Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ15 Camera User Guide

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Operating Instructions

Digital Camera

Model No.

DMC-FZ15P

Before use, please read these instructions completely.

For USA assistance, please call: 1-800-272-7033 or send e-mail to : [email protected]

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Before Use

Dear Customer,

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for purchasing this Panasonic

Digital Camera. Please read these

Operating Instructions carefully and keep them handy for future reference.

Before Use

Carefully observe copyright laws.

Recording of pre-recorded tapes or disks or other published or broadcast material for purposes other than your own private use may infringe copyright laws. Even for the purpose of private use, recording of certain material may be restricted.

Information for Your

Safety

WARNING

TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR

SHOCK HAZARD AND ANNOYING

INTERFERENCE, USE ONLY THE

RECOMMENDED ACCESSORIES

AND DO NOT EXPOSE THIS

EQUIPMENT TO RAIN OR

MOISTURE. DO NOT REMOVE THE

COVER (OR BACK); THERE ARE NO

USER SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE.

REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED

SERVICE PERSONNEL.

• Please note that the actual controls and components, menu items, etc. of your

Digital Camera may look somewhat different from those shown in the illustrations in these Operating

Instructions.

• SD Logo is a trademark.

• Other names, company names, and product names printed in these instructions are trademarks or registered trademarks of the companies concerned.

THE SOCKET OUTLET SHALL BE

INSTALLED NEAR THE EQUIPMENT

AND SHALL BE EASILY ACCESSIBLE.

Notice:

This product has parts that contain a small amount of mercury. It also contains lead in some components.

Disposal of these materials may be regulated in your community due to environmental considerations. For disposal or recycling information please contact your local authorities, or the

Electronics Industries Alliance:

<http://www.eiae.org.>

CAUTION

Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer.

Dispose of used batteries according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

R B R C

L i - i o n

T M

A lithium ion/polymer battery that is recyclable powers the product you have purchased. Please call 1-800-8-BATTERY for information on how to recycle this battery.

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Before Use

FCC Note: (U.S. only)

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a

Class B digital device, pursuant to Part

15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.

However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.

• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.

• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.

• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

FCC Caution: To assure continued compliance, follow the attached installation instructions and use only shielded interface cables with ferrite core when connecting to computer or peripheral devices.

Any changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate this equipment.

Trade Name:

Model No.:

Panasonic

DMC-FZ15

Responsible party: Matsushita Electric

Corporation of

America

One Panasonic

Way, Secaucus, NJ

07094

Support Contact: Panasonic

Consumer

Electronics

Company

1-800-272-7033

This device complies with Part 15 of the

FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

DMC-FZ15

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∫ Care for the camera

• Do not shake or cause impact to the camera.

The camera may not be

Before Use

• Leaving the camera with the lens facing the sun may cause a malfunction. Be careful when you put the camera outside or near a window.

operated normally or recording of pictures may be disabled, or the lens may be damaged.

• Sand or dust may cause a malfunction of the camera. When you use the camera on a beach etc., take care so

∫ About Condensation

Condensation takes place when the ambient temperature or humidity is changed as follows:

Be careful of condensation since it causes that sand or dust does not get into the camera.

• When you use the camera on a rainy day or on a beach, take care so that water does not get into the camera.

• If seawater splashes onto the camera, stains on the lens, fungus or malfunction.

(P105)

• When the camera is brought inside from the cold to a warm room.

• When the camera is moved from outside to an air-conditioned car.

wet a soft cloth with tap water, wring it well, and use it to wipe the camera body carefully. Then, wipe it again with a dry cloth.

• When cool wind from an air conditioner or other is directly blown onto the camera.

• In humid places

∫ About the LCD monitor/Viewfinder

• Do not press the LCD monitor strongly.

It may cause uneven colors on the LCD monitor or a malfunction of the LCD monitor.

• In a place with drastic temperature changes, condensation may form on the

∫ If you will not be using the camera for a long time

• Store the battery in a cool and dry place with a relatively stable temperature.

(Recommended temperature: 59 o F – 77 o F

(15 o C – 25 o C), Recommended humidity:

40% – 60%)

• Be sure to remove the battery and the

LCD monitor. Wipe it with a soft, dry cloth.

• If the camera is extremely cold when you turn the camera on, the image on the

LCD monitor/Viewfinder is slightly darker than usual at first. However, as the internal temperature increases, it goes back to the normal brightness.

card from the camera.

• When the battery is left inserted in the camera for a long time, discharge takes place even if the camera is turned off. If you leave the battery inserted for an extended period of time, it will be

Extremely high precision technology is employed to produce the LCD monitor/

Viewfinder screen. The result is more than 99.99% effective pixels with a mere 0.01% of the pixels inactive or always lit. However, this will not be recorded on the pictures in the card.

excessively discharged and it may become unusable even after it is charged.

• To store the battery for a long period of time, we recommend charging it once every year and storing it again after you completely use up the charged capacity.

• When you keep the camera in a closet or a cabinet, we recommend storing it with the desiccant (silica gel).

∫ About the Lens

• Do not direct the lens to the sun or strong light sources. It may cause not only a malfunction of the camera but irreversible damage to your eye.

• Do not press the lens strongly.

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Before Use

About These Operating Instructions

Please note that the description on this page is a sample and all pages are not described in this manner.

A

P

S

2

SCN

M

1

SCN

Modes indicated here allow you to use the functions or settings described on this page. Set the Mode dial to any of the modes to use the functions or settings.

Compensating the Exposure

SCN 1 SCN 2

Use this function when you cannot achieve appropriate exposure due to the difference of brightness between the subject and the background.

• EV is an abbreviation of Exposure Value, and it is the amount of light given to the

CCD by the aperture value and the shutter speed.

Convenient or helpful information for use of this camera is described.

∫ About illustrations in these operating instructions

Please note that the appearance of the product, the illustration or the menu screen are a little different from those in actual use.

∫ About illustrations of the cursor button

In those operating instructions, the operations on the cursor button are described as illustrated below.

e.g.: When you press the 4 button

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Contents

Before Use

Information for Your Safety....................... 2

About These Operating Instructions ......... 5

Preparation

Standard Accessories............................... 8

Names of the Components ..................... 10

Quick Guide ............................................ 12

Charging the Battery with the Charger ... 13

About the Battery .................................... 14

Inserting/Removing the Battery .............. 15

Inserting/Removing the Card .................. 16

About the Card........................................ 17

Approximate number of recordable pictures and the size ........................... 18

Attaching the Lens Cap/Strap ................. 19

Attaching the Lens Hood ........................ 20

Setting Date/Time (Clock Set) ................ 22

Setup Menu ............................................ 24

About the LCD Monitor/Viewfinder ......... 28

Recording pictures (basic)

Taking Pictures ....................................... 31

Checking the Recorded Picture

(Review) .............................................. 37

Using the Optical Zoom .......................... 38

Taking Pictures using the Built-in

Flash ................................................... 39

Taking Pictures with the Self-timer ......... 42

Compensating the Exposure .................. 43

Taking Pictures using Auto Bracket........ 44

Taking Pictures using Burst Mode .......... 45

Recording pictures (advanced)

Using the Mode Dial ............................... 51

• Aperture-priority AE ......................... 51

• Shutter-priority AE ............................ 52

• Manual exposure .............................. 53

• Macro mode...................................... 56

• Motion image mode .......................... 56

• Scene mode..................................... 58

– Portrait mode................................. 59

– Sports Mode .................................. 59

– Scenery mode ............................... 60

– Night scenery mode ...................... 60

– Night portrait mode ........................ 61

– Panning mode ............................... 61

– Fireworks mode............................. 62

– Party mode .................................... 63

– Snow mode ................................... 64

Taking Pictures with Manual Focus ........ 65

Using the [REC] mode menu .................. 67

• White Balance [W.BALANCE] .......... 68

• ISO Sensitivity [SENSITIVITY] ......... 70

• Picture Size [PICT.SIZE] .................. 70

• Quality [QUALITY] ............................ 71

• Metering Mode

[METERING MODE]......................... 72

• AF Mode [AF MODE]........................ 72

• Continuous AF [CONT.AF] ............... 73

• AF Assist Lamp

[AF ASSIST LAMP] .......................... 74

• Digital Zoom [D.ZOOM] .................... 74

• Color Effect [COL.EFFECT].............. 75

• Picture Adjustment [PICT.ADJ.]........ 75

• Optical Image Stabilizer

[STABILIZER]................................... 76

• Flip Animation [FLIP ANIM.] ............. 76

• Conversion Lens [CONVERSION].... 79

Playback (basic)

Playing Back Pictures ............................. 46

9 Pictures Multi Playback........................ 47

Using the Playback Zoom....................... 48

Deleting Pictures..................................... 49

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Playback (advanced)

Playing Back Motion Images .................. 81

Using the [PLAY] mode menu ................ 82

• Rotating the Picture [ROTATE]......... 82

• Setting the Picture to be Printed and the Number of Prints

[DPOF PRINT].................................. 83

• Preventing Accidental Erasure of the Picture [PROTECT] .................... 85

• Playing Back with Slide Show

[SLIDE SHOW] ................................. 86

• Resizing the Pictures [RESIZE] ........ 88

• Trimming the Pictures

[TRIMMING] ..................................... 89

• Initializing the Card [FORMAT] ......... 91

Playing Back Pictures with a TV

Screen ................................................. 92

Others

Using the MC Protector/ND Filter .........101

Screen Display......................................102

Cautions for Use ................................... 104

Message Display ..................................107

Troubleshooting ....................................108

Specifications........................................111

Digital Camera Accessory System........ 113

Digital Camera Accessory Order Form

(For USA Customers)........................ 114

Request for Service Notice

(For USA Only)..................................115

Limited Warranty (For USA Only) .........116

Customer Services Directory

(For USA Only)..................................118

Index .....................................................119

Spanish Quick Use Guide/

Guía rápida en español .....................121

Connecting to a PC or Printer

Before Connecting with USB Connection

Cable [USB MODE]............................. 93

Connecting to a PC................................. 95

Connecting to a PictBridge-compliant

Printer.................................................. 97

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Preparation

Standard Accessories

Preparation

Before using your camera, check the contents.

∫ SD Memory Card (8 MB)

RP-SD008B

(In the text, it is indicated as “Card”)

∫ Video Cable

K1HA08CD0003

∫ Battery Pack

CGA-S002A

(In the text, it is indicated as “Battery”)

∫ USB Connection Cable

K1HA08CD0001

∫ Battery Charger

DE-993B

(In the text, it is indicated as “Charger”)

∫ CD-ROM

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Preparation

∫ Lens Cap

VYK0W96

∫ Strap

VFC4078

∫ Lens Hood

VYQ3234

∫ Lens Hood Adaptor

VYQ3213

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Preparation

Names of the Components

1 2 3

1 Lens

2 Flash (P39)

3 Self-timer Indicator (P42)

AF Assist Lamp (P74)

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4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

12 13 14 15 16

4 Diopter Adjustment Dial (P29)

5 Viewfinder (P28, 102)

6 [EVF/LCD] Button (P28)

7 Flash Open Button (P39)

8 [DISPLAY] Button (P28)

9 [EXPOSURE] Button

(P35, 51, 52, 53)

10 Power Indicator (P32)

11 Camera Switch (P12)

12 LCD Monitor (P28, 102)

13 [MENU] Button (P24)

14 Delete Button (P49)

15 Cursor buttons

2 /Self-timer Button (P42)

4 /[REVIEW] Button (P37)

1 /Flash Mode Button (P39)

3 /Flash Output Adjustment (P41)/

Exposure Compensation (P43)/Auto

Bracket (P44)/White Balance Fine

Adjustment (P69) Button

16 Speaker (P26)

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18

Preparation

17 MF Ring (P65)

18 Zoom Lever (P38, 74)

19 Mode Dial (P31)

20 Shutter Button (P32)

21 Single/Burst Mode Button (P45)

M

S

P

SC2

19 20 21

22

23

24

25

26

22 Focus Switch (P62, 65)

23 Strap Eyelet (P19)

24 [V OUT / DIGITAL] Socket

(P92, 95, 97)

25 [DC IN] Socket (P95, 97)

• Please be sure to use genuine

Panasonic AC adaptor (DMW-CAC1; optional).

26 Terminal Door

27 Card/Battery Door (P15, 16)

28 Tripod Receptacle

27 28

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Preparation

Quick Guide

This is the overview of the procedure to record pictures with this camera. For each operation, be sure to refer to the corresponding pages.

1

Charge the battery. (P13)

• When the camera is shipped, the battery is not charged. Charge the battery before use.

3

Turn the camera on to take pictures.

• Set the clock. (P22)

A

P

S

2

SCN

M

1

SCN

OPEN

OFF ON

2

Insert the battery and the card.

(P15, 16)

1 Set the mode dial to [ ].

2 Open the flash.

(When using the flash) (P39)

3 Press the shutter button to take pictures. (P32)

4

Play back the pictures.

P

A S

M

SCN

2

1

SCN

1 Set the mode dial to [ ].

2 Select the picture you want to view.

(P46)

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Preparation

Charging the Battery with the Charger

When the camera is shipped, the battery is not charged. Charge the battery before use.

1

Attach the battery to the charger.

• After charging is completed, be sure to disconnect the charger from the electrical outlet.

• The battery becomes warm after use/ charge or during charge. The camera also becomes warm during use. However, it is not a malfunction.

• Use the dedicated charger and battery.

• Charge the battery with the charger indoors.

• Do not disassemble or modify the charger.

2

Connect the charger to the electrical outlet.

• When the [CHARGE] indicator A lights in green, charging starts.

• When the [CHARGE] indicator A turns off (in about 120 minutes), charging is completed.

3

Detach the battery.

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Preparation

About the Battery

∫ Battery indication

The remaining battery power appears on the screen. [It does not appear when you use the camera along with the AC adaptor

(DMW-CAC1; optional).]

> > >

The indication turns red and blinks:

Recharge or replace the battery.

∫ The lifetime of the battery

The number of recordable pictures by

CIPA standards

• CIPA is an abbreviation of

[Camera & Imaging Products

Association].

Number of recordable pictures

Used media

Approx. 240 pictures

(CIPA)

16 MB SD Memory Card

(optional)

(Recording conditions by CIPA standards)

• Temperature: 73.4°F (23°C)/

Humidity: 50% when LCD monitor is on.

• Using the supplied battery.

• Recording starts 30 seconds after the camera is turned on.

• Record once every 30 seconds, with full flash every other recording.

• Rotating the zoom lever towards Tele to

Wide and vice versa in every recording.

• Turning the camera off every

10 recordings.

The number of recordable pictures when using the Viewfinder

(Viewfinder is used for recording. Other recording conditions comply with CIPA standards.)

Number of recordable pictures

Used media

Approx.

270 pictures

16 MB SD Memory

Card (optional)

Playback time when using the LCD monitor

Playback time

The number of recordable pictures and playback time will vary depending on the operating conditions and storing condition of the battery.

∫ Charging

Approx. 240 min.

Charging time Approx. 120 min.

Charging time and the number of recordable pictures with the optional battery pack (CGA-S002A) are the same as above.

• When charging starts, the [CHARGE] indicator lights.

∫ Charging error

• If a charging error occurs, the [CHARGE] indicator blinks in 1 second cycles.

In this case, disconnect the charger from the electrical outlet, remove the battery and make sure that both room and battery temperature are not too low or high and then charge it again. If the [CHARGE] indicator still blinks even if you charge the battery for a while, consult the dealer or your nearest servicenter.

• When the operating time of the camera becomes extremely short even if the battery is properly charged, the life of the battery may have expired. Buy a new battery.

∫ Charging conditions

• Charge the battery under temperature of

50 o F – 95 o F (10 o C – 35 o C). (Battery temperature should be the same.)

• The performance of the battery may be temporarily deteriorated and the operating time may become shorter in low temperature conditions (e.g. skiing/ snowboarding).

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Preparation

Inserting/Removing the Battery

• Check that the camera is turned off and that the lens is retracted.

• Close the flash.

1

Slide the card/battery door to open it.

3 1

Close the card/battery door.

2

Slide the card/battery door to the end and then close it firmly.

• Please be sure to use genuine

Panasonic’s batteries (CGA-S002A).

2

Insert:

Insert the charged battery until it clicks.

Remove:

Slide the lock

1

to remove the battery.

• If you will not be using the camera for a long time, remove the battery.

• When a fully charged battery has been inserted for more than 24 hours, the clock setting is stored (in the camera) for at least 3 months even if the battery is removed. (The storing may be shorter if the battery is not charged sufficiently.)

If more than 3 months has passed, the clock setting will be lost. In this case, set the clock again. (P22)

• Do not remove the card and the battery while the card is being accessed. The data on the card may be damaged.

• The supplied battery is designed only for this camera. Do not use it with any other equipment.

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Preparation

Inserting/Removing the Card

• Check that the camera is turned off and that the lens is retracted.

• Close the flash.

1

Slide the card/battery door to open it.

• Check the direction of the card.

• Do not touch the connection terminals on the back side of the card.

• The card may be damaged if it is not fully inserted.

3 1

Close the card/battery door.

2

Slide the card/battery door to the end and then close it firmly.

• The card and the data may be damaged if it is inserted or removed while the camera is on.

• We recommend using Panasonic’s SD

Memory Card. (Use only the genuine

SD card with SD Logo.)

2

Insert:

Insert the card with the label facing the front of the camera until it clicks.

Remove:

Push the card until it clicks, then pull the card out upright.

• If the card/battery door cannot be completely closed, remove the card and insert it again.

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About the Card

∫ Access to the card

While the card is being accessed

(Recognizing/Recording/Reading/

Deleting), the card access indication 1 lights.

Preparation

2304

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∫ SD Memory Card (supplied) and

MultiMediaCard (optional)

The SD Memory Card and MultiMediaCard are small, lightweight, removable external memory cards. The reading/writing speed of an SD Memory Card is fast. The SD

Memory Card is equipped with a

Write-Protect switch A that can inhibit writing and formatting a card. (When the switch is slid to the [LOCK] side, it is not possible to write or delete data on the card and format it. When the switch is unlocked, these functions become available.)

When the card access indication 1 lights, do not:

• turn the camera off.

• remove the battery or the card.

• shake or impact the camera.

The card and the data may be damaged and the camera may not operate normally.

∫ About handling a card

Store precious data to your hard disk (P95).

The data on the card may be damaged or lost due to electromagnetic waves, static electricity, breakdown of this camera or a defective card.

SD Memory Card

MultiMediaCard

• The reading/writing speed of a

MultiMediaCard is slower than an SD

Memory Card. When a MultiMediaCard is used, the performance of certain features may be slightly slower than advertised.

• After recording motion images using the

MultiMediaCard, the card access indication may appear for a while, but this is not a malfunction.

• Keep the Memory Card out of reach of children to prevent swallowing.

