Instruction Manual Video Camera Housing for SONY® HDR

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Instruction Manual
Video Camera Housing for
SONY® HDR-XR200V/XR500V/XR520V
049-6218-001 Rev. 01
Before operating the unit, please read this manual carefully.
Keep it for future reference.
WARRANTY
All Amphibico products are covered against defects in material or workmanship
by a two year limited warranty from the date of purchase for consumer use. First
year- Parts & labour; Second year- Parts only. These same products when used
commercially will carry a 90-day warranty. No statutory warranty applies. Cameras
and or any other end user products housed in Amphibico housings are not covered
under this warranty and ANY WATER DAMAGE SUSTAINED DUE TO INSTALLATION ERROR OR FOR ANY OTHER REASON IS NOT THE RESPONSIBILITY
OF AMPHIBICO INC. Therefore the appropriate insurance should be maintained
by the user.
Subject to the terms and conditions specified hereunder, Amphibico Inc. agrees
to correct, either by repair or by replacement, any defect in material or workmanship which develops within the warranty period after delivery of the product to the
original purchaser.
Repair or replacement is provided in the event that investigation and factory inspection by Amphibico Inc. discloses that such a defect has developed under normal and proper use. No warranty is granted, unless otherwise specified, concerning components, accessories, or devices not manufactured by Amphibico Inc.
AMPHIBICO INC. SHALL BE RELEASED FROM ALL OBLIGATIONS UNDER
ITS WARRANTY IN THE EVENT REPAIRS OR MODIFICATIONS ARE MADE BY
PERSONNEL OTHER THAN ITS OWN OR AUTHORIZED (IN WRITING) SERVICE PERSONNEL.
Amphibico Inc., in its continued commitment to provide excellence in the field of
underwater imaging, reserves the right to change specifications at any time, without notice and without incurring any obligations to incorporate new features in
equipment previously sold.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Features..........................................................2
Specifications..........................................................3
Housing Features and Controls.......................................................4-5
Unpacking Your Housing..........................................................6
Preparing the Camera & Housing.....................................................7-11
Opening the housing...................................................7
Setting the camera...................................................7
Installing the saddle...................................................7
Placing the camera...................................................8
Rear LCD Monitor................................................8-9
Closing the housing...................................................9
Replacing the bayonet lens.................................................10
Installing accessories.................................................10
Water Entry..................................................11
Housing Camera & Operations...................................................12-15
Power ON / OFF..................................................12
Changing MODE..................................................12
Mode settings..................................................13
Zooming..................................................14
Focusing..................................................14
Simple “One Push” white balance..................................................15
Maintenance........................................................16
Servicing of O-rings........................................................17
Optional Accessories........................................................18
General Shooting Tips........................................................19
Warranty.........................................................20
CONDITIONS
Registration: The attached (warranty) card must be filled out and mailed to Amphibico Inc. within fourteen (14) days after retail purchase. You can also register
your product on line at the following secure web site “www.amphibico.com”. This
way your product will be recorded in our data base in case it gets lost or stolen.
It also allows us to contact you in the unlikely event that a safety notification is
required on your product.
Repairs: The unit must be returned freight prepaid to Amphibico Inc. The returned documents must show Serial N0. and be marked “ CANADIAN GOODS
RETURNED.” No returns will be accepted without Amphibico Inc return authorization number.
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FEATURES
Our new Dive Buddy EVO HD Elite2 for the Sony
HDR-XR200V/XR500V/XR520V AVCHD camcorders has
arrived!
Now equipped with metal electronic grips and one push white balance, everyone can
shoot High Definition images and take superior digital stills underwater!!
Good ergonomics and electronic controls equipped with superb optics is what the Dive
Buddy EVO HD offers you in a small compact housing.
Electronic controls:
The housing provides electronic controls on a newly designed marine grip.
- Record / Standby (Camera mode)
- Shutter (Photo mode)
- Zoom T & W with variable zoom speed
- Mode (Camera / Photo)
- Focus Lock
- Power ON / OFF
Five Electronic Push Button Controls on
Right grip :
- The trigger button will access the Record /
Standby function while in camera mode, and
the Shutter function while in Photo mode.
- Variable speed ZOOM-W & ZOOM-T engages the zoom function of the camera.
- The MODE button will switch the camera
from the CAMERA to the PHOTO mode.
