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Digital Still
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User's Guide
Changing Entertainment. Again.
CDS6300

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  • Page 1

    Digital Still Camera User’s Guide Changing Entertainment. Again. CDS6300...

  • Page 2: Important Information

    Important Information WARNING To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this product or AC power supply to rain or moisture. To reduce risk of injury, charge only rechargeable batteries recommended by the manufacturer for this product. Other types of batteries may burst causing damage and personal injury.

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Chapter 1: Connections & Setup Parts Checklist ... 4 System Requirements for PhotoStudio®2000 ... 5 Windows® PC Requirements ... 5 Macintosh® Requirements ... 5 Buttons and Controls ... 6 Getting Started ... 8 Unpack the camera and accessories ... 8 Insert the batteries ...

  • Page 4

    Table of Contents Using the Menus ... 24 Record Menu ... 24 View Menu ... 27 Setup Menu ... 31 Chapter 3: Viewing and Downloading Using Your Camera with a TV or PC ... 36 Connecting to a TV (or VCR) to See Your Pictures ... 36 System Requirements for PhotoStudio®2000 ...

  • Page 5: Chapter 1: Connections & Setup

    Connections & Setup Chapter Overview: • Parts Checklist • System Requirements for PhotoStudio • Buttons and Controls • Getting Started • Powering the Camera • Using the Neck Strap and Lens Cover Holder Changing Entertainment. Again. Chapter 1 ® 2000...

  • Page 6: Parts Checklist

    Connections & Setup Parts Checklist Make sure the box includes the items shown here: Camera Neck strap Part # 252327 Video output cable Part # 252113 Soft camera case Caution Never use the power supply for any purpose other than powering the camera. AC power supply Part # 252110 8MB CompactFlash™...

  • Page 7: System Requirements For Photostudio 2000

    System Requirements for PhotoStudio ® Windows PC Requirements ® • Windows 95 PC with available serial port ® • Windows 98 PC with available USB or serial port (USB port recommended) ® • Windows 2000 PC with available USB or serial port (USB port recommended) •...

  • Page 8: Buttons And Controls

    Connections & Setup Buttons and Controls Neck strap eyelet DISPLAY button QUICK REVIEW button MENU button Navigation button Optical viewfinder (front) Lens Self-timer indicator Optical viewfinder (back) Speaker DISPLAY QUICK REVIEW MENU LCD monitor CompactFlash™ card compartment door Flash bulb Chapter 1...

  • Page 9

    Status screen Battery compartment door OPEN Chapter 1 Connections & Setup FLASH button TIMER button MODE button Battery compartment door lock LOCK Camera bottom view DIGITAL POWER Shutter Power button Zoom dial FLASH TIMER MODE Power dial Tripod mounting socket TV jack DIGITAL jack POWER jack...

  • Page 10: Getting Started

    Connections & Setup Getting Started This section describes the basics on how to set up your camera to take pictures for the first time. Refer to the other sections for detailed operation and feature options. Unpack the camera and accessories •...

  • Page 11: Insert The Batteries

    LOCK OPEN Insert the batteries Make sure the Power dial is set to OFF. Turn the camera over so that you are looking at the bottom. If the LOCK switch for the battery compartment door is locked, unlock it. Place your thumb on the thumbgrips above OPEN and push toward the front of the camera.

  • Page 12: Battery Level Icon

    Connections & Setup This icon appears when batteries are full. The icon changes to show that you’ve used some battery power. As you use more battery power, the icon changes again. This icon flashes in the viewfinder when the battery power is almost gone. The camera turns off automatically after a few seconds.

  • Page 13: Insert The Compactflash™ Card

    CompactFlash card Card slot compartment door CompactFlash™ card Inserting the CompactFlash card Chapter 1 Connections & Setup Insert the CompactFlash™ card Eject Make sure the Power dial is set to OFF. button Slide the CompactFlash card compartment door to the rear of the camera. (The doors springs open.) Before inserting the card, make sure the Eject button is pushed in so that the door can close.

  • Page 14: Take A Picture

    Connections & Setup FLASH TIMER MODE Power dial QUICK REVIEW button DISPLAY QUICK REVIEW MENU Navigation button Take a picture Set the Power dial to REC. Use the optical viewfinder and zoom to frame the picture you want to take. Be careful not to block the lens or flash bulb with your fingers.

  • Page 15: Powering The Camera

    Powering the Camera You can power your camera with AC power or batteries. For details on using batteries, see page 9. Using the Power Supply The power supply attaches to the camera and lets you power it directly from standard household power (110-240 volts, 50/60 Hz).