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Preparation

Approximate number of recordable pictures and the size

2304 k 1728 1600 k 1200 1280 k 960 Picture size

Quality

8 MB

16 MB

32 MB

64 MB

128 MB

256 MB

512 MB

1 GB

Picture size

Quality

8 MB

16 MB

32 MB

64 MB

128 MB

256 MB

512 MB

1 GB

2

4

0

1

9

19

39

76

3

8

17

35

7

16

33

69

1

2

4

10

6

14

31

63

13

28

59

121

1

3

7

15

10

22

47

96

19

41

86

176

71

143

288

139

278

561

20

40

81

128

255

515

244

487

982

31

62

126

195

390

785

356

709

1429

554 1079 157 991 1889 243 1511 2748

640 k 480 1920 k 1080 (HDTV)

6

13

28

58

32

69

145

298

58

113

236

484

4

9

0

2

6

13

28

58

12

25

54

110

118 602 979 18

236 1200 1950 37

118

236

223

445

476 2418 3929 75 476 898

916 4650 7557 145 916 1727

• The numbers are approximations. (If you mix TIFF, Fine and Standard quality, the number of recordable pictures changes.)

• The number of recordable pictures may vary depending on subjects.

• The remaining number of recordable pictures displayed on the screen is an approximation.

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Preparation

Attaching the Lens Cap/Strap

∫ Lens Cap

1

Attach the lens cap.

∫ Strap

1

Pass the strap through the hole at the Strap Eyelet.

2

Pass the strap through the stopper and fasten the strap.

A : Pull the strap 2 cm or more.

• Attach the strap to the other side of the camera being careful not to twist it.

• Check that the strap is firmly attached to the camera.

• Attach the strap so that you can see

“L

UMIX

” logo.

• When you turn the camera off, carry the camera or play back the pictures, attach the lens cap to protect the surface of the lens.

• Detach the lens cap before turning on the camera in the recording mode.

• Be careful not to lose the lens cap.

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Preparation

Attaching the Lens Hood

In bright sunlight or backlight, the lens hood will minimize lens flare and ghosting. The lens hood cuts off excess lighting and improves the picture quality.

• Check that the camera is turned off and that the lens is retracted.

• Close the flash.

1 1

Detach the lens ring.

2

Attach the lens hood adaptor.

2

Attach the lens hood.

1

Place the camera upside down.

2

Catch the hook on the lens hood adaptor.

3

Push the lens hood.

4

Align the marks as illustrated.

5

Tighten the screw.

1

3

2

4

5

• Check if the screw is loose and then attach the lens hood.

• Do not tighten the screw too much.

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Preparation

∫ Temporarily storing the lens hood

1

Remove the lens hood, reverse it and then attach it again.

1

Place the camera upside down.

2

Catch the hook on the lens hood adaptor.

3

Push the lens hood.

4

Align the marks as illustrated.

5

Tighten the screw.

2

Attach the lens cap.

1

2

• Do not take a picture while the lens hood is temporarily stored.

• Ensure that the lens cap is firmly attached.

4 3

5

• Check if the screw is loose and then attach the lens hood.

• Do not tighten the screw too much.

• When taking pictures with flash with the lens hood attached, the lower portion of the photo may turn dark (vignetting effect) and the control of the flash may be disabled because the photo flash may be obscured by the lens hood. We recommend detaching the lens hood.

• When using the AF assist lamp in the dark, detach the lens hood.

• For details on how to attach the MC protector and the ND filter, refer to P101.

• If any of the accessories are lost, please contact Panasonic’s parts department at

1 800 833-9626 (For USA) for chargeable replacement.

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Preparation

Setting Date/Time (Clock Set)

∫ Initial setting

The clock is not set when the camera is shipped. When you turn the camera on, the following screen appears.

2

Set date and time.

CLOCK SET

DEC .

1 1 2004

M/D/Y

PLEASE SET THE CLOCK

CLOCK SET MENU

SELECT SET EXIT MENU

• When pressing the [MENU] button, the screen shown in step 2 appears.

• The screen disappears in about

5 seconds. Start from step 1.

1

Select [CLOCK SET] from the

[SETUP] menu. (P24)

SETUP 2 /

3

BEEP

SHUTTER

CLOCK SET

NO.RESET

RESET

SELECT EXIT MENU

MENU

• 2 / 1 : Select the desired item.

• 3 / 4 : Set date and time.

3

Select [M/D/Y], [D/M/Y] or [Y/M/D].

CLOCK SET

10:00 1 DEC.

1 1.2004

M/D/Y

SELECT SET EXIT MENU

• Close the menu by pressing the

[MENU] button 2 times after finishing the setting.

• Check if the clock setting is correct, after turning the camera off and on.

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• When a fully charged battery has been inserted for more than 24 hours, the clock setting is stored (in the camera) for at least 3 months even if the battery is removed. (The storing time may be shorter if the battery is not charged sufficiently.)

If more than 3 months has passed, the clock setting will be lost. In this case, set the clock again.

• You can set the year from 2000 to 2099.

The 24-hour system is used.

• If you do not set the date, the date cannot be printed when you go to a photo studio for digital printing.

• For the date print setting, refer to P84.

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Setup Menu

1

Turn the camera on.

P

A

S

2

SCN

M

1

SCN

OFF ON

2

Press the [MENU] button.

MENU

REC 1 /

3

W.BALANCE

SENSITIVITY

PICT.SIZE

QUALITY

METERING MODE

SETUP

AUTO

AUTO

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3

Select the [SETUP] Menu.

REC

MONITOR

AUTO REVIEW

PLAY ON LCD

POWER SAVE

MF ASSIST

SETUP 1 /

3 n

0

OFF

OFF

2 MIN.

ON

SELECT EXIT MENU

• When rotating the zoom lever A toward

T, the page of the menu screen can be forwarded. (vice versa)

4

Select the desired item.

MONITOR

AUTO REVIEW

PLAY ON LCD

POWER SAVE

MF ASSIST

SETUP 1 /

3 n

0

OFF

1 SEC.

3 SEC.

ZOOM

SELECT SET EXIT MENU

5

Set the desired value.

MONITOR

AUTO REVIEW

PLAY ON LCD

POWER SAVE

MF ASSIST

SETUP 1 /

3 n

0

OFF

1 SEC.

3 SEC.

ZOOM

SELECT SET EXIT MENU

Be sure to press 1 at the end to determine the setting.

• Close the menu by pressing the shutter button halfway or the [MENU] button after finishing the setting.

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You can control the following items on [SETUP] Menu.

Menu

MONITOR/

FINDER

Functions

Adjust the brightness of the LCD monitor (when pictures appear on the LCD monitor) or Viewfinder (when pictures appear on the

Viewfinder) in 7 steps.

AUTO REVIEW [OFF]: The recorded picture does not automatically appear.

[1SEC.]: The recorded picture automatically appears on the screen for about 1 second.

[3SEC.]: The recorded picture automatically appears on the screen for about 3 seconds.

[ZOOM]: The recorded picture automatically appears on the screen for about 1 second. Then it is enlarged 4 times and appears for about 1 second. This mode is useful for confirming focus. Pictures in burst mode and auto bracket are not enlarged even if [ZOOM] is selected.

• In motion image mode [ ], auto review function is not activated.

• When pictures are recorded in burst mode or auto bracket, the time for the auto review function is fixed to 1 second regardless of the setting on the [SETUP] menu. When the quality is set to

[TIFF], the auto review function works until the end of recording onto the card. (The picture is not enlarged.)

PLAY ON LCD

POWER SAVE

When Viewfinder is selected in the recording mode while setting

[PLAY ON LCD] to [ON], the picture automatically appears on the

LCD monitor in review or playback. (P29)

The battery life is saved by turning the camera off automatically while the camera is not in use.

[1MIN.]/[2MIN.]/[5MIN.]/[10MIN.]:

The camera is automatically turned off if it has not been used for a predetermined amount of time.

(Press the shutter button or turn the camera off and on to cancel the power save mode.)

[OFF]: The camera is not automatically turned off.

• When using the AC adaptor (DMW-CAC1; optional)/connecting to a PC or a printer/recording motion images/playing back motion images/during Slide Show, the power save mode is not activated.

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Menu

MF ASSIST

(Recording mode only)

BEEP

Functions

In manual focus, assistance screen appears on the center of the screen to facilitate focusing on the subject. (P65)

SHUTTER

CLOCK SET

NO.RESET

RESET

USB MODE

HIGHLIGHT

VIDEO OUT

(Playback mode only)

Set to select the volume of operational sound.

[ ]: No operational sound

[ ]: Soft operational sound

[ ]: Loud operational sound

Set to select the volume of shutter sound.

[ ]: No shutter sound

[ ]: Soft shutter sound

[ ]: Loud shutter sound

Change date and time. (P22)

Set this when you want to start the file number of the picture from

0001 on the next recording. (The folder number is updated, and the file number starts from 0001.)

• The folder number can be assigned from 100 to 999.

When the folder number reaches 999, it cannot be reset. We recommend formatting the card after saving the data on a PC or elsewhere.

• When you insert a formatted card or a new card and select this item, the file number is reset and the confirmation screen for reset of folder number appears. If you select [YES] on the screen, the folder number is reset to 100.

The settings on the recording or the [SETUP] menu are reset to the initial settings. However, the folder number and the clock setting are not changed.

Set the USB communication system. Set before connecting to a

PC or a printer. (P93)

When the auto review or review function is activated, a white saturated area appears blinking in black and white. (P29)

[NTSC]: Video output is set to NTSC system.

[PAL]: Video output is set to PAL system. (P92)

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Menu

SCENE MENU

LANGUAGE

Functions

[OFF]: Scene menu does not appear when setting the mode dial to [ SCN 1 ] or [ SCN 2 ] and the camera is operated in the scene mode currently selected. If you change the scene mode, Press the [MENU] button to display the scene menu and then select the desired scene mode.

[AUTO]: Scene menu appears automatically when setting the mode dial to [ SCN 1 ] or [ SCN 2 mode.

]. Select the desired scene

Set to the language on the menu screen from the following

7 languages.

Set to the desired language with 3 / 4 and determine it with 1 .

[ENGLISH]: English [DEUTSCH]: German

[

[FRANÇAIS]: French

[ITALIANO]: Italian

]: Japanese

[

[ESPAÑOL]:

]:

Spanish

Chinese (Simplified)

• When you set to other language by mistake, select [ ] from the menu icons to set the desired language.

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About the LCD Monitor/Viewfinder

In recording mode (P32)

EVF/LCD DISPLAY

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1 Switching the LCD monitor/Viewfinder

Press the [EVF/LCD] button to switch to the screen you would like to turn on.

A LCD monitor (LCD)

B Viewfinder (EVF)

• When the LCD monitor turns on, the

Viewfinder turns off (and vice versa).

2 Selecting the screen to be used

Press the [DISPLAY] button to switch to the screen to be used.

• When the menu screen appears, the

[DISPLAY] button is not activated. During

9 pictures multi playback (P47) or playback zoom (P48), the indications on the screen can be turned on and off.

C Display

D Display with histogram

E Out-of-frame display

F Non-display (Recording guide line)

G Non-display

¢ Histogram

In playback mode (P46)

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10:00 DEC. 1.2004

H Display

I Display with recorded information and histogram

J Non-display

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∫ Out-of-frame display

The recording information is displayed out of the recording screen, therefore, you can take pictures without interruption by icons or others on the recording screen.

∫ Recording guide line

When you align the subject on the horizontal and vertical guide lines or the cross point of these lines, you can take pictures with well-designed composition by viewing the size, the slope and the balance

∫ Diopter adjustment

This feature is handy for users who wear corrective lenses and prefer to use the of the subject.

Viewfinder.

• Press the [EVF/LCD] button to display the

Viewfinder.

Adjust the diopter, rotating the diopter adjustment dial.

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∫ Highlight display

When setting [HIGHLIGHT] to [ON] on the

[SETUP] menu (P24) while the auto review or review function is activated, any white saturated area (extremely bright or glistening part) on the picture appears blinking in black and white.

• If you compensate the exposure to minus, referring to the histogram and then take a picture again, it may result in a good picture.

No highlight display

REVIEW1X

∫ Monitor priority

When setting [PLAY ON LCD] to [ON] on the [SETUP] menu (P24), the LCD monitor is turned on in the following cases.

You can save the time it takes to switch the display to the LCD monitor even when using the Viewfinder in recording.

• When the recording mode is switched to playback mode.

• When reviewing pictures. (P37)

• When turning the camera on in playback mode.

EXIT 4X DELETE

With highlight display

REVIEW1X

EXIT 4X DELETE

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∫ Histogram

• A histogram is a graph that displays brightness along the horizontal axis (black

• When the recorded picture and the to white) and the number of pixels at each brightness level on the vertical axis.

• It allows the camera user to easily check histogram do not match each other under the following conditions, the histogram is displayed in orange.

the way a picture is being exposed.

• It is very useful if manual adjustments of the lens aperture and shutter speed are available, especially in those situations where automatic exposure may be difficult due to uneven lighting. Using the

– When the flash is activated

– When the flash is closed

1 Aperture-priority AE/Shutter-priority

AE:

When the brightness of the screen is histogram feature will allow you to get the best performance from the camera.

• When the values are concentrated to the left A , the picture is under exposed.

• When the values in the histogram are distributed evenly B , the exposure is adequate and the brightness is well-balanced.

• When the values are concentrated to the right C , the picture is over exposed.

not correct or when the exposure is not adequately adjusted in dark places

2 Manual exposure:

When the shutter speed is slower than 1/13th

3 In modes other than the above:

When the brightness of the screen is not correct in dark places

• The histogram does not appear when in motion image mode [ ], during multi playback and playback zoom.

Example of histogram

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1 / 1 9

• The histogram in the recording mode is an approximation.

• The histogram in recording and playback may not match each other.

• The histogram in this camera does not

F2.8 1/200 ISO 100

10:00 DEC. 1.2004

AUTO

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1 / 1 9 match the one displayed in image editing software used with a PC, etc.

• Check white saturated areas with the highlight display in the auto review function or the review function. (P29)

F2.8 1/100 ISO 100 AUTO

10:00 DEC. 1.2004

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1 / 1 9

F2.8 1/50 ISO 100 AUTO

10:00 DEC. 1.2004

A Under Exposed

B Properly Exposed

C Over Exposed

¢ Histogram

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Recording pictures (basic)

Taking Pictures

∫ The Mode Dial

This camera has a mode dial to suit for recording of many kinds of scenes.

Select the desired mode and enjoy the variety of recording.

Rotate the mode dial slowly and securely.

S M

A

P

: Program AE mode (P32)

The exposure is automatically adjusted by the camera.

: Aperture-priority AE (P51)

The shutter speed is automatically determined by the aperture value you set.

: Shutter-priority AE (P52)

The aperture value is automatically determined by the shutter speed you set.

2

SCN

1

SCN

SCN 1 : Scene mode 1

SCN 2 : Scene mode 2 (P58)

This mode allows you to take pictures depending on the recording scenes.

This mode also allows you to set [SCENE

MENU] (P27) on the [SETUP] menu to

[OFF] and set the scene modes which are frequently used to [ SCN 1 mode dial.

] and [ SCN 2 ] on the

It is convenient because you can select the scene mode quickly and minimize the operation.

: Manual exposure (P53)

The exposure is adjusted by the aperture value and the shutter speed which are manually adjusted.

: Playback mode (P46)

This mode allows you to play back recorded pictures.

: Macro mode (P56)

This mode allows you to take a picture closely focusing on to the subject.

: Motion image mode (P56)

This mode allows you to record motion images without audio.

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∫ Program AE

Recording pictures (basic)

2

Aim the AF area

1

to the point you want to focus and then press the shutter button halfway.

The camera automatically sets the shutter speed and the aperture value according to the brightness of the subject.

• Insert the charged battery. (P15)

• Insert the card. (P16)

• Remove the lens cap.

1 1

Turn the camera on.

2

Set the mode dial to program

AE mode [ ].

3

Slide the focus switch to [AF].

F2.8

1/25

P

A

S M

2

SCN

1

SCN

OPEN

• A : Press the shutter button halfway to focus.

• The focus indication 2 is lit and then the aperture value 3 and the shutter speed 4 are displayed.

3

Take a picture.

OFF ON

AF

MF

FOCUS

• The power indicator (green) lights.

When it blinks, the remaining battery power is low. Insert a fully charged battery.

F2.8

1/25

• B : Press the shutter button fully to take the picture.

When the subject is not focused

When the subject is focused

Focus indication

Blink (green)

AF area Turns from white to red

On (green)

Turns from white to green

Sound Beeps 4 times Beeps 2 times

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Recording pictures (basic)

∫ Correct posture for taking good pictures

To take pictures without blurring:

• Hold the camera gently with both hands, keep arms stationary at your side and stand with your feet slightly apart.

• Make sure that camera shake does not occur when pressing the shutter button halfway.

2 Press the shutter button halfway to fix

3

AF/AE Lock (AF: Auto focus/

AE: Auto exposure) indication lights.

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19

When recording a picture of people with a composition as the above picture, you cannot focus on the subject because it is out of AF area in usual operation.

In this case,

Aim the AF area at the subject.

When the subject is focused, the focus

4 Keeping the focus and the exposure fixed, move the camera as you compose the picture.

5 Press the shutter button fully.

• After pressing the shutter button, keep the camera stationary until the picture appears on the screen.

• In the following cases, keep the camera stationary for a longer time.

– Slow sync./Red-eye reduction [ ]

(P39)

– When you set to a slower shutter speed

(P52, 53)

– [NIGHT SCENERY], [NIGHT

PORTRAIT], [FIREWORKS] and

[PARTY] in scene mode (P58)

When recording with LCD Monitor

• You can repeatedly retry AF/AE lock before pressing the shutter button.

When recording with Viewfinder

F2.8

1/25

F2.8

1/25

Position of feet

• Hold the camera firmly with your right hand.

• Do not cover the AF assist lamp with your finger or other objects.

• Do not touch the lens.

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∫ Focusing

• The focus range is 0.98 feet (30 cm) – ¶

(Wide), 6.56 feet (200 cm) – ¶ (Tele).

• If you press the shutter button fully without prefocusing, pictures may be blurry or unfocused.

∫ Jitter (camera shake)

• Be careful of jittering when pressing the shutter button.

• When jitter could occur, the jitter alert appears.

1

• When the focus indication is blinking, the subject is not focused. Press the shutter button halfway and focus on the subject again.

• If the camera will not focus after a few tries, turn it off and on and try again.

• In the following cases, the camera cannot focus on subjects properly.

– When including both near and distant subjects in a scene.

– When there is dirt or dust on the glass between the lens and the subject.

– When there are illuminated or glittering objects around the subject.

– When taking a picture in a dark place.

– When the subject is moving fast.

– When the scene has low contrast.

– When jitter occurs.

– When recording a very bright subject.

