Using the Camera Features. HP hw6500

Using the Camera Features. HP hw6500

10 Using the Camera Features

NOTE: Camera features are included on certain HP iPAQ models.

The camera features of the HP iPAQ allow you to turn your HP iPAQ into a mobile digital imaging center. You can share images through e-mail or the Web, or print from your HP iPAQ using Bluetooth.

The software programs described below are included on your HP iPAQ or on the Companion CD.

HP Camera Software

HP Photosmart

HP Image Zone

HP Image Transfer

Function

Take digital photographs and modify settings with your HP iPAQ Camera.

Display individual images and run slideshows on your HP iPAQ. Also print, send, record sounds, and e-mail images directly from your HP iPAQ to share with friends and family.

Transfer digital images from the HP iPAQ to your personal computer. This software is included on the Companion CD and must be installed on your personal computer before you can use it.

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Camera Components

On the back of the HP iPAQ are camera components that assist you in taking photos:

1.

LED adds light to close-up photos taken within two feet of the camera. Press the LED toggle on/off button on the camera screen to turn the LED on or off.

2.

Camera lens used to focus on the subject.

3.

Mirror lens used to take a self-photo.

4.

Camera shutter button on the side of the device.

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Taking a Photo

When you launch HP Photosmart, the camera screen above appears. The camera icons displayed on the screen are explained in the table below.

HP Photosmart Icons Definition

Tap to access the camera settings.

Tap to review images.

Tap to zoom out.

Tap to zoom in.

Tap to toggle on/off LED on the back of the device.

When the LED is toggled on, it emits a low level of light on the back of the HP iPAQ, and when the shutter button is pressed, the light flashes briefly.

In video mode, when the LED is toggled on, it emits a low level of light without flashing.

Tap to take short movie images or video clips.

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HP Photosmart Icons Definition (continued)

Press or tap the Camera Shutter to snap a photo.

Tap to exit the HP Photosmart application.

Tap for Help.

To take a photo:

1.

From the

Start

menu, tap

Programs > HP Photosmart.

2.

Locate the camera lens on the back of the HP iPAQ and frame the subject to be photographed in the digital viewfinder located on the

HP iPAQ screen.

3.

Tap the icon on the screen to zoom in on the subject, or tap the

icon to zoom out.

NOTE: Also you can press the top side of the 5-Way

Navigation button (while holding the camera in landscape position) to zoom in, or press the bottom side of the 5-Way

Navigation button to zoom out.

4.

Make sure that both you and your subject do not move to ensure a clear image.

5.

Press the

Shutter button

on the left side of the HP iPAQ or tap the

Shutter

icon on the screen to snap a photo.

TIP: Also you can take photos by pressing down on the middle of the

5-Way Navigation button when the camera is turned on. Use the mode that is convenient for you.

When you snap a photo, your HP iPAQ makes two audible shutter sounds

(if you have not muted the sounds). Do not move the camera until you hear the second shutter sound. A clock runs on the screen to indicate that the photo has been taken and your HP iPAQ is processing the photo. It may take a few seconds to process and store the photo, depending on its size, quality, and complexity.

Immediately after capturing an image, a preview of the photo appears so you can decide to either discard, send, or keep the image.

• To discard the photo, tap on the the preview image displays.

Trash

button on the screen while

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• To e-mail, send, or transfer the photo, tap the

Send

button on the screen, and select the method to be used (MMS, E-mail Attachment,

Bluetooth, or Infrared) and follow the instructions on the screen.

NOTE: If you choose to e-mail the photo, notice the attached image appears at the bottom of the e-mail message.

• To save an image, tap

OK

or simply wait for the preview to disappear from the screen and the camera application to return to the digital viewfinder.

Ending Your Photo Session

• To exit the camera application, tap the

Close

button on the screen.

Taking a Video Clip

1.

From the

Start

menu, tap

Programs > HP Photosmart.

2.

Locate the camera lens on the back of the HP iPAQ and frame the subject to be photographed in the digital viewfinder located on the

HP Photosmart screen.

3.

Tap the

Video

icon on the HP Photosmart screen, and then press or tap the

Shutter

icon on the screen to begin filming the video clip.

NOTE: Because you are filming moving images, you need to follow your subject with the camera if they are moving around.

4.

To end the video clip, tap or press the

Shutter

icon on the screen again.

5.

To view the video clip, tap the

Play

icon.

6.

To stop the video clip, tap the

Stop

icon.

7.

To exit the video clip and camera application, tap the

Close

icon.

