Sony DSC-F707 User's manual

Sony DSC-F707 User's manual
Manual for Camera Housing - Model DSC-F707 / 717 (Sony)
User Manual
1. Introduction
2. Specification
3. Set up Instructions
4. Use & Care of Housing
5. Service
6. Warranty
1. Introduction
10 BAR Underwater Housings are small, light and rugged enough to be used on
every dive. Use of a clear polycarbonate allows for visual inspection of camera
condition and the O-ring seal. 10 BAR Housings are designed for the everincreasing variety of models of digital still and video cameras. Advanced computer
aided design and CNC manufacturing technologies ensure precise dimensions. Each
housing body is first injection molded, and then machined to configure to individual
camera model. A range of lens ports and controls are fitted, to tailor the housing to
your camera model.
2. Specification
Test Pressure
Closure Design
Body Material
Overall Size
Total Weight
Buoyancy (with camera)
Additional Features
1. Dial Mode
2. Shutter
3. Jog Dial
4. Exposure Button
10 Bar (300 ft.) Housings are individually tested
Air Lock
188 x 125 x 172 mm
Approximately 1.1 Kg (Housing only)
Approximately neutral in salt water
Visible main O-ring for final pre -dive check
Double O-ring design on all controls
Combined handle/accessory arm bra cket
Spare main O-ring (included)
Universal tool (included)
Silicone O-ring grease (included)
Carry bag (included)
Red filter (optional)
Extension arm for strobe or video light (optional)
Video light VL035(optional)
5. Power Switch
6. LCD Screen
7. Control Button
8. Menu Button
9. Strobe Close
13. Zoom Button
10. White Balance
11. One Push W/B
12. Metering Mode
3. Set up Instructions
3.1 Pressure release plug: The body and lid are designed with a “no clip” closure
arrangement. Testing has shown that this arrangement allow the water to exert an even
pressure on the O-ring, increasing the reliability of the watertight seal. To open the
housing, the pressure release plug must be first unscrewed and then pulled out all the way.
This provides a passage for the air to pass though and eliminate the pressure different
between the inside of the housing and the ambient.
The plug consists of an internal double O-ring seal on the stainless steel slide shaft. These
internal O-rings form the watertight seal. There is also a large outer O-ring under the
knob. This O-ring serves to prevent contamination of the slide shaft, with dirt, salt etc.,
and is not required for watertight integrity. If this O-ring should become detached, it can
simply be pushed back in place.
Important! Before diving, make sure the pressure release plug is pushed
closed, and then screwed home, do not over tighten this plug (finger
tight only).
The universal tool can be used for loosening this plug, in case it was over tightened.
3. 2 Opening levers: After unscrewing and pulling out the pressure release plug, the lid can be opened. To
overcome the friction of opening, two levers are used to push against the lid with a cam action. On some
models these opening levers are bolted to the body. On the other models, they are detachable levers, be sure
they are inserted all the way flat to the housing before turning to avoid damaging the protrusions on the lid.
The body has two holes on opposite corner edges for opening. Gently lever off the lid with the supplied
cams taking care not to twist the lid excessively. The lid should be opened keeping it approximately
paralleled to the body at all times. If using a single lever, turn first one side a little, then the other a little,
and repeat again until the lid is opened. Remember to unscrew and pull out the pressure release plug all the
way first, otherwise the air pressure will resist attempts at opening. Lay the lid on a flat stable surface after
3.3 Special note on responsibility for watertight integrity: Each housing is
individually inspected and hydrostatically tested in the factory. The design of the piston
O-ring seal is among the most reliable in the industry and the watertight integrity is
excellent. This special O-ring design provides a perfect seal even if there is any
movement between the body and lid due to change of ambient pressure. However please
note that responsibility for ensuring the integrity of the watertight seal lies entirely with
the user. 10 BAR accepts no liability for damage to, or loss of any equipment used with,
or placed inside the housing.
The O-ring seal is the only barrier between the water outside and the air space
within the camera. It is an effective barrier only if the seal is properly maintained.
The O-ring seal should be inspected be fore every dive. The following information is
provided for your guidance in using and maintaining the O-ring seal.