We recommend taking pictures using manual focus (P65), prefocus (P66) or

AF/AE lock (P33). In dark places, the AF assist lamp (P74) may turn on to focus on the subject.

• Even if the focus indication appears and the subject is focused, it is canceled when you release the shutter button. Press the shutter button halfway again.

1/8

• When the jitter alert appears, we

∫ recommend using a tripod. If you cannot use a tripod, be careful of how you hold the camera. (P33)

Exposure

F2.8

• If you press the shutter button halfway when the exposure is not adequate, the indication of the aperture value and the shutter speed turns red. (However, the aperture value and the shutter speed do not turn red when the flash is activated.)

• The brightness of the screen may differ from that of recorded pictures. In particular, when taking pictures in dark places with slow shutter speed, the subject looks dark on the screen, but the actual picture is bright.

• When most of the subjects in the screen are bright (e.g. blue sky on a clear day, snowy field, etc.), the recorded pictures may become dark. In this case, compensate the exposure value on the camera. (P43)

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∫ Program shift

• When you press the shutter button, the screen may become bright for a moment.

This function allows easy adjustment of focus and the recorded picture will not be affected.

• We recommend setting the clock again before taking pictures. (P22)

• When the time for power save is set (P24), the camera is automatically turned off if you do not operate within the set time.

When operating the camera again, press the shutter button or turn the camera off and on.

• In some cases, if the distance between the camera and the subject is beyond the recordable range when you use the camera, the picture may not be properly focused even if the focus indication is lit.

In Program AE mode, you can change the preset aperture value and the shutter speed under the same exposure. This is called Program shift.

By this function, you can make the background more blurred (by decreasing the aperture value) or record the moving subject more dynamically (by setting to slow shutter speed) in Program AE mode.

• Press the shutter button halfway and then press the [EXPOSURE] button while the aperture value and the shutter speed are displayed on the screen (for 10 seconds).

Then press 2 / 1 to activate the Program shift.

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PROGRAM SHIFT

F2.8

1/60

EXPOSURE

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PROGRAM SHIFT

F4.0

1/30

• When the Program shift is activated, the

Program shift indication 1 appears on the screen.

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∫ Example of Program shift

2

2.8

4

(A)

5.6

8

11

0 1/2 1/4 1/8 1/15 1/30 1/60 1/125 1/250 1/500 1/1000 1/2000

(B)

(A): Aperture value

(B): Shutter speed

Recording pictures (basic)

• Program shift can be set in Macro mode

[ ] too.

• If the exposure is not adequate when pressing the shutter button halfway, the shutter speed turns red.

• When Program shift can be set, you cannot switch the flash mode or set the self-timer. Press the [EXPOSURE] button to cancel.

• When 10 or more seconds have passed after the Program shift becomes effective, the status to activate the Program shift is canceled and returned to the Program AE mode. However, the setting on the

Program shift is memorized.

• Program shift is canceled when turning the camera off.

• The Program shift may not be activated depending on the brightness of the subject.

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Checking the Recorded Picture (Review)

1

Press

4

.

REVIEW1X

SCN 1 SCN 2

• When you change the magnification or the position to be displayed, the zoom position indication A appears for about

1 second to check where is enlarged.

EXIT 4X DELETE

∫ Recorded pictures can be deleted during the review (Quick Deletion)

DELETE SINGLE

DELETE THIS PICTURE?

NO

YES

SELECT

SET MULTI/ALL

• The last recorded picture appears for about 10 seconds.

• Press the shutter button halfway or 4 to cancel the review.

• You can check the previous or following picture with 2 / 1 .

• When the recorded pictures are too bright or dim, compensate the exposure. (P43)

2

Enlarge and shift the picture.

REVIEW4X

• Once deleted, pictures cannot be recovered.

• Multi pictures or all pictures can be deleted. Read P49 or P50 to operate them.

1X

W

8X

T

DELETE

• : 1 k > 4 k > 8 k

• : 8 k > 4 k > 1 k

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Recording pictures (basic)

Using the Optical Zoom

SCN 1 SCN 2

You can make people and subjects appear closer with the 12 times optical zoom, and landscapes can be recorded in wide angle.

∫ To make subjects appear closer use

(Tele)

W

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19

W T

∫ To make subjects appear further away use (Wide)

W

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19

• The picture may have some distortion

(typical example: vertical straight line bent outwards). This is due to the lens aberration, which is common to some extent with all photographic lenses.

Distortion may be more visible when using a wider area of the zoom lens as you get closer to the subject.

• When using the zoom lens at high magnification, the quality of the picture can be enhanced if a tripod is used. At high magnification, even small movements can cause a slight decrease in picture sharpness.

• If you use the zoom function after focusing on the subject, focus on the subject again.

• The indicated zoom magnification is an approximation.

W T

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Taking Pictures using the Built-in Flash

SCN 1 SCN 2

When you set the flash, you can take pictures using the built-in flash according to the recording condition.

∫ To open the flash

Press the [ OPEN] button.

OPEN

: AUTO

The flash is automatically activated according to the recording condition.

: AUTO/Red-eye reduction

The flash is automatically activated according to the recording condition.

It reduces the red-eye phenomenon

(eyes of the subject appear red in the picture) by triggering the flash at

1 second before actually recording the picture.

• Use this when you take pictures of people in low lighting conditions.

∫ To close the flash

Press the flash until it clicks.

• Be sure to close the flash when not in use.

• The flash setting is fixed to Forced OFF

[ ] while the flash closes.

∫ Switching to the appropriate flash setting

: Forced ON

The flash is activated every time regardless of the recording condition.

• Use this when your subject is back-lit or under fluorescent light.

: Forced ON/Red-eye reduction

• When you set to [PARTY] in scene mode (P58), the flash mode is set to

Forced ON/Red-eye reduction.

: Slow sync./Red-eye reduction

When you take a picture with a dark background landscape, this feature makes the shutter speed slow when the flash is activated, so that the dark background landscape will become bright. Simultaneously it reduces the red-eye phenomenon.

• Use this when taking pictures of people in front of a dark background.

: Forced OFF

The flash is not activated in any recording condition.

• Use this when taking pictures in places where the use of the flash is not permitted.

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∫ Available flash settings by recording mode

The available flash settings depend on the recording mode.

( ± : Available, —: Not available)

∫ The available flash range to take pictures

ISO sensitivity

AUTO ¢

ISO64

ISO100

ISO200

ISO400

Available flash control range

0.98 feet (30 cm) – 23.0 feet (7 m)

(also applicable in Macro mode [ ])

0.98 feet (30 cm) – 9.19 feet (2.8 m)

0.98 feet (30 cm) – 11.5 feet (3.5 m)

1.31 feet (40 cm) – 16.4 feet (5 m)

1.97 feet (60 cm) – 23.0 feet (7 m)

¢ Except when the flash mode is set to Slow sync./Red-eye reduction [

• The available flash range is an approximation.

• Refer to P34 for the focus range.

∫ Shutter speed for each flash mode

Flash mode

: AUTO

: AUTO/Red-eye reduction

: Forced ON

: Forced ON/Red-eye reduction

: Slow sync./

Red-eye reduction

Shutter speed

1/60 – 1/2000

1/60 – 1/2000

1/60 – 1/2000

1 – 1/2000

: Forced OFF

1/4 – 1/2000

8 – 1/2000

(In [NIGHT SCENERY] in scene mode)

]

• Refer to P55 for the Aperture-priority AE, Shutter-priority AE or Manual exposure mode.

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∫ Adjusting flash output

Adjust the flash output when the subject is small or reflection ratio is extremely high or

• If you bring the flash too close to the subjects, they may appear distorted or discolored by its heat and lighting.

• Do not cover the photo flash with your fingers or any other items.

• When you take a picture beyond the flash 1

Press

3

several times until

[ FLASH] appears and then set the flash output.

control range, the exposure may not be adjusted properly and the picture may become bright or dark.

FLASH

• When you repeat taking a picture, recording may be disabled even if the flash is activated. Take a picture after the

SELECT EXIT

• You can adjust this from j 2 EV to i 2 EV in steps of 1/3 EV.

• The determined flash output is memorized even if the camera is turned off.

• In motion image mode [ ],

[SCENERY], [NIGHT SCENERY] or

[FIREWORKS] in scene mode (P58), you cannot adjust the flash output.

• If the ISO sensitivity is set to [AUTO], it is automatically adjusted from [ISO100] to

[ISO400] when you use the flash. (except when the flash mode is set to Slow sync./

Red-eye reduction [ ]) To avoid noise, decrease the ISO sensitivity.

• In [NIGHT PORTRAIT] in scene mode

(P58), flash setting is fixed to Slow sync./

Red-eye reduction [ ].

• In motion image mode [ ], [SCENERY],

[NIGHT SCENERY] or [FIREWORKS] in scene mode (P58), the flash mode is fixed to the Forced OFF [ ] even if the flash is opened.

• Do not stare at the photo flash from close proximity when using the flash.

card access lamp disappears.

• When the jitter alert appears, we recommend using the flash.

• When you set to burst mode or auto bracket, only 1 picture is recorded for every flash activated.

• The flash icon turns red when activating the flash and pressing the shutter button halfway.

• When the flash is being charged, the flash icon blinks red, and you cannot take a picture even when you press the shutter button fully.

• When taking a picture with the flash, we recommend removing the lens hood. In some cases it may not allow the scene to be illuminated properly.

• Do not close the flash soon after the flash is activated prior to taking pictures due to

AUTO/Red-eye reduction etc. It causes a malfunction.

• When taking a picture with the flash, the white balance will be automatically adjusted [except for [ ] (Daylight) and

[ ] (Flash)], but the white balance may not be properly adjusted if the photo flash is insufficient.

• When the shutter speed is fast, the flash effect may not be sufficient.

• To avoid picture noise, we recommend setting [NOISE REDUCTION] in

[PICT.ADJ.] to [HIGH] or setting the items except [NOISE REDUCTION] to [LOW] to take pictures. (P75)

• Refer to P70 for the ISO sensitivity.

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Recording pictures (basic)

Taking Pictures with the Self-timer

SCN 1 SCN 2

1

Switch the self-timer setting.

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: Self-timer set to 10 seconds

;

: Self-timer set to 2 seconds

;

No display (canceled)

2

Focus on the subject to take the picture.

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• When using a tripod or in other cases, setting the self-timer to 2 seconds is a convenient way to stabilize the jitter caused by pressing the shutter button.

• The self-timer indicator 1 blinks and the shutter is activated after 10 seconds

(or 2 seconds).

• When you press the button fully with one stroke, the subject is automatically focused just before the recording. In dark places, the self-timer indicator blinks and then it may turn on brightly to work as the AF assist lamp (P74) for focusing on the subject.

• When you set the self-timer in the burst mode, the camera starts taking a picture 2 or 10 seconds after the shutter button is pressed. The number of pictures taken at a time is fixed to 3.

• We recommend using a tripod when setting the self-timer.

CANCEL MENU

• If you press the [MENU] button when the self-timer is set, the self-timer setting is canceled.

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Recording pictures (basic)

Compensating the Exposure

SCN 1 SCN 2

Use this function when you cannot achieve appropriate exposure due to the difference of brightness between the subject and the background.

1

Press

3

several times until

[ EXPOSURE] appears and then compensate the exposure.

EXPOSURE

Under exposed

Compensate the exposure toward positive.

SELECT EXIT

0

Properly Exposed

Over exposed

Compensate the exposure toward negative.

• You can compensate from j 2 EV to i 2 EV in steps of 1/3 EV.

• EV is an abbreviation of Exposure Value, and it is the amount of light given to the

CCD by the aperture value and the shutter speed.

• The compensation range of the exposure will be limited depending on the brightness of the subject.

• The exposure compensation value appears on the lower left of the screen.

• The exposure value is memorized even if the camera is turned off.

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Recording pictures (basic)

Taking Pictures using Auto Bracket

SCN 1 SCN 2

In this mode, 3 pictures are automatically recorded by each press of the shutter button according to the compensation range of the exposure.

You can select the desired exposure among the 3 types of pictures.

1

Press

3

several times until

[ AUTO BRACKET] appears and then set the compensation range of the exposure.

AUTO BRACKET

• When setting the auto bracket, the auto bracket icon appears on the lower left of the screen.

• When taking pictures using auto bracket after the exposure compensation, the pictures are based on the compensated exposure.

When the exposure is compensated, the compensated exposure value appears on the lower left of the screen.

• When the flash is activated, you can take only 1 picture.

• When setting auto bracket, you cannot take a picture of which quality is [TIFF].

• When setting auto bracket and the burst mode simultaneously, auto bracket will be performed.

• The exposure may not be compensated with auto bracket depending on the brightness of the subject.

SELECT EXIT

• You can select the exposure from j 1 EV to i 1 EV in steps of 1/3 EV.

• When you do not use auto bracket, select [OFF].

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Recording pictures (basic)

Taking Pictures using Burst Mode

SCN 1 SCN 2

1

Switch the burst mode setting to record pictures.

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∫ Number of pictures recorded in burst mode

Burst speed

(pictures/ second) ¢

Number of recordable pictures (pictures)

4

2 max. 5 max. 5 max. 10 max. 10 approx. 2

Depends on the card capacity

Depends on the card capacity

¢ When the shutter speed is higher than

1/60 and the flash is not activated

: High speed

;

: Low speed

;

: No limit

;

No display (canceled)

• Keep pressing the shutter button fully to activate the burst mode.

• If the flash is activated, you can record only 1 picture.

• When the self-timer is used, the number of recordable pictures in burst mode is fixed to 3.

• You cannot take pictures in the burst mode when the quality is set to [TIFF].

• When setting auto bracket and the burst mode simultaneously, auto bracket will be performed by default.

• When the burst mode setting is set to no limit, the speed of taking pictures becomes slow during a recording in burst mode.

• Burst mode will not perform as described if a MultiMediaCard is used in place of an

SD Memory Card. The reading/writing speed of a MultiMediaCard is slower than that of an SD Memory Card.

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Playback (basic)

Playing Back Pictures

Playback (basic)

1

Select the picture.

• When you forward or rewind a large number of pictures, release 2 / 1 once before reaching the picture to be played back, then press 2 / 1 to forward/rewind pictures little by little.

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• 2 : Play back the previous picture.

• 1 : Play back the next picture.

• The picture following the last one is the first picture.

∫ Fast forwarding/Fast rewinding

When you keep pressing 2 / 1 during playback, the file number and the page number are updated. If you release 2 / 1 when the number of the desired picture appears, you can play back the picture.

1 : Fast forward

2 : Fast rewind

• The number of files forwarded/rewound at a time depends on how long you hold down 2 / 1 . It also varies depending on the number of the recorded pictures.

• If you release 2 / 1 and press them again, the files will be forwarded/rewound one by one.

• In review playback in the recording mode or multi playback, the picture can only be forwarded or rewound one by one.

• This camera is based on the DCF standards (Design rule for Camera File system) which was established by the

Japan Electronics and Information

Technology Industries Association

(JEITA).

• When changing the folder name or file name on a PC, the pictures will not be played back.

• The file format that can be played back with this camera is JPEG. (There are also pictures that on some occasions cannot be played back in JPEG format.)

• When playing back pictures that have been recorded with other equipment, the picture quality may be deteriorated and pictures may not be played back.

• When playing back a file out of standard, the folder/file number is indicated by [—] and the screen may turn black.

• An interference fringe may appear on the screen depending on the subject. This is called moire. This is not a malfunction.

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Playback (basic)

9 Pictures Multi Playback

1

Switch to multi screen.

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W T

2

Select the pictures.

1

4

SELECT

7

2 3

5 6

8

CANCEL

9

10 11 12

1

4

SELECT

7

2 3

5 6

8

CANCEL

9 SELECT CANCEL

∫ To return to the normal playback

Rotate the zoom lever towards [ ] or press the [MENU] button.

• The picture with the number colored in orange appears.

∫ To delete a picture during a 9 pictures multi playback

Press the [ ] button.

When the confirmation screen appears, press 4 to select [YES], and press 1 .

(P49)

• Rotated pictures are displayed in the direction oriented when they are recorded.

(P82)

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Playback (basic)

Using the Playback Zoom

1

Enlarge the picture.

2X

∫ To delete a picture during the playback zoom

Press the [ ] button.

When the confirmation screen appears, press 4 to select [YES], and press 1 .

(P49)

4X

CANCEL

W T

DELETE

: 1 k > 2 k > 4 k > 8 k > 16 k

: 16 k > 8 k > 4 k > 2 k > 1 k

• When you rotate the zoom lever towards W after the picture is enlarged, the magnification becomes lower.

• When you change the magnification, the zoom position indication A appears for about 1 second to check the position of the section enlarged.

• When you press the [MENU] button, the magnification reverts to 1 k .

2

Shift the picture.

2X

• The more the picture is enlarged, the more its quality deteriorates.

• The playback zoom may not operate if pictures have been recorded with other equipment.

• Even if the indication on the LCD monitor are turned off in normal playback mode

(P28), the magnification and enabled operations appear on the LCD monitor when the playback zoom is activated.

You can switch whether you turn the indications on the LCD monitor on or off by pressing the [DISPLAY] button.

When you set the magnification to 1 k , the indication on the LCD monitor are displayed as in normal playback mode.

• Rotated pictures are displayed in the direction oriented when they are recorded.

(P82)

4X

CANCEL DELETE

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• When you move the position to be displayed, the zoom position indication is displayed for about 1 second.

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Playback (basic)

Deleting Pictures

∫ To delete a single picture

1

Select the picture to be deleted.

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∫ To delete multiple pictures

1

Select [MULTI DELETE].

MULTI/ALL DELETE

MULTI DELETE

ALL DELETE

SELECT CANCEL

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• 2 : Play back the previous picture.

• 1 : Play back the next picture.

2

Delete the picture.

DELETE SINGLE

DELETE THIS PICTURE?

NO

YES

SELECT

SET MULTI/ALL

2 times

2

Select the pictures to be deleted.

MULTI DELETE

7

10

SELECT

MARK/UNMARK

8 9

11 12

DELETE

EXIT MENU

• While deleting the picture, [ ] appears on the screen.

• The selected pictures appear with [ ].

When 4 is pressed again, the setting is canceled.

• The icon [ ] blinks red if the selected picture cannot be deleted. Cancel the protect setting. (P85)

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3

Delete the pictures.

MULTI DELETE

DELETE THE PICTURES

YOU MARKED?

NO

YES

SELECT SET

Playback (basic)

• Once deleted, pictures cannot be recovered. Please double-check before deleting pictures.

• Do not turn off the camera while deleting.

• Pictures that are protected (P85) or that do not conform to DCF standards (P46) will not be deleted.

• When you delete pictures, use a battery with sufficient battery power (P14) or use with the AC adaptor (DMW-CAC1; optional).

• It is possible to delete up to 50 pictures all at once.

