory Capacity on
page 131 for tips about
memory cards.
The camera
may be
processing an
image.
Wait until the Power/Memory
light turns solid green,
indicating that the camera has
finished processing.
The HP Image
Zone software is
not installed on
the computer.
Either install the HP Image
Zone software (see page 17),
or see Using Your Camera
without Installing the HP Image
Zone Software on page 77.
The computer is
unable to
understand the
Picture Transfer
Protocol (PTP)
standard.
Set your camera to act as a
Disk Drive (see page 81).
I cannot
transfer
images from
the camera to
my computer.
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Problem
Possible Cause
Solution
I receive an
error message
while
transferring
images from
the camera to
my computer.
A power surge
or electrostatic
discharge may
have interrupted
the transfer.
Close the HP Jmage Zone
Transfer software, disconnect
the camera from the computer,
and reset the camera (see
page 74). Then, restart the
image transfer process (see
page 61).
I am having a
problem
installing or
using the
HP Image
Zone software.
Your computer
does not have
enough RAM to
install the
software.
• Refer to the computer
requirements (see page 75).
• Refer to the HP Customer
Support website:
www.hp.com/support.
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Error Messages on the Camera
Message
Possible Cause
Solution
BATTERIES
DEPLETED.
Camera is shutting
down.
Battery power is
too low to
continue
operation.
Replace or recharge the
batteries.
Batteries are too
low to take
pictures.
Battery power is Replace or recharge the
too low to take a batteries.
still picture or
video, but you
can still view
images in
Playback. This
message appears
sooner with
Alkaline batteries
than with NiMH
or Lithium
batteries.
UNSUPPORTED
CARD
The optional
memory card that
is installed in the
memory slot is
not a supported
memory card.
Ensure that the memory
card is the proper type for
your camera (see
page 129). If it is the
proper type, try
reformatting the memory
card (see page 55).
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Message
Possible Cause
Solution
CARD IS
UNFORMATTED.
Press OK to
format card.
The optional
memory card that
is installed needs
to be formatted.
Format the memory card
by following the
instructions on the Image
Display (or remove the
card from the camera if
you do not want it to be
formatted). Formatting the
memory card will delete all
files on the card.
CARD HAS
WRONG
FORMAT.
Press OK to
format card.
The optional
memory card that
is installed is
formatted for a
different device,
such as an MP3
player.
Re-format the memory card
by following the
instructions on the Image
Display (or remove the
card from the camera if
you do not want it to be reformatted). Formatting the
memory card will delete all
files on the card.
Unable to Format.
The optional
memory card that
is installed is
corrupted.
Replace the memory card,
or if you have a memory
card reader, try formatting
the card on your computer.
See your card reader
documentation for
instructions.
CARD LOCKED
The optional
memory card that
is installed is
locked.
With the camera turned
off, remove the memory
card from the camera and
switch the locking tab on
the card to the unlocked
position.
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Message
Possible Cause
Solution
MEMORY FULL
or
CARD FULL
There is
insufficient room
to save more
images in
internal memory
or on the
optional memory
card that is
installed.
Transfer images from the
camera to your computer,
then delete all images in
internal memory or on the
memory card (see
page 55). Or replace the
card with a new one.
Memory/card too
full to record
audio.
There is
insufficient room
to record audio
in internal
memory or on the
optional memory
card that is
installed.
Transfer images, video
clips, and/or audio files
from the camera to your
computer, then delete
enough files in internal
memory or on the memory
card to make enough
room for the audio
recording (see page 55).
Or replace the card with a
new one.
Insufficient space
on card to rotate
image.
or
Insufficient space
in memory to
rotate image.
• Delete an image to free
There is
up memory space, then
insufficient room
try rotating the image
in internal
again.
memory or on the
optional memory • Transfer images from
card to save a
the camera to your
rotated image.
computer, then rotate
the image using the
HP Image Zone
software or another
image editing
package.
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Message
Possible Cause
Solution
The image is too
large to magnify.
The image was
probably taken
with another
camera.
Transfer the image to your
computer and resize it
using the HP Image Zone
software.
The image is too
large to rotate.
The image was
probably taken
with another
camera.
Transfer the image to your
computer and rotate it
using the HP Image Zone
software.
CARD IS
UNREADABLE
The camera is
having trouble
reading the
optional memory
card that is
installed. The
card may be
corrupted or an
unsupported
type.
• Try turning the camera
off and then back on.
• Ensure that the memory
card is the proper type
for your camera (see
page 129). If the
memory card is the
proper type, try reformatting the card
using the Format option
in the Delete sub-menu
of the Playback Menu
(see page 55). If it will
not format, it is
probably corrupted.
Replace the memory
card.
Unknown image
error. Unable to
complete request.
