INSTRUCTION MANUAL 9222-2727-11 PM-A303/ME-0303...
Before you begin Thank you for purchasing this Minolta digital camera. Please take the time to read through this instruction manual so you can enjoy all the features of your new camera. Check the packing list before using this product. If any items are missing, immediately contact your camera dealer.
For proper and safe use Read and understand all warnings and cautions before using this product. WARNING Using batteries improperly can cause them to leak harmful solutions, overheat, or explode which may damage property or cause personal injury. Do not ignore the following warnings. •...
• Keep batteries or small parts that could be swallowed away from infants. Contact a doctor immediately if an object is swallowed. • Store this product out of reach of children. Be careful when around children not to harm them with the product or parts.
CAUTION • Do not use or store the product in a hot or humid environment such as the glove compartment or trunk of a car. It may damage the product and batteries which may result in burns or injuries caused by heat, fire, explosion, or leaking battery fluid. •...
About this manual The basic operation of this camera is covered between pages al covers the camera parts, preparation of the camera for use, and the basic camera operation for recording, viewing, and deleting imag e other sections can be read as needed. Many of the features of this camera are controlled with menus.
Auto-recording mode ... 26 Flash modes ... 26 Flash range... 27 Display button - recording mode... 27 Exposure compensation ... 28 What is an Ev? What is a stop? ... 29 White balance ... 30 Automatic white balance... 30 Preset white balance ... 30 Movie-recording ...
NAMES OF PARTS Camera body * This camera is a sophisticated optical instrument. Care should be taken to keep these surfaces clean. Please read the care and storage instructions in the back of this manual The DC terminal (p. 13), video- out terminal (p.
Viewfinder* (p. 18, 24) Indicator lamp (p. 22) Speaker Mode dial This dial gives direct and easy access to the camera’s major modes. Main switch White balance/ Delete button (p. 25, 30) Flash-mode/ Copy button (p. 26, 36) Zoom lever (p. 20) Mode dial LCD monitor* Movie-recording mode (p.
GETTING UP AND RUNNING Attaching the hand strap Always keep the strap around your wrist in the event that the camera is accidentally dropped. GETTING UP AND RUNNING Pass the small loop of the hand strap through the strap eyelet on the camera body (1). Pass the other end of the strap through the small loop and tighten (2).
Installing batteries This digital camera uses two AA-size Ni-MH batteries or one CR-V3 lithium battery. When using Ni- MH batteries, fully recharge them with a battery charger suitable for complex electronic equipment. Although alkaline batteries can be used, their performance is very low and is not recommended for normal use.
When replacing batteries, the date information will reset if there are no batteries in the camera for a few minutes. See page 14 if the date reset. Battery condition indicator This camera is equipped with an automatic battery- condition indicator. When the camera is on, the bat- tery-condition indicator appears on the LCD monitor.
Connecting the AC adapter (sold separately) The AC Adapter AC-6 allows the camera to be powered from an electrical household outlet. The AC Adapter is recommended when the camera is interfaced with a computer or during periods of heavy use. Always turn off the camera before changing between power supplies.
Setting the language Depending on the region, the menu language may have to be set. Four languages are available: English, French, Spanish, and German. Use the scroll buttons (3) to select the language option. Press the display/enter button (4) to open language screen. Use the scroll buttons (3) to highlight the appropriate language.
Use the scroll buttons (3) to select the date/time option. Press the display/enter button (4) to open the date/time screen. S E T U P S T Y L E C L O C K S E L E C T Use the scroll buttons (3) to select the date format.
Image storage This camera has an 8MB internal memory where the image can be stored without the need for a separate a memory card. To switch between the internal memory and a memory card, see pages 38 and 45. The LCD monitor shows where the images will be stored.
To remove a memory card, hold the edge of the card and pull it out straight (3). Take care when removing the card as it becomes hot with use. Close the card-chamber door and slide it toward the body (4) to engage the safety catch. If the card-protect message appears, the inserted card in the camera is locked.
BASIC RECORDING AND PLAYBACK This section covers the basic operation of this camera. Thoroughly familiarize yourself with the opera- tions in this section before moving on to the other sections in the manual. White-balance indicator (p. 30) Flash-mode indicator (p. 26) Zoom scale (p.