- By pressing the FOCUS mode you will engage the Focus Lock, pushing it again will
bring the setting back to auto focus.
- Power ON / OFF: Press on the trigger
button to turn ON the unit and press again
while holding down the MODE button to turn
it OFF.
GENERAL SHOOTING TIPS
1. Best results will be obtained with natural light if the sun is directly overhead during calm
water periods.
2. Placing the sun behind your shoulder during shooting will produce the best colors.
3. Wide angle is the preferred focus setting for best results with subject, as close as possible to the housing. This will reduce the water column and the amount of particles between
subject and lens.
4. In PHOTO mode, images are going to be larger than those taken in CAMERA mode. This
is due to the fact that the camera uses more recordable surface of the CCD size and results
in vignetting. For good digital pictures, zoom in a bit to clear lens shade edges.
5. Zooming during shooting is not recommended unless absolutely necessary as telephoto
will magnify particles. Swimming toward subject is a much more visually pleasing filming
method.
6. Use image stabilizer if available on your camera when filming macro to minimize camera
movement during high magnification. Image stabilizer is not as critical while using wide angle
and will use battery power unnecessarily.
7. Buoyancy control is one of the most important aspects of underwater videography and
diving in general. Avoid disturbing bottom silt and contacting delicate reef structures. Work
on controlling your breathing and your buoyancy. Your video will be much more visually appealing. You are trying to make yourself a steady shooting platform. The less movement you
make , the better your video will be. Work on attaining a comfort zone underwater. The more
comfortable you are underwater, the more controlled your breathing will be and the steadier
your video will be.
8. In low light situations, add light with optional Amphibico video lights for brighter and more
vibrant colors. As light level falls so does color saturation. Lights will also provide necessary
fill during daylight shooting. If this technique is used, filtration of light using a color correction
filter will be necessary for accurate color rendition.
9. All the latest HD cameras automatically white balance at start-up. You can, at start-up,
point the video camera housing on your white balance slate for proper color correction.
The .55x wide angle lens is recommended
to complete this housing (sold separately).
Marine bayonet mounted lens system 0.55X
rectilinear fully coated amphibious conversion lens, vacuum-sealed for maximum antifog protection. Includes a square lens hood
complete with 3” x 4” filter slot 74° degree
angle of coverage top side, 67° coverage un-
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OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES
SPECIFICATIONS
Dive Buddy EVO HD
Optional Accessories
(See your retailer or visit our web site for more details & pricing)
-
Extra large carry case
Aluminium carry handle
Optics
- Bayonet mounted Flat Port
- Bayonet mounted .55x lens
- +1, +2, +4 Diopters
Marine Grade Aluminium Construction
Fully anodized with a hard coat of polyurethane paint
All hardware is marine grade brass and stainless steel
Marine bayonet mounted lens system (optics not included).
Internal Flip filter with a UR Pro Blue Water Filter installed
External Hydrophone* to pick up high frequency sounds, such as whales and dolphins
Rear 3.5” LCD Viewfinder
Accessory ports
* N/A for HDR-XR200V model
Weight of unit (w/o lead ballasts):
Light
- 10 Watt Arc Light “HID Technology” with mounting arm
- Self-Contained 35/50 Watt HID Arc Light with Aluminium Arm.
- On land: 11 lbs. (4.95kg) fully loaded w/camera battery and lens.
- In seawater: 15-oz (425g) negative buoyancy
Dimensions :
Filters
- UR PRO Blue Water 3”X 4” plastic Filter (fits on Flat Port & .55X lens)
- UR PRO Blue Water 52mm
- UR PRO Green Water 52mm
- Length 12” (305mm)
- Width 10.5” (267mm)
- Height 6.5” (165mm)
Measurements includes lens and grips
Extended warranty programs available
Operating depth :
Each unit is pressure tested to 330ft (100m)
Accessories included :
-
Camera Saddle
Internal Filter Ring with a 52mm UR Pro Blue Water Filter
O-ring kit
Instruction manual
LCD Monitor :
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Display size: 3.5”
DOT format: 480 x 234
Contrast ratio: 150:1
Brightness: 200 nits
Input signal: Composite, NTSC/PAL (auto switch)
Operating temperature: 0° ~ 60°C
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HOUSING FEATURES & CONTROLS
SERVICING OF O-RINGS
1. O-rings and sealing surface should be lightly lubricated with silicon lubricant on a regular
basis. This is not necessary after every dive; every tenth dive during regular heavy use is
sufficient. This should always be done before storing the housing and before a first dive after
taking the housing out of storage.