∫ To delete all pictures

1

Select [ALL DELETE].

MULTI/ALL DELETE

MULTI DELETE

ALL DELETE

SELECT CANCEL

2 times

2

Delete all of the pictures.

ALL DELETE

DELETE ALL PICTURES?

NO

YES

SELECT SET

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Recording pictures (advanced)

Recording pictures (advanced)

Using the Mode Dial

Aperture-priority AE

When you want the background to be in sharp focus, set the aperture value to a higher number. The higher the aperture value is the smaller the aperture opening will be. For a soft focus background, set the aperture value to a lower number which corresponds to a larger aperture opening.

1

Set the aperture value and take the picture.

EXPOSURE

ISO 100 2304

F2.8

19

• Refer to P55 for the available range of the aperture value and the shutter speed.

• The focus range is 0.16 feet (5 cm) – ¶

(Wide), 6.56 feet (200 cm) – ¶ (Tele).

• If the subject is too bright, set to a larger aperture value, if too dim, set to a smaller aperture value.

• The brightness of the screen may differ from that of the actual pictures. Check it using review function or setting to the playback mode.

• The ISO sensitivity cannot be set to

[AUTO]. (P70) (When the recording mode is switched to Aperture-priority AE, the

ISO sensitivity is automatically set to

[ISO100] even though it was set to [AUTO] beforehand. Even though the ISO mode is set to [ISO100] automatically, you can also change ISO setting from [ISO64],

[ISO200], [ISO400] on the menu.)

• When the exposure is not adequate, the aperture value and the shutter speed on the screen turn red.

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Recording pictures (advanced)

Shutter-priority AE

When you want to take a sharp picture of a fast moving subject, set to a faster shutter speed. When you want to create a trail effect, set to a slower shutter speed.

1

Set the shutter speed and take the picture.

EXPOSURE

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• Refer to P55 for the available range of the aperture value and the shutter speed.

• The focus range is 0.16 feet (5 cm) – ¶

(Wide), 6.56 feet (200 cm) – ¶ (Tele).

• The brightness of the screen may differ from that of the actual pictures. Check it using review function or setting to the playback mode.

• You cannot set the following items in

Shutter-priority AE.

– Slow sync./Red-eye reduction [

(P39)

]

– [AUTO] in ISO sensitivity (P70) (When the recording mode is switched to

Shutter-priority AE, the ISO sensitivity is automatically set to [ISO100] even though it was set to [AUTO] beforehand.

Even though the ISO mode is set to

[ISO100] automatically, you can also change ISO setting from [ISO64],

[ISO200], [ISO400] on the menu.)

• When the exposure is not adequate, the aperture value and the shutter speed on the screen turn red.

• When the shutter speed is slow, we recommend using a tripod.

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Manual exposure

Recording pictures (advanced)

3

Take the picture.

Decide the exposure by setting the aperture value and the shutter speed manually.

1

Set the aperture value and the shutter speed.

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F5.6

1/125

F2.8

EXPOSURE

1/30

• 3 / 4 : Aperture value

• 2 / 1 : Shutter speed

2

Press the shutter button halfway.

∫ Manual Exposure Assistance

The exposure is adequate.

Set to faster shutter speed or larger aperture value.

Set to slower shutter speed or smaller aperture value.

• The manual exposure assistance is an approximation. We recommend taking pictures and then checking them using the review function.

F4.0

1/125

• Indication for the condition of exposure

1 (manual exposure assistance) appears for about 10 seconds.

• When the exposure is not adequate, set the aperture value and the shutter speed again.

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Recording pictures (advanced)

• Refer to P55 for the available range of the aperture value and the shutter speed.

• The focus range is 0.16 feet (5 cm) – ¶

(Wide), 6.56 feet (200 cm) – ¶ (Tele).

• If the exposure is not adequate, the aperture value and the shutter speed turn red when pressing the shutter button halfway.

• You cannot set the following items in manual exposure.

– Slow sync./Red-eye reduction [

(P39)

]

– [AUTO] in ISO sensitivity (P70) (When the recording mode is switched to

Manual exposure, the ISO sensitivity is automatically set to [ISO100] even though it was set to [AUTO] beforehand.)

– Exposure compensation (P43)

• Please set [HIGHLIGHT] to [ON] on the

[SETUP] menu (P24). Any white saturated area on the picture will appear blinking in black and white. Adjust the aperture value or shutter speed to compensate for a better exposure.

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Recording pictures (advanced)

∫ Aperture Value and Shutter Speed

Aperture-priority AE

Available Aperture Value

(Per 1/3 EV)

F7.3

F5.2

F3.7

F8.0

F6.5

F4.6

F3.3

F5.6

F4.0

F2.8

Shutter Speed (Sec.)

1 – 1/2000

1 – 1/1600

1 – 1/1300

1 – 1/1000

Shutter-priority AE

1/5

1/13

1/30

1/80

1/200

1/500

Available Shutter Speed (Sec.)

(Per 1/3 EV)

8

3.2

1.3

1/2

6

2.5

1

1/2.5

5

2

1/1.3

1/3.2

4

1.6

1/1.6

1/4

1/6

1/15

1/40

1/100

1/250

1/640

1/8

1/20

1/50

1/125

1/10

1/25

1/60

1/160

1/320 1/400

1/800 1/1000

1/1300

1/1600

1/2000

Manual exposure

Available Aperture Value

(Per 1/3 EV)

F2.8 – F3.7

F4.0 – F5.2

F5.6 – F7.3

F8.0

Aperture Value

F2.8 – F8.0

F4.0 – F8.0

F5.6 – F8.0

F8.0

Available Shutter Speed (Sec.)

(Per 1/3 EV)

8 – 1/1000

8 – 1/1300

8 – 1/1600

8 – 1/2000

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Macro mode

Recording pictures (advanced)

Motion image mode

This mode allows you to take pictures closely focusing on the subject. (e.g. When taking pictures of flowers.)

You can take pictures with the lens at a distance of up to 0.16 feet (5 cm) (Wide) from the subject.

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You can record motion images without audio.

1

Select [MOTION RATE].

REC 1 /

2

W.BALANCE

MOTION RATE

METERING MODE

AF MODE

CONT.AF

SELECT

MENU

SET

AUTO

10fps

30fps

OFF

EXIT MENU

∫ Focus range

• Normal

MENU

6.56 feet

(200 cm)

T

0.98 feet

(30 cm)

W

• Macro mode [ ]

T

W

0.16 feet

(5 cm)

6.56 feet

(200 cm)

• [10fps]:

Recording motion images for a longer time is available though the quality will be less than the quality recorded at

[30fps]. The file size is smaller, so the files are suitable to be attached to e-mails.

• [30fps]:

The motion of the recorded image is smooth, but the file size is large.

• fps (frame per second); This refers to the number of frames used in 1 second.

• Close the menu by pressing the shutter button halfway or the [MENU] button after finishing the setting.

• We recommend using a tripod.

• When the camera lens is at a distance beyond the available range from the subject, the subject may not be focused even if the focus indication lights.

• You can also set the Program shift. (P35)

• The available flash range is about

0.98 feet (30 cm) – 23.0 feet (7 m). (This is applied when you set the ISO sensitivity to

[AUTO]. However, the flash mode should be set to the mode except Slow sync./

Red-eye reduction [ ].)

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Recording pictures (advanced)

∫ Available recording time (seconds)

2

Press the shutter button halfway.

SD Memory Card

Capacity

Motion rate

10fps 30fps

• When the subject is focused, the focus indication 1 lights.

• The remaining recording time

(approximation) appears on the screen.

8 MB

16 MB

32 MB

64 MB

128 MB

256 MB

512 MB

1 GB

36

83

177

365

742

1482

2989

5752

10

26

59

123

253

508

1027

1978

• The recordable time is an approximation.

3

Press the shutter button fully to start the recording.

35S

• By pressing the shutter button fully again, the recording stops.

• If the memory card becomes full during recording, the camera stops automatically.

• The picture size is fixed to

320 k 240 pixels.

• The motion images cannot be recorded with audio.

• If using a MultiMediaCard, after recording motion images, the card access indication may appear for a while, but this is not a malfunction. The file is being loaded to the

MultiMediaCard.

• The settings of auto focus/zoom/aperture values are fixed to what they are when recording starts (in the first frame).

• If you use a card with little capacity, recording may stop while you are recording motion images.

• When motion images recorded with this camera are played back on other equipment, the quality of pictures may be deteriorated or it may not be possible to play them back.

• The motion images recorded with setting

[MOTION RATE] to [30fps] cannot be played back on a camera which does not support [30fps] of motion rate.

• The review function cannot be used.

• You cannot set [MODE2] on the Optical

Image Stabilizer function.

• Keep the camera away from magnetized equipment or equipment which generates electromagnetic waves (e.g. a microwave oven, TV, cell phone or video game equipment, etc.) as far as possible. If not, pictures may be distorted due to electromagnetic wave radiation.

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Recording pictures (advanced)

SCN 1 SCN 2

Scene mode

: [PORTRAIT] (P59)

SCN 1 SCN 2

Press the [MENU] button to display the scene menu. When setting [AUTO] in the

[SETUP] menu, set the mode dial to [ SCN 1 ] or [ SCN 2 ] to display the scene menu automatically.

: [SPORTS] (P59)

: [SCENERY] (P60)

: [NIGHT SCENERY] (P60)

: [NIGHT PORTRAIT] (P61)

Menu items

: [PANNING] (P61)

SCENE MODE 1/3

PORTRAIT

SPORTS

SELECT

MENU

SCENERY

SET MENU MENU

: [FIREWORKS] (P62)

: [PARTY] (P63)

: [SNOW] (P64)

• When rotating the zoom lever toward T, the page of the menu screen can be forwarded. (vice versa)

• If you press the [MENU] button while the scene menu is displayed, you can set the

[SETUP] menu (P24) and the [REC] mode menu (P67).

• The following functions cannot be set in scene mode.

– White balance (P68)

– ISO sensitivity (P70)

– Metering mode (P72)

– Color effect (P75)

– Picture adjustment (P75)

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Portrait mode

Recording pictures (advanced)

This mode allows you to make the subject stand out from an unfocused background and adjust the exposure and the hue to achieve a healthy complexion on the subject.

Sports Mode

This mode allows you to take pictures of a fast moving subject. (e.g. When taking pictures of outdoor sports.)

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∫ Technique for Portrait mode

To make this mode more effective:

1 Rotate the zoom lever to Tele as far as possible.

2 Be close to the subject.

3 Select a background which is far from the camera.

∫ Technique for Sports mode

To record actions of the subject as if it were still, the shutter speed becomes faster than usual. This mode is more effective when taking pictures in the daytime on a clear day.

• This mode is suitable for outdoors in the daytime.

• White balance works best when recording outdoors in the daytime. When using indoors, the hue may change.

• The ISO sensitivity is fixed to [AUTO].

• When you want to change the exposure or the hue, compensate the exposure (P43).

• This mode is suitable for outdoors in the daytime, keeping 16.4 feet (5 m) or more away from the subject.

• White balance works best when recording outdoors in the daytime. When using indoors, the hue may change.

• The ISO sensitivity is fixed to [AUTO].

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Recording pictures (advanced)

Scenery mode

This mode allows you to take a picture of a wide landscape. The camera focuses on a distant subject preferentially.

Night scenery mode

This mode allows you to take a picture of a nightscape. The landscape can be recorded vividly by using the slow shutter speed.

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• The focus range is 16.4 feet (5 m) – ¶ .

• The ISO sensitivity is fixed to [AUTO].

• The Flash setting is fixed to Forced OFF

[ ].

• The setting on the AF assist lamp is disabled.

∫ Technique for Night scenery mode

• Since the shutter speed becomes slow

(max. about 8 sec.), use a tripod.

• The focus range is 16.4 feet (5 m) – ¶ .

• The shutter may be kept closed

(max. about 8 seconds) after taking a picture with slow shutter speed, but it is not a malfunction.

• When you take pictures in dark places, noise may become visible.

• The ISO sensitivity is fixed to [ISO100].

• The Flash setting is fixed to Forced OFF

[ ].

• The settings on the AF assist lamp and the continuous AF are disabled.

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Recording pictures (advanced)

Night portrait mode

This mode allows you to take pictures against a night landscape. The subject can be recorded with brightness in real life by using the flash and the slow shutter speed.

Panning mode

When you take a picture following the motion of a subject which moves to a certain direction as a runner or a car, the background will show some motion blur.

This special effect is called “panning”. This mode allows you to obtain this effect easier.

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∫ Technique for Night portrait mode

• Open the flash. (P39)

• Since the shutter speed becomes slow

(max. about 1 sec.), we recommend using a tripod.

• Keep the subject still for about 1 second after taking a picture.

• Take a picture within the available flash range [max. about 11.5 feet (3.5 m)] of the subject.

• We recommend rotating the zoom lever to

Wide.

∫ Technique for Panning mode

To achieve good pictures in panning mode, pick a horizontal plane – and then pan as you fire shots.

1 Move the camera smoothly while tracking a subject in motion.

2 Press the shutter button while moving the camera.

3 Keep moving the camera continuously.

• The focus range is 6.56 feet

(2 m) – 16.4 feet (5 m).

• Be sure to close the flash when not in use.

• The shutter may be kept closed (max. about 1 sec.) after taking a picture with slow shutter speed, but this is not a malfunction.

• When you take pictures in dark places, noises may become visible.

• Flash setting is fixed to Slow sync./

Red-eye reduction [ ].

• The ISO sensitivity is fixed to [AUTO].

• The setting on the continuous AF is disabled.

• Be careful of the following:

– Use the Viewfinder. (P28)

– Select a subject with quick motion.

– Prefocus to the point where the subject will come. (P66)

– Use this mode with burst mode (P45).

Select the best picture from the pictures taken.

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Recording pictures (advanced)

• In panning mode, the shutter speed becomes slower than usual to achieve the panning effect. As a result, jitter can easily occur.

• Panning function does not work well in the following situations.

– Very bright scenes such as daytime in summer. We recommend using an ND filter (DMW-LND72; optional). (P101)

– When the shutter speed is faster than

1/100th.

– When the subject moves slowly and the tracking speed is too slow. (The background cannot be recorded dynamically.)

• The stabilizer function is fixed to

[MODE1]. In Panning mode, only vertical jitters can be compensated.

• The ISO sensitivity is fixed to [ISO64].

• The settings on the AF assist lamp and the continuous AF are disabled.

Fireworks mode

This mode allows you to take beautiful pictures of fireworks exploding in the night sky. The shutter speed or the exposure is automatically adjusted for taking pictures of fireworks.

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∫ Technique for Fireworks mode

We recommend following the prefocus procedure below to ensure that you do not miss the chance to take pictures.

1 Set the focus mode to MF mode. (P65)

2 Aim the camera at an object (such as illumination on a building), which is roughly the same distance as the point of fireworks.

3 Slide down the focus switch to [ 4 ]. (P66)

4 When the focus indication (P32) lights, aim the camera at the direction where the fireworks will be exploding.

5 Press the shutter button fully when fireworks are exploding.

• When you zoom out or in on the subject, repeat steps 2 – 5 since the focus position becomes misaligned.

• We recommend using a tripod.

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• When the auto focus is activated, the available recording range is 16.4 feet

(5 m) – ¶ . (We recommend following steps 1 to 5 on the previous page to take pictures with prefocus.)

• The ISO sensitivity is fixed to [ISO100].

• The settings on the AF assist lamp and the continuous AF are disabled.

• The Flash setting is fixed to Forced OFF

[ ].

Party mode

This mode allows you to take a picture in a dim room (e.g. a wedding reception, a party, a banquet in a bar, etc.) clearly.

The shutter speed or the exposure is automatically adjusted according to the brightness of the room.

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∫ Technique for Party mode

• The shutter speed is slowed down. Hold the camera firmly to take a picture.

• The flash mode of the built-in flash can be set to Forced ON/Red-eye reduction

[

[ ] or Slow sync./Red-eye reduction

].

• The ISO sensitivity is fixed to [AUTO].

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Snow mode

This mode allows you to take a picture in locations such as skiing resorts and locations near snowy mountains. The exposure and the white balance are adjusted to make the white color of the snow stand out.

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• The ISO sensitivity is fixed to [AUTO].

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Taking Pictures with Manual Focus

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Use this function when you want to fix the focus or when the distance between the lens and the subject is determined and you do not want to activate the auto focus.

1

Select [MF ASSIST] from the

[SETUP] menu (in the recording mode) (P24) and set it to [ON].

2

Slide the focus switch to [MF] and rotate the MF ring

1

to focus on the subject.

MONITOR

AUTO REVIEW

PLAY ON LCD

POWER SAVE

MF ASSIST

SELECT SET

MENU

SETUP 1 /

3 n

0

OFF

OFF

2 MIN.

OFF

EXIT MENU

• AF: Auto focus

• MF: Manual focus

• 4 : One shot AF

AF

MF

FOCUS

3

The MF assistance appears on the center of the screen.

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19

• Close the menu by pressing the

[MENU] button after finishing the setting.

• You can also set [MF ASSIST] to [OFF] on the [SETUP] menu (in the recording mode).

• When you stop rotating the MF ring, the

MF assistance disappears about

2 seconds after.

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∫ Technique for Manual focus

Recording pictures (advanced)

∫ Prefocus

This is a technique to focus on the point to take pictures in advance when it is difficult to focus on the subject with auto focus due to its quick motion. [e.g. [PANNING] in scene mode (P61)]

This function is suitable when the distance between the camera and the subject is certain.

1 Rotate the MF ring slowly.

2 Even if the subject is focused, rotate it a little more.

3 Finely focus on the subject while rotating the MF ring in the reverse direction.

• You can also record with manual focus in motion image mode [ ]. When starting the recording, the focus is fixed.

• When you focus on the subject in Wide, the focus may not be adequate in Tele. In this case, focus on the subject again.

• When setting the manual focus, you cannot set the continuous AF. (P73)

• The MF assistance only appears in optical zoom range.

∫ One shot AF

You can focus on the subject with auto focus by sliding down the focus switch to

[ 4 ] in MF mode.

This is convenient for prefocus.

AF

MF

FOCUS

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Recording pictures (advanced)

Using the [REC] mode menu

: [W.BALANCE] (P68)

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Setting the hue, picture quality adjustment, etc. allows you to create wide variations on taking pictures.

• Set the mode dial to the desired recording mode.

Menu items

: [SENSITIVITY] (P70)

: [PICT.SIZE] (P70)

: [QUALITY] (P71)

: [METERING MODE] (P72)

REC 1 /

3

W.BALANCE

SENSITIVITY

PICT.SIZE

QUALITY

METERING MODE

SELECT

MENU

SET

AUTO

EXIT MENU

: [AF MODE] (P72)

: [CONT.AF] (P73)

: [AF ASSIST LAMP] (P74)

: [D.ZOOM] (P74)

: [COL.EFFECT] (P75)

• When rotating the zoom lever toward T, the page of the menu screen can be forwarded. (vice versa)

• Close the menu by pressing the shutter button halfway or the [MENU] button after finishing the setting.