The camera
could not
complete the
image
modification you
requested.
• Try modifying the
image again.
• If the same message
displays, transfer the
image to your
computer and modify it
using the HP Image
Zone software.
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Message
Possible Cause
Solution
PROCESSING...
The camera is
processing data,
such as saving
the last picture
you took.
If you are in Live View,
wait a few seconds for the
camera to finish
processing before taking
another picture or pressing
another button.
CHARGING
FLASH...
The camera is
recharging the
flash.
It takes longer to charge
the flash when the battery
is low. If you see this
message a lot, you may
need to replace or
recharge the battery.
ERROR SAVING
IMAGE.
or
ERROR SAVING
VIDEO.
• Always wait until the
The optional
Power/Memory light
memory card that
stops blinking before
is installed was
removing the memory
removed before
card from the camera.
the camera
finished writing
• With the camera
to the card or
turned off, remove the
was half-locked.
memory card and
check to see if the
locking tab on the
edge of the card is fully
in the unlocked
position.
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Message
Possible Cause
Solution
Cannot display
image
<filename>.
The image was
taken with
another camera
or the image file
was corrupted
when the camera
was shut down
improperly.
• The image may still be
okay. Transfer the
image to a computer
and try opening it with
the HP Image Zone
software.
• Do not remove the
memory card when the
camera is turned on.
Camera has
experienced an
error.
or
Camera has
experienced an
error and is
shutting down.
The camera may
have
experienced a
transient
problem.
Turn the camera off, if it is
on, and then on again. If
that does not fix the
problem, try resetting the
camera (see page 74). If
the problem persists, note
the error code and then
call HP Support (see
page 106).
Unknown USB
device.
The camera is
connected to a
USB device that it
does not
recognize.
Make sure that the camera
is connected to a
supported printer or
computer.
Unsupported
printer
The printer is an
unsupported
device.
Connect the camera to a
PictBridge-certified printer.
Or connect the camera to
a computer and print from
there instead.
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Message
Possible Cause
There is no
Unable to
communicate with connection
between the
printer.
camera and
printer.
Solution
• Check that the printer is
turned on.
• Make sure the cable is
connected between the
printer and the camera.
If that does not work,
turn off the camera and
disconnect it from the
USB cable. Turn the
printer off and then on
again. Re-connect the
camera and turn it on.
Unable to Print.
Error reading
image file.
The image file
may be corrupt,
or too large.
• Turn off the camera. Reconnect the camera
and turn it on.
• If that does not work,
transfer the image file
to your computer and
try printing the image
file from the computer.
No printable
images in
memory.
or
No printable
images on card.
The camera has
no still images.
Video clips
cannot be printed
directly from the
camera.
Disconnect the camera
from the printer, then take
still images before
reconnecting the camera
to the printer.
Cannot print video You tried to select
clips.
video clip for
printing. Video
clips cannot be
printed from the
camera.
If your printer supports
printing video clips,
transfer the video clip to
your computer and print
them from your computer.
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Message
Possible Cause
Printer top cover is The printer is
open.
open.
Solution
Close the top cover of the
printer.
Incorrect or
missing print
cartridge.
or
Incorrect or
missing print
head.
The printer
cartridge is the
incorrect model
or is missing.
Install a new printer
cartridge, turn the printer
off, then turn it back on.
The selected
combination of
paper type and
size is not
supported.
You are trying to
print a picture
larger than the
paper size, you
are trying to print
borderless prints
on plain paper,
or your printer
does not support
borderless prints.
Try selecting a smaller
print size, or try using
photo paper to make
borderless prints.
There is a problem The ink cartridge
with the printer’s may be low or
the ink cartridge
ink.
may not be
supported for the
printer.
Low ink.
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The printer
cartridge is
running low on
ink.
Install a supported printer
cartridge, turn the printer
off, then turn it back on.
Replace the ink cartridge.
You may be able to print
some images using the
current cartridge, but their
color and quality may not
be of high quality.
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Message
Possible Cause
Solution
Printer is out of
ink.
The printer
cartridge is
empty.
Replace the ink cartridge.
Printer ink cover is The printer ink
open.
cover is open
Paper error.
The paper tray
may be empty or
there may be a
paper jam.
Close the ink cover.
• Examine the paper
tray. If it is empty, refill
it.
• Examine the paper
path for a paper jam. If
you find one, clear it.
The paper is not Realign the paper in the
Paper is not
loaded correctly in aligned correctly tray.
in the paper tray.
the printer.
Printer has a
paper jam.
There is a paper
jam.
Turn off the printer.
Completely clear the paper
jam, then turn the printer
back on.
Printer is out of
paper.
The printer is out
of paper.
Load paper into the
printer, and then press the
OK or Continue button on
the printer.
