MPMan PC20 Owner's manual

MPMan PC20 Owner's manual
PC 20
Mini Digital Camcorder
Instruction Manual
Please read this manual carefully before operation
Table of Contents
English
Package Contents............................................4
Overview..............................................................5
Unit Overview.................................................................... 5
Display Overview............................................................. 6
Getting Started..................................................8
Installing the Batteries..................................................... 8
Inserting a Memory Card................................................ 9
Basic Operation...............................................10
Turning the Digital Video Camera On/Off.......................... 10
Camera Modes....................................................................... 10
Video Mode.................................................................... 10
Photo Mode.....................................................................12
Playback.............................................................14
Video Playback........................................................................14
Image Playback.......................................................................14
Thumbnail View...............................................................15
Menu Options....................................................16
Video Mode Menu..........................................................16
Photo Mode Menu..........................................................17
Playback Mode Menu....................................................19
Setup Menu..................................................................... 20
Managing Files................................................23
Managing Files on the Video Camera................................ 23
Lock Files.......................................................................... 23
Delete Files...................................................................... 23
Transferring Files to a Computer........................................... 24
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Connecting to a TV........................................25
Additional Features........................................26
Using Your Digital Video Camera as a Webcam...... 26
Troubleshooting.............................................28
Specifications..................................................30
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Table of Contents
Package Contents
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Thank you for purchasing this PC20 Mini Digital Video
Camera. Please read these instructions before using your
camcorder, and retain them for future reference. This package includes:
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PC20 digital video camera
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AV cable
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USB cable
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Installation CD
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Detachable hand strap
Should any of the above items be missing, please contact the
dealer from whom you purchased this product.
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Overview
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Unit Overview
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Overview
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Left View
1.
Strap hole
2.
SD Card slot
Front View
3.
LCD display
4.
LED indicator
5.
UP/Zoom in button
6.
MODE button
<MODE>
7.
LEFT button
<LEFT>
8.
Press the button to change the
recording quality in Vidoe or
Photo mode.
< DISP >
MENU button
<MENU>
10. RIGHT button
<RIGHT>
9.
11. OK button
<UP>
<OK>
12. DELETE button
<DELETE>
13. DOWN button
<DOWN>
Right View
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14. Power button
Press and hold the button to
power the camera on/off.
<POWER>
Back View
15. Camera LENS
16. Microphone
17. Speakers
18. Reset Button
<RESET>
Bottom View
19. AV Out
20. USB Port
Connect to a computer to transfer files to the
computer.
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Overview
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Display Overview
Video Mode
Metering
Center
Multi
Spot
White balance indicator
Auto Auto
Daylight
Cloudy
Fluorescent
Tungsten
Movie Size
640
AUTO
320
00 : 06 : 12
320
640 x 480
320 x 240
Video mode
Memory
capacity
Battery level
indicator
Full
Half
Low
Memory
card insert
Capture Mode
EV Value
Metering
Center
Multi
Spot
AUTO
Photo Mode
Battery level
indicator
Full
Half
Low
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Please read and complete the following steps to begin using
your digital video camera.
Charging the Battery
Your camera has an integrated rechargeable battery. Upon
initial use, the battery should be charged fully to ensure
optimal performance and battery life.
If the camera has not been used in a while, the battery may
need to be recharged.
Upon initial use, the battery should be charged fully
(8 hours) to ensure optimal performance and battery
life.
The battery used in this device may present a fire
or chemical burn if mistreated. Do not disassemble,
incinerate, or heat the battery. Do not leave the battery in a place subject to direct sunlight, or in a car
with its windows closed.
Do not connect the camera to a power source other
than that which is indicated here or on the label as
this may result in the risk of fire or electric shock.
Inserting a Memory Card
Use an SD/SDHC memory card to expand your digital video
camera’s available memory. The PC20 can accommodate
memory cards of up to 16GB. Install a memory card by inserting it gently into the SD card slot on the leftside of the video
camera.
