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ViviCam S124 Digital Camera
User Manual
© 2009-2013 Sakar International, Inc. All rights reserved.
Windows and the Windows logo are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
All other trademarks are the property of their respective companies.
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Summary of Contents

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    ViviCam S124 Digital Camera User Manual © 2009-2013 Sakar International, Inc. All rights reserved. Windows and the Windows logo are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective companies.

  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction ..........................2 What’s Included ..........................2 Parts of the Camera ........................3 Initial Camera Setup ........................4 Main Camera Modes ........................8 Camera Technical Specifications ....................9 Computer System Requirements ....................10 Powering the Camera On/Off ...................... 11 Changing Camera Mode ......................

  • Page 3: Introduction, What's Included

     This camera is a plug and play device. You can download the pictures and videos captured by your camera without the software by directly accessing the camera’s memory card from your computer. It is recommended however that you install the Vivitar Experience™ Image Manager Software to enjoy the full Vivitar Experience™.

  • Page 4: Parts Of The Camera

    Parts of the Camera 1. Power Button 12. ViviLink / Down Button Shutter Button 13. Microphone LCD Screen 14. Flash Light Self-Timer LED 15. USB Slot Zoom Out 16. Tripod Mount Zoom In 17. Digital Lens MODE Button 18. Battery Compartment SET Button 19.

  • Page 5: Initial Camera Setup

    Initial Camera Setup INSTALLING THE BATTERIES INSTALLING THE MEMORY CARD  Insert 3 AAA (1.5V) batteries.  SD Memory card (up to 32GB) Alkaline batteries recommended (not included). needed for normal use. TURNING ON THE CAMERA USING THE CAMERA...

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    POWERING THE CAMERA ON BATTERIES Make sure the batteries have been inserted properly into your digital camera, according to the polarity shown inside the battery compartment. Use 3 x AAA (1.5V) batteries. Alkaline batteries are recommended. (Batteries not included.) Note: ...

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    Note:  After the camera is powered on, an SD icon appears on the LCD display. If you do not see the SD icon on the display, please check if the card was inserted properly.  Make sure the SD card is not locked (check the lock switch on the side of the SD card). If the SD card is locked this will prevent the camera from saving captured photos to the SD card.

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    direction control buttons. Then press the SET button to confirm the selection. After selecting a language, you will be asked if you would like to continue with the initial camera setup. A message will appear: “Continue with Camera Setup?” Select “Yes” to continue or “No” to exit the setup. Note: If you select “No”...

  • Page 9: Main Camera Modes

    Main Camera Modes Your camera has different modes for the various camera functions. You can switch modes by pressing the MODE button on your camera after the camera has been powered ON. Photo Capture Mode Use this mode to capture pictures with your camera. This is the default mode when the camera is powered ON.

  • Page 10: Camera Technical Specifications

    Camera Technical Specifications Image Sensor CMOS 4608 x 3456 (16M), 4416 x 3312 (14M), 4000 x 3000 (12M), 3648 x 2736 (10M), 3264 x 2448 (8M), 3648 x 2048 (7M-HD), Image Resolution 2592 x 1944 (5M), 2048 x1536 (3M), 1920 x 1080 (2M-HD), 640 x 480 (VGA) Video Resolution 1280 x 720 (720P), 640x480 (VGA), 320x240 (QVGA)

  • Page 11: Computer System Requirements

    Computer System Requirements To be able to download photos and videos to your computer using the Vivitar Experience™ Image Manager Software, you will need the following minimum configuration: WINDOWS OS  MICROSOFT® Windows XP with Service Pack 3, Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 or MICROSOFT®...

  • Page 12: Powering The Camera On/off

    Powering the Camera On/Off  Make sure the batteries have been inserted properly into your digital camera. If your camera comes with a rechargeable lithium battery, make sure it is fully charged before the first use.  Make sure an SD card has been inserted into your camera. (SD card up to 32GB - SD Card not included) Please see Initial Camera Setup...

  • Page 13: Changing Camera Mode

    Changing Camera Mode Your camera has three main modes: Photo Capture Mode - Use this mode to capture photos with your camera. Video Capture Mode - Use this mode to capture videos with your camera. Playback Mode (for photos and videos) - Use this mode to view the photos and videos you have already taken with your camera.

  • Page 14: Navigating The Menus, Camera Features: Vivilink, Macro, Flash, Display

    The ViviLink technology allows you to quickly and easily upload your camera’s photos and videos to the social networks of your choice with the accompanying Vivitar Experience™ Image Manager application. A ViviLink destination can be assigned to a photo or video in Capture mode...

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    VIVILINK: VIDEO OR PHOTO CAPTURE MODE Press the DOWN Quick Function Button to open the ViviLink options. Select a ViviLink option and press SET to save your selection and return to Photo/Video Capture Mode. Your selected ViviLink destination appears as an icon on the LCD screen and your camera is now ready to capture your photo or video with the selected ViviLink destination.