Printer error.
There is a
problem with the
printer.
Turn the printer off, then on
again. Press the
button on the camera.
Complete the print request
again.
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Error Messages on the Computer
Message
Possible Cause
Solution
Cannot Connect
To Product
The camera is
turned off.
Turn on the camera.
The camera is not
working correctly.
Try connecting the camera
directly to a PictBridgecertified printer, and print an
image. This will verify that
the optional memory card,
USB connection, and the
USB cable are functioning
correctly.
The cable is not
connected
correctly.
Make sure that the cable is
firmly connected to the
computer and camera.
The camera is set
to the Digital
Camera setting,
but the computer
cannot recognize
the camera as a
digital camera.
Change the USB setting to
Disk Drive (see page 69).
The camera then appears as
another disk drive on the
computer so you can copy
the image files to the
computer.
The camera is
connected to the
computer through
a USB hub, and
your USB hub is
not compatible
with the camera.
Connect the camera directly
to a USB port on the
computer.
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Message
Possible Cause
Solution
Cannot Connect
To Product
(continued)
The optional
memory card that
is installed is
locked.
With the camera turned off,
remove the memory card
and switch the locking tab
on the card to the unlocked
position.
The USB
connection failed.
Reboot the computer.
The computer is
not connected to
the Internet.
Make sure your computer is
online.
Could Not Send
To Service
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Getting Assistance
This section contains support information for your digital
camera, including support website information, an
explanation of the support process, and support phone
numbers.
HP Accessibility Website
Customers with disabilities can get help by visiting
www.hp.com/hpinfo/community/accessibility/prodserv.
HP Photosmart Website
Visit www.hp.com/photosmart for the following information:
•
•
•
•
Tips on using your camera more effectively and creatively
HP digital camera driver updates and software
Register your product
Subscribe to newsletters, driver and software updates,
and support alerts
Support Process
The HP support process works most effectively if you perform
the following steps in the order specified:
1. Review the troubleshooting section of this User’s Manual
(see Problems and Solutions on page 83).
2. Access the HP Customer Support website for support. If
you have access to the Internet, you can obtain a wide
range of information about your digital camera. Visit the
HP website for product help, drivers, and software
updates at www.hp.com/support.
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This website is available in the following languages:
Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese,
Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified
Chinese, Japanese, Korean. (Danish, Finnish, and
Norwegian support information is available in English
only.)
3. Access HP e-support. If you have access to the Internet,
connect with HP via e-mail by going to:
www.hp.com/support. You will receive a personal reply
from an HP Customer Support technician. E-mail support
is available in the languages listed at that website.
4. (US and Canadian customers, skip this step and go on to
Step 5.) Contact your local HP dealer. If your digital
camera has a hardware failure, take it to your local
HP dealer for a solution. Service is free during your
digital camera’s limited warranty period.
5. Contact HP Customer Support for support by phone. If
you cannot solve the problem using the above options,
you can call HP for support. Check www.hp.com/support
for contact details.
Phone Support
Phone support is available both during and after the
warranty period.
Call HP while you are in front of your computer and digital
camera. For faster service, please be prepared to provide
the following information:
• The digital camera’s model number (on the front of the
camera)
• The digital camera’s serial number (on the bottom of the
camera)
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• The computer’s operating system and available RAM
• The version of the HP software (on the CD label)
• Messages displayed at the time the situation occurred
The applicable conditions for HP phone support are subject
to change without notice. See the following pages for the
telephone support number for your country/region.
HP Customer Support phone numbers and policies may
change. Visit the following website to check the details and
conditions of phone support in your country/region:
www.hp.com/support
Within the period of your warranty:
• Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, Latin America, and Middle
East: Telephone support is free for one year from the date
of purchase.
• United States: 90 day limited warranty.
• Europe: One-year limited warranty.
NOTE: Different warranty regulations might apply per
country/region according to local laws.
After the warranty period, you have different options
depending on the region where you reside:
• United States, Canada, and Asia Pacific: Call HP
Customer Support; however there will be a per-incident
fee.
• Europe: Return product to your dealer OR call HP
Customer Support; however there will be a per-incident
fee.
• Latin America: Call HP Customer Support (after October
31, 2005, a fee will be charged).
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Phone Support Numbers
If your country or region does not appear in the following
lists, please refer to www.hp.com/support for support
information.
Australia
Australia (out-of-warranty)
1300 721 147
1902 910 910
021-3881-4518
800-810-3888
3003
2802 4098
India
1 600 44 7737
Indonesia
+62 (21) 350 3408
0570-000511
03-3335-9800
1588-3003
Malaysia
1800 805 405
New Zealand
0800 441 147
Philippines
2 867 3551
Singapore
6 272 5300
02-8722-8000
+66 (2) 353 9000
Viêt Nam
+84 88234530
.