Adjusting the Camera Settings

Besides simple “point-and-shoot” and video clips, your HP Photosmart

Camera includes many other features such as:

Exposure settings (white balance, auto-exposure metering)

Color settings

Compression settings

Resolution settings

Self-timer

Flicker (banding) settings

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To make changes to the camera settings:

1.

From the

Start

menu, tap

Programs > HP Photosmart.

2.

Tap the menu icon .

3.

Select the category you want to modify from the

Settings

tab or the

Setup

tab, and then tap

Change.

4.

Choose the best setting from the list of options.

5.

Tap

OK

to exit.

White Balance

To adjust the color balance in the image (depending on the lighting conditions), select from the following settings:

Auto (default)—Automatically selects the best white balance for the picture.

Sun—Best for outdoor pictures with natural lighting (sunny or cloudy conditions).

Tungsten—Best for indoor pictures using incandescent lighting.

Fluorescent—Best for pictures taken with fluorescent lighting.

Color

Select from the following color settings to capture images with creative effects:

Compression

Full Color (default)—Standard color output.

Black & White—Grayscale images.

Sepia—Brown & White for old-fashioned images.

Negative—Produces a color negative of the image taken.

Cool—Blue & White images.

Resolution

Choose the photo quality from three compressions for the photos you snap.

Higher-quality photos look better, especially at greater magnification.

Lower-quality photos require less storage space on your HP iPAQ, and may take less time when sending by e-mail or infrared.

Good—Lower quality and smallest file size

Better (default)—Medium quality and file size

Best—Higher quality and largest file size

Choose from four resolutions or sizes of pictures. Larger resolution size pictures require more storage space and may also take longer to process and send.

160 x 120 pixels

320 x 240 pixels

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Flicker Filter

640 x 480 pixels

1280 x 960 pixels (default)

Fluorescent light bulbs flicker due to the alternating current. The electronic shutter on the HP iPAQ is not immune to this flickering, though the human eye is. The Flicker Filter setting is used to filter out the flickering or banding caused by fluorescent lighting.

To adjust the banding that can be caused by fluorescent lighting, select from the following settings:

Auto (default)—Automatically adjusts the banding on the HP iPAQ for the best picture.

50 Hz—Filter out banding caused by fluorescent light bulbs that operate on AC at 50Hz

60 Hz—Filter out banding caused by fluorescent light bulbs that operate on AC at 60Hz

Setting Up Other Features

Camera Sounds

Camera Sounds allows you to turn on or off any sounds made when buttons are pressed.

1.

From camera mode, tap

> Setup

tab.

2.

Tap

Camera Sounds,

and then tap

Change.

3.

Tap

Off

to turn off the sounds, or tap

On

to turn on the sounds.

4.

Tap

OK

to exit the Settings menu.

Configuring Instant Review

Instant Review allows you to see a preview of the image you just captured to quickly determine whether you want to keep or discard the image.

To set the time period for Instant Review:

1.

From camera mode, tap

> Setup

tab.

2.

Select

Instant Review

from the list, and then tap

Change.

3.

Select the period of time you want the Instant Review image to remain on the screen.

4.

Tap

OK

to exit the Settings menu.

Using the Self-Timer

The Self-Timer allows you to set a short delay before a photo is snapped.

Use this feature when you want to be in your own photos.

To set the timer:

1.

From camera mode, tap

> Setup

tab.

2.

Select

Self-Timer

from the list, and then tap

Change.

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3.

Select a delay of either 2 or10 seconds by selecting the corresponding option on the menu.

4.

Tap

OK

to exit the Settings menu.

To cancel the timer:

1.

From camera mode, tap

> Setup

tab.

2.

Select

Self-Timer

from the list, and then tap

Change.

3.

Select

Off.

4.

Tap

OK

to exit the Settings menu.

Configuring File Settings

The file settings menu allows you to specify how images are named and stored on your HP iPAQ. Using the File tab settings, you can change the filename prefix of images you capture and adjust the image counter.

Additionally, you can specify the folder on your HP iPAQ where images are stored.

To access the file settings menu:

1.

From camera mode, tap

> File

tab.

2.

Make the desired changes to the file configuration settings.

• Filename prefix—The text that is added to the beginning of the file name.

• Current counter value —The number (between 0000 and

9999) that automatically increments each time a picture is taken and is added to the filename prefix.

• Save picture in —The folder where the pictures are saved.

3.

Tap

OK

to exit the Settings menu.

NOTE: The filename prefix can be changed to any mixed or unmixed alpha or numeric characters, and certain symbols.