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    Connections & Setup FLASH TIMER MODE Power dial Removing the power supply Make sure the Power dial is set to OFF. Unplug the power supply from the AC outlet. Unplug the small end of the power supply from the POWER jack on the camera. Important: Before detaching the power source, make sure the camera’s power is turned off.

  • Page 17: Using The Neck Strap And Lens Cover Holder

    Using the Neck Strap and Lens Cover Holder The camera’s neck strap is designed to let you carry the camera from your neck and – when ready– bring the camera to shooting position in one quick movement. Before attaching the neck strap, thread the lens cover holder eyelets through one of the loose ends of the strap.

  • Page 18: Setting The Date And Time

    Connections & Setup FLASH TIMER MODE Power dial DISPLAY QUICK REVIEW MENU Navigation button Setting the Date and Time You need to set the date and time for correct file information and display, but it is not required to operate the camera. The date/time information does not appear on a printed photo.

  • Page 19: Chapter 2: Using The Camera's Features

    Using the Camera’s Features Chapter Overview: • Digital and Optical Zooming • Quick Review • Using the Navigation Button • Using the Status Screen • Using the Menus Changing Entertainment. Again. Chapter 2...

  • Page 20: Digital And Optical Zooming

    Using the Camera’s Features FLASH TIMER MODE Power zoom lever Digital and Optical Zooming You can zoom in and out for close-up or wide-angle shots by moving the zoom lever. Optical zooming is possible up to 3 times, and digital zooming allows up to 4 times normal magnification.

  • Page 21: Quick Review

    FLASH TIMER MODE Power dial QUICK REVIEW button DISPLAY QUICK REVIEW MENU Navigation button Chapter 2 Using the Camera’s Features Quick Review You can see the last picture you took with the QUICK REVIEW button. Set the Power dial to REC. Press the QUICK REVIEW button down for as long as you want to see the last picture you took.

  • Page 22: Using The Status Screen

    Using the Camera’s Features FLASH TIMER MODE MODE button Power dial Using the Status Screen The Status screen helps you see the settings of specific modes for your picture taking, including picture quality, flash, and battery life. Picture Quality Status Once you set the picture quality to your desired setting, you can view it in the Status screen.

  • Page 23: Battery Level

    FLASH TIMER MODE MODE button Power dial You can take 8 pictures at the same time using Burst mode. Chapter 2 Using the Camera’s Features Multi This mode allows you to take 16 images in 4 seconds, and is especially good for action shots. All 16 images are stored as 1 file.

  • Page 24: Flash Modes

    Using the Camera’s Features FLASH TIMER MODE Power dial FLASH button Flash Modes You can choose from 4 flash modes for taking pictures of single pictures (none, auto, forced, and red-eye reduction). The default mode is Auto Flash. No Flash (no icon) This mode allows you to take a standard picture without using a flash.

  • Page 25: Self Timer Status

    Using the Camera’s Features Red-eye Reduction Flash This mode uses a quick flash to reduce the red-eye FLASH effect in your pictures. TIMER MODE To set the flash mode to Red Eye, press and release the FLASH button until you see the red-eye icon Power dial TIMER button Self Timer Status...

  • Page 26: Using The Menus

    Using the Camera’s Features FLASH TIMER MODE Power dial MENU button DISPLAY QUICK REVIEW MENU Navigation button Using the Menus This camera is equipped with an on-screen menu system that simplifies many of the more detailed settings. There is a menu for each of the Power dial modes, including Setup, View, and Record.

  • Page 27

    FLASH TIMER MODE Power dial MENU button DISPLAY QUICK REVIEW MENU Navigation button Chapter 2 Using the Camera’s Features Exposure This feature automatically adjusts the iris for the best available picture quality, however, you may want to adjust it manually. Manual exposure is recommended in the following situations: •...

  • Page 28: Picture Quality

    Using the Camera’s Features FLASH TIMER MODE Power dial MENU button DISPLAY QUICK REVIEW MENU Navigation button Economy mode is best suited for web postings and emailing, as the file size is smaller. Fine mode is best for detailed prints. Picture Quality (Resolution) Economy...

  • Page 29: View Menu

    FLASH TIMER MODE Power dial DISPLAY button DISPLAY QUICK REVIEW MENU Navigation button Chapter 2 Using the Camera’s Features View Menu You can use the View menu to see your pictures, delete them, or lock/unlock them. Displaying Picture Information This feature allows you to toggle the date/time and picture number information on or off or to display all the pictures you have taken in an index format.

  • Page 30: Delete A Picture

    Using the Camera’s Features FLASH TIMER MODE Power dial MENU button DISPLAY QUICK REVIEW MENU Navigation button Delete a Picture This feature lets you delete single pictures. Set the Power dial to VIEW. (The last picture you took appears.) Press the MENU button. (The View menu appears and DELETE PICTURE is highlighted.) Press the middle of the Navigation button to select it.

