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Important Information

Attention: Macintosh* Users
Please download the digital camera twain
driver for the Macintosh* computer from the
Thomson Direct website, www.rca.com.
If you do not have internet access, please call
1-877-833-3491.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
*MACINTOSH is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc.
TOCOM 15514180

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  • Page 1: Important Information

    Important Information Attention: Macintosh* Users Please download the digital camera twain driver for the Macintosh* computer from the Thomson Direct website, www.rca.com. If you do not have internet access, please call 1-877-833-3491. We apologize for any inconvenience. *MACINTOSH is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc.

  • Page 2

    This sheet contains changes of product feature information contained in the user’s guide. In order for you to get optimum use from your camera, use this page in place of page 19 in your user’s guide. We apologize for the inconvenience. Selecting Images To select images one by one: press the Control key (Command key on...

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  • Page 4: Product Registration

    Important Safety Information * Be sure to read all the safety information on this page and inside the manual before you begin to use this product. To reduce risk of injury, charge only rechargeable batteries recommended by the manufacturer for this camcorder. Other types of batteries may burst causing damage and personal injury.

  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Assistance We want to make sure you enjoy your new digital still camera. If you have any questions, call: Digital Camera Exchange Warranty . 877-833-3491 Customer Service ... 877-833-3491 Accessories ... 800-338-0376 Table of Contents Product Registration ... i Important Safety Information ... i Assistance ...

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    Bottom of the Camera ... 34 Sides of the Camera ... 34 Basic Button Functionality ... 34 Specifications ... 35 Taking care of your camera ... 36 Warranty ... 36 Troubleshooting ... 37 Order Form for Digital Camera Model CDS4100 ... 43...

  • Page 7: Unpack The Camera

    This section describes the steps necessary to set up your digital camera to record and save pictures. For detailed feature options and operation instructions, refer to the specific portion of this manual. Assistance The toll-free numbers are provided to help with any problem you may encounter: Digital Camera Exchange Warranty ...

  • Page 8: Camera Details

    First Things First Camera Details Shutter release button LCD ON/OFF button (Self Timer)/+ (plus) button ZOOM button (Flash)/– (minus) button DISPLAY button MENU button QUALITY/INDEX button ENTER/MACRO button Power button Built-in flash Self-timer LED M Auto flash detector View finder window Lens Handstrap eyelet Digital output port...

  • Page 9: Attach The Strap

    2. Insert the other end of the strap through the loop to tie the strap onto the strap eyelet. Power Supply This digital camera features two ways to supply power to it; either use four batteries (size AA) or the included AC adapter.

  • Page 10: Using Ac Adapter

    Using AC Adapter To power the camera from an electrical outlet, use the supplied AC adapter. To attach the adapter to your digital camera: 1. Open the camera’s connector cover by inserting a thumbnail under the latch and pulling it out.

  • Page 11: Auto Power Off

    Your camera can use removable flash cards in 2, 4, 8, 16, or 48 megabyte (Mb) sizes. Contact your nearest RCA brand reseller for more information about obtaining additional flash memory. To install the CompactFlash memory card: 1.

  • Page 12: Recording Pictures

    First Things First Recording Pictures Since there needs to be pictures taken before the camera will display stored files, let’s walk through the steps to capture images. The switch on the back of the camera determines if PLAY or REC mode is used. Play is how you view stored pictures and REC is how they are taken (for more information about the specific aspects of PLAY and REC modes, see the next section, “Setting Preferences”).

  • Page 13: Frame Your Picture

    Frame Your Picture There are two ways to frame a picture; with the optical viewfinder or with the camera’s LCD monitor. The actual picture captured will be slightly larger than what you see in the optical viewfinder. TIP: For close-up pictures, use the LCD monitor to frame your shots.

  • Page 14: Viewing Stored Images

    First Things First Viewing Stored Images The images stored on the CompactFlash card can be viewed on the camera’s LCD monitor, viewed on a TV screen, or downloaded to your computer. For more information about viewing images on the computer or the TV, see the section, Working with Images, in this manual.

  • Page 15: Images On A Computer

    ROM’s software and the TWAIN driver from the 3.5” floppy disk(s) following all directions. Once the software is installed properly, the computer can send and receive information to the digital camera. To upload images to your computer: 1. Turn the power of the camera and the computer off.

  • Page 17: On-screen Menus

    On-screen menus To get the most benefit from your digital camera, you must know and be able to navigate through the on-screen menus. In the main menu of either the Record (REC) or Playback (PLAY) mode of the camera, you can set preferences for different aspects of the camera’s performance.

  • Page 18: Changing Settings

    Setting capture mode When you push the MENU button in REC mode, your first option is CAPTURE. Your digital camera can capture one picture at a time, or it can capture up to nine consecutive images in a short duration (SEQ.9).