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    Flash Type Description  No flash will appear.  Use this when you do not want to activate Flash. Forced Off (Default) NOTE: A ‘Turn On Flash’ message appears when the camera detects a need for flash. When this message appears, it is recommended to press the Flash/Up button and select one of the flash options: Auto Flash, Forced On or Red-Eye Reduction.

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     When enabled, the MACRO mode allows your camera to focus on an object that is close to the camera.  The flower icon appears on the LCD and indicates that the Macro mode is ON. MACRO OFF: To turn the MACRO mode OFF- ...

  • Page 18: Photo Capture Mode

    Photo Capture Mode The Photo Capture Mode allows you to capture pictures with your digital camera. This is the default mode of the camera once it has been powered on. TAKING A PICTURE Selecting the Scene with the LCD Display: While in Photo Capture mode, use the LCD display on the back of the camera to direct the camera at the scene you would like to capture.

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    TAKING A SELF PORTRAIT PICTURE You can also capture your photos using the flip screen which opens to 180 degrees. Before taking the photo, ensure that the MACRO Switch on the side of the camera is UP and in the ON position .

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    PHOTO CAPTURE MODE QUICK FUNCTION BUTTONS Your digital camera has a four-directional pad that functions as Quick Function buttons: Quick Function Function Button SCENE SELECTION – Opens the ‘Scene’ menu. LEFT FLASH OPTIONS – Toggles between the following Flash options: Forced Off, Forced On, Auto Flash,...

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    PHOTO CAPTURE MODE MENUS The following are the menus that appear in your camera’s Photo Capture Mode.  The selection icon appears by the default settings.  Once you change a setting, the setting is saved by your camera until you manually change the setting or restore the camera’s default factory settings.

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    SCENE MENU The ‘Scene’ menu allows you to choose scene settings that let your camera to adapt properly to your current environment. Note:  When selecting the HIGH SENSITIVITY Option, by default the camera switches off the FLASH automatically (if it’s ON) to optimize the picture quality. If however, you would like to override it and manually turn ON the flash –...

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    To continue within the menus and select a different menu option: Press the LEFT or RIGHT button to select the next menu item. To exit the menu view: Press the MODE button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode. An icon reflecting your selection is displayed on the LCD screen.

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    Press the LEFT or RIGHT button to scroll and select the ‘Self Timer’ menu. Press the UP or DOWN button to highlight a specific option. Press the SET button to confirm and select the highlighted menu option. selected option icon appears on the selected item. To continue within the menus and select a different menu option: Press the LEFT or RIGHT button to select the next menu item.

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    Note: To properly use the Face Detect option, please ensure the following:  MACRO Mode OFF – Face Detect will not work if the camera is in Macro mode.  Anti-Shake – Ensure that the Anti-Shake option is set to ‘On’. The Anti-Shake option is ‘On’ by default when you start using your camera and assists you in properly focusing the image.

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    Press the UP or DOWN button to highlight a specific option. Press the SET button to confirm and select the highlighted menu option. selected option icon appears on the selected item. To continue within the menus and select a different menu option: Press the LEFT or RIGHT button to select the next menu item.

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    COLOR EFFECT MENU The ‘Color Effect’ menu allows you to choose a color effect to add to the images taken with your camera. Press the SET button to open the menus for the current mode. Press the LEFT or RIGHT button to scroll and select the ‘Color Effect’ menu. Press the UP or DOWN button to highlight a specific option.

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    LIGHT EXPOSURE MENU The ‘Light Exposure’ setting helps you control the amount of light that enters your camera’s lens. This setting should be adjusted when the environment is lighter or darker than normal. When the environment has more light than is needed, reduce the exposure setting (by using the negative - count) to reduce the amount of light allowed into the lens by your camera.

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    selected option icon appears on the selected item. To continue within the menus and select a different menu option: Press the LEFT or RIGHT button to select the next menu item. To exit the menu view: Press the MODE button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode. An icon reflecting your selection is displayed on the LCD screen.

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    LANGUAGE MENU You can select your camera’s language setting by selecting the desired language from the ‘Language’ menu. Press the SET button to open the menus for the current mode. Press the LEFT or RIGHT button to scroll and select the ‘Language’ menu. Press the UP or DOWN button to highlight a specific option.

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    To exit the menu view: Press the MODE button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode. To Set the Date and Time: Press the SET button to open the menus for the current mode. Press the LEFT or RIGHT button to scroll and select the ‘Date/Time’ menu. Press the UP or DOWN button to highlight the ‘Date Setup’...

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    AUTO POWER OFF MENU You can use the ‘Auto Power Off’ feature in order to conserve you camera’s battery life. The designated time represents when your camera will automatically power off. When the camera sits idle for the designated period of time, the camera will shut off completely and will need to be powered on again with the power button before the next use.