  • Page 31: Delete All Pictures

    FLASH TIMER MODE Power dial MENU button DISPLAY QUICK REVIEW MENU Navigation button If you don’t want the picture info displayed in a slideshow, it can be hidden by turning it off (see page 27). Chapter 2 Using the Camera’s Features Use the Navigation button to highlight LOCK.

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    Using the Camera’s Features FLASH TIMER MODE Power dial MENU button DISPLAY QUICK REVIEW MENU Navigation button Slideshow You can have the camera show all your pictures as a slideshow. The slide speed can be adjusted to 4, 6, or 8 seconds. Set the Power dial to VIEW.

  • Page 33: Setup Menu

    FLASH TIMER MODE Power dial DISPLAY QUICK REVIEW MENU Navigation button Chapter 2 Using the Camera’s Features Setup Menu You can use the Setup menu to adjust the LCD monitor brightness, turn the sound on or off, or even format the CompactFlash card. If you haven’t already set the date and time, you may want to do that (see page 16).

  • Page 34: Self Timer

    Using the Camera’s Features FLASH TIMER MODE TIMER button Power dial DISPLAY QUICK REVIEW MENU Navigation button Self timer indicator Self Timer The camera has a self timer so that you can delay when the picture is taken by a few seconds. It’s especially useful when using a tripod.

  • Page 35: Tv Signal

    FLASH TIMER MODE Power dial DISPLAY QUICK REVIEW MENU Navigation button Chapter 2 Using the Camera’s Features TV Signal You can set the video output signal to NTSC or PAL, depending on the type of signal you have in your area.

  • Page 36

    Using the Camera’s Features FLASH TIMER MODE Power dial DISPLAY QUICK REVIEW MENU Navigation button Formatting the CompactFlash Card This feature allows you to format the CompactFlash card and delete all pictures (including locked ones). Set the Power dial to SETUP. (The Setup menu appears and LCD BRIGHT is highlighted.) Use the Navigation button to scroll to FORMAT.

  • Page 37: Chapter 3: Viewing And Downloading

    Viewing and Downloading Chapter Overview: • Using Your Camera with a TV or PC • System Requirements for PhotoStudio 2000 • Connecting to a Computer Changing Entertainment. Again. Chapter 3 ®...

  • Page 38: Using Your Camera With A Tv Or Pc

    Viewing and Downloading Using Your Camera with a TV or PC Your pictures can be viewed on your TV or transferred to a PC, saved, and edited using the included cable and software. Connecting to a TV (or VCR) to See Your Pictures You can view your pictures on your TV (or VCR) using the supplied video output cable.

  • Page 39: System Requirements For Photostudio 2000

    System Requirements for PhotoStudio ® Windows PC Requirements ® • Windows 95 PC with available serial port • Windows 98 ® PC with available USB or serial port (USB port recommended) • Windows 2000 ® PC with available USB or serial port (USB port recommended) ®...

  • Page 40: Connecting To A Computer

    Viewing and Downloading Connecting to a Computer Your pictures can be transferred to your PC or Macintosh and saved using the image transfer/editing software, PhotoStudio2000. To assure safety, make sure the camera is turned off before making any connection. Insert the PhotoStudio2000 CD-ROM into your drive. Double click the installer icon and follow the on-screen instructions to install the software.

  • Page 41: Chapter 4: Other Information

    Other Information Chapter Overview: • Troubleshooting • Care and Cleaning • Traveling Tips • Specifications • Limited Warranty • FCC Declaration of Conformity and Industry Canada Information • Optional Accessories • Index Changing Entertainment. Again. Chapter 4...

  • Page 42: Troubleshooting

    Other Information Troubleshooting If you’re having problems with your camera, try the solutions in this section. If the problem still exists, please consult the warranty in this user’s guide. External noise and interference (from a TV, a radio, etc.) might prevent your camera from functioning properly.

  • Page 43

    Other Information Colored bright spots appear all over the LCD monitor. The LCD monitor is made with high-precision technology. However, black spots or bright spots of light (red, green, or blue) may appear constantly on the LCD monitor. This is not due to any defect of the unit.

  • Page 44: Care And Cleaning

    Other Information Care and Maintenance Care and Cleaning Cleaning the Camera Clean the exterior, wiping gently with a soft cloth. For heavy dirt, use diluted, mild soap and wring the cloth well. Then wipe again with a dry cloth. Wipe the LCD monitor gently with a soft, dry cloth. To clean the lens and viewfinder, blow them with air using a blower brush.