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Getting Started
Getting Started
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To remove the memory card, press it further into the card slot
and then release. The card should automatically eject from
the slot. Grasp it by the edge and pull gently to fully remove
To avoid data corruption, turn off the digital video camera
before inserting or removing a memory card.
Do not attempt to place any object other than an SD
memory card into the SD card slot. A compatible memory
card should slide easily into the SD card slot; if you encounter resistance, do not attempt to force the card in.
For information on formatting a memory card, please see
the Setup Menu section of this manual.
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Basic Operation
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To turn the camera on, press and hold the
<POWER> button until the screen turns on.
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To turn the camera off, press and hold the
<POWER> button until the screen turns off.
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Turning the Digital Video Camera On/Off
Camera Modes
Your digital video camera includes three modes. Press the
<MODE> button to toggle between them.
Icon
Function
Video Mode: Record video clips
Photo Mode: Capture still images
Playback Mode: Review video and image files
Video Mode
When you turn on your digital video camera, it will automatically enter Video Mode. To record video:
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Press the <OK> button to begin recording.
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Press the <OK> button again to stop and save the
recording.
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Basic Operation
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During recording, the total elapsed recording time is displayed in the upper righthand corner of the LCD screen.
When the camera is in video mode and not recording, the
estimated available recording time will be displayed in
the upper righhand corner.
Recording will stop automatically when the memory card
is full.
Zoom
Use the <UP> or <DOWN> button to effect the camera’s
digital zoom function.
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Press <UP> to zoom in, down to zoom out.
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The magnification value will appear in the bottom
righthand corner of the LCD screen.
Movie Size
Your video camera records at a default movie size of 640x480
pixels. To maximize the camera’s available memory, you may
wish to record video at a lower resolution. To change the
movie size, press < DISP >. The movie size will be displayed at
the top of the LCD screen as 640 (default size) or 320 (smaller
size).
If you wish to use this function, you must adjust the film
size before you begin recording. You cannot change the
film size mid-recording.
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Basic Operation
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Turn on the video camera and press the <MODE> button to enter Photo Mode.
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Hold the camera steady, then press the <OK> button to
take a picture.
After you take a picture, the estimated number of pictures
remaining on the camera memory or memory card will be
displayed in the upper righthand corner of the LCD screen.
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Photo Mode
Playback
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To review your video or image files, press the <MODE>
button to select Playback Mode. The most recently recorded
video or image file will appear on the LCD screen.
Video Playback
After setting the video camera to Playback Mode, press the
<LEFT> or <RIGHT> button to scroll through the available
files. Video files are indicated by the [
] icon on the upright corner of the LCD screen.
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When the desired video clip appears on screen, press
the <OK> button to begin playback.
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To pause playback, press the <OK> button. Press it
again to resume playback.
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To fast forward through the video file, press and
hold the <RIGHT> button.
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To rewind through the video file, press and hold
the <LEFT> button.
To stop playback, press the <MENU> button.
Image Playback
After setting the video camera to Playback Mode, press the
<LEFT> or <RIGHT> button to scroll through the available
files.
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To zoom out on an image, press the <UP> button.
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When the image is displayed at your desired zoom
setting, press the <OK> button to lock the zoom ratio
in place. You may then press <LEFT>, <RIGHT>, <UP>, or
<DOWN> to pan back and forth (or up and down) across
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Playback
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To return the image to full screen view, press the MENU
button.
Thumbnail View
To view thumbnail images of all available files, press < DISP >.
The screen will display files in thumbnail mode.
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Press <LEFT>, <RIGHT>, <UP>, or <DOWN>to select your
desired file.
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Press the <OK> button to view the selected file in full
screen.
The video files will be indicated with a symbol <
the left-down corner of the thumbnail image.
> at
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the picture.
Menu Options
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You can access a variety of additional options by pressing the
<MENU> button in Video, Photo, or Playback Mode.
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Press <UP> or <DOWN> to move the selection up or
down.
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Press <OK> to confirm a selection.
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Press <LEFT> or <MENU> to back to the previous screen.