Viewfinder Because the optical viewfinder and the lens are slightly Close-framing guide separated, the image seen through one is not exactly the same as the other; this is called parallax. Parallax can cause errors in framing at close distances and is more pronounced at longer focal lengths.
Using the zoom lens This camera is equipped with a 6.2 to 18.6mm optical zoom. This is equivalent to a 38 to 114mm zoom lens on a 35mm camera. In 35mm photography, focal lengths below 50mm are referred to as wide-angle;...
Basic recording operation Turn the camera on (1) and turn the mode dial to the auto-recording mode (2). Place the subject within the focus frame. • Make sure the subject is within the focus range of the lens: - ∞ (2.0ft - ∞). For subjects closer than p.
Indicator lamp When the camera is on, the indicator lamp shows the cam- era status. When shutter-release button is not pressed Green and Camera is on. steady Orange and – steady Green and Image data is being blinks transferred to the card. Orange and Flash is charging.
Special focusing situations The camera may not be able to focus in certain situations. If the autofocus system cannot focus on a subject, the indicator lamp blinks and the focus frame will not turn red. In this situation, focus-lock can be used to focus on an object at the same dis- tance as the main subject and then the image can be recomposed on the...
Playback mode display Images can be viewed in the playback mode. To view images, turn the mode dial to the playback position. Magnification display (p. 35) Folder number - image-file number * Battery condition indicator (p. 12) * Folder number, image-file number, and date/time appear briefly when the mode is changed. Viewing images BASIC RECORDING AND PLAYBACK Frame number...
Display button - playback mode Pressing the display/enter button in the playback mode switches between the full display and the image-only display. Deleting images To delete the displayed image, press the white-balance/delete but- ton (1). A confirmation screen will appear. D E L E T E D E L E T E Press the display/enter button (2) to delete the image, or press...
AUTO-RECORDING MODE This section covers the operation in auto-recording mode. The sophisticated tech- nology employed in this mode frees the photographer from complicated camera settings. Although automated, the camera’s operation can be changed to meet various conditions as well as to suit personal shooting preferences. Flash modes Autoflash Indicator...
Flash range The camera will automatically control the flash output. For well-exposed images, the subject must be within the flash range. Flash range 0.6m ~ 2.5m (2.0 ft. ~ 8.2 ft.) Display button - recording mode The display button controls the LCD monitor display. The display cycles to the next position each time the button is pressed: full, simple, and monitor off.
Exposure compensation The camera exposure can be adjusted to make the final picture lighter or darker by as much as ±2Ev in 1/3 increments. This function is only available in the auto-recording mode. Exposure compensation must be set before the image is captured. When making adjustments to exposure, the amount of compensa- tion is shown at the bottom of the LCD monitor.
Sometimes the camera’s exposure meter is deceived by certain conditions. Exposure compensation can be used in these situations. For example, a very bright scene, such as a snowy landscape or a white sandy beach, can appear too dark in the captured image. Before taking the picture, adjusting the exposure by +1 or +2 EV will result in an image with normal tonal values.
White balance Automatic white balance The automatic white balance compensates for the color temperature of a scene. In most cases, the auto setting will balance the ambient light and create beautiful images, even under mixed-lighting conditions. When the built-in flash is used, the white balance is set for the color temperature of the flash.
MOVIE-RECORDING MODE This camera can record digital video with sound. Approximately 23 seconds can be recorded in the internal memory. On a memory card, a maximum of 60 seconds can be taken depending on the card capacity. Autofocus is not used in movie recording. Before recording, the maximum recording time in seconds that can be recorded on the next movie clip is shown.
PROGRAM-RECORDING MODE In the program-recording mode, various subject programs are available includ- ing a self-timer and macro mode. Except for exposure compensation, the func- tion in the auto-recording mode are available in the program-recording mode. Turn the camera on and turn the mode dial to the program-recording mode. Use the scroll-down button to cycle through the program modes as shown.