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    FORMAT MEMORY CARD MENU You can use the ‘Format Memory Card’ menu to delete all of the content that is currently on your camera’s memory card. Keep in mind that formatting the memory card will permanently delete all of the content on your camera’s memory card.

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    • Select ‘No’ to exit the menu and return to the previous mode without resetting to the default settings. • Select ‘Yes’ and press the SET button to proceed with the reset. You will then automatically exit the menu and return to the previous mode with the digital camera settings set to the Factory Default Settings.

  • Page 35: Photo Playback Mode

    Photo Playback Mode The Playback Mode allows you to review and edit photos and videos that you’ve already taken with your camera.  When you first turn on the camera, the camera will be in Photo Capture mode by default. ...

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    THUMBNAIL VIEW Easily navigate and select the image you wish to view by using the Thumbnail View. The images on your camera will be displayed in a 3 X 3 matrix where you can use the direction buttons to scroll and select images from the thumbnails. To access the Thumbnail View: Press the W / Zoom Out button.

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     SAVE SELECTION - Saves your selected menu option. To navigate through the Menus, press the UP/DOWN/LEFT/RIGHT direction control buttons.  MODE SELECTION - Toggles between the Photo Capture Mode, MODE Video Capture Mode and Playback Mode.  Exits the menu screen. ZOOM - Zooms In to selected photo.

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    DELETE MENU While in the Playback Mode, you can delete pictures from your camera through the ‘Delete’ menu. Select the photo you would like to delete. Press the SET button to open the menus for the current mode. Press the LEFT or RIGHT button to scroll and select the ‘Delete’ menu. Press the UP or DOWN button to highlight a specific option.

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    VIVILINK FOR PHOTOS MENU The ViviLink technology allows you to quickly and easily upload your camera’s photos and videos to the social networks of your choice with the accompanying Vivitar Experience™ Image Manager application. Select the photo you to which you would like to add a ViviLink.

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    Press the SET button to confirm and select the highlighted menu option. The selected picture now appears rotated in the Playback Mode display. CROP IMAGE MENU You can crop any picture on your camera with the Crop feature. View the photo you would like to crop. Press the SET button to open the menus for the current mode.

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    then press the SET button. The image now appears in Playback Mode with the lock icon To Unlock the Selected Image: To unlock the selected locked image use the UP or DOWN button to highlight ‘Unlock This Photo’ and then press the SET button. The image now appears in Playback Mode without the lock icon.

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    the printer. Once connected, follow the instructions on the printer to proceed with the printing process. Select the ‘Cancel’ option to exit the menu and return to the previous mode. SLIDE SHOW MENU You can view a Slide Show of all the pictures taken with your camera by pressing the UP Quick Function button while in Playback mode.

  • Page 43: Video Capture Mode

    Video Capture Mode The Video Capture Mode allows you to capture videos with your digital camera. When the camera is first powered ON, the camera will be in Photo Capture Mode. Press the MODE button once to access the Video Capture Mode. TAKING A VIDEO Selecting the Scene with the LCD Display: While in Video Capture mode, use the LCD display on the back of the camera to direct the...

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    Note: Before taking the video, ensure that the MACRO Switch on the side of the camera is up and in the ON position . The flower icon will appear on the LCD display. Videos using the Flip screen without MACRO mode ON may not be properly focused.

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    VIDEO CAPTURE MODE MENUS The following are the menus that appear in your camera’s Video Capture Mode:  The selection icon appears by the default settings.  Once you change a setting, the setting is saved by your camera until you manually change the setting or restore the camera’s default factory settings.

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    SCENE MENU The ‘Scene’ menu allows you to choose scene settings that let your camera to adapt properly to your current environment. Note: Remember: The ‘Scene’ menu is also accessible by pressing the LEFT Quick Function Button while in Capture Mode. Press the SET button to open the menus for the current mode.

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    To exit the menu view: Press the MODE button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode. An icon reflecting your selection is displayed on the LCD screen. IMAGE QUALITY MENU The ‘Image Quality’ menu allows you to select the desired quality level of the images taken by your camera.

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    selected option icon appears on the selected item. To continue within the menus and select a different menu option: Press the LEFT or RIGHT button to select the next menu item. To exit the menu view: Press the MODE button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode. An icon reflecting your selection is displayed on the LCD screen.

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    selected option icon appears on the selected item. To continue within the menus and select a different menu option: Press the LEFT or RIGHT button to select the next menu item. To exit the menu view: Press the MODE button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode. An icon reflecting your selection is displayed on the LCD screen.

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    be more sensitive to light and allow you to capture images in lower-light situations. The higher sensitivity to light however, may reduce the quality of the images that are taken. When the ISO is reduced, the image sensor in your camera will be less sensitive to light and will optimize the image quality in environments with bright lighting.