  • Page 45: Cd-rom Care

    CD-ROM Care • Take care not to soil or scratch the mirror surface (opposite to the printed surface). Do not write anything or put a sticker on either the front or back surface. If the CD- ROM gets dirty, gently wipe it with a soft cloth outward from the center hole using a circular motion.

  • Page 46: Traveling Tips

    Other Information Traveling Tips • Write down your camera’s serial number and keep it separate from the camera when traveling. If your camera is lost or stolen, you will be able to identify it. • Use extra care to avoid damage to your camera and accessories when operating them at a beach or pool.

  • Page 47: Specifications

    Other Information Specifications Camera CCD sensor resolution: 1792x1200 pixels (2.3 megapixel output, interpolated) Lens: 5.4-16.2mm (3x optical zoom) Normal Range: 50cm - infinity Macro range: 5-50cm Digital zoom: 2x, 4x Recording medium: CompactFlash, type 1 or type 2 Erase: Single or all Video system: NTSC or PAL Power source: 4 AA alkaline or NiCd or NiMH rechargeable batteries AC Power Supply...

  • Page 48: Limited Warranty

    Other Information Limited Warranty Limited Warranty What your warranty covers: • Defects in materials or workmanship. For how long after your purchase: • One year from date of purchase - Unit exchange, which includes parts and labor. • The warranty for rental units begins with the first rental or 45 days from date of shipment to the rental firm, whichever comes first.

  • Page 49

    Ship your defective unit back to us using the replacement unit’s carton. Shipping instructions will be included on the carton along with your SR number which will allow you to easily ship the unit back to us. Make sure you insure your shipment in case of damage or loss.

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    Other Information What your warranty does not cover: • Acts of nature, such as but not limited to lightning damage. • Adjustment of customer controls. • Damage from misuse or neglect. • A unit that has been modified or incorporated into other products or is used for institutional or other commercial purposes.

  • Page 51

    ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ON THIS PRODUCT IS LIMITED TO THE APPLICABLE WARRANTY PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE. How State Law relates to warranty: • Some states do not allow the exclusion nor limitation of incidental or consequential damages, or limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you.

  • Page 52: Fcc Declaration Of Conformity And Industry Canada Information

    Other Information FCC Declaration of Conformity and Industry Canada Information FCC Regulations state that unauthorized changes or modifications to this equipment may void the user’s authority to operate it. This device complies with part 15 of 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.

  • Page 53: Optional Accessories

    Optional Accessories We invite you to take a look at some great ideas for sparking creativity and adding to the fun of using your camera. The following pages have a selection of accessories to help make your memorable moments look and sound even better. These accessories are designed to make the process of taking pictures more enjoyable.

  • Page 54

    Other Information To order accessories, contact your local Dealer. If a dealer is not nearby, you can also follow the directions below to order by telephone or direct-by-mail. United States and Canada Orders To place your order by phone, have your Visa, MasterCard, or Discover card ready and call the toll-free number listed below.

  • Page 55: Accessories Order Form

    Description Super lightweight tripod Soft camera case Neck strap Lens cap Lens cap holder AC power supply Video output cable Serial cable USB cable 16MB CompactFlash card All prices subject to change without notice. Total Merchandise Sales Tax We are required by law to collect the appropriate sales tax for each individual state, county, and locality to which the merchandise is being sent.

  • Page 56

    Other Information Charge your order on your VISA,MasterCard, IMPORTANT: Copy complete account number from your VISA card IMPORTANT: Copy complete account number from your MasterCard Copy Number above your name on MasterCard IMPORTANT: Copy complete account number from your Discover Card Expiration date: Print or type your name and address clearly.

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  • Page 58: Index

    Index Index Accessories 51 order form 53 Batteries inserting 9 Battery level 21 Battery level icon 10 Buttons and controls 6 Camera busy 23 Capture modes 20 Burst 21 Macro 20 Multi 21 Normal 20 CD-ROM care 43 Cleaning 42 CompactFlash card formatting 34 CompactFlash™...

  • Page 59

    Parts checklist 4 Picture information displaying 27 Picture quality 26 Picture quality status 20 Plug adapter 14 Power supply using 13 Power supply removing 14 Powering the camera 13 Product registration i, 48 Proper care and storage 42 Quick review 19 Record menu 24 Self timer 32 Self timer status 23...

  • Page 60

    Please do not send any products to the Indianapolis address listed in this manual or on the carton. This will only add delays in service for your product. Thomson multimedia Inc. 10330 North Meridian Street Indianapolis, IN 46290 ©2001 Thomson multimedia Inc. Trademark(s)®...

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