3.4 Maintaining the O-ring Seal: If the main body to lid O-ring is not installed, install
the O-ring before diving. This is the only user serviceable O-ring. Its care and
maintenance is critical to the watertight integrity of the housing. The O-ring should be
replaced at the service interval (see section on service). If the O-ring is contaminated, or
not already installed, inspect grease and install the O-ring according to the following
3.5 Guidelines for inspection, cleaning and re-instillation of the O-ring
Tools: You will require a soft cotton cloth or bud, make sure these are free of all
chemicals or contamination such as loose fibers. You will also require the tube of silicone
grease supplied with the housing. Note other types of silicone grease specifically for use
with underwater camera equipment can usually also be used. It is advised to carry out the
following procedure on a firm clean level surface, e.g. at a table), to prevent skidding
especially useful to have when diving from a boat.
When to maintain the O-ring seal: Remove the O-ring periodically for inspection. It is
not necessary to remove, clean and re- install the O-ring after every dive provided the Oring did not become contaminated. As a rule of thumb set up the camera and housing
before a days diving. The housing may be required to be opened between dives, e.g. to
change film or re-charge batteries. Before opening, make sure the outside of the housing
is thoroughly toweled dry. After removing the lid and servicing the camera, replace the
lid straight away, rather than leaving it lying around. Before replacing the lid, make sure
that no contamination such as dus t, hair, salt, etc. has fallen onto the O-ring or O-ring
recess, as a precaution we recommend maintaining the O-ring every time the lid is
• Place the lid on a firm non-slip level surface.
• The O-ring can be extracted using an O-ring extractor tool (make sure the tool
has no sharp edges). Alternatively use the flats of the thumbs to gently stretch
the O-ring on two faces (as shown) thus making a small loop protruding a few
mm. The loop can then be grasped between finger and thumb, to pull the O-ring
over the lip.
• Clean the O-ring recess (the square groove where the O-ring sits) with a cotton
• Inspect the O-ring all the way round its surface for damage such as cuts tears or
contamination. This should be done visually and also by feeling the surface
texture between finger and thumb.
DISCARD IT IMMEDIATELY. A spare O-ring is supplied with your housing,
or a replacement O-ring can be obtained from 10 BAR. If the O-ring is
contaminated or suspected of being contaminated, clean it with a cotton cloth
that is free of all chemicals or contamination. After cleaning inspect the O-ring
• Once the O-ring has been inspected and verified fit for use, apply a SMALL
amount of silicone grease to the O-ring. The silicone grease must be evenly
distributed round the O-ring
• Replace the O-ring into the groove, run a finger round the O-ring, to make sure
it is snugly seated in the groove.
3.6 Mounting the camera in the housing: Remove the lens cap and wrist strap. Make
sure the camera lens to body orientation is in the LCD at top view extended position. The
pressure release plug is pulled out before inserting the camera. Attach the plastic slide
plate to the camera’s tripod mounting fixture with a coin, screw driver or the end of the
universal tool supplied. Take care not to excessively tighten the screw. Slide the camera
into the body along the guide rail inside the bezel. Make sure the camera body reach the
limit and test the function of the on/of button on the body of the housing. Note: If you
find that control levers do not locate properly with the buttons, please check again that
the camera is properly seated to the limit of the guide rail.
Replace the lid. Remember to ensure the pressure release plug is pulled
all the way out while closing, otherwise the air cannot escape. Squeeze the
lid closed all the way, you will hear the hiss of air being expelled.
Screw home the pressure release plug. There is no need to excessively
tighten this plug. The seal is made by internal O-rings. The O-ring on the
underside of the plug is just to keep out dirt.
After replacing the lid, make a final visual inspection of the main O-ring
for contamination.
Note: If the O-ring is in good contact, a thin black line, about 0.5-1mm in width
should be visible, where the O-ring is in contact with the lid. Follow this line all the
way round the edge of the seal, as a final check that the seal is good.
The housing is now ready for the dive.
4. Use & Care of Housing:
Pre Dive Function Check. Just before entering the water, make a habit of reviewing
that you have carried out the proper steps to close the housing. Most importantly
check that the housing is closed, and the pressure release plug screwed home. M ake
a visual check of the O-ring seal. It is also useful to switch on the camera, and check
that controls e.g. on/off, zoom, shutter functions operate normally. In case of
misalignment of the camera, simply open the case and correct the problem. Check
also the battery and film status on the LCD display.