Configuring Video Format

The Video format menu allows you to specify the format you want to use and the size of the video. Using the video menu, you can change the format of video clips you capture and adjust the format size. Additionally, you can set the video format to record audio whenever a video clip is being filmed.

To access the Video format menu:

1.

From camera mode, tap

> Video

tab.

2.

Make the desired changes to the video configuration.

3.

Place a checkmark in the

Record audio

box if you prefer to have audio with your video clips.

4.

Tap

OK

to exit the Settings menu.

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Using HP Image Zone

NOTE: By default, HP Image Zone displays images saved in the My

Documents folder on your HP iPAQ.

Use HP Image Zone (for the Pocket PC) to:

View photos stored on your HP iPAQ or storage card.

Record sounds with photos.

Send photos by MMS, E-mail attachments, Bluetooth, or by Infrared.

View a slideshow.

Print photos.

NOTE: You can find more information on using HP Image Zone in the

Help files. Tap

Start > Help > HP Image Zone.

When you launch HP Image Zone, the following icons are displayed on the bottom of the screen.

Icon Tap to:

Switch back to camera mode.

View the photo in full screen.

Start slideshow mode or to view video clip.

Change folders.

Delete photo or video.

Record and attach an audio clip to the photo.

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Icon Tap to: (continued)

Send the photo or video using your favorite method.

Print using your favorite method.

Viewing Thumbnail Photos

To view a photo:

1.

From the

Start

menu, tap

Programs > HP Image Zone.

NOTE: The viewer opens in Browse mode by default. Browse mode displays a thumbnail view of the pictures in the current folder.

2.

Tap a thumbnail (a small representation of a larger image) to select the photo. A preview of the photo and information about it displays.

To view photos in a different folder:

1.

In the Command bar, tap

File > Open.

2.

Select the desired folder.

3.

Tap

OK.

HP Image Zone now displays the photos from the new file folder you selected.

NOTE: To view all photos in HP Image Zone, be sure to move your scroll bar at the bottom of the screen all the way to the left and then to the right.

Otherwise you might not be able to see other photos in the thumbnail view.

Viewing a Photo Full-Screen

To view a photo full-screen, and to be able to zoom in or out:

1.

Select the photo by tapping on its thumbnail.

2.

In the Command bar, tap

Tools > View Image,

or tap on the preview window.

3.

Zoom in or out using the toolbar buttons. If the photo is too large to fit on the screen, you can display other parts of the photo by dragging the stylus on the screen, or by using the 5-Way

Navigation button.

4.

Tap

OK

to close the View Image screen.

Recording Sound With a Picture

You can record sound for each picture. When the picture displays, the associated sound plays. Pictures with sound have a speaker icon in their thumbnails.

To add sound to a picture:

1.

Select the picture by tapping on its thumbnail.

2.

Tap the

Cassette

icon on the menu bar.

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3.

Tap the

Record

button on the Recording toolbar.

4.

Speak into the microphone or record the sound.

5.

Tap the

Stop

button on the Recording toolbar when you are finished.

6.

Tap the

Cassette

icon on the menu bar to close the

Recording toolbar.

To change audio settings:

1.

In the Command bar, tap

Tools > Settings > Audio

tab.

2.

Select from the Record settings and/or Format settings by tapping the down arrow and tapping your selection.

• Codec—The recording options available are Pulse Code

Modulation (PCM) and GSM 6.10.

• PCM provides better sound quality, but can take up to 86 times more storage space than GSM 6.10 recordings.

• GSM 6.10 provides a good voice recording and takes up far less space than PCM.

• Format — The configuration of the sound quality. Higher sound quality recordings take up more storage space.

3.

Tap

OK

to save your settings.

Viewing a Slideshow

You can view a slideshow of the photos in the current folder.

1.

To start the slideshow, in the Command bar, tap

Tools >

View Slideshow.

2.

During the slideshow, tap anywhere on the screen to display the onscreen controls. You can then use the on-screen controls to move forward or backward through the slides, or to end the slideshow.

You can also use the 5-Way Navigation button to move forward or backward through the slides.

You can control display options such as:

Sequence—the order in which photos display

Delay—the amount of time each photo displays before the slideshow moves to the next photo

Transition Effect—a visual effect used to exit each photo in a slideshow

To change slideshow settings:

1.

In the Command bar, tap

Tools > Settings > Slideshow

tab.

2.

Select the settings and effects you want to use in your slideshow.

3.

Tap

OK

to exit the menu.