: [PICT.ADJ.] (P75)

: [STABILIZER] (P76)

: [FLIP ANIM.] (P76)

: [CONVERSION] (P79)

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White Balance

Recording pictures (advanced)

[W.BALANCE]

∫ Auto White Balance

Use of auto white balance adjustment in inappropriate lighting conditions may result

This function allows you to reproduce a white color closer to the tone in real life on the pictures recorded under sunlight, halogen lighting, etc. in which the white color may appear reddish or bluish.

in reddish or bluish pictures. Where the subject is surrounded by many light sources, auto white balance adjustment may not operate properly.

In this case, set the white balance to a mode except [AUTO] manually.

AUTO

(Daylight)

(Cloudy)

(Halogen)

(Flash) for auto setting (auto white balance) for recording outdoors on a bright day for recording under a cloudy or shaded area sky for recording under halogen lighting for taking a picture with photo flash only

(White set) for using the preset white balance

(White set) for setting the white balance again (P69)

• When setting the white balance to the mode except [AUTO], you can finely adjust the white balance.

1 The range that is controlled by the auto white balance adjustment mode of this camera

2 Blue sky

3 Cloudy sky (Rain)

4 TV screen

5 Sunlight

6 White fluorescent light

7 Incandescent light bulb

8 Sunrise and sunset

9 Candlelight

1)

2)

5)

6)

4)

3)

7)

8)

9)

K l Kelvin Color Temperature

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∫ Setting the White Balance manually

(White set )

Use this mode when you want to set the

3

Finely adjust the white balance.

1 [BLUE]: Press when the hue is reddish.

• 2 [RED]: Press when the hue is bluish.

white balance manually.

1 Set to [ press 1 .

] (White Set) and then

2 Aim the camera at a sheet of white paper or a similar white object so that the frame on the center of the screen turns white and then press 1 .

About the white balance

• When taking a picture with the flash, the white balance will be automatically adjusted [except for [ ] (Daylight) and

WHITE SET [ ] (Flash)], but the white balance may not be properly adjusted if the photo flash is insufficient.

SET CANCEL MENU

∫ Finely Adjusting the White Balance

(White Balance Fine Adjustment )

When you cannot acquire the desired hue by setting the white balance, you can adjust the white balance finely.

1 Set the white balance to [ ]/[ ]/

[ ]/[ ]/[ ]. (P68)

2 Press 3 several times until

[WB ADJUST.] appears.

WB ADJUST.

About the white balance fine adjustment

• The white balance icon on the screen turns red or blue.

• You can set the value independently for each of the modes in white balance.

• The setting on the fine adjustment of the white balance is reflected to the picture when taking a picture with the flash.

• When you set the white balance using the

White set [ ], the adjustment level is set to “0”.

• When the color effect is set to any of

[COOL], [WARM], [B/W] or [SEPIA] (P75), you cannot finely adjust the white balance.

RED BLUE

SELECT EXIT

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ISO Sensitivity [SENSITIVITY] Picture Size [PICT.SIZE]

ISO sensitivity represents the sensitivity to light in values. If you set the ISO sensitivity higher, the camera becomes more suitable for recording in dark places.

• When setting to [AUTO], the ISO sensitivity is automatically adjusted from

[ISO64] to [ISO200] according to the brightness. (It can be adjusted from

[ISO100] to [ISO400] when using the flash. However, it is fixed to [ISO100] when the flash mode is set to Slow sync./

Red-eye reduction [ ].)

64 ISO sensitivity

Use in bright places

(e.g. outdoors)

Use in dark places

Shutter speed

Noise

Suitable

Not suitable

Slow

Less

400

Not suitable

Suitable

Fast

Increased

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When you select a smaller picture size

(640 k 480 pixels), you can store more pictures on a card. In addition, it is convenient to attach the picture to an e-mail or post it on a website because the file size is small.

If you select a larger picture size

(2304 k 1728 pixels), you can print pictures clearly.

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1600

1280

640

2304 k 1728 pixels

1600 k 1200 pixels

1280 k 960 pixels

640 k 480 pixels

HDTV 1920 k 1080 pixels

• For details on how to playback pictures recorded using [HDTV] mode on a

High-Definition TV (HDTV has a 16:9 aspect), refer to P92.

• Both ends of the pictures recorded using

[HDTV] mode may be cut off in printing.

Check the picture before printing. (P106)

• In motion image mode [ ] or scene mode (P58), ISO sensitivity is fixed to

[AUTO]. (In [NIGHT SCENERY] and

[FIREWORKS] in scene mode, it is fixed to [ISO100], and in [PANNING], it is fixed to [ISO64].)

• You cannot select [AUTO] in

Aperture-priority AE, Shutter-priority AE and Manual exposure mode.

• To avoid picture noises, we recommend reducing the ISO sensitivity, setting

[NOISE REDUCTION] in [PICT.ADJ.] to

[HIGH] or setting the items except [NOISE

REDUCTION] to [LOW] to take pictures.

(P75)

• Refer to P55 for the shutter speed.

• In motion image mode [ ], the picture size is fixed to 320 k 240 pixels.

• Pictures may appear like a mosaic depending on the subject or the recording condition.

• The number of recordable pictures depends on the subject.

• The number of remaining pictures may not correspond with recorded frames.

• Refer to P18 for the number of recordable pictures.

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Quality [QUALITY]

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You can select 3 types of quality

(compression rate) according to the usage of the picture.

TIFF (Uncompressed):

This type is suitable when editing and processing pictures with retouch software.

Fine (Low compression):

This type gives priority to picture quality. Picture quality will be high.

Standard (High compression):

This type gives priority to the number of recordable pictures and records standard quality pictures.

• When the quality is set to [TIFF], a JPEG picture with the quality equal to the standard is created at the same time.

• Pictures may have a mosaic-like appearance depending on the subject or the recording condition.

• The number of recordable pictures depends on the subject.

• The number of remaining pictures may not correspond with recorded frames.

• The following functions cannot be used for pictures recorded in [TIFF].

– Auto bracket

– Burst mode

– [ROTATE]

– [RESIZE]

– [TRIMMING]

• Refer to P18 for the number of recordable pictures.

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Metering Mode

[METERING MODE]

Recording pictures (advanced)

AF Mode [AF MODE]

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You can switch to the following metering modes.

Multiple:

This is the method in which the camera measures the most suitable exposure by judging the allocation of brightness on the whole screen automatically. Usually, we recommend using this method.

Center weighted:

This is the method used to focus on the subject on the center of the screen and measure the whole screen evenly.

Spot:

This is the method to measure the subject in the spot metering target

A .

9-area-focusing:

The camera focuses on any of

9 focus areas. You can record a picture in free composition without limiting the position of the subject.

3-area-focusing:

The camera focuses on any of the left, center and right of the screen.

This mode allows you to focus on the subject faster than any other modes in AF mode.

1-area-focusing:

The camera focuses on the subject in AF area on the center of the screen.

Spot-focusing:

The camera focuses on the limited and narrow area in the screen.

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Continuous AF [CONT.AF]

• When setting to 3-area-focusing, pictures may become still while being focused on, however, this is not a malfunction.

• When using the digital zoom or when you take pictures in dark places, the AF area is displayed on the center of the screen with a size wider than usual.

• When multiple AF areas (max. 9 areas) light at the same time, the camera is focusing on all the AF areas.

The focus position is not predetermined because it is set to the position the camera automatically determines at the time of focusing. If you want to determine the focus position to take pictures, switch the AF mode to 1-area-focusing mode.

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This mode allows you to compose a picture more easily by always focusing on the subject.

When the AF mode is set to

1-area-focusing or spot-focusing, the time required for focusing when pressing the shutter button halfway will be reduced.

• When it is set to [ON], the [ ] indication appears.

• When setting the manual focus, you cannot use the continuous AF.

• The battery may be consumed faster than usual.

• It may take time to focus on the subject after rotating the zoom lever from Wide to

Tele or suddenly changing the subject from a distant one to a nearby one.

• Press the shutter button halfway again when it is difficult to focus on the subject.

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AF Assist Lamp

[AF ASSIST LAMP]

When you press the shutter button halfway in dark places or other on.

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Recording pictures (advanced)

Illuminating the subject with the AF assist lamp allows the camera to focus on the subject in low light conditions.

ON The AF assist lamp turns on under low light conditions. In this time, the

AF assist lamp icon [ ] appears on the screen. The effective range of the AF assist lamp is 4.92 feet

(1.5 m).

OFF The AF assist lamp does not turn

• Be sure of the following points when the

AF assist lamp is in use.

– Do not look in to the AF assist lamp closely.

– Detach the lens hood.

– Do not cover the AF assist lamp with your fingers.

– The battery may be consumed faster than usual.

• You cannot use the AF assist lamp in

[SCENERY], [NIGHT SCENERY],

[PANNING], [FIREWORKS] in scene mode (P58) and when setting

[CONVERSION] (P79) to [ ] or [ ].

• When you do not want to use the AF assist lamp (e.g. when you take a picture of a subject in a dark place), set the [AF

ASSIST LAMP] to [OFF]. In this case, it becomes difficult to focus on the subject.

• The AF area is set only to a point on the center of the screen when the AF assist lamp is turned on.

• A vignetting effect may appear on the circumference of the AF assist lamp because the AF assist lamp may be obscured by the lens, however, this does not cause a problem with the performance of the camera.

Digital Zoom [D.ZOOM]

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It is possible to further magnify a subject already magnified 12 times with the optical zoom 4 more times with the digital zoom, thereby reaching a maximum of 48 times.

When you rotate the zoom lever to the extreme Tele position, the on-screen zoom indication may momentarily pause. This is not a malfunction.

You can enter the digital zoom range to continuously rotate the zoom lever to Tele or to release the zoom lever once and then rotate it to Tele again.

1

2

Entering the digital zoom range

W

W

Optical zoom

Digital zoom

• When using the digital zoom the picture quality becomes deteriorated.

• In the digital zoom range, the stabilizer function may not be effective.

• We recommend using a tripod.

• The indicated zoom magnification is an approximation.

• The AF area is displayed with a size wider than usual and set only to a point on the center of the screen in the digital zoom range.

T

T

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Color Effect

Recording pictures (advanced)

[COL.EFFECT]

Picture Adjustment [PICT.ADJ.]

You can use 4 types of color effects depending on the image of the picture.

COOL The picture becomes bluish.

WARM The picture becomes reddish.

B/W The picture becomes black and white.

SEPIA The picture becomes sepia.

Use this function according to the recording situation and the atmosphere of the picture.

CONTRAST HIGH Increases the difference between the brightness and the darkness in the picture.

LOW Decreases the difference between the brightness and the darkness in the picture.

SHARPNESS HIGH The picture is sharply defined.

LOW The picture is softly focused.

SATURATION HIGH The colors in the picture become vivid.

NOISE

REDUCTION

LOW The colors in the picture become natural.

HIGH The noise reduction effect is enhanced.

The resolution of the picture may be slightly deteriorated.

LOW The noise reduction effect is reduced.

You can obtain pictures with higher resolution.

• When you take pictures in dark places, noise may become visible. To avoid picture noise, we recommend setting

[NOISE REDUCTION] in [PICT.ADJ.] to

[HIGH] or setting the items except [NOISE

REDUCTION] to [LOW] to take pictures.

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Optical Image Stabilizer

[STABILIZER]

Recording pictures (advanced)

Flip Animation [FLIP ANIM.]

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(

OFF

(

MODE1

)

(

MODE2

)

)

When image stabilization is not desired or when using the camera with a tripod.

The stabilizer operates continuously and can assist during photo composition.

The stabilizer function is in standby and activates at the moment the shutter captures the image. This mode offers a greater degree of stabilization.

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This camera allows you to create motion picture files up to 20 seconds long by connecting images recorded in flip animation mode.

Example:

When capturing images of the subject in sequence moving the camera little by little and aligning the images, the subject looks as if it is moving.

• The stabilizer function may not work sufficiently in the following cases.

– When too much jitter occurs

– In digital zoom range

– When taking pictures while following subjects in motion.

– When the shutter speed is extremely slow due to dark conditions or other reasons.

• In motion image mode [ ], [MODE2] cannot be set.

• You can play back created flip animations with the same method used to play back motion images. (P81)

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1

Select [FLIP ANIM.].

REC 3 /

3

PICT.ADJ.

STABILIZER

FLIP ANIM.

CONVERSION

MODE1

OFF

Recording pictures (advanced)

3

Capture images for flip animation.

320

REMAIN

8

92

SELECT

MENU

EXIT MENU

EXIT MENU

• A motion image file is created by putting images recorded in [IMAGE CAPTURE] together by [CREATE MOTION

IMAGE].

• Audio cannot be recorded.

2

Select [IMAGE CAPTURE].

FLIP ANIM.

IMAGE CAPTURE

CREATE MOTION IMAGE

DELETE STILL IMAGES

• You can check the recorded image with

4 and the previous or following image with 2 / 1 .

• Delete unnecessary images with [ ] button.

• You can record up to 100 pictures. The number of recordable pictures displayed is an approximation.

4

Select [CREATE MOTION IMAGE].

FLIP ANIM.

SELECT EXIT MENU

IMAGE CAPTURE

CREATE MOTION IMAGE

DELETE STILL IMAGES

• The picture size is 320 k 240 pixels.

SELECT

MENU

EXIT MENU

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5

Select [FRAME RATE] and set the number of frames.

CREATE MOTION IMAGE

FRAME RATE 5fps

Recording pictures (advanced)

∫ Deleting all still images used to create flip animation

When selecting [DELETE STILL IMAGES] in [FLIP ANIM.] menu, a confirmation screen appears. Select [YES] with 4 and then press 1 .

10fps

CREATE MOTION IMAGE

SELECT SET

5fps 5 frames/sec.

EXIT MENU

10fps 10 frames/sec. (The motion images become smoother.)

• You cannot use burst mode and auto bracket.

• The images in each frame do not appear in normal review. (P37)

• If you execute [CREATE MOTION

IMAGE], flip animation is made from all pictures recorded for flip animation.

Delete unnecessary pictures.

• Flip animations may not be played back by other equipment.

6

Select [CREATE MOTION IMAGE] and create a flip animation.

CREATE MOTION IMAGE

FRAME RATE

CREATE MOTION IMAGE

5fps

SELECT EXIT MENU

MENU

3 times

• The file number appears after creating a flip animation.

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Conversion Lens

[CONVERSION]

Recording pictures (advanced)

3

Turn the camera on and select

[CONVERSION].

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The tele conversion lens (DMW-LTZ10; optional) allows you to record pictures zooming in much more (1.5 times). The wide conversion lens (DMW-LWZ10; optional) allows you to record pictures with wider range of focus than usual (0.8 times).

1

Remove the lens cap and the lens ring.

REC 3 /

3

PICT.ADJ.

STABILIZER

FLIP ANIM.

CONVERSION

SELECT

MENU

MODE1

OFF

EXIT MENU

4

Set to [ ] or [ ].

CONVERSION

OFF

SELECT SET

• Check that the camera is turned off and that the lens is retracted.

2

Attach the tele conversion lens

1

or wide conversion lens

2

.

• [OFF]:

When you do not attach the conversion lens.

• [ ]:

When you attach the wide conversion lens.

• [ ]:

When you attach the tele conversion lens.

• Close the menu by pressing the shutter button halfway or the [MENU] button after finishing the setting.

• Rotate the lens slowly and carefully.

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Recording pictures (advanced)

∫ Recordable range when using the conversion lens

• Check to make sure the lens cap is removed before attaching the conversion

When using the tele conversion lens:

• Normal: 15.1 feet (4.6 m) – ¶

• Macro mode [ ]:

15.1 feet (4.6 m) – ¶ lens.

• When using the conversion lens:

When using the wide conversion lens:

• Normal: 0.56 feet (17 cm) – ¶

• Macro mode [ ]: 0.03 feet (1 cm) – ¶

Tele conversion lens

– The built-in flash cannot be activated.

– If you use a tripod, use the tripod adaptor supplied with the conversion lens, and then attach the tripod to the tripod adaptor.

– If you set [CONVERSION] to [OFF],

Indication

Actual magnification

6

9 k k

12

18 k k

48

72 k k the performance of the conversion lens will not be optimal.

• When using the tele conversion lens:

35 mm film camera equivalent

315 mm 630 mm 2520 mm

– We recommend using a tripod.

– The stabilizer function may not work sufficiently.

– The focus indication may light due to the jitter even if the subject is not focused.

Wide conversion lens

Indication

Actual magnification

1

0.8

k

2 k k

1.6

k

– The time required for focusing may become longer than usual.

• If you set [CONVERSION] to [ ] or [ ],

35 mm film camera equivalent

28 mm 56 mm you cannot use the AF assist lamp. (P74)

• Read the operating instructions of the conversion lens for details.

• When using the tele conversion lens, the available zoom range is limited to 6 times or more. Digital zoom is available.

• When using the wide conversion lens, the available zoom range is limited between

1 k and 2 k . Digital zoom is not available.

• When you use the zoom function beyond the recordable range described above, the conversion icon blinks in red.

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Playback (advanced)

Playback (advanced)

Playing Back Motion Images

∫ Motion images

Select the picture with the motion image icon [ ] and play back the motion images.

PLAY MOTION

IMAGE

100_0001

1 / 1 9

∫ Fast forwarding/Fast rewinding

During motion image playback, keep pressing 2 / 1 .

1 : Fast forward

2 : Fast rewind

• When releasing the button, it turns to normal motion image playback.

∫ To pause

Press 3 during motion image playback.

• Press 3 again to cancel pause.

10:00 DEC. 1.2004

• The cursor displayed during playback corresponds to 3 / 4 /

2 / 1 .

• Motion image playback stops and the normal playback is restored by pressing

4 .

• You cannot use the zoom function while playing back or pausing motion images.

• The file format that can be played back with this camera is QuickTime Motion

JPEG.

• Some QuickTime Motion JPEG files recorded by a PC or other equipment may not be played back with this camera.

• When playing back motion images that have been recorded with other equipment, the quality of images may be deteriorated or it may not be possible to play them back.

• When using a high capacity card, it is possible that fast rewinding may be slower than usual.

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Playback (advanced)

Using the [PLAY] mode menu

Rotating the Picture [ROTATE]

2

Select the picture to be rotated and set it.

ROTATE

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100_0001

1 / 1 9

You can rotate the recorded pictures in increments of 90°.

This is a convenient function to play back pictures on TV.

∫ Example

When rotating clockwise ( )

Original picture

SELECT SET EXIT MENU

3

Select the direction to rotate the picture.

ROTATE

1

Select [ROTATE].