Check below for details on menu options.
Video Mode Menu
Item
Movie Size
Description
Choose a film size (640x480 pixels/320X240
pixels.) Select the smaller film size to maximize
your available recording time.
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Frame Rate
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For alternate means of setting the movie size,
please read the Video Mode section of this
manual’s Basic Operation chapter.
Choose a frame rate option (High/Low). Select
the Low frame rate to maximize your available
recording time.
Item
Description
Metering
Adjust the exposure of the image by designating
a reference area within the frame. Options
include:
Center: The exposure will be calculated based on
light in the central area of the frame. This option
is suitable for general use.
Multi: The exposure will be calculated based on
the average light throughout the frame.
Spot: The exposure will be calculated based on
the light in the very center of the frame.
White Balance
Adjust the white balance to current light
conditions. Options include: Auto, Daylight,
Cloudy, Fluorescent, or Tungsten.
Photo Mode Menu
Item
Resulution
Description
Select the image resolution. Options include:
[5M] 2592x1944, [3M] 2048x1536,
[1M]1280x960, [VGA] 640X480
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Quality
A lower image resolution will result in a smaller
file size.
Select the image quality (Fine, Super Fine, or
Normal.) A lower image quality will result in a
smaller file size.
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Menu Options
Menu Options
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Item
Description
Metering
Adjust the exposure of the image by designating
a reference area within the frame. Options
include:
Center: The exposure will be calculated based on
light in the central area of the frame. This option
is suitable for general use.
Multi: The exposure will be calculated based on
the average light throughout the frame.
Spot: The exposure will be calculated based on
the light in the very center of the frame.
White Balance
Adjust the white balance to current light
conditions. Options include: Auto, Daylight,
Cloudy, Fluorescent, or Tungsten.
Exposure
Set the exposure value manually to compensate
for unusual lighting conditions such as indirect
indoor lighting, dark backgrounds, or strong
backlighting. The exposure value range is –1.3
to 1.3.
Driver Mode
Set the self-timer mode.
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Effect
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For alternate means of setting the self-timer,
please read the Photo Mode section of this
manual’s Basic Operation chapter.
Set the image effect, the settings are: Normal,
B&W, Sepia, Negative, Red, Green, and Blue.
Item
Date Stamp
Description
This function can be used to add a date or date/
time stamp to your pictures as you take them.
Options include:
Off: No date/time data displayed.
Date: Date is displayed.
Date & Time: Date and time are displayed.
Playback Mode Menu
Item
Description
Lock
Lock files to protect them from accidental
deletion. A locked file cannot be deleted. Options
include:
Lock/Unlock One: Lock/Unlock current file.
Lock All: Lock all files.
Unlock All: Unlock all files.
Delete
Delete files from the video camera. Options
include:
One: Delete current file.
All: Delete all files.
• The “All” option will not delete locked files.
Slide Show
Set slideshow options and view your files in
slideshow mode. For more information, please
refer to the Additional Image Playback Options
section of this manual’s Playback chapter.
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Menu Options
Menu Options
English
Item
Effect
Description
Change the image effect, the settings are: B&W,
Sepia, Negative, Red, Green, Blue, Binarize,
Sunset, Warm, Cold, and Contrast.
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Press <UP> or <DOWN> to select a setting.
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Press <OK> to confirm and save it as a new
image.
Rotate
Rotate an image file in increments of 90º. For
more information, please refer to the Additional
Image Playback Options section of this manual’s
Playback chapter.
Resize
Resize an image file. For more information, please
refer to the Additional Image Playback Options
section of this manual’s Playback chapter.
Start-up Image
Set a favorite image to display on the video
camera’s LCD screen when the camera is turned
on. For more information, please refer to the
Additional Image Playback Options section of this
manual’s Playback chapter.
Setup Menu
The Setup Menu is designated by the [
] icon and can be
accessed from any one of your digital video camera’s operating modes. Press the <MENU> button, then press <LEFT> or
<RIGHT> to begin accessing the setup menu.