2. It is important never to use a sharp instrument when removing an o-ring as this may
cause damage to the o-ring or the o-ring groove. A hairpin or a credit card works well.
3. The removed o-ring should be examined for damage. Check to make sure that the o-ring
is free from nicks and cuts and that it retains its original round profile. O-rings that appear to
be damaged should be discarded immediately and replaced with new o-rings.
4. Rinse the o-ring with freshwater and dry it with a clean lint free cloth.
5. Clean the o-ring grooves (where the o-rings sit) with a Q-tip. Be sure to remove any lint
the Q-tip may leave behind. Inspect the groove for damage.
6. Wipe the part of the housing that the o-ring seals against with a clean lint free cloth.
7. Re-grease the o-rings with a thin layer of silicon grease until it appears to be smooth and
shiny. Do not over grease it - use just enough grease so that the o-ring will pull smoothly
through your fingers. Excessive amounts will only attract dirt to the o-ring.
8. Replace o-rings in their proper position on the lens assembly and on the main door seal.
9. We recommend that you send your housing to a service centre for an overall O-ring
replacement at least once a year.
1. Bayonet mounted lens (not included)
2. Incorporated T-brackets
3. Carry handle dove tail
4. Right electronic grip
5. Right grip support
6. External hydrophone (N/A for HDR-XR200V model)
7. Color correction flip filter lever
8. Accessory port (may not appear on all models)
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HOUSING FEATURES & CONTROLS
MAINTENANCE
WARNING: DO NOT leave the housing exposed to direct sunshine, as extreme heat
condition can be detrimental to certain of its components.
1. Keep housing and O-rings away from direct sunlight. Always store unit when possible
away from direct sunlight as this can dry out and crack O-rings in the housing. Ultraviolet rays
can damage plastics, paint and O-rings.
2. Always rinse or soak closed housing in fresh water for 10 to 15 minutes after every use.
Reach into freshwater and operate all controls to clear salt water. Do not use solvents to
clean unit. If preferred, use mild detergent and clean fresh water.
3. Fasteners that are removable should occasionally have the threads lubricated with silicon
grease.
4. Rinse clean and remove water spots from external filters and lens surface after every
dive or water spots may build up and become impossible to remove. Dry gently with a soft,
lint-free cloth.
5. Inspect housing’s rear door main O-ring seals (double seals) before every dive. Make
sure that there are no cracks or misalignment in the O-ring channel and that no debris is
caught on the O-rings.
6. During storage or transit:
1. Remove the batteries to prevent accidental discharge.
2. Leave rear door ajar on unit to prevent damage due to extreme high pressure.
9. 3.5” Color LCD viewfinder
10. Left grip
11. Status / wet alarm LED
12. Right electronic grip
13. Right grip support
14. Safety latch
15. Accessory port
16. One Push white balance
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UNPACKING YOUR HOUSING
Simple “One Push” white balance
Before unpacking your housing kit, inspect the shipping box as well as all contents
for damage during shipping. If damage has occurred, please contact the shipping
company immediately.
When your camera is set to One Push white
) located
balance, you can use the button (
on the left side of the housing to manualy set
the white balance. This button is connected to
a lever located inside the housing which gently
touches the One Push white balance button
on LCD monitor.
Every Amphibico Housing is pressure tested prior to shipping. However, damage may
have occurred during shipping. It is strongly recommended to test dive the housing
once without camcorder installed to insure the housing is water tight.
(with exceptions)
This instruction manual assumes that the user is already familiar with the SONY®
HDR-XR200V/XR500V/XR520V camcorder. If not, please read instruction manuals
thoroughly before beginning to use the housing.
Your Dive Buddy EVO HD housing comes to you as follows:
A) Marine Housing
B) .55x lens (shown as reference only) sold separately.
C) Removable / lockable camera saddle (shipped mounted into
position in the housing
Exceptions:
Due to the way the camera’s software is programmed,
The following exceptions will apply when using the “One Push” white balance.
- The “One Push” white balance function will be completely disabled if the camera is turned
OFF underwater or if the MODE is changed. You must reset the camera as described on
page 7 to re-enable the “One Push” white balance function.