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Argentina (Buenos Aires)
Argentina
54-11-4708-1600
Brasil (Sao Paulo)
Brasil
55-11-4004-7751
0-800-709-7751
Canada
1-800-474-6836
Chile
800-360-999
Colombia (Bogota)
Colombia
571-606-9191
01-8000-51-4746-8368
Costa Rica
0-800-011-1046
Ecuador (Andinatel)
1-999-119
800-711-2884
1-800-225-528
800-711-2884
Ecuador (Pacifitel)
0-800-555-5000
El Salvador
800-6160
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Guatemala
1-800-711-2884
Jamaica
1-800-711-2884
Mexico (Mexico City)
Mexico
55-5258-9922
01-800-472-68368
Panama
1-800-711-2884
Paraguay
009 800 54 1 0006
Perú
0-800-10111
Puerto Rico
1-877-232-0589
República Dominicana
1-800-711-2884
Trinidad & Tobago
1-800-711-2884
United States
1-800-474-6836
Uruguay
0004-054-177
Venezuela (Caracas)
Venezuela
58-212-278-8666
0-800-474-68368
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A Managing Batteries
Your camera uses two AA batteries. For best results, use
Energizer Lithium AA or rechargeable Nickel Metal Hydride
(NiMH) AA batteries. Alkaline batteries provide far less
battery life than Lithium or NiMH batteries.
Top Points About Batteries
• The first time that you use a set of NiMH batteries, be sure
that you fully charge them before using them in the
camera.
• If you do not intend to use your camera for extended
periods of time (more than two months), HP recommends
that you remove the batteries.
• When inserting the batteries in the camera, always be
sure to orient the batteries as directed by the markings in
the battery compartment. If the batteries are inserted
improperly, the compartment door may close but the
camera will not operate.
• Never use batteries of different chemistries (for example,
a Lithium battery and a NiMH battery), brands, or ages.
This can cause erratic camera behavior, as well as
battery leakage. Always use two identical batteries of the
same chemistry, brand, and age.
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• The performance of all batteries will decrease as the
temperature drops. For best performance in cold
environments, use Energizer Lithium AA batteries. NiMH
batteries may also provide acceptable low temperature
performance. To improve the performance of all battery
types, keep the camera and/or batteries stored in a
warm inside pocket when in a cold environment.
Extending Battery Life
Here are some tips for extending battery life:
• Change the Display Brightness setting in the Setup Menu
to Low, so that the Image Display consumes less power
when in Live View (see Display Brightness on page 66).
• Minimize the use of flash by setting your camera to Auto
Flash, instead of Flash On (see Setting the Flash on
page 32).
• Turn the camera off between shots.
Safety Precautions for Using Batteries
• Do not charge any batteries other than NiMH batteries in
the optional HP Photosmart Quick Recharger.
• Do not place a battery in fire or heat the battery.
• Do not connect the positive terminal and the negative
terminal of a battery to each other with any metal object
(such as wire).
• Do not carry or store a battery together with coins,
necklaces, hairpins, or other metal objects. Placing an
NiMH battery in contact with coins is especially
dangerous to you! To avoid injury, do not drop this
battery into a coin-filled pocket.
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• Do not pierce the battery with nails, strike the battery with
a hammer, step on the battery, or otherwise subject it to
strong impacts or shocks.
• Do not solder directly onto the battery.
• Do not expose the battery to water or salt water, or allow
the battery to get wet.
• Do not disassemble or modify the battery. The battery
contains safety and protection devices, which, if
damaged, may cause the battery to generate heat,
explode, or ignite.
• Immediately discontinue use of the battery if, while using,
charging, or storing the battery, the battery emits an
unusual smell, feels excessively hot (note that it is normal
for the battery to feel warm), changes color or shape, or
appears abnormal in any other way.
• In the event the battery leaks and the fluid gets into your
eye, do not rub the eye. Rinse well with water and
immediately seek medical care. If left untreated, the
battery fluid could cause damage to the eye.
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Performance per Battery Type
The following table shows how Alkaline, Lithium, and
rechargeable NiMH batteries perform in different types of
use scenarios.
Type of use
Alkaline Lithium
NiMH
Most economical if you take more
than 30 pictures per month
Poor
Fair
Good
Most economical if you take fewer
than 30 pictures per month
Fair
Good
Fair
Heavy use of flash, frequent pictures Poor
Good
Good
Heavy use of video
Poor
Good
Good
Heavy use of Live View
Poor
Good
Good
Overall battery life
Poor
Good
Fair
Low temperature/winter use
Poor
Good
Fair
Infrequent use
Fair
Good
Fair
Want to recharge batteries
No
No
Good
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Number of Shots per Battery Type
The following table shows the minimum, maximum, and
average number of shots that may be obtained using
Alkaline, Lithium, and rechargeable NiMH batteries.