During the countdown, the self-timer lamp on the front of the camera (3) will start to blink and is accompanied by an audio signal if on. A few seconds before the exposure, the self- timer lamp will blink rapidly. Changing the position of the mode dial or pressing the shutter-release button will stop the countdown.
PLAYBACK MODE The basic functions in this mode are described on pages 24 and 25. This section covers the advanced functions of this mode. Index playback Image-selection frame PLAYBACK MODE In the playback mode, pressing the left side (W) of the zoom lever (1) will change the LCD monitor display from single-frame playback to a nine-frame index playback display.
Enlarged playback Playing back movies S TA RT S H U T T E R S TO P S H U T T E R In the playback mode, a still image can be enlarged up to 4X in 0.5 increments for closer examination. With the image to be magnified displayed, press the right side (T) of the zoom lever (1) to activate the enlarged playback mode.
Image copy Images are stored either in the 8MB internal memory or in a memory card. Stored images can be copied between the internal memory and a memory card. The copy function makes exact copies of still image or movie files. DPOF settings are not copied with image files. Files are copied from the selected memory.
Viewing images on a television It is possible to view camera images on your television. The camera has a video-out terminal to make the connection using the supplied Video cable. The camera is compatible with the NTSC and PAL standards. The video-output setting can be checked and set in the setup mode (p. 38). 1.Turn off the television and the camera.
SETUP MODE The setup mode is used to control the camera’s functions and operation. The navigating the setup menu section covers the operation of the menu. The sec- tion is followed by detailed descriptions of the settings. Navigating the setup menu To access the menu, simply turn the mode dial to the setup position.
Once a setting has been selected, the cursor will return to the menu options. Setting can continue to be made. DELETE ALL FORMAT QUALITY 2048x1536 SUPER 1600x1200 FINE 1600x1200 NORMAL 800x600 FINE 800x600 NORMAL BUZZER DPOF SELECT IMAGES ALL IMAGES DATE/TIME STYLE CLOCK...
Deleting all images Deleting permanently erases the file. Once deleted, a file cannot be recovered. Care should be taken when deleting images. All the images in either the internal memory or a memory card can be deleted at once. The internal memory or the memory card must be selected with the setup menu first.
Image quality Image quality is based on two factors: image size and compression rate. Image size is the pixel dimensions of the image such as 1600 x 1200 pixels. The greater the image size, the larger the file size. Choose image size based on the final use of the image - smaller images will be more suitable for web sites whereas larger sizes will produce higher quality prints.
Quality 2048x1536 SUPER 1600x1200 FINE 1600x1200 NORMAL 800x600 FINE 800x600 NORMAL Camera Notes The frame counter indicates the approximate number of images that can be stored in either the internal memory or the memory card at the camera’s image quality setting. If the settings are changed, the frame counter adjusts accordingly.
Creating a DPOF Print Order The print menu option is used to set an order for standard prints from still images on the memory card. Single, multiple, or all images can be printed. Date imprinting can also be set. See navigating the setup menu section on page 38.
Every time the copy button is pressed, the functions cycle among selecting images, the number of copies, and date imprinting. Continue until all the images to be printed are selected. Pressing the delete button will cancel the DPOF setting screen and any changes made. With all the images to be printed selected, press the display/enter button to enter the settings.
Setting the date and time See page 14 to set the date and time. Memory type This camera stores images in either the 8MB internal memory or a separate SD Memory Card or MultiMediaCard. Memory type affects all the camera operations. If “Internal” (internal memory) is selected, the images will be stored in the internal memory in the recording modes, and playback, format, and delete-all functions will be executed only for the images in the internal memory.
The updated version of the driver software included on the supplied DiMAGE Viewer CD-ROM is required for the operation of the DiMAGE E223 with a computer. The new software will have no affect on the performance of older DiMAGE cameras.
Connecting the camera to a computer Confirm the battery has sufficient power before connecting the camera to a computer, the full-battery indicator should be displayed on the monitor. The auto power off function is disabled when the cam- era is connected to a computer. The use of the AC adapter (sold separately) is recommended over the use of the battery.