PLAY 1 /

2

ROTATE

PROTECT

DPOF PRINT

SLIDE SHOW

RESIZE

SELECT

MENU

EXIT MENU

SELECT SET EXIT MENU

MENU

2 times

The picture rotates clockwise in increments of 90°.

The picture rotates counter-clockwise in increments of 90°.

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Playback (advanced)

• Still pictures can only be rotated in normal playback. When playing back rotated pictures in zoom playback or multi playback, pictures appear in original angle.

• Protected pictures and pictures recorded after setting the quality to [TIFF] cannot be rotated.

• When you play pictures on a PC, you cannot play rotated pictures without an

OS or software compatible with Exif.

• Exif is the file format for still pictures, to which recording information and other can be added, established by JEITA [Japan

Electronics and Information Technology

Industries Association].

Setting the Picture to be

Printed and the Number of

Prints [DPOF PRINT]

DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) is a system that allows the user to select which pictures are to be printed on compatible photo printers. DPOF also allows the user to set how many copies of each picture will be printed. Many commercial photo printing services now use DPOF.

For more information please visit: http://panasonic.jp/dc/dpof_110/ white_e.htm

1

Select [DPOF PRINT], then select

[SINGLE], [MULTI] or [CANCEL].

PLAY 1 /

2

ROTATE

PROTECT

DPOF PRINT SINGLE

SLIDE SHOW

RESIZE

MULTI

CANCEL

SELECT

MENU

EXIT MENU

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∫ Single setting

Select the picture and set the number of prints.

Playback (advanced)

∫ To cancel all settings

Select [YES] to cancel all settings.

CANCEL ALL DPOF

DPOF SET THIS

1 100_0001

1 / 1 9

CANCEL ALL DPOF

PRINT SETTINGS?

NO

YES

COUNT

SELECT

1 DATE DISPLAY

EXIT MENU

MENU

SELECT SET

MENU

2 times

• The number of prints can be set from 0 to

999.

• The number of prints icon [ ] appears.

• When the number of prints is set to “0”,

DPOF print setting is canceled.

∫ Multi setting

Select the pictures and set the number of prints.

DPOF SET MULTI

1

7 8 9

∫ To print the date

You can set/cancel the printing with the recorded date with each press of the

[DISPLAY] button when setting the number of prints.

DATE

DPOF SET THIS

1 100_0001

1 / 1 9

COUNT

10

SELECT

1

11 12

DATE DISPLAY

EXIT MENU

MENU

• Repeat the above procedure.

2 times

• The number of prints can be set from 0 to

999.

• The number of prints icon [ ] appears.

• When the number of prints is set to “0”,

DPOF print setting is canceled.

COUNT

SELECT

1 DATE

EXIT

DISPLAY

MENU

• The date print icon [

DATE

] appears.

• When you go to a photo studio for digital printing, be sure to order the printing of the date additionally if required.

• The date may not be printed depending on photo studios or printers even if you set the date print. For further information, ask the photo studio for details or refer to the operating instructions of the printer.

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Playback (advanced)

• DPOF print setting is a convenient function when you print pictures with printers supporting DPOF printing. (P97)

• DPOF is the abbreviation for Digital Print

Order Format. This feature allows you to write print information or other into the images on the card and to use such information on the DPOF-compliant system.

• The setting of DPOF print will not be applied to the DPOF setting of

Slide Show.

• If the file is not based on the DCF standard, the DPOF print setting cannot be set. DCF is an abbreviation of [Design rule for Camera File system], stipulated by

JEITA [Japan Electronics and Information

Technology Industries Association].

• When setting the DPOF print, delete any previous DPOF print settings made by other equipment.

Preventing Accidental Erasure of the Picture [PROTECT]

You can set the protection on the pictures which you do not want to delete to prevent them from accidental erasure.

1

Select [PROTECT], then select

[SINGLE], [MULTI] or [CANCEL].

PLAY 1 /

2

ROTATE

PROTECT

DPOF PRINT

SLIDE SHOW

RESIZE

SELECT

MENU

SINGLE

MULTI

CANCEL

EXIT MENU

∫ Single setting

Select the picture and set/cancel the protection.

PROTECT THIS

100_0001

1 / 1 9

SELECT

SET/CANCEL EXIT MENU

MENU

2 times

SET The protect icon [ ] appears.

CANCEL The protect icon [ ] disappears.

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Playback (advanced)

∫ Multi setting/To cancel all settings

Perform the same operation as in [Setting the Picture to be Printed and the Number of

Prints [DPOF PRINT]]. (P83– 84)

Playing Back with Slide Show

[SLIDE SHOW]

• If you want to delete protected pictures, cancel the protect setting first.

• While this feature protects the pictures from accidental erasure, formatting the card will permanently delete all data.

(P91)

• The protect setting may not be effective in other equipment.

• Sliding the Card Write-Protect switch A to

[LOCK] prevents the picture from deletion even if the protection is not set.

1

Select [SLIDE SHOW], then select

[ALL] or [DPOF].

PLAY 1 /

2

ROTATE

PROTECT

DPOF PRINT

SLIDE SHOW

RESIZE

SELECT

MENU

ALL

DPOF

EXIT MENU

ALL for playing back all pictures

DPOF for playing back the pictures for which DPOF Slide Show was set

2

Set the items of the Slide Show.

ALL SLIDE SHOW

START

DURATION

SELECT SET

1 SEC.

2 SEC.

3 SEC.

5 SEC.

EXIT MENU

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DURATION

DPOF SET

(Only when setting to

[DPOF])

CANCEL ALL

(Only when setting to

[DPOF])

Playback (advanced)

It can be set among 1,

2, 3 and 5 seconds.

∫ SD Slide Show

If you insert a card including the SD

Slide Show edited with the [SD Viewer for

You can select the pictures you want to set to the Slide Show.

DPOF icon 1 appears on the selected pictures in green.

DSC] which is in the supplied CD-ROM, and then turn the camera on in playback mode, the confirmation screen appears.

Select [YES] and press 1 to start the SD

Slide Show. Select [NO] and press 1 to start normal playback.

You can cancel the

DPOF Slide Show setting.

• Pictures set with the DPOF Slide Show by the [SD Viewer for DSC] cannot be played back as a Slide Show. Please set DPOF

Slide Show with this camera again.

DPOF SET THIS

100_0001

1 / 1 9

SELECT

SET/CANCEL

3

Select [START].

ALL SLIDE SHOW

START

DURATION

SELECT

EXIT MENU

1 SEC.

EXIT MENU

• In motion image playback, Slide Show is not available.

• The DPOF setting for the Slide Show will not be applied to DPOF printing.

• DPOF Slide Show cannot be performed without the DPOF setting for Slide Show.

• When setting the DPOF Slide Show to a picture with DPOF printing, both the

DPOF icon and the number of prints appear on the picture in green.

• When only the DPOF printing is set on the picture, the DPOF icon and the number of prints appear in white. They do not appear on the DPOF Slide Show.

• When setting the DPOF Slide Show on the camera, delete any previous DPOF settings made by other equipment.

4

By pressing the [MENU] button, the Slide Show stops.

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Resizing the Pictures

Playback (advanced)

[RESIZE]

This function is useful if you want to reduce the file size of the picture in cases when it needs to be attached to an e-mail or uploaded to a website.

3

–Pictures recorded after setting the quality to [TIFF]

–Motion images

–Flip animation

–Rotated pictures (You can resize them if you rotate them back to their original position.)

Select the size and set it.

1

Select [RESIZE].

RESIZE

2304

2304

100_0001

1 / 1 9

PLAY 1 /

2

ROTATE

PROTECT

DPOF PRINT

SLIDE SHOW

RESIZE

1600

SELECT

RESIZE EXIT MENU

SELECT

MENU

EXIT MENU

2

Select the picture and set it.

RESIZE 2304

100_0001

1 / 1 9

• Sizes smaller than the recorded picture are displayed.

• [1600]: 1600 k 1200 pixels

• [1280]: 1280 k 960 pixels

• [640]: 640 k 480 pixels

SELECT

SET EXIT MENU

• The following pictures cannot be resized.

–Pictures equal to or smaller than

640 k 480 pixels

–Pictures recorded after setting the picture size to [HDTV]

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Playback (advanced)

4

Select [YES] or [NO] and set it.

RESIZE

Trimming the Pictures

[TRIMMING]

DELETE ORIGINAL

PICTURE?

NO

YES

Use this function when you trim necessary parts of the recorded picture.

SELECT SET CANCEL MENU

MENU

2 times

• When you select [YES], the picture is overwritten.

• When the original picture is protected, you cannot overwrite the resized picture.

• It may not be possible to resize pictures recorded with other equipment.

• When resized pictures are overwritten, they cannot be restored.

1

Select [TRIMMING].

PLAY 2 /

2

TRIMMING

FORMAT

SELECT

MENU

EXIT MENU

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Playback (advanced)

2

Select the picture to trim and set it.

4

Shift the picture and press the shutter button to set.

TRIMMING 2304

100_0001

1 / 1 9

TRIMMING

2304

100_0001

1 / 1 9

SELECT

SET EXIT MENU

ZOOM

TRIM:SHUTTER EXIT MENU

• The following pictures cannot be trimmed.

–Pictures smaller than 640 k 480 pixels

–Pictures recorded after setting the picture size to [HDTV]

–Pictures recorded after setting the quality to [TIFF]

–Motion images

–Flip animation

–Rotated pictures (You can trim them if you rotate them back.)

3

Enlarge or decrease the picture.

TRIMMING 2304

100_0001

1 / 1 9

5

Select [YES] or [NO] and set it.

TRIMMING

DELETE ORIGINAL

PICTURE?

NO

YES

SELECT SET CANCEL MENU

MENU

2 times

• When you select [YES], the picture is overwritten.

• When the original picture is protected, you cannot overwrite the resized picture.

ZOOM EXIT MENU

W T

• It may not be possible to trim pictures recorded with other equipment.

• The picture size of the trimmed pictures may become smaller than that of the original one depending on the cut size.

• The picture quality of the trimmed picture may be deteriorated.

• When trimmed pictures are overwritten, they cannot be restored.

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1

2

Playback (advanced)

Initializing the Card [FORMAT]

Select [FORMAT].

PLAY 2 /

2

TRIMMING

FORMAT

SELECT

MENU

Select [YES] to format.

FORMAT

EXIT MENU

DELETE ALL DATA

ON THE MEMORY CARD?

NO

YES

• Usually, it is not necessary to format the card. Format the card when the message

[MEMORY CARD ERROR] appears.

• If the card has been formatted by a PC or other equipment, format the card on the camera again.

• Once the card is formatted, all data including protected images are irretrievably erased. Please confirm that all data is transferred to your PC before proceeding with format function.

• During formatting, do not turn the camera off.

• When you format the card, use a battery with sufficient battery power (P14) or AC adapter (DMW-CAC1; optional).

• When the SD Memory Card Write-Protect switch is slid to [LOCK], you cannot format the card.

• If the card cannot be formatted, consult your nearest servicenter.

For USA assistance, please call: 1-800-272-7033 or send e-mail to : [email protected]

SELECT SET

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Playback (advanced)

Playing Back Pictures with a TV Screen

∫ Playing back pictures with video cable (supplied)

• Turn the camera and the TV off.

4

Turn the camera on and then set the mode dial to playback mode

[ ].

∫ Viewing pictures in other countries

When setting [VIDEO OUT] on the menu, you can view pictures on a TV in other countries (regions) which use the NTSC or

PAL system.

• Even if you set menu selection for [VIDEO

OUT] to [PAL], the output signal is still

NTSC in the recording mode.

∫ Playback pictures on TV with SD

Memory Card slot

A recorded SD Memory Card can be played back on TVs with an SD Memory

Card slot.

If you play back pictures recorded using

[HDTV] mode on a High-Definition TV,

(HDTV has 16:9 aspect) the picture quality will be better.

1

Connect the video cable

A

(supplied) to the [V OUT / DIGITAL] socket of the camera.

• Connect the video cable with the [ ] mark facing you.

• Hold B and then insert or pull the video cable straight.

2

Connect the video cable to the video input sockets of the TV.

• 1 Yellow: to the video input socket

3

Turn the TV on and select external input.

• Do not use any other AV cables except the supplied one.

• Read the TV operating instructions too.

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Connecting to a PC or Printer

Connecting to a PC or Printer

Before Connecting with USB Connection Cable

[ : USB MODE]

Select the USB communication system according to the OS of your PC or your printer before connecting them to the camera with the USB connection cable (supplied).

Set the items on [USB MODE] in the [SETUP] menu. (P24)

1

Select [USB MODE].

USB MODE

HIGHLIGHT

VIDEO OUT

SCENE MENU

LANGUAGE

SELECT

SETUP 3 /

3

PC

OFF

NTSC

AUTO

ENG

EXIT MENU

MENU

2

Select [PC] or [PictBridge (PTP)].

USB MODE

SELECT

PC

PictBridge

(PTP)

SET

Devices to be connected

[PC]

Setting on the

USB mode

Windows

®

2000 Professional, Windows Me,

Windows 98/98 SE or Mac OS X (10.1 or above),

Mac OS 9.x

PC/OS

Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP

Professional or Mac OS X

Printer Printers supporting PictBridge

[PC] or [PictBridge

(PTP)]

[PictBridge (PTP)]

• When [PC] is selected, the camera is connected via USB Mass Storage communication system.

• When [PictBridge (PTP)] is selected, the camera is connected via the PTP (Picture

Transfer Protocol) communication system.

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Connecting to a PC or Printer

∫ When using Windows 98/98 SE

When using Windows 98/98 SE, install the USB driver before connecting. (When using

Windows Me/2000/XP, Mac OS 9.x and Mac OS X, you do not have to install the USB driver.)

∫ When using Windows 2000 Professional, Windows Me, Windows 98/98 SE or Mac

OS 9.x

Even if the [PictBridge (PTP)] is selected in [USB MODE], the camera cannot be connected by a PC with the following OS’s: Windows 2000 Professional, Windows Me,

Windows 98/98 SE or Mac OS 9.x.

• When connecting the camera to a PC, do not set [USB MODE] to [PictBridge (PTP)].

(When the camera is shipped, [PC] is selected.)

• When connecting to a PC which includes the above-mentioned OS and setting the [USB MODE] to [PictBridge (PTP)], the messages shown on the right appear on the LCD monitor of the camera.

USB MODE

PictBridge

(PTP) The following messages appear for each OS on the display of the

PC. Select [Cancel] to close the window and disconnect the USB connection cable.

OS Message

Windows 2000 Professional [Welcome to the Found New Hardware Wizard]

Windows Me

Windows 98/98 SE

[New Hardware Found] >

[Add New Hardware Wizard]

(When you connect to the PC more than 2 times, only

[Add New Hardware Wizard] appears.)

Mac OS 9.x

[Software needed for the USB device “DMC-FZ15” is not available. Would you like to look for the software on the

Internet?]

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Connecting to a PC

Connecting to a PC or Printer

• If you use Windows 98/98SE, install the

USB driver and then connect it to the computer.

• When using Windows Me/2000/XP, Mac

OS 9.x and Mac OS X, you do not have to install the USB driver.

1

Turn the camera on and set the

[USB MODE] according to the OS you use.

• Set to [PC] or [PictBridge (PTP)]. Refer to “Before Connecting with USB

Connection Cable” on page 93.

• If [USB MODE] is set to [PictBridge

(PTP)] while Windows XP or Mac OS X is used, it is connected as PTP.

2

Connect the camera to a PC via the USB connection cable

A

(supplied).

• Connect the USB connection cable with the [ ] mark facing you.

• Hold C and then insert or pull the USB connection cable straight.

Depending on the USB mode setting, the indications on the screen may vary. Refer to page 96.

A : USB connection cable (supplied)

B : AC adaptor (DMW-CAC1; optional)

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Connecting to a PC or Printer

∫ PC

[Windows]

The drive appears on the [My Computer]

• While [ACCESS] is being displayed, do not disconnect the USB connection cable.

• Do not use any other USB connection folder.

• If it is the first time you are connecting the camera to a PC, the required driver is installed automatically so that the camera can be recognized by the Windows Plug and Play, then it appears on the

[My Computer] folder.

cables except the supplied one.

• For more information refer to the separate operating instructions about PC connection.

• Also refer to the operating instructions of the PC.

[Macintosh]

The drive is shown on the screen as untitled.

∫ About PictBridge (PTP) setting

• It may take time to display the communication screen depending on the

PC.

• You can only load pictures from the

∫ PictBridge (PTP)

[Windows]

The camera icon appears on the

[My Computer] folder.

• If it is the first time you are connecting the camera to a PC, the required driver is installed automatically so that the camera can be recognized by the Windows Plug and Play, then the camera icon appears on the [My Computer] folder.

camera and cannot write them on the card or delete them.

• When there are 1000 or more pictures on a card, the pictures may not be imported.

• When the PC recovers from the standby mode while connecting it to a camera with

USB connection cables, they may not properly communicate with each other.

[Macintosh]

You can read pictures with image capture or iPhoto.

• If the remaining battery power is exhausted during communication, the recorded data may be damaged. When you connect the camera to the PC, use the battery with sufficient battery power

(P14) or the AC adaptor (DMW-CAC1; optional).

• If the remaining battery power becomes low during communication, the power indicator blinks and the alarm beeps. In this case, stop the communication. Then turn the camera off and charge or replace the battery.

• Refer to P94 when connecting to the OS except for Windows XP and Mac OS X when setting [USB MODE] to [PictBridge

(PTP)].

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Connecting to a PC or Printer

Connecting to a PictBridge-compliant Printer

By connecting the camera directly to a printer supporting PictBridge via the USB connection cable (supplied), you can select the pictures to be printed or start printing.

3

Connect the camera to a printer via the USB connection cable

A

(supplied).

• Connect the USB connection cable with the [ ] mark facing you.

• Hold C and then insert or pull the USB connection cable straight.

When the DPOF

Print is set. (P83)

When the DPOF

Print is not set.

Select [DPOF

PICTURE]. (P99)

Select [SINGLE

PICTURE]. (P98)

A : USB connection cable (supplied)

B : AC adaptor (DMW-CAC1; optional)

1

Turn the camera on and then set the USB mode to [PictBridge

(PTP)]. (P93)

2

Turn on the printer.

• If the remaining battery power becomes low during communication, the power indicator blinks and the alarm beeps. In this case, stop the communication at once. Then turn the camera off and replace the battery with a charged one or charge the battery. Or, use the AC adaptor

(DMW-CAC1; optional).

• Set the print settings such as print quality on the printer beforehand. Ask the manufacturer of the printer about the corresponding models. (Read the printer operating instructions, too.)

• It may take time to print some pictures.

Therefore, we recommend using a battery with sufficient power (P14) or the AC adaptor (DMW-CAC1; optional) when you connect to a printer.

• Disconnect the USB connection cable after printing.

• Do not use any other USB connection cables except the supplied one.