Battery
type
Alkaline
Minimum
number of
shots
Maximum
number of
shots
Approximate
number of shots
under average use
80
130
100
NiMH
110
280
190
Lithium
260
490
340
In the above table, please note that in all cases, four pictures
are taken per session with at least a 5 minute break between
sessions. In addition:
• The minimum number of shots is obtained with extensive
use of Live View (30 seconds per picture), Playback
(15 seconds per picture), and Flash On.
• The maximum number of shots is obtained with minimal
use of Live View (10 seconds per picture) and Playback
(4 seconds per picture). Flash is used on 25% of shots.
• The average number of shots is obtained with Live View
used at 15 seconds per picture and Playback used for 8
seconds per picture. Flash is used on 50% of shots.
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Power Indicators
The following icons may be displayed on the status screen, in
Live View, in Playback, and when the camera is connected
to a computer or printer. If no icon is displayed, this means
that the camera has sufficient battery power to function
normally.
Icon
Description
Batteries have more than 70 percent energy
remaining.
Batteries have 30 to 70 percent energy remaining.
Batteries have 10 to 30 percent energy remaining.
Batteries’ level is low. Only Playback mode
available: camera will not take pictures.
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Batteries are depleted. Camera will power down.
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Recharging NiMH Batteries
NiMH batteries can be recharged with the optional
HP Photosmart battery quick recharger. For information
about this optional accessory, see Appendix B, Purchasing
Camera Accessories, starting on page121.
The following table shows the average time it takes to
recharge NiMH batteries that have been fully discharged
when the batteries are being charged in the HP quick
recharger. The table also notes the signal you will see when
the batteries have been recharged.
Average charge time
Signal when charging has
completed
1 hour for 2 batteries.
About 2 hours for 4 batteries
Light on quick recharger turns on
solid green.
Some things to keep in mind when using NiMH batteries are
as follows:
• The first time that you use a set of NiMH batteries, be sure
that you fully charge them before using them in the
camera.
• You may notice that the first several times you use NiMH
batteries, the battery life seems shorter than what you
expect. Performance will improve and become optimal
after the batteries have been charged and then
discharged (used) completely four or five times. You can
use the camera normally to discharge the batteries during
this conditioning period.
• Always recharge both NiMH batteries at the same time.
One low-charged battery will reduce the battery life for
the other battery in the camera.
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• NiMH batteries discharge when not in use, whether they
are installed in a camera or not. If they have not been
used for more than two weeks, recharge them before
using them again. Even if you are not using your
batteries, it is a good idea to charge them every six
months to a year to prolong their useful life.
• The performance of all rechargeable batteries, including
NiMH, will degrade over time, especially if they are
stored and used at high temperatures. If battery life has
become unacceptably reduced over time, replace the
batteries.
• The quick recharger may be warm while operating and
charging NiMH batteries. This is normal.
• NiMH batteries can be left in the quick recharger for any
period of time without harm to the batteries. Always store
charged batteries in a cool location.
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Safety Precautions for Recharging
NiMH Batteries
• Do not charge any batteries other than NiMH batteries in
the quick recharger.
• Insert the NiMH batteries in the correct orientation in the
quick recharger.
• Use the quick recharger in a dry location only.
• Do not charge NiMH batteries in a hot location, such as
in direct sunlight or near a fire.
• When recharging NiMH batteries, do not cover the quick
recharger in any way.
• Do not operate the quick recharger if the NiMH batteries
appear damaged in any way.
• Do not disassemble the quick recharger.
• Unplug the quick recharger from the electrical outlet
before cleaning the quick recharger.
Sleep Time-out for Power
Conservation
To conserve battery power, the Image Display turns off
automatically if there is no button activity for one minute.
When the camera is connected to a computer, the Image
Display turns off automatically 10 seconds after the
connection is made. When the camera is in this sleep state,
pressing any button will wake up the camera again. If no
buttons are pressed during the sleep state, the camera will
turn off after an additional 5 minutes.
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B Purchasing Camera
Accessories
You can purchase additional accessories for your camera.
For information on your HP E217 camera and compatible
accessories, go to:
• www.hp.com/photosmart (US)
• www.hp.ca/photosmart (Canada)
• www.hp.com (all other countries)
To purchase accessories, visit your local retailer or order
online at:
•
•
•
•
www.hpshopping.com (US)
www.hpshopping.ca (Canada)
www.hp.com/eur/hpoptions (Europe)
www.hp.com/apac/homeandoffice (Asia Pacific)
Below are some accessories for this digital camera. These
camera accessories may not be available in all regions.