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    Press the SET button to confirm and select the highlighted menu option. selected option icon appears on the selected item. To continue within the menus and select a different menu option: Press the LEFT or RIGHT button to select the next menu item. To exit the menu view: Press the MODE button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.

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    To Enable/Disable the Timestamp: Press the SET button to open the menus for the current mode. Press the LEFT or RIGHT button to scroll and select the ‘Date/Time’ menu. Press the UP or DOWN button to highlight a specific option. Press the SET button to confirm and select the highlighted menu option.

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    Press the SET button to open the menus for the current mode. Press the LEFT or RIGHT button to scroll and select the ‘Auto Power Off’ menu. Press the UP or DOWN button to highlight a specific option. Press the SET button to confirm and select the highlighted menu option. selected option icon appears on the selected item.

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    FORMAT MEMORY CARD MENU You can use the ‘Format Memory Card’ menu to delete all of the content that is currently on your camera’s memory card. Keep in mind that formatting the memory card will permanently delete all of the content on your camera’s memory card.

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    • Select ‘No’ to exit the menu and return to the previous mode without resetting to the default settings. • Select ‘Yes’ and press the SET button to proceed with the reset. You will then automatically exit the menu and return to the previous mode with the digital camera settings set to the Factory Default Settings.

  • Page 56: Video Playback Mode

    Video Playback Mode The Playback Mode allows you to review and edit photos and videos that you’ve already taken with your camera.  When you first turn on the camera, the camera will be in Photo Capture mode by default. ...

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    To access the Thumbnail View: Press the W / Zoom Out button. All the images on your camera appear in the Thumbnail View. Use the UP / DOWN / LEFT / RIGHT direction buttons to scroll and select the image you wish to view.

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    VIDEO PLAYBACK MODE MENUS The following are the menus that appear in your camera’s Video Playback Mode: DELETE MENU While in the Playback Mode, you can delete videos from your camera through the ‘Delete’ menu. Select the video you would like to delete. Press the SET button to open the menus for the current mode.

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    VIVILINK FOR VIDEOS MENU The ViviLink technology allows you to quickly and easily upload your camera’s photos and videos to the social networks of your choice with the accompanying Vivitar Experience™ Image Manager application. Select the video you to which you would like to add a ViviLink.

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    PROTECT/LOCK MENU Pictures and videos taken with your camera can be protected or “locked” to prevent any deletion or alteration being made to the files. View the video you would like to protect/lock. Press the SET button to open the menus for the current mode. Press the LEFT or RIGHT button to scroll and select the ‘Protect/Lock’...

  • Page 61: Installing The Software

    Installing the Software You must be connected to the Internet to install and run the Vivitar Experience™ Image Manager software. Insert the installation CD into your CD-ROM drive. The installation screen should automatically open. WINDOWS: The Vivitar Experience™ Image Manager Installer window appears. If the window does not appear, open the application’s CD/DVD drive and click on “Setup.exe”...

  • Page 62: Connecting The Camera To The Computer

    12) MACINTOSH: Click the “Quit” button when the installation is complete. Click the “Launch Vivitar Experience™ Image Manager” to open the application. 13) If you close the application you can run the Vivitar Experience™ Image Manager from the Programs (WINDOWS) or Applications (MACINTOSH) menu on your computer.

  • Page 63: Getting Photos And Videos From The Camera To The Computer

    Getting Photos and Videos from the Camera to the Computer An SD card needs to be inserted. Do not disconnect the cable during transfer. Doing so will cancel the transfer of any files on their way to your computer. Select the “Get Images” button from the Main menu. The “Get media from device”...

  • Page 64: Getting Started, Transferring Images From The Camera To The Computer Manually

     Use automatic “Geotagging” with built in Google Maps For more details on how to use the Vivitar Experience™ Image Manager open the “Help” from the menu option or click the “Take a Tour” button on the application’s Home screen.

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    TRANSFERRING PHOTOS AND VIDEOS: MACINTOSH OS Use the supplied USB cable to connect your camera to your computer. ‘MSDC’ appears on the LCD. The camera’s device icon appears on the desktop. Click on the device icon and open the DCIM folder and the folder inside to view the media files.

  • Page 66: Camera Maintenance, Sakar Warranty Card

    Camera Maintenance The digital camera is a delicate device. Please handle your camera with care to avoid damaging it. Do not expose your camera to heat sources. Do not use you camera in wet or moist conditions. Sakar Warranty Card This warranty covers for the original consumer purchaser only and is not transferable.

  • Page 67: Technical Support, Troubleshooting

    Technical Support For technical support issues please visit our website at www.vivitar.com. You can find manuals, software and FAQ’s at the website. Can’t find what you are looking for? E-mail us at support@vivitar.com and one of our technical support team members will answer your questions.

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