- The Focus Lock function will not work. To activate this function, you simply have to change
modes or turn OFF and turn back ON the camera.
D) Protective cover for the lens
E) O-ring kit with container of silicone grease
F)
Instruction manual and warranty card
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Zooming
PREPARING CAMERA & HOUSING
Opening the Housing
Zoom functions have variable speeds. Pressing on the trigger button while zooming will
accelerate the zoom.
1. Sit the housing on a flat surface. Press and rotate the rear door latch counter clockwise
until the door is open.
Zoom-W - For most users, shooting in wide
Angle is a safer way to achieve good quality
images. Shooting in wide angle means better
control on the subject and steadier images.
Zoom-T - Zooming while shooting underwater
may result in bouncing images if you are not
steady with the housing. Zooming in with the
camera housing will give you sharp images
until you reach a certain focal point past the
half zooming distance. For macro shoot you
must get closer to your subject and shoot wide
angle.
a
2. Removing the saddle:
Push the saddle locking latch a
inwards to release the saddle from
the housing. Once released, slide
the saddle out the housing b .
b
Setting the camera
Focusing (Focus Lock)
Normally focus is adjusted automatically. FOCUS button will activate or deactivate the Focus Lock function on the camera. Focus Lock
can be used to fix the focus on the main subject*. This features prevents the focus from
switching to other subjects such as particles or
fish swimming in front of the camera housing.
The indicator will appear on the screen when
the Focus Lock is activated.
* The Focus Lock will focus on the subject
found in the middle of the viewfinder. When
composing a picture, the main subject may
need to be located off center. The following
steps describes a method on how to achieve
this.
a) Position the main subject in the middle of
the viewfinder.
b) Press on the FOCUS button to lock the focus on the main subject.
c) Move the main subject to a desired location
within the viewfinder.
1. Put a fully charged battery in the camera.
(Up to SONY® NP-FH100)
2. Set FLASH to “ NO FLASH”
3. Set the STD/LOW LUX/NIGHTSHOT switch to
LOW LUX to get brighter images underwater.
4. In order to use the One Push white balance feature, you must set the camcorder’s LCD monitor to
display the One Push white balance symbol (
)
as shown and flip the monitor to face outwards up
against the camcorder’s body. Do not forget to set
the “DISP OUTPUT” in the menu to “LCD PANEL” to
avoid seeing the same displayed information on the
rear monitor.
Installing the saddle
1. Attach the saddle adapter to the camcorder
by inserting its mounting screw into the rear
tripod receptacle of the camcorder.
2. Place the camcorder over the saddle and
secured by tightening the saddle’s mounting
screw onto the saddle adapter.
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Tripod Receptacle
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Saddle Adapter
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PREPARING CAMERA & HOUSING
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MODE SETTINGS
Placing the camera into the housing
1. Connect the A/V remote cable from the rear monitor inside the housing to the A/V remote jack of the
camera.
2. Engage the camera with saddle into the housing,
connect the hydrophone cable* from inside the housing to the microphone jack of the camera . Loop back
the cable towards you and engage the camera further
into the housing.
3. Slide the camera with saddle completely inside the
housing until the locking latch is engaged.
4. Turn ON the camera by pulling out its viewfinder or
by opening and flipping its LCD screen.
Camera Mode (Default)
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Press on the trigger button to start recording. The CAM indicator light will start flashing
green when recording. Pressing again on the trigger button will put the camera back on
standby and the CAM indicator light will go back to a steady green.
Photo Mode
Use the Mode button to switch from Camera mode to Photo mode. The CAM indicator light
will turn off and the PHOTO indicator light will turn on steady green. The trigger button acts
as the shutter button.
* N/A for HDR-XR200V model
Rear LCD Monitor
Its is recommended to place four fresh “AA”
batteries into the battery holder before every
dive.
Operating limit: Typical alkaline batteries will
produce up to 30 minutes of continuous use.
Nickel metal hydride batteries (Ni-MH) will
produce up to 150 minutes and non chargeable lithium batteries, on the other hand, will
produce over 4 hours of continuous use!
The “LOW BATT.” indicator starts to flash red
once the batteries have reached their operating limit. A steady red color indicates that the
batteries need to be replaced.