• HP Photosmart M-series quick recharge kit
(L1815A/L1815B)
One hour recharging of AA NiMH batteries, plus stylish
protection for your HP Photosmart E-series camera.
Includes all you need to provide a home away from home
for your camera: an ultra-lightweight portable recharger,
a camera case, and four high-capacity rechargeable AA
NiMH batteries.
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• HP Photosmart SD memory cards (For important
information about supported types of memory cards, see
Storage on page 129.)
• HP Photosmart 64MB SD memory card
(L1872A/L1872B)
• HP Photosmart 128MB SD memory card
(L1873A/L1873B)
• HP Photosmart 256MB SD memory card
(L1874A/L1874B)
• HP Photosmart 512MB SD memory card
(L1875A/L1875B)
• HP Photosmart 1GB SD memory card
(L1876A / L1876B)
• HP Photosmart camera cases
Protect your camera with a compact padded case.
Includes neck strap, belt loop, and an organizer for
memory cards. Available in either black (Q6216A) or
silver (Q6217A).
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C Caring for Your Camera
Your HP camera has been designed to withstand most
conditions under which you would normally take pictures.
However, you should take some basic precautions when
using your camera (see Basic Camera Care below) and
clean it regularly (see Cleaning the Camera on page 125).
Basic Camera Care
You should take some basic precautions to ensure that your
camera continues to perform optimally.
• Before storing the camera, wipe moisture from the camera
body with a clean, dry, soft cloth.
• Whenever you go from a cold location to a warm one
(from a snowy mountain to a hotel room, for example),
wrap the camera tightly in a plastic bag. Let the camera
adapt to the warmer temperature for about an hour
before removing it from the plastic bag. Doing so will
help prevent condensation inside the camera and extend
its life.
• Store your digital camera in a cool, dry place away from
windows, furnaces, and damp basements.
• Always slide the lens cover over the lens when you are
not using your camera. This precaution not only protects
the lens from dust and scratches but also conserves
battery life.
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• Always turn the camera off when you are not using it to
protect the lens. When the camera is off, the camera lens
retracts and the lens wink mechanism closes over the lens
to protect it.
• Clean your camera body, Image Display, and lens
regularly with cleaning supplies designed specifically for
cameras. See Cleaning the Camera on page 125.
• Keep your camera and accessories in a padded case
with a good strap for easy transport. Most HP digital
camera cases have built-in pockets for batteries and
memory cards. See Purchasing Camera Accessories on
page 121.
• Always keep your camera equipment with you as carryon when you travel. Never check it with suitcases, since
rough handling and extreme weather can damage it.
• Never open your camera’s casing or attempt to repair
the camera yourself. Touching the inside of a digital
camera can result in electrical shock. Contact an
authorized HP Service Center for repairs.
NOTE: For information about handling batteries safely, see
Appendix A, Managing Batteries, starting on page111.
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Cleaning the Camera
TIP: If your camera needs cleaning beyond what is
described in this section, take the camera to a camera
store that specializes in cleaning digital cameras.
Cleaning your camera not only keeps it looking its best, it
also improves the quality of your photos. It is especially
important to clean the lens regularly because dust particles
and fingerprints can mar the quality of any photos you take.
To clean your camera, you will need lens-cleaning tissue
and a soft, dry, lint-free cloth commonly available at photospecialty stores. You can also purchase these items in a
camera-cleaning kit.
NOTE: You should purchase lens-cleaning tissue that has not
been chemically treated. Some chemically treated lens
tissue can cause scratching of the lens and Image
Display.
Cleaning the Camera Lens
Do the following to remove any fingerprints, dust, and so
forth that have accumulated on the lens.
1. Slide the lens cover to uncover the lens.
2. Blow gently on the lens to remove dust.
3. Lightly wipe the lens with lens-cleaning tissue, using a
circular motion.
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Cleaning the Camera Body and Image
Display
Do the following to remove any fingerprints, dust, moisture,
and so forth that have accumulated on the camera body and
Image Display.
1. Blow gently on the Image Display to eliminate dust.
2. Wipe the entire surface of the camera and the Image
Display using a clean, dry, soft cloth.
NOTE: You can also wipe the Image Display with lenscleaning tissue.