General Operation. The control levers and push buttons consist of internal double
O-ring seals on a stainless steel shaft. This arrangement is very reliable, however as
a precaution, when operating the controls, avoid excessively rapid movements, as
this may distort the O-ring. Also please allow for the fact that the camera takes a
few seconds to power on. If the camera dose not appear to respond to a control
action, make sure that no other controls are pressing on the camera, i.e. locking out
further actions. Wear the wrist strap, it is easy to inadvertently let go of the housing,
especially if you are distracted.
Cleaning & Storage. The body & lid of the housing are made of polycarbonate.
Polycarbonate was selected for its outstanding strength stiffness, hardness and
toughness. As well as its crystal clear transparency and high surface gloss. It has
good resistance to weathering, although long term exposure to sunlight should be
avoided. Normal operating temperature range is 3°C to 36°C (Storage temperature:
-10°C to 50°C)
It is good practice to rinse off your housing with fresh water after every dive. Avoid
exposure to fine sand. After a series of 10 or more dives, e.g. after a dive holiday, it
is re commended to immerse the housing for 2-3 hours in warm water to dissolve any
salt deposits that may have built up. No chemical cleaners should be used. Mild
detergents e.g. shampoo and soap based cleaners are permitted.
Important, Polycarbonate may be harmed by some household chemicals, the housing
should never be exposed to the following classes of chemicals:
benzene, toluene, xylene, chlorinated hydrocarbons, methanol, any other solvents,
strong acids and bases.
For long term storage please remove the main body to lid O-ring.
Transportation. When transporting by air, please ensure the housing is not sealed,
to allow the air pressure to equalize. Either remove the O-ring (recommended), or
open the pressure release port (a spacer is provided to keep the pressure plug in the
open position, please make sure there is no bending of the plug while open).
Please protect the housing during transportation. It is recommended to remove the
handle, and shutter extension, and wrap the camera in foam or bubble wrap.
Accidents. The impact resistance of the housing is excellent. However after an
accident the alignment of the housing may have been damaged. Therefore in the
event of your housing suffering an impact force, e.g. being dropped, it is essential
you do not use the housing for diving. Please return the housing immediately for
service. Please put a note inside to indicate the nature of the accident, so that we can
assess the severity.
5. Service
To ensure the continued performance of your housing, it should be serviced every
year, or after every 200 dives. Please note the terms for servicing the housing posted
at our website. A full service will include:
Inspection of all components for wear or damage (report if repair necessary)
Cleaning of all sealing surfaces, and replacement of all O-ring seals.
Hydrostatic pressure test to 10 Bar.
Note: the replacement of damaged components (except replacement O-rings) may
require additional cost.
6. Warranty
The warranty is valid within two years from the date of first purchase. The
warranty applies only to the housing itself. 10 BAR does not accept any
liability either implicit or otherwise for any equipment housed inside, or
used together with the housing. In the event of the housing flooding within the
period of warranty, 10 BAR will repair or replace the housing. Please note that
disassembly of the housing will invalidate warranty. Please fill in the information
below, and return a copy to 10 Bar Underwater Housing at the address below, to
validate the warranty.
(Copy to be retained by user)
Housing Type :
Date of Purchase
Serial Number :
(engraved inside
Dealer :
Owners Name :
e-mail :
Owners Address:
Tel :
Fax :
Office & Showroom:
Shop B, 19-23 Ming Yuen Western Street, North Point, Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 2573 3228 Fax: (852) 2811 9180.
Email: [email protected] Web site: http//www.
Please keep this document for future reference
(Note: due to continuous improvement the latest model housing may differ slightly form those described in
this document)
(Copy to be returned to 10 Bar Underwater Housings)
The warranty is valid within two years from the date of first purchase. The
warranty applies only to the housing itself. 10 BAR does not accept any
liability either implicit or otherwise for any equipment housed inside, or
used together with the housing. In the event of the housing flooding within the
period of warranty, 10 BAR will repair or replace the housing. Please note that
disassembly of the housing will invalidate warranty. Please fill in the information
below, and return to us at the address below, to validate the warranty.
Housing Type :
Date of Purchase
Serial Number :
(engraved inside
Dealer :
Owners Name :
e-mail :
Owners Address:
Tel :
Fax :
Please return the Warranty to the following address:
Office & Showroom:
Shop B, 19-23 Ming Yuen Western Street, North Point, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2573 3228 Fax: (852) 2811 9180
Email: [email protected] Web site: http//www.
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