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Printing Photos

You can print photos from HP Image Zone using a storage card, or you can use Bluetooth to print your photos if you have access to a Bluetoothenabled printer.

1.

To print a photo from a storage card, remove the storage card from the HP iPAQ and insert into a supported printer.

If photos need to be moved to the memory card: a.

From HP Image Zone, tap the thumbnails to select the photos to be moved.

b.

In the Command bar, tap

File > Move to > Card.

c.

Tap

Yes

to confirm move.

d.

Tap

Move

to confirm again.

2.

To print a photo using Bluetooth: a.

From HP Image Zone, tap the thumbnail to select the photo to be printed.

b.

In the Command bar, tap

File > Print

icon .

c.

Tap Bluetooth and select a Bluetooth printer icon on your screen.

NOTE: For more information on HP Image Zone, tap

> Help.

E-mailing a Picture

You can e-mail photos directly from HP Image Zone without opening

Messaging. To e-mail a photo from HP Image Zone:

1.

Tap the thumbnail of the image to be e-mailed.

2.

In the Command bar, tap

File > Send

and select the method to be used from the list:

• MMS

• E-mail Attachment

• Bluetooth

• Infrared

3.

Tap

Next

and follow the instructions on the screen.

If you select MMS or E-mail Attachment, you can either enter the appropriate e-mail address or tap the

Contacts

icon in the Navigation bar and select the appropriate Contact name(s).

NOTE: Notice that the attached image appears at the top of the MMS message, and the bottom of the E-mail message.

4.

Enter the subject and/or message if any and, when finished, tap

Send.

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Exiting HP Image Zone

To exit from HP Image Zone, from the Command Bar, tap

File > Exit.

To minimize HP Image Zone, tap the

X

in the upper right corner of the screen.

HP Image Transfer

Using the HP Image Transfer software and Microsoft ActiveSync version 3.8, you can automatically transfer photos and videos from your

HP iPAQ to your personal computer. With HP Image Transfer, you can:

• transfer photos and videos from your HP iPAQ to your personal computer transfer from an SD, mini-SD, or MMC card to your personal computer modify the image transfer settings

NOTE: To transfer images, you must first install Microsoft ActiveSync version 3.8 to establish a standard partnership between your HP iPAQ and desktop computer.

To install HP Image Transfer:

1.

From the

Companion CD

, select

Software and Accessories

> Desktop Software

, and then select the

Install this

check box next to HP Image Transfer.

2.

Select

Install Now

located at the top of the Install Desktop

Software screen and follow the instructions on the screen.

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Once HP Image Transfer has been installed and is recognized by

ActiveSync, the ActiveSync window displays the

Image

check box.

To enable and modify HP Image Transfer settings:

1.

Open ActiveSync on your personal computer, if it is not already open.

2.

Double-click

Image

under the Details window or select

Options

from the ActiveSync menu.

3.

Select

Image

on the

Sync options

tab, and then select the

Settings

button.

NOTE: Once image transfer has been enabled, the schedule and rules you have configured for ActiveSync synchronization are also applied to your image transfers. Depending on your configuration, images may be transferred continuously while the device is connected, only upon connection, or manually.

HP iPAQ Image Transfer allows the transferring of images in the following ways:

Mobile Device — displays the location of the images you want to transfer from your HP iPAQ. Also, if you want to transfer images from storage cards, check the

Include camera images on storage cards

check box.

The Computer — allows you to create subfolders on your desktop computer where images can be saved. For example, you can configure the images to be transferred to a subfolder with the same name as the folder on your HP iPAQ. If you are transferring images

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• from a folder with multiple subfolders, all the subfolders are automatically created in the folder you designated as the

Save to:

folder. You also can designate the images to be transferred to a subfolder with the

month taken

or the

current date

as the folder name.

Which images would you like to transfer?

— allows you to choose the transfer type of your choice:

• Transfer images taken since your last transfer

• Transfer all images

• Delete transferred images from your HP iPAQ after they have been transferred

NOTE: Settings on the HP iPAQ Image Transfer screen can only be changed while your HP iPAQ is connected to your desktop computer. If your HP iPAQ is not connected, you are notified that settings cannot be changed and are currently inaccessible.

Tips for Taking Better Pictures

To ensure the pictures you take are of the highest possible quality.

When taking pictures of scenes with many fine details and many colors (for example, a farmer’s market), use the

Best

compression setting.

When taking pictures of subjects where the background has bright lights, try to frame the subject so that the bright lights do not appear in the picture.

When taking a picture, do not move the camera until after the first and second shutter sounds are heard.

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