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D Specifications
Feature
Description
Resolution
Still pictures:
• 4.06 MP (2332 by 1740) total pixel count
• 4.01 MP (2320 by 1728) effective pixel
count
Video clips:
• QVGA 256 by 192 at 24 frames per second
Sensor
Diagonal 7.2 mm (1/2.5-inch, 4:3 format) CCD
Color depth
36 bit (12 bits by 3 colors)
Lens
Focal length:
• 7.7 mm
• 35 mm equivalent, approximately 46.1 mm
F-Number: f/3.5
Lens threads
None
Zoom
4x digital zoom
Focus
Fixed focus. Focus ranges:
• Normal (default)—1 m (39 in) to infinity
• Macro—60 cm to 1m (24 to 39 in)
Shutter speed
1/2000 to 2 seconds
Tripod mount
Yes
Built-in flash
Yes, 6-second typical recharge time
Flash working
range
Maximum with ISO Speed set to Auto:
5 meters (16.5 feet)
External flash
No
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Feature
Description
Flash settings
Flash Off, Auto Flash (default), Red-Eye,
Flash On
Image Display
1.5-inch color active matrix TFT LTPS with
backlight, 130,000 pixels (557 by 234)
Image capture
options
• Still (default)
• Self-Timer—still picture or video clip taken
after 10-second delay
• Video—24 frames per second (includes
audio), until the camera runs out of memory
Audio capture
• Still pictures—audio clip length is 30 seconds
or until the camera runs out of memory,
whichever comes first
• Video clips—audio is recorded automatically
Shooting modes Auto (default), Action, Landscape, Portrait,
Sunset
Image Quality
settings
•
•
•
•
Date & Time
Imprint settings
Off (default), Date Only, Date & Time
EV
Compensation
settings
Can be set manually from -2.0 to +2.0 EV
(Exposure Value) in 1/3 EV increments.
White Balance
settings
Auto (default), Sun, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent
ISO Speed
settings
Auto (default),100, 200, 400
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4MP Best
4MP (default)
2MP
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Feature
Description
Compression
format
• JPEG (EXIF) for still images
• EXIF2.2 for still images with embedded audio
• MPEG1 for video clips
Storage
• 16MB internal flash memory
• Slot for memory card
• This camera supports both standard and
high-speed HP-branded Secure Digital (SD)
and MultiMediaCard (MMC) memory cards
16MB and larger. Only MMC cards that
have been verified compliant to the
MultiMediaCard specification are supported.
Compliant MMC memory cards have the
MultiMediaCard logo on the
card or package. While other SD and MMC
cards may work in your camera, only HPbranded cards are supported.
• SD cards are recommended, as they are
faster than MMC cards at reading and
writing data.
• This camera supports memory cards up to
1GB. A high capacity card does not affect
camera performance.
• The number of images that can be saved in
memory depends on the Image Quality
settings (see Memory Capacity on
page 131).
Specifications
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Feature
Description
Power
Typical power usage: 1.8 Watts with Image
Display on. 3.6 Watts maximum power usage.
Power sources can be either:
• Two non-rechargeable AA Lithium batteries,
or
• Two rechargeable AA NiMH batteries.
Rechargeable batteries can be recharged in the
optional HP Photosmart Quick Recharger.
Average recharging time of NiMH batteries is
provided in the section Recharging NiMH
Batteries on page 117.
Standards
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Interfaces
USB mini B connector to a computer or
PictBridge-certified printer
External body
dimensions
99.3 mm (L) by 32 mm (W) by 52.6 mm (H)
3.91in (L) by 1.40 in (W) by 2.07 in (H)
Weight
110 grams (0.23 pounds) without battery
Temperature
range
Operational:
0 to 50° C (32 to 122° F) at
15 to 85% relative humidity
Storage:
–30 to 65° C (–22 to 149° F) at
15 to 90% relative humidity
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PTP transfer (15740)
MSDC transfer
JPEG
MPEG1 level 1
DPOF 1.1
EXIF 2.2
DCF 1.0
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Memory Capacity
The following table lists the approximate number and
average size of still images that can be stored in the internal
memory in the camera when the camera is set to different
Image Quality settings available in the Capture Menu.
NOTE: Not all 16MB of internal memory is available for
storing images, because some memory is used for
internal camera operations. Also, the actual file sizes and
number of still images that can be stored in the internal
memory in the camera or on an optional memory card
will vary, depending on the content of each still image
and the length of the recorded audio clip.
4MP Best
9 images (1.2MB each)
4MP (default)
12 images (900KB each)
2MP
25 images (500KB each)
VGA
95 images (120KB each)
NOTE: The values shown are for images without audio clips.