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Item
Description
Sounds
Change or disable the sounds associated with your
camera’s functions. Options include:
Shutter: Turn the shutter sound On/Off.
Start-up: Select a start-up sound (None, 1, 2, or 3.)
Beep: Turn the operating sound On/Off.
Volume: Adjust the sound volume.
Auto Review
Adjust the time that a captured image remains
on-screen. Options include Off (no auto-review),
1 second, or 3 seconds.
Power frequency
Set the frequency to either 50Hz or 60Hz
depending on your region. (Europe frequency is
50Hz.)
Power save
To preserve battery power, your digital video
camera will shut off automatically after a set
period of time when not in use. You may set the
automatic shutdown to occur after 1, 3, or 5
minutes.
Date Time
Set the internal date and time.
Language
Set the language that the on-screen menus appear in.
TV Out
Set this option to either NTSC or PAL depending
on your region.
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Menu Options
Menu Options
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Item
Description
USB
Set this option to use your digital camera as a PC
camera or removable disk. Options include:
PCCAM: Use as a PC camera;
MSDC: Use as a removable disk.
Start-up Image
Select an image to display on your video camera’s
LCD screen immediately upon startup. Options
include:
Off: No start-up image.
System: Use the default image as the start-up image.
My image: Use your selected image as the startup image.
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To enable the “My image” option, you must
have already selected a start-up image using
the Playback Mode menu. Please refer to the
the Additional Image Playback Options section
of this manual’s Playback chapter for more
information.
Format
Select this option to format your video camera’s
internal memory or an inserted memory card.
NOTE: Performing this function will delete all data
on your video camera and/or memory card.
Reset All
Select this option to format your video camera’s
internal memory or an inserted memory card.
NOTE: Performing this function will delete all data
on your video camera and/or memory card.
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Managing Files on the Video Camera
Lock Files
After you have taken a video clip or still image, you may wish
to lock the file/s to protect them from accidental deletion. To
lock your file(s):
1.
In Playback Mode, press the <MENU> button.
2.
Press <UP> or <DOWN> to select and enter the “Lock”
menu.
3.
Press <UP> or <DOWN> to move the selection up or
down.
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Lock/Unlock One: To lock/unlock the current file.
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Lock All: To lock all files.
——
Unlock All: To unlock all files.
Delete Files
To delete files from the video camera:
1.
In Playback Mode, press the <MENU> button.
2.
Press <UP> or <DOWN> to select and enter the “Lock”
menu.
3.
Press <UP> or <DOWN> to move the selection up or down.
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One: To delete the current file.
——
All: To delete all files.
Selecting the “All” option will not delete locked files.
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Managing Files
Managing Files
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Transferring Files to a Computer
Connect your digital video camera to a computer to transfer
files from the camera onto your hard drive.
1.
Power on your video camera. In the Setup Menu, set
the USB Mode to “MSDC”. (Please see the Menu Options
section for additional information.)
2.
Connect one end of the supplied USB cable to the USB
port on your digital video camera. Connect the other
end to your computer.
3.
Your computer should automatically recognize the
video camera as a removable disk. Follow the prompt
on your screen to view files on the camera. If no prompt
appears, you may access the camera via “My Computer”
or Windows Explorer.
4.
Copy and paste files from the camera to your computer
as you would with any external disk.
If you wish to transfer files from an SD card, you may leave
the SD card in the card slot and connect the camera directly to your computer. Your computer will recognize the
inserted SD card as an external drive. Or, remove the SD
card and insert it directly into your computer’s card reader
to transfer files.
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If you are using an SD card and wish to access files on your
camera’s internal memory, you must remove the SD card
before connecting the camera to your computer. If an SD
card is present, your computer will not recognize files that
are stored directly on the camera.
To view your video and image files on a bigger screen, use
the included cable to connect your digital video camera to a
television.
1.
2.
Power on the video camera and place it in the desired
mode.
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Select Video Mode if you want to use your television to preview content as you record it.