Windows XP Windows DATA TRANSFER MODE When the camera is properly connected to the computer, a drive icon, or volume, will appear. When using Windows XP or Mac OS X, a window will open requesting instructions on what to do with the image data; follow the directions in the window.
Connecting to Windows 98 and 98 Second Edition The USB driver is required for Windows 98 and 98 Second Edition. No special driver software is required for other Windows or Macintosh operating systems. During installation, if the operating system requests the Windows 98 CD-ROM, insert it into the CD- ROM drive and follow the accompanying instructions on the screen.
Choose to search for the driver in the CD-ROM drive. Click “Next.” The last window will confirm the driver has been installed. Click “Finish” to close the add new hardware wizard. Restart the computer. DATA TRANSFER MODE The add new hardware wizard will confirm the location of the driver.
QuickTime system requirements IBM PC / AT Compatible Pentium-based computer Windows 95, 98, 98SE, NT, Me, 2000 Professional, or XP. 32MB or more of RAM Sound Blaster or compatible sound card DirectX 3.0 or later recommended Auto power save (data-transfer mode) If the camera does not receive a read or write command within 30 minutes, it will shut down to save power.
Memory card folder organization Drive Icon Dcim Misc The misc. folder contains DPOF print files (p. 42). 100MLT32 PICT0001.JPG PICT0002.AVI Still image Movie image with audio DATA TRANSFER MODE Once the camera is connected to the computer, image files can be accessed by double clicking on icons. Image folders are located in the DCIM folder.
Camera Notes Image files contain exif tag data. This data includes the time and date the image was recorded as well as the camera settings used. This data can be viewed with the camera or the DiMAGE Viewer software. If a camera image is opened in a photo-retouching appli- cation like Adobe Photoshop, and then the image is saved overwriting the original data, the exif tag information is erased.
Disconnecting the camera from the computer Follow the instruction below when disconnecting the camera from the computer. This procedure is also necessary before changing the memory type while the camera is connected to the computer. The appearance of screens may differ with the operating system. Never disconnect the camera when the indicator lamp is blinking - the data or memory card may permanently be damaged.
The hardware devices to be stopped will be displayed. Highlight the device by clicking on it then click “Stop.” A confirmation screen will appear to indicate the devices to be stopped. Clicking “OK” will stop the device. A third and final screen will appear to indicate the camera can be safely dis- connected from the computer.
APPENDIX Troubleshooting The section covers minor problems with basic camera operation. For major problems or damage, or if a problem continues to reoccur frequently, contact a Minolta service facility listed on the back cover of this manual. Problem The battery is dead. The camera will not work.
Problem Monitor turns off and the orange indicator lamp Flash is charging. blinks. While using flash, the The subject is beyond the flash range (p. 27). pictures are too dark. Exposure-compensation Scene is too bright or dark and outside the display turns red.
Care and storage Read this section in its entirety to get the best results from your camera. With proper care, your cam- era will provide years of service. Camera care • Do not subject the camera to shock or impact. •...
Operating temperatures and conditions • This camera has been designed for use in temperatures from 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F). • Never leave the camera exposed to extreme high temperatures, such as in a car parked in the sun, or to extreme humidity.
This mark on your camera certifies that this camera meets the requirements of the EU (European Union) concerning interference causing equipment regulations. CE stands for Conformité Européenne (European Conformity). DiMAGE E223 Digital Camera: Tested To Comply With FCC Standards FOR HOME OR OFFICE USE This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
Technical specifications Number of effective pixels: CCD: Camera sensitivity: Aspect ratio: Lens construction: Focal length: Maximum aperture: Focusing range: Autofocus system: Shutter: Flash recycling time: Viewfinder type: Field of view: Eye-relief: A/D conversion: Recording media: File formats: Printing output control: LCD monitor: Menu languages: Movie recording:...
Batteries: External power source: Battery performance (Recording): Approximately 150 frames: based on Minolta’s stan- Computer interface: AV output: Dimensions: Weight: Operating temperature: Specifications are based on the latest information available at the time of printing and APPENDIX Two AA Ni-MH or alkaline batteries (use of Ni-MH batteries is recommended) Or one CR-V3 lithium battery 3V DC (with specified AC adapter)
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