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Index
A
AA batteries,
types to use 111
accessories for camera 121
Action mode, setting 38
arrow buttons on
Controller 20
audio clips, record 60
automatic exposure,
override 38
B
batteries
door on camera 20
extend life of 112
indicators 116
install 11
performance 114
quick recharge kit 121
recharging NiMH 117
shots per type 115
top points about use 111
types to use 111
blinking lights on
camera 20, 22
brightening an image 44
buttons on camera 19
buying camera
accessories 121
C
camera
accessories 121
cleaning the body 126
cleaning the image
display 126
cleaning the lens 125
general care 123
general cleaning 125
menus 24
reset 74
specifications 127
states 24
turn on/off 12
camera care
cleaning the body 126
cleaning the image
display 126
cleaning the lens 125
general 123
general cleaning 125
camera parts
back of camera 19
front, left side, and bottom
of camera 22
Index
133
top of camera 21
Camera Sounds, setting 67
capacity of
internal memory 131
Capture Menu 37
cleaning
body 126
image display 126
lens 125
compression format 129
computer,
connect camera to 61
connections
as a Picture Transfer
Protocol (PTP)
device 69
as a USB Mass Storage
Device Class
(MSDC) 69
to computer 61
to printer 62
connector, USB 22
conserving battery life 112
Controller with arrow
buttons, description 20
customer support 106
D
darkening an image 44
Date & Time Imprint 42
Date & Time, setting 14, 68
134
delete during
Instant Review 29, 30
Delete, using 55
digital zoom 31
direct print
printing images from
camera to printer or
computer 62
disk drive, camera as 69
Display Brightness 66
E
error messages
on camera 95
on computer 104
EV Compensation 44
extending battery life 112
F
flash
description 22
settings 32
using 32
working range 127
Flash button 20
f-number 127
focus mode
settings 34
switch 23
focus range 127
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internal memory 55
memory card 15, 55
H
help from
customer support 106
HP Image Zone Express
software, description 76
HP Image Zone software
description 75
installing 17
not using 77
Windows
requirements 75
HP web sites 106
I
Image Display
description 19
using 27
Image Quality, setting 40
images
brightening 44
darkening 44
Date & Time Imprint 42
focus modes 34
Image Quality setting 40
ISO Speed setting 47
magnifying 57
number remaining 28,
52
number saved in internal
memory 131
Print 58
Rotate 59
shooting modes 38
thumbnails view 56
too dark/light 44
transferring camera to
computer 61
White Balance setting 45
indicators, power 116
install
batteries 11
memory card 15
software 17, 18
wrist strap 10
internal memory
format 55
image capacity of 131
pictures remaining 28,
52
ISO Speed, setting 47
L
Landscape mode, setting 39
Language
change setting 70
choose at first startup 13
LEDs (lights) on camera
Power light 20
Self-Timer/Video light 22
Index
135
lens cover/power switch,
description 22
life of battery,
conserving 112
Live View 27
Live View/Playback button,
description 19
low battery indicator 116
M
Macintosh computer
install software 18
USB setting on
camera 69
Macro mode
setting 34
switch 23
Magnify 57
memory card
door on camera 20
format 15, 55
install 15
pictures remaining 28,
52
supported types and
sizes 129
memory, internal
format 55
image capacity 131
pictures remaining 28,
52
136
Menu/OK button,
description 20
menus
Capture 37
overview 24
Playback 53
Setup 65
messages
on camera 95
on computer 104
microphone, description 23
Move Images to Card 71
N
NiMH batteries
recharging 117
safety precautions 112
number of
images stored in internal
memory 131
pictures remaining 28,
52
O
over-exposing an image 44
override automatic
exposure 38
P
parts of camera
back of camera 19
front, left side, and bottom
of camera 22
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top of camera 21
performance per battery
type 114
Playback 49
Playback Menu 53
Portrait mode, setting 39
power
indicators 116
light 20
specifications 130
turn on/off 12
power conservation,
time-out 119
Power light, description 20
print images 58
print images directly to
printer 62
problems,
troubleshooting 73
product support 106
purchasing camera
accessories 121
R
range
Exposure
Compensation 128
flash 127
focus 127
recharging
NiMH batteries 117
record
audio clips 60
video clips 30
red-eye reduction 33
remaining pictures
count 28, 52
reset camera 74
Reset Settings 72
reviewing images 49
rotate images 59
S
safety precautions for NiMH
batteries 112
Self-Timer
light 22
settings 35
Timer button 20
settings
reset 72
Setup Menu, using 65
shooting mode
settings 38
Shutter button 21
shutter speed range 127
sleep, time-out 119
software
installing 17, 18
using camera without 77
space remaining in
memory 28, 52
specifications 127
states, camera 24
Index
137
still pictures, take 29
Sunset mode, setting 39
support for users 106
T
technical support 106
Thumbnails 56
Time & Date, setting 14, 68
Timer button 20
total images summary
screen 52
transfer images to
computer 61
tripod mount,
description 23
troubleshoot problems 73
turn on/off power 12
Windows computer
install software 17
system requirements for
software 75
working range of flash 127
wrist strap, attaching to
camera 10
Z
zoom
digital 31
specifications 127
U
under-exposing an
image 44
USB
configuration setting 69
connector on camera 22
V
Video button 21
video clips, recording 30
W
web sites for HP 106
White Balance, setting 45
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