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Connecting to a PC or Printer

• Set the print settings such as paper size or print quality on the printer beforehand.

• Connect the camera to a printer. (P97)

∫ [PRINT WITH DATE]

Settings on the printer are prioritized.

∫ Single picture

OFF Date is not printed.

1

Select a picture to be printed.

ON Date is printed.

PictBridge 2304

100_0001

1 / 1 9

PLEASE SELECT

THE PICTURE TO PRINT

• If the printer does not support date printing, the date cannot be printed on the picture.

∫ [NUM. OF PRINTS]

Set the number of prints.

SELECT PRINT

• A message displays for about

2 seconds.

2

Set the print settings.

SINGLE PICTURE

PRINT START

PRINT WITH DATE

NUM. OF PRINTS

PAPER SIZE

PAGE LAYOUT

SELECT SET

OFF

ON

CANCEL MENU

• The items which are not supported by the printer are displayed in gray and cannot be selected.

• When you want to print pictures in a paper size or a layout which is not supported by the camera, set [PAPER

SIZE] and [PAGE LAYOUT] to [ ] and then set the paper size or the layout on the printer. (For details, refer to the operating instructions of the printer.)

∫ [PAPER SIZE]

(Possible paper sizes on the camera)

The items are listed on 1/2 and 2/2.

Press 4 to select the desired item.

1/2

Settings on the printer are prioritized.

L/3.5

qk 5 q

2L/5 q k 7 q

89 mm k 127 mm

127 mm k 178 mm

POSTCARD 100 mm k 148 mm

A4

2/2

¢

210 mm k 297 mm

CARD SIZE 54 mm k 85.6 mm

10 k 15cm 100 mm k 150 mm

4 q k 6 q

8 q k 10 q

101.6 mm

203.2 mm k k

152.4 mm

254 mm

LETTER 216 mm k 279.4 mm

¢ These items cannot be displayed when the printer does not support the paper sizes.

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Connecting to a PC or Printer

∫ [PAGE LAYOUT]

(Possible layouts on the camera)

∫ DPOF picture

• Set the DPOF print with this camera in advance. (P83)

Settings on the printer are prioritized.

1

Select [DPOF PICTURE].

1 page with no frame print

PictBridge

1 page with frame print

2 pages print

4 pages print

SINGLE PICTURE

DPOF PICTURE

3

Select [PRINT START] and then print out the picture.

SELECT SET

SINGLE PICTURE

PRINT START

PRINT WITH DATE

NUM. OF PRINTS

PAPER SIZE

PAGE LAYOUT

SELECT

1

CANCEL MENU

• When printing under the new settings, disconnect the USB connection cable and connect it to the printer again.

• You can change the DPOF print setting by pressing the [MENU] button. (P83)

2

Select [PRINT START] and then print out the picture.

• Press the [MENU] button to cancel printing.

DPOF

PRINT START

PAPER SIZE

PAGE LAYOUT

SELECT CANCEL MENU

• Refer to P98 for print setting.

• Press the [MENU] button to cancel printing.

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Connecting to a PC or Printer

∫ Setting the date printing with the

DPOF print in advance

When the printer supports the date printing

• In DPOF print, if the total number of prints or the number of printed pictures is high, pictures are printed several times. (The by DPOF setting, we recommend setting the date printing with the DPOF print in advance. (P84) The recording date can be printed by selecting [DPOF PICTURE] to start printing.

indication of the remaining number of prints is different from the setting, however, this is not a malfunction.)

• The setting on the printer may have priority over the setting on the camera in the date print. Also check the date print setting on the printer.

• If the printer does not support date printing, the date cannot be printed on the picture.

Layout printing

• When printing a picture several times on 1 sheet of paper

For example, if you want to print a picture

4 times on 1 sheet of paper, set [PAGE

LAYOUT] to [ ] and then set the number of prints to 4 for the picture on

[NUM. OF PRINTS].

• When printing different pictures on

1 sheet of paper (only in DPOF printing)

For example, if you want to print 4 different pictures on 1 sheet of paper, set [PAGE

LAYOUT] to [ ] and then set the number of prints to 1 on [COUNT] in

DPOF print setting (P83) for each of the

4 pictures.

When printing with PictBridge

• Do not disconnect the USB connection cable when the cable disconnection warning icon [ ] is indicated.

• When the [ ¥ ] indication lights in yellow during printing, make sure there is no malfunction on the printer.

• When the printer does not support TIFF print, you cannot print pictures of which quality is TIFF.

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Others

Others

Using the MC Protector/ND Filter

The MC protector (DMW-LMC72; optional) is a transparent filter which affects neither the colors nor the amount of light, so it can always be used to protect the camera’s lens.

The ND filter (DMW-LND72; optional) reduces the amount of light to approximately 1/8th (equal to adjusting the aperture value 3 increments) without affecting the color balance.

1

Remove the lens cap and the lens ring.

3

Attach the MC protector

A

or the

ND filter

B

.

2

Attach the lens hood adaptor.

(P20)

• Cap C (supplied with MC protector)

• The lens cap supplied with the camera cannot be attached to the MC protector or the ND filter.

• You cannot attach the MC protector and the ND filter at the same time.

• When taking pictures with the flash using the MC protector or ND filter, vignetting effect may occur.

• If the MC protector/ND filter are dropped, they may be destroyed. Be careful not to drop them when attaching them to the camera.

• The cap supplied with MC protector can also be used for the ND filter.

• MC u “Multi-coated”

ND u “Neutral Density”

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Others

Screen Display

32

31

30

29

28

27

26

25

24

23

22

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

MF

ISO 100 2304

COOL

PROGRAM SHIFT

F2.8

1/25

21 20

∫ In recording

19 18

1 Recording mode

2 Flash (P39)

3 Conversion lens (P79)

4 Burst (P45)

5 White balance (P68)

6 ISO sensitivity (P70)

7 Focus indication (P32)

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8 Continuous AF (P73)

9 Picture size (P70)

10 Quality (P71)

: Jitter alert indication (P34)

11 Battery indication (P14)

12 Color effect (P75)

13 Picture/Time remain

In Motion image mode: e.g. 11S

14 Card access indication (P17)

15 Recording indication

16 Histogram (P30)

17 Shutter speed indication (P32)

18 Aperture value indication (P32)

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12

13

14

15

16

27 25 26 7 24 28 30 14

1 18

ISO 100

17 4, 22 20

11

19 Program shift indication (P35)

20 Program shift setting indication (P35)

21 Exposure compensation (P43)

22 Auto bracket (P44)

23 Metering mode (P72)

24 Spot metering target (P72)

25 AF area (P32)

26 Spot AF area (P72)

27 AF assist lamp (P74)

28 Self-timer (P42)

29 Flash output adjustment (P41)

30 Zoom/Digital zoom (P38, 74)

W T 30X

31 Optical image stabilizer (P76)

32 MF indication (P65)

• Current date and time is displayed on the bottom of the screen for about 5 seconds when turning the camera on, setting the clock and after switching from the playback mode to the recording mode.

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15

5

6

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1 2

1

3

PLAY MOTION

IMAGE

4 5 6

2304

100_0001

1 / 1 9

7

8

9

P

F2.8 1/25 ISO 100 AUTO

10:00 DEC. 1.2004

∫ In playback

1 Playback mode

2 DPOF (P83, 87)

(White):

DPOF setting for printing

(Green):

DPOF setting for Slide Show

(Green with number of prints):

DPOF setting for printing and

Slide Show

3 Protected picture (P85)

4 Picture size (P70)

: In Motion image mode

5 Quality (P71)

/ : In Motion image mode

6 Battery indication (P14)

7 Folder/File number

8 Page number/Total pictures

9 Histogram (P30)

• It will be displayed when the

[DISPLAY] button is pressed.

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11

10 Recording information

(Recording mode/Aperture value/

Shutter speed/ISO sensitivity/Flash/

White balance)

• It will be displayed when the

[DISPLAY] button is pressed.

11 Recorded date and time

12 Motion image playback

13 Flip animation (P76)

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Cautions for Use

∫ Optimal Use of the Camera

When carrying this camera, take care not to drop or cause impact to it.

• The outer case may be destroyed by the strong shock, and it may cause malfunction of this camera.

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Keep the camera away from magnetized equipment (such as a microwave oven,

TV, video game equipment, etc.).

• If you use the camera on or near a TV, pictures may be disrupted due to electromagnetic wave radiation.

• Do not use the camera near a cell phone because doing so may cause noise to adversely affect the pictures.

• Recorded data may be damaged, or pictures may be distorted by strong magnetic fields created by speakers or large motors.

• Electromagnetic wave radiation generated by a microprocessor may adversely affect the camera, causing the disturbance of pictures.

• If the camera is affected by magnetically charged equipment and does not function properly, turn the camera off and remove the battery or disconnect AC adaptor

(DMW-CAC1; optional) and then insert the battery or connect AC adaptor again.

Thereafter, turn the camera on.

Do not use the camera near radio transmitters or high-voltage lines.

• If you record near radio transmitters or high-voltage lines, recorded pictures may be adversely affected.

Make sure to use the supplied cords and cables. If you use optional accessories, use the cords and the cables supplied with them.

Do not extend the cords and the cables.

Do not spray insecticides or volatile chemicals onto the camera.

• If the camera is sprayed with such chemicals, the camera body may be damaged and the surface finish may peel off.

• Do not keep rubber or plastic products in contact with the camera for a long period of time.

Do not use benzine, thinner or alcohol for cleaning the camera.

• Before cleaning the camera, remove the battery or disconnect charger from the electrical outlet.

• The camera body may be deformed and the surface finish may peel off.

• Wipe the camera with a soft, dry cloth. To remove stubborn stains, wipe with a cloth that is soaked in a detergent diluted with water and afterward finish wiping with a dry cloth.

• When you use chemical cloth, follow the instructions that come with the cloth.

• In case rain or other sources of water splash onto the camera, wet a soft cloth with tap water, wring it well, and use it to wipe the camera body carefully. Then wipe it again with a dry cloth.

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∫ Battery

The battery is a rechargeable lithium ion battery. Its ability to generate power is based upon the chemical reaction that takes place inside it. This reaction is susceptible to the surrounding temperature and humidity, and, if the temperature is too high or too low, the operating time of the battery will be shorter.

When you go out, bring charged spare batteries.

• Prepare batteries with the charger equal to 3 to 4 times of the power for the desired operating time. The operating time of the battery may become shorter in low temperatures such as skiing resorts.

• When you travel, be sure to prepare the supplied charger to charge the battery on the spot.

Do not allow the battery terminals to come in contact with metal objects

(such as necklaces, hairpins, etc.).

• This can result in a short circuit or heat generation and, if you touch the battery in this condition, you may be badly burned.

∫ Charger

• If you use the charger near a radio, radio reception may be disturbed. Keep the charger 3.28 feet (1 m) or more away from radio.

• When the charger is in use, it may generate whirring sounds. However, this is not a malfunction.

• After use, be sure to disconnect the charger from the electrical outlet. (If it is left connected, a minute amount of current is consumed.)

• Keep the terminal of the charger and battery clean.

If you drop the battery accidentally, check to see if the battery body and terminals are damaged.

• Inserting damaged battery in the camera may damage the camera.

After use, be sure to remove the card and the battery or disconnect the plug from the electrical outlet.

• Extremely high or low temperatures will shorten the life of the battery.

• If the battery is kept in smoky or dusty places, the terminals may rust and cause malfunctions.

∫ Condensation (When the lens or the

Viewfinder is fogged up)

When condensation has taken place:

• Turn the camera off and leave the camera in this condition for about 2 hours. When the camera becomes close to the ambient temperature, the condensation disappears naturally.

• When you move the camera from a cold place to a hot place, put the camera into plastic bag and then take it out after the temperature of the camera becomes close to the ambient temperature to avoid condensation.

Dispose of an unusable battery.

• The battery has a limited life.

• Do not throw the battery into fire because it may cause an explosion.

• An unusable battery should be discarded in accordance with battery recycling laws.

For information you can call the RBRC hotline at 1-800-822-8837.

If condensation has taken place, it causes a malfunction.

Be careful to avoid condensation and take proper measures when condensation occurs.

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∫ Card

While the card access indication appears (the card is being accessed), do

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∫ Printing pictures recorded with HDTV mode

When you print pictures recorded after not open the Card/Battery Door to remove the card, do not turn the camera off or do not shake or cause impact to setting the picture size to [HDTV]

(1920 k 1080 pixels), both ends of the pictures may be cut out.

the camera.

Do not leave the card in places where there is high temperature or direct

To print pictures with ends: sunlight, or where electromagnetic waves or static electricity are easily generated.

When you order photo studios to print pictures:

• Ask the photo studio if the pictures can be printed with both ends.

Do not bend or drop the card.

• The card may be damaged or the recorded content may be damaged or

When you print pictures with your printer:

• When using the printer with a trimming erased.

feature or a feature which cuts out both edges of the pictures, cancel the feature

After use, be sure to remove the card from the camera and then store it.

• For storing or transporting the camera, place it in a bag.

for printing.

• The feature depends on the printer used.

Refer to the operating instructions of the printer for details.

• Do not allow dirt, dust or water to enter the terminals on the back of the card and do not touch it with your fingers.

∫ Folder Composition

When a Memory Card with data recorded on it is inserted into a PC, the folders shown below will appear.

SD Memory

Card

DCIM

100_PANA

EXPORT

MISC

PRIVATE1

• In the [100_PANA] folder it is possible to record up to 999 pictures.

• In the [MISC] folder it is possible to record the files that have been set with DPOF settings.

• The files recorded in flip animation function are stored in [PRIVATE1] folder.

• The motion images created by flip animation function are stored in

[100_PANA] or another folder.

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Message Display

[NO MEMORY CARD]

Insert the card.

[THIS MEMORY CARD IS PROTECTED]

Cancel the card lock.

[NO VALID IMAGE TO PLAY]

Play back after recording or after inserting a card with a recorded picture.

[MEMORY CARD FULL /

NOT ENOUGH MEMORY IN THE CARD]

Insert a new card or delete the unnecessary data.

[PLEASE CLOSE THE FLASH]

Be sure to close the flash after use.

[MODE DIAL IS NOT IN THE PROPER

POSITION]

This message appears when you turn the camera on with the mode dial in the wrong position.

Rotate the mode dial to the proper position.

[PLEASE SET THE CLOCK]

This message appears when you use the camera for the first time or you do not use the camera for a long time. Set the clock.

[THIS PICTURE IS PROTECTED]

After canceling the protect setting, you can delete or overwrite the picture.

[THIS PICTURE CAN’T BE DELETED /

SOME PICTURES CAN’T BE DELETED]

The pictures not based on the DCF standard cannot be deleted.

[CAN’T BE SET ON THIS PICTURE /

CAN’T BE SET ON SOME PICTURES]

If the pictures are not based on the DCF standard, the DPOF print cannot be set.

[NO ADDITIONAL DELETE SELECTIONS

CAN BE MADE]

You have exceeded the number of pictures that can be set at once with multi-delete setting.

[MEMORY CARD ERROR FORMAT THIS

CARD?]

The format of the card cannot be recognized by this camera. Format the card again with this camera.

[PLEASE TURN CAMERA OFF AND

THEN ON AGAIN]

This message appears when the camera does not operate properly. Turn the camera off and on. If the message persists, contact the dealer or your nearest servicenter.

[MEMORY CARD ERROR]

Failed access to the card.

Insert the card again.

[READ ERROR]

Data reading error.

Play it back again.

[WRITE ERROR]

Data writing error.

Turn the camera off and remove the card.

Then insert the card and turn the camera on again. Be sure that the camera is turned off before removing or inserting the card to avoid damage.

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Troubleshooting

If you put the menu back to the settings at the time of purchase, the conditions may be improved. Carry out the [RESET] in the setup menu. (P24)

The camera will not turn on.

Conditions Causes

Is the battery inserted correctly?

Is the battery sufficiently charged?

Use a battery that has been sufficiently charged.

Is the battery charge insufficient to operate the camera?

Use a battery that has been sufficiently charged.

As the camera is turned on, it turns off immediately.

The brightness of the screen becomes dark or bright for a moment.

The picture cannot be recorded.

This phenomenon appears when pressing the shutter button halfway to set the aperture value and does not affect the recorded pictures.

Is the card inserted?

Is the mode dial correctly set?

The picture is not displayed on the LCD monitor.

Is there any memory capacity left on the card?

Before recording, delete some pictures.

Does the picture appear on the Viewfinder?

Press the [EVF/LCD] button to switch to LCD monitor display.

The screen is too bright or dark.

Flash is not activated.

Adjust the brightness of the screen.

Is the flash closed?

Press the [ OPEN] button to open the flash.

Unreadable language was selected by mistake.

Select [ ] icon on the [SETUP] menu to set the desired language.

The subject is not focused properly.

The focus range varies depending on the recording mode.

Rotate the mode dial to set to the proper mode for the distance to the subject.

Is the subject out of the focus range? (P34)

When you cannot focus on the subject even if you tried many times, turn the camera off once and turn it on again.

The picture is not played back.

Is the card inserted?

Is there a picture in the card?

The picture does not appear on the television.

Is the mode dial set to playback [ ]?

Is the camera connected to the TV correctly?

Check it.

Set the TV to video input mode.

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Conditions

When connecting to a

PC, pictures cannot be transferred.

Causes

Is the camera connected to the PC correctly?

Check it.

Is the camera recognized by the PC correctly?

Is the USB mode set correctly?

The clock setting is reset.

If you do not use the camera for a long time, the clock setting may be reset. When the message [PLEASE SET THE

CLOCK] appears, set the clock again.

When you take a picture before setting the clock,

[0:00 0. 0. 0] is recorded.

This appears due to the highlight display function which shows white saturated areas. (P29)

A certain part of the picture blinks.

When the shutter button is pressed halfway, a red lamp turns on sometimes.

In dark places, the AF assist lamp (P74) lights red to make it easier to focus on a subject.

The camera will make sounds caused by internal mechanical movement when it is shaken.

The sound arises when the lens moves.

This is not a malfunction.

The lens clicks.

Some pixels are inactive or always lit on the LCD monitor.

This is not a malfunction.

These pixels do not affect the recorded pictures.

Noise appears on the

LCD monitor.

When brightness has changed due to the zoom or the movement of the camera or other, the lens may click and the picture on the screen may be drastically changed, however, the pictures are not affected.

The sound is caused by automatic adjustment of the aperture. It is not a malfunction.

A vertical red spectrum appears on the LCD monitor.

The pictures cannot be printed with printers supporting PictBridge.

In dark places, noise may appear to maintain the brightness of the LCD monitor. This does not affect the pictures you are recording.

This is called smear. It is specific to CCD, not a malfunction.

It appears when the subject has a bright part. It is recorded on motion images, but not recorded on still pictures.

Set the USB mode to [PictBridge (PTP)].