——
Select Playback Mode if you want to review the
video and/or image files you have already taken.
Plug in the supplied AV cable to your video camera’s AV
Out jack.
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Your camera’s LCD screen will go dark when the
AV cable is connected.
3.
Connect the other end of the AV cable to the input jack
on your television. For additional assistance, please see
your television’s instruction manual.
4.
Set your television’s source mode to “AV”. The television
screen will now act as a display for your digital video
camera.
5.
Use the video camera’s controls to preview your
recording and/or play back image and video files on
your television.
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Connecting to a TV
Additional Features
English
Your digital video camera comes with an installation CD
which includes software for enabling your video camera’s
use as a webcam. To begin installing software, insert the CD
into your computer’s CD drive.
Using Your Digital Video Camera as a Webcam
You must install the corresponding driver before attempting
to use your digital video camera as a webcam. Double click
“SPCA1528_V2250_WHQL_MultLan.exe”, then follow the onscreen instructions to complete installation.
After you have installed the driver, you may connect your
video camera to your computer for use as a webcam. To
access this function:
1.
Power on your video camera.
2.
Press the <MENU> button and access the Setup Menu.
3.
Select and confirm “USB”.
4.
Press <UP> or <DOWN> to select the “PCCAM” and
press <OK> to confirm.
5.
Using the supplied USB cable, connect your video
camera to the USB port on your computer.
6.
Double click the Amcap shortcut on your desktop to
start the software, then your video camera will ready for
use as a webcam with most chat and videoconferencing
clients.
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Or you can start the software under your
computer’s Start menu, access Program Files à
SPCA1528 PC Driver à Amcap.
Additional Features
If you are using the webcam feature and wish to preview or
capture video directly, you can do so using the software. To
begin:
1.
Click “Options” and select “Preview” from the dropdown menu. A window will appear that shows the live
feed from your video camera.
2.
Use the other options to capture video or change the
webcam settings on your video camera. For more
information, click the Amcap program “Help” menu.
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Additional Options
Troubleshooting
English
If you have a problem with this device, please read the
troubleshooting guide below.
Camera does not power on.
•
Check that the batteries have adequate charge. If the
batteries are old or do not have adequate charge,
replace the batteries.
The camera does not take pictures/video.
•
The camera’s memory or memory card may be full.
Delete several files and try again.
•
An incompatible memory card may be inserted. Check
that the memory card is in a compatible format.
•
If the memory card has not been formatted, use
the camera’s Format function to clear data from the
memory card.
Image is blurry or out of focus.
•
Blurry images or video may result when the camera
is not held steady during recording. Hold the camera
steady and try again.
Memory card images are not displayed on the LCD
screen.
•
This camera will only display JPG images that have
filenames in the following format: SUNP####.jpg. If you
have inserted a memory card containing images in another format or filename structure, they will not display.
Check the format of the images on your memory card.
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Troubleshooting
•
Images will not save if the camera is turned off before
data has finished processing. Be sure to allow adequate
time for the image to save completely before turning
off the video camera.
I cannot access the pictures on my camera or memory
card from my computer.
•
Ensure that the camera’s USB mode is set to MSDC. (See
the Menu Options section for more information.)
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Recorded images are not saved in memory.
Specifications
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Display Type
Image Sensor
Video Resolution
Zoom
Photo Resolution
Memory
Removable Memory Support
Key Functions
Other Features
Video Format
Photo Format
PC Interface Support
AV Output
Power
2.0” color TFT LCD
3MP CMOS (2048 x 1536)
VGA (640 x 480) @ 30fps, QVGA (320 x
240) @ 30fps
4x Digital
2592X1944 (5M by software
interpolation)
2048 X 1536 (3M)
1024 X 768 (1M)
640X480 (VGA)
32MB Flash
SD/SDHC (up to 16GB)
Digital Video Recorder, Image Capture
(Camera)
PC Camera
AVI file, codec: Motion JPEG
JPEG
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
3.5mm Composite Video and Mono
Audio
Integrated Rechargeable Battery
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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