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HOUSING CAMERA & OPERATION
At this point, you should be underwater going down chasing your subject and looking
for the best video shot. The Dive Buddy EVO HD housing offers a large range of functions like Zoom, record / standby, photo & camera modes and focus capabilities. This
chapter will explain you how to use these functions as efficient as possible.
Rear LCD Monitor (continued)
Settings for the rear LCD monitor are located
on the inside of the rear bulkhead and are
described as follows:
CONT.
To adjust the contrast
COLOR To adjust color saturation
BRIGHT. To adjust the brightness
WARNING:
Power ON / OFF
IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMOVE BATTERIES
FROM BATTERY HOLDER AFTER EVERY
USE. FAILURE TO DO SO MAY DRAIN
THE BATTERIES OVER TIME AND CAUSE
SEVERE DAMAGE TO THE UNIT.
1. Pressing on the trigger button will turn the
unit ON. The camera will automatically turn
ON and the CAM indicator will light up steady
green meaning that the system is ready to operate. You can also confirm this by seeing the
image appear through the rear viewfinder.
Closing the housing
2. To turn the unit OFF, simply press on the
trigger button while holding the MODE button
depressed. The opportunity to turn OFF the
unit underwater will allow you save on battery
power.
1. While the housing is open, inspect the two O-rings and the sealing surface for dirt and
debris. If necessary, clean them with a lint free tissue. Make sure that the two O-rings and the
sealing surface are clean. Then apply a small amount of lubricant to the O-rings.
NOTE: If you have to change your O-rings,
make sure you are using the o-rings provided
with the package. Using different o-rings than
those in the O-ring kit may cause the housing
to leak and result in damage.
Silicone grease provided
with the o-ring kit.
Changing Mode
Depressing the Mode button will allow you to
switch the camera to he CAMERA (default) or
PHOTO mode. You will find on the next page
an explanation of these two different modes.
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2. Make sure the camera and the cables don’t block the sealing surface. If cables get
pinched, the system might be intermittent or not functioning at all. Once the camera is completely in and the saddle is locked, engage the latch by turning it clockwise.
3. Make sure the o-rings are well placed before locking the latch. Turn the latch until a positive click is felt.
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Replacing the bayonet lens
Water Entry
1. To remove the lens, push and hold the button on the lower right of the front bulkhead and
then turn counter clockwise until the lugs are
free from the bayonet ring. Pull gently on the
lens to release it.
2. Remove the rear cover from the new bayonet mounted lens and place it on the previously installed lens for safe keeping. Make sure
the seals on the bottom part of the lens are
clean and free from dust and debris.
3. Put a small amount of lubricant on the oring seals and the sealing surface of the housing.
4. Line up the bayonet lug marked by a hole
with the printed dot on the front bulkhead of
the housing. Push the lens all the way until
it sits on the bayonet ring and turn clockwise.
You will hear a positive click and the lens will
lock into place.
1. Always make sure that the electronics of the housing is ON before entering the water.
To turn it ON, use the trigger button. This is confirmed by the CAM indicator light turning on
steady green. The camera viewfinder will also turn ON.
Doing step 1 will activate the built-in moisture alarm sensor located in the bottom of the
housing.
IMPORTANT
Both indicator lights will start flashing
RED if water leakage occurs into the housing unit. Remove from water as soon as
possible, take the camera out of the housing and inspect all seals and the inside of
the housing. ALWAYS REMEMBER DIVER
SAFETY FIRST.
2. Lower the housing just below the water
surface in level position and hold for one
minute to confirm there is no leakage in the
housing.
Never leap into the water while holding the
housing. Always have the housing handed
to you or lowered down once you are in the
water.
3. Point the lens of the housing upwards and
shake off any air bubbles. It may also be necessary to gently wipe the lens with your finger
to remove bubbles.
Installing Accessories
All of the Amphibico housings are provided
with brackets where optional accessories can
be mounted. On the Dive Buddy EVO HD
housing, these brackets have been machined
directly on the body. In fact, two T-brackets
are incorporated to it. A third one, which is basically done to accommodate the carry handle,
is located on top of the body. Some of these
accessories require communication with the
camera’s electronics. Waterproof connectors
need to be installed on the housing to allow
information such as video or audio to travel
through the electronics.
Buoyancy and Balance
Adding accessories to the housing may make
it heavier or off balance in the water. Ballasts
located on the bottom of the housing can be
adjusted or removed to adjust balance and
buoyancy of the housing.
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