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Conditions

Both ends of the picture recorded by setting the picture size to [HDTV]

(1920 k 1080 pixels) are cut out.

Causes

When you order photo studios to print pictures, ask the photo studio if the pictures can be printed with both ends.

• When using the printer with a trimming feature or other feature which cuts out both edges of the pictures, cancel the feature for printing. The feature depends on the printer used.

• Refer to the operating instructions of the printer for details.

Colors that were actually not around the subject appear on the picture.

This camera compensates the color shift caused by the characteristic of the lens. However, the color shift may appear when you rotate the zoom lever to Tele, etc.

This is not a malfunction.

The flash is activated

2 times.

The first flash is activated for red-eye prevention on the subject (red-eye phenomenon). 1 second after, the flash is activated again for recording.

Even if the zoom lever is rotated, the zoom function is stopped halfway.

Is [CONVERSION] set in the [REC] mode menu? If so, the zoom range is limited. Cancel the setting on

[CONVERSION]. (P79)

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Specifications

Digital Camera: Information for your safety

Power Source: DC 8.4 V

Power Consumption: 2.4 W (When recording with LCD Monitor)

2.2 W (When recording with Viewfinder)

1.4 W (When playing back with LCD Monitor)

1.2 W (When playing back with Viewfinder)

Camera Effective pixels: 4,000,000 pixels

Image sensor: 1/2.5

q CCD, total pixel number 4,230,000 pixels

Lens:

Primary color filter

Optical 12 k zoom, f l 6 – 72 mm (35 mm film camera

Digital zoom:

Focus: equivalent: 35 – 420 mm)/F2.8

Max. 4 k

TTL Normal/Macro/Manual/9-area-focusing/3-area-focusing/

Focus range:

Shutter system:

Burst recording

Burst speed:

1-area-focusing/Spot-focusing

0.98 feet (30 cm) (Wide)/6.56 feet (200 cm) (Tele) – ¶ ,

Macro/Aperture-priority AE/Shutter-priority AE/

Manual exposure: 0.16 feet (5 cm) (Wide)/

6.56 feet (200 cm) (Tele) – ¶

Electronic shutter i Mechanical shutter

4 frames/second (high speed), 2 frames/second (low speed),

Approx. 2 frames/second (no limit)

Number of recordable pictures: Max. 10 frames (standard), max. 5 frames (fine), Depends on the capacity of the card. (no limit)

(Performance in burst recording is only with SD Memory Card.

MultiMediaCard performance will be less.)

Motion image recording: 320 k 240 pixels

(30 or 10 frames/second without audio. The maximum

ISO sensitivity: recording time depends on the capacity of the card.)

AUTO (without flash: from ISO64 to ISO200/ with flash: from ISO100 to ISO400)/64/100/200/400

Shutter speed:

White balance:

Exposure (AE):

Metering mode:

LCD monitor:

Viewfinder:

8 – 1/2,000th

Motion image mode: 1/30th – 1/2,000th

AUTO/Daylight/Cloudy/Halogen/Flash/White set

Program AE (P)/Aperture-priority AE (A)/

Shutter-priority AE (S)/Manual exposure (M)

Exposure compensation (1/3 EV Step, j 2 – i 2 EV)

Multiple/Center weighted/Spot

2.0

q low-temperature polycrystalline TFT LCD

(130,000 pixels) (field of view ratio about 100%)

Color electrical Viewfinder (114,000 pixels)

(field of view ratio about 100%)

(with dioptor adjustment j 4 – i 4 dioptor)

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Flash:

Speaker:

Recording media:

Picture size:

Built-in pop up flash

Flash range: (ISO AUTO)

Approx. 0.98 feet (30 cm) – 23.0 feet (7 m)

AUTO, AUTO/Red-eye reduction, Forced ON (Forced ON/

Red-eye reduction), Slow sync./Red-eye reduction,

Forced OFF

Monaural

SD Memory Card/MultiMediaCard

2304 k 1728 pixels, 1600 k 1200 pixels, 1280 k 960 pixels,

640 k 480 pixels, 1920 k 1080 pixels (Still picture)

320 k 240 pixels (Motion image)

Fine/Standard/TIFF Quality:

Recording file format

Still Picture: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.2 standard)/TIFF (RGB), DPOF corresponding

QuickTime Motion JPEG (motion images without audio) Motion images:

Interface

Digital:

Analog video:

Terminal

V OUT / DIGITAL:

DC IN:

Dimensions:

Weight:

USB 2.0 (Full Speed)

NTSC/PAL Composite (Switched by menu)

Dedicated jack (8 pin) type 3 jack

5 q (W) k 3 7 / 16 q (H) k 4 2 / 11 q (D) (127.6 mm (W) k 87.2 mm

(H) k 106.2 mm (D)) (excluding the projection part)

Approx. 18.3 oz/520 g

(excluding Memory Card and battery)

Approx. 19.6 oz/556 g (with Memory Card and battery)

Operating Temperature: 32 o F – 104 o F (0 o C – 40 o C)

Operating Humidity: 10% – 80%

Battery Charger

(Panasonic DE-993B): Information for your safety

Input:

Output:

110 – 240 V 50/60 Hz, 0.15 A

CHARGE 8.4 V 0.43 A

Equipment mobility: Movable

Battery Pack (lithium-ion )

(Panasonic CGA-S002A): Information for your safety

Voltage/capacity: 7.2 V, 680 mAh

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Digital Camera Accessory System

Accessory#

CGA-S002A

Figure Description

Lithium Ion Battery

DMW-CAC1 Battery Charger/AC Adaptor

DMW-LTZ10 Tele Conversion Lens

DMW-LWZ10 Wide Conversion Lens

DMW-LND72 ND Filter

DMW-LMC72 MC Protector

RP-SDH01GU1A

RP-SDH512U1A

RP-SDH256U1A

RP-SD128BU1A

RP-SD064BPPA

RP-SD032BPPA

BN-SDCAPU/1B

BN-SDABPU/1B

1 GB SD Memory Card

512 MB SD Memory Card

256 MB SD Memory Card

128 MB SD Memory Card

64 MB SD Memory Card

32 MB SD Memory Card

SD USB Reader/Writer

(compatible with

MultiMediaCard)

SD PC Card Adaptor

(compatible with

MultiMediaCard)

* Please refer to page 14, for details on the battery charging time and the number of recordable pictures.

* NOTE: Accessories and/or model numbers may vary by country. Please consult your local dealer.

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Digital Camera Accessory Order Form

(For USA Customers)

Please photocopy this form when placing an order.

1. Digital Camera Model #

2. Items Ordered

Accessory # Description Price Each Quantity Total Price

114

Subtotal

Your State & Local Sales Tax

Shipping & Handling 6.95

Total Enclosed

3. Method of payment (check one)

Check of Money Order enclosed (NO C.O.D.SHIPMENTS)

VISA Credit Card #

MasterCard

Discover

Expiration Date

Customer Signature

Make Check or Money Order to: PANASONIC ACCESSORIES

(Please do not send cash)

4. Shipping information (UPS delivery requires complete street address)

Ship To:

Mr.

Mrs.

Ms.

First Last Phone#:

Day ( )

Street Address

Night ( )

City State Zip

TO OBTAIN ANY OF OUR DIGITAL CAMERA ACCESSORIES YOU CAN DO ANY OF

THE FOLLOWING:

VISIT YOUR LOCAL PANASONIC DEALER

OR

CALL PANASONIC’S ACCESSORY ORDER LINE AT 1-800-332-5368

[6 AM-5 PM M-F, 6 AM-10:30 AM SAT, PACIFIC TIME]

OR

MAIL THIS ORDER TO: PANASONIC SERVICES COMPANY ACCESSORY ORDER OFFICE

20421 84th Avenue South Kent, WA. 98032

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Request for Service Notice

(For USA Only)

Please photocopy this form when making a request for service notice.

In the unlikely event this product needs service.

Request for Service Notice:

(USA Only)

• Please include your proof of purchase.

(Failure to do so will delay your repair.)

• To further speed your repair, please provide an explanation of what wrong with the unit and any symptom it is exhibiting.

Mail this completed form and your Proof of Purchase along with your unit to:

Panasonic Services Company

1705 N. Randall Road

Elgin, IL. 60123-7847

Attn: Digital Camera Repair

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Limited Warranty

(For USA Only)

PANASONIC CONSUMER

ELECTRONICS COMPANY,

DIVISION OF MATSUSHITA

ELECTRIC CORPORATION OF

AMERICA, One Panasonic Way

Secaucus, New Jersey 07094

PANASONIC SALES COMPANY,

DIVISION OF MATSUSHITA

ELECTRIC OF PUERTO RICO, INC.

Ave. 65 de Infanteria, Km. 9.5, San

Gabriel Industrial Park, Carolina,

Puerto Rico 00985

Panasonic Digital Still Camera

Limited Warranty

Limited Warranty Coverage

If your product does not work properly because of a defect in materials or workmanship, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company or Panasonic Sales

Company (collectively referred to as “the warrantor”) will, for the length of the period indicated on the chart below, which starts with the date of original purchase (“warranty period”), at its option either (a) repair your product with new or refurbished parts, or (b) replace it with a new or refurbished product. The decision to repair or replace will be made by the warrantor.

PRODUCT OR PART NAME

DIGITAL STILL CAMERA

(EXCEPT ITEMS LISTED

BELOW)

CCD

RECHARGEABLE BATTERY

PACK

(IN EXCHANGE FOR

DEFECTIVE BATTERY PACK)

SD MEMORY CARD

(IN EXCHANGE FOR

DEFECTIVE SD CARD)

PARTS

1 (ONE) YEAR

6 (SIX) MONTHS

90 (NINETY) DAYS

90 (NINETY) DAYS

LABOR

90 (NINETY) DAYS

90 (NINETY) DAYS

NOT APPLICABLE

NOT APPLICABLE

During the “Labor” warranty period there will be no charge for labor. During the

“Parts” warranty period, there will be no charge for parts. You must carry-in or mail-in your product during the warranty period. If non-rechargeable batteries are included, they are not warranted. This warranty only applies to products purchased and serviced in the United States or Puerto Rico. This warranty is extended only to the original purchaser of a new product which was not sold “as is”. A purchase receipt or other proof of the original purchase date is required for warranty service.

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Carry-In or Mail-In Service

For Carry-In or Mail-In Service in the United States call

1-800-272-7033.

For assistance in Puerto Rico call Panasonic Sales Company

(787)-750-4300 or fax (787)-768-2910.

This warranty ONLY COVERS failures due to defects in materials or workmanship, and DOES NOT COVER normal wear and tear or cosmetic damage. The warranty ALSO DOES NOT COVER damages which occurred in shipment, or failures which are caused by products not supplied by the warrantor, or failures which result from accidents, misuse, abuse, neglect, mishandling, misapplication, alteration, faulty installation, set-up adjustments, misadjustment of consumer controls, improper maintenance, power line surge, lightning damage, modification, or commercial use (such as in a hotel, office, restaurant, or other business), rental use of the product, service by anyone other than a Factory Servicenter or other Authorized Servicer, or damage that is attributable to acts of God.

THERE ARE NO EXPRESS WARRANTIES EXCEPT AS LISTED UNDER

“LIMITED WARRANTY COVERAGE”. THE WARRANTOR IS NOT LIABLE

FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES RESULTING FROM

THE USE OF THIS PRODUCT, OR ARISING OUT OF ANY BREACH OF

THIS WARRANTY.

(As examples, this excludes damages for lost time, travel to and from the servicer, loss of media or images, data or other memory content. The items listed are not exclusive, but are for illustration only.)

ALL

EXPRESS AND IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING THE WARRANTY

OF MERCHANTABILITY, ARE LIMITED TO THE PERIOD OF THE LIMITED

WARRANTY.

Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, or limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the exclusions may not apply to you.

This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. If a problem with this product develops during or after the warranty period, you may contact your dealer or Servicenter. If the problem is not handled to your satisfaction, then write to the warrantor’s

Consumer Affairs Department at the addresses listed for the warrantor.

PARTS AND SERVICE WHICH ARE NOT COVERED BY THIS LIMITED

WARRANTY ARE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.

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Customer Services Directory

(For USA Only)

For Product Information, Operating Assistance, Literature Request, Dealer Locations, and all Customer Service inquiries please contact:

1-800-272-7033

, Monday-Friday 8:30am-8pm EST.

Web Site: http://www.panasonic.com/support

You can purchase parts, accessories or locate your nearest servicenter by visiting our Web Site.

Accessory Purchases:

Purchase Parts, Accessories and Instruction Books online for all Panasonic Products by visiting our Web Site at:

http://www.pasc.panasonic.com

or, send your request by E-mail to: [email protected]

You may also contact us directly at:

1-800-332-5368 (Customer Orders Only)

Panasonic Services Company 20421 84th Avenue South, Kent, WA 98032

(6 am to 5 pm Monday - Friday; 6 am to 10:30 am Saturday; PST)

(Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card, American Express, Check)

Product Repairs

MAIL TO :

Centralized Factory Servicenter

Panasonic Services Company

1705 N. Randall Road,

Elgin, IL 60123-7847

Attention: Digital Camera Repair

Please carefully pack and ship, prepaid and insured, to the Elgin Centralized Factory

Servicenter.

Customer's in Puerto Rico, please ship or carry in to location below (“Service in Puerto Rico”).

Service in Puerto Rico

Matsushita Electric of Puerto Rico, Inc. Panasonic Sales Company/ Factory Servicenter:

Ave. 65 de Infanteria, Km. 9.5, San Gabriel Industrial Park, Carolina, Puerto Rico 00985

Phone (787) 750-4300 Fax (787) 768-2910

As of November 2003

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Index

A

Adjusting Flash Output ...................... 41

AF Assist Lamp ................................... 74

AF Mode .............................................. 72

AF/AE Lock ......................................... 33

Aperture-priority AE ..................... 51, 55

Auto Bracket ........................................ 44

Auto Review ........................................ 25

Auto White Balance ........................... 68

B

Brightness of the LCD

Monitor/Viewfinder .......................... 25

Built-in Flash ....................................... 39

Burst Mode .......................................... 45

C

Card ...................................................... 17

Card Access Indication ...................... 17

Center weighted ................................. 72

Charger .............................................. 105

Clock Set ........................................ 22, 26

Color Effect .......................................... 75

Condensation .................................... 105

Continuous AF .................................... 73

Conversion Lens ................................. 79

D

Date Printing ............................... 84, 100

Deleting Pictures .......................... 49, 50

Digital Zoom ........................................ 74

Diopter Adjustment ............................ 29

DPOF Print Setting ............................ 83

E

Exposure .............................................. 34

Exposure Compensation ................... 43

F

Fine ....................................................... 71

Fireworks Mode ..................................62

Flip Animation ..................................... 76

Focus .................................................... 34

Formatting ............................................91

H

HDTV .............................................. 70, 92

Highlight Display ........................... 26, 29

Histogram ............................................30

I

ISO Sensitivity ..................................... 70

J

Jitter ...................................................... 34

L

Language setting ................................27

LCD Monitor ................................28, 102

Lens Cap ..............................................19

Lens Hood ........................................... 20

Lens Hood Adaptor ............................ 20

M

Macro Mode ........................................56

Manual Exposure ......................... 53, 55

Manual Exposure Assistance ...........53

Manual Focus ..................................... 65

MC Protector ..................................... 101

Metering Mode ....................................72

Monitor Priority ..............................25, 29

Motion Image Mode ........................... 56

Motion Rate ......................................... 56

Multi Playback ..................................... 47

Multiple ................................................. 72

N

ND Filter ............................................. 101

Night Portrait Mode ............................ 61

Night Scenery Mode .......................... 60

NO.RESET

..........................................26

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NTSC .................................................... 26

Number of recordable pictures ........ 18

Others

One Shot AF

Optical Zoom

O

....................................... 66

Operational sound .............................. 26

Optical Image Stabilizer .................... 76

....................................... 38

P

PAL ....................................................... 26

Panning Mode ..................................... 61

Party Mode .......................................... 63

PC ................................................... 93, 95

PictBridge ................................ 93, 95, 97

Picture Adjustment ............................. 75

Picture Size ................................... 18, 70

Playback .............................................. 46

Playback Pictures on TV ................... 92

Playback Zoom ................................... 48

Playing Back Motion Images ............ 81

Portrait Mode ...................................... 59

Power indicator ................................... 32

Power Save ......................................... 25

Prefocus ............................................... 66

Program AE ......................................... 32

Program Shift ...................................... 35

Protect .................................................. 85

PTP ....................................................... 93

SD Slide Show .................................... 87

Setup Menu ......................................... 24

Shutter sound ...................................... 26

Shutter-priority AE ........................ 52, 55

Slide Show ........................................... 86

Snow Mode ......................................... 64

Sports Mode ........................................ 59

Spot ...................................................... 72

Spot-focusing ...................................... 72

Standard .............................................. 71

Strap ..................................................... 19

TIFF

Trimming

USB Mode

Video output

Viewfinder

White Balance

T

...................................................... 71

.............................................. 89

U

USB Connection Cable

..................................... 26, 93

V

........................................ 26

.................................... 28, 102

W

..................... 93

..................................... 68

White Balance Fine Adjustment

Numerics

...... 69

Q

Quality .................................................. 71

1-area-focusing ................................... 72

3-area-focusing ................................... 72

9-area-focusing ................................... 72

R

Recording Guide Line ........................ 29

Reset of setting ................................... 26

Resizing ............................................... 88

Review ................................................. 37

Rotate ................................................... 82

S

Scene Menu ........................................ 27

Scene Mode ........................................ 58

Scenery Mode ..................................... 60

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Spanish Quick Use Guide/Guía rápida en español

Ésta es una visión de conjunto que trata del procedimiento para grabar las imágenes con esta cámara. Por lo que respecta a cada única operación, haga referencia a las páginas correspondientes.

1

Cargue la batería.

• Cuando se envía la cámara, la batería está sin carga. Cárguela antes del uso.

3

Encienda la cámara para sacar las imágenes.

• Ajuste el reloj.

A

P

S

2

SCN

M

1

SCN

OPEN

OFF ON

2

Inserte la batería y la tarjeta.

1 Ajuste el disco del modo a [ ].

2 Abra el flash. (Cuando usa el flash)

3 Oprima el botón del obturador para sacar las imágenes.

4

Reproduzca las imágenes.

P

A S

M

SCN

2

1

SCN

1 Ajuste el disco del modo a [ ].

2 Seleccione la imagen que quiere ver.

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Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company,

Division of Matsushita Electric Corporation of America

One Panasonic Way, Secaucus, NJ 07094

Panasonic Sales Company ("PSC")

Division of Matsushita Electric of Puerto Rico, Inc.

Ave. 65 de Infanteria, Km. 9.5, San Gabriel Industrial Park, Carolina, Puerto Rico 00985

C 2004 Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.

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