  • Page 19: Setting White Balance

    To turn pre-flash on, display the Main Menu screen in REC mode by pressing the MENU button on top of the camera. Use the up (+/ ) or down (–/ ) button to select PRE FLASH. Press the ENTER/ MACRO button to change options. MAIN MENU CAPTURE: SINGLE...

  • Page 20: Adjusting Focus

    Setting Preferences Adjusting focus Manual adjustment of focus allows you to determine where the camera’s lens will concentrate. While you can allow the camera to focus automatically, specific distances can also be set. To chose between Auto, 2.0, 0.5, or 0.1 meters (m), bring the Main Menu screen up in REC mode and use the up (+/ ) or down (–/ ) button to move the...

  • Page 21: Date And Time Display

    Adjusting date and time display One setting you may definitely want to adjust before your first photo shoot is date and time display. Although it is not required to take and save pictures, date and time information may be useful for archiving purposes later.

  • Page 22: Erase Single Images

    Main Menu items in PLAY mode. Erase single images The digital camera can also erase one image at a time. This allows the user a chance to see individual pictures before deciding to remove them from storage.

  • Page 23: Formatting Storage Card

    In the PLAY mode Main Menu, select PROTECT IMAGE using the up (+/ ) or down (–/ ) button to move the highlight arrow. Press the ENTER/MACRO button to change settings. When you have an image displayed, you can choose to protect it by pressing the ENTER/MACRO button.

  • Page 24: Displaying The Date

    DATE: HOUR: MINUTE: * Note: This digital camera operates only on the 24-hour clock where a.m. times are represented by digits 00 through 11 and p.m. times are represented by the numbers 12 through 23 (for example- 9 a.m. is 09:00, and 1 p.m.

  • Page 25: Camera Features

    Camera Features Digital cameras have a variety of features to help capture the best possible picture. From different methods of flash photography to taking black and white images, your digital camera’s settings can all be customized and allow for a fun experience when capturing images.

  • Page 26: Flash Photography

    Camera Features Flash Photography Using Auto Flash Your camera has three flash modes; ON, OFF, and AUTO. If set to AUTO, the camera uses a sensor to determine if enough light is available to take a good picture. If a sufficient light value is measured through the CCD sensor, the built-in flash will not fire.

  • Page 27: Using The Self-timer Mode

    REC position. 2. Select the self-timer mode by pressing the ( )/+ button on top of the digital camera. The self-timer symbol ( ) will show on the back LCD panel. This mode will be...

  • Page 28: Control Buttons

    ) and close up, also called standard macro ( ). QUALITY/INDEX button The buttons on top of the digital camera do different things depending on whether the camera is in RECORD or PLAY mode. For the QUALITY/INDEX button, this is no different.

  • Page 29: Zoom Button

    see full size. Once the image you want is selected, display it in full size by pressing the ENTER/MACRO button. Pressing the QUALITY/INDEX button again will return the display to thumbnail view. In thumbnail view, when there are more than nine images stored in memory, you can scroll to the next set of images by moving the highlighting arrow past the bottom right or top left image using the + or –...

  • Page 30: Display Button

    Camera Features DISPLAY button In both record and play modes, the DISPLAY button on top of the digital camera makes most icons/indicators appear or disappear on the LCD monitor. The camera retains this status until the DISPLAY button is pressed again.

  • Page 31: Monitor Status

    Also, make sure that the length of the tripod’s mounting screw does not exceed the depth of the digital camera mount. Inserting the screw too far will seriously damage your camera voiding the warranty.

  • Page 32: Lcd Icons

    Camera Features LCD Icons 2x Zoom indicator Automatic Flash setting. Self timer Could also be Flash ON indicator ( ) or Flash OFF ( ). Natural Light White Balance setting. Could also be Automatic White Balance ( ), or Office/Flourescent Light ( ). 1999, 08, 26 04:37 E0003 Standard macro setting.

  • Page 33: Introduction To The Camera's Twain Driver

    Introduction to the camera’s TWAIN Driver Using the provided TWAIN application allows the transfer of photos from the digital camera to a computer. Following is a discussion of key software points to make the process of image transfer easier. TWAIN is defined by a standard software protocol and API for communication between software applications and image acquisition devices (digital cameras and scanners).

  • Page 34: Connect The Camera To The Computer

    Once the camera is correctly attached to the computer and the supplied software is properly installed, launch the image- editing application first. Then, select “GET Pictures” from the editing software. Once you have selected GET PICTURES, you will be offered a variety of choices. Choose DIGITAL CAMERA.

  • Page 35: Twain Driver Functions

    Once you have selected the digital camera as your source for images, the TWAIN driver interface will take over. The software will automatically connect to your computer and begin to download all of the images stored on the CompactFlash card. Once the transfer process is finished, you will be able to move individual images or entire sets of images to your image-editing software.

  • Page 36: Select None Of The Images

    References Select None of the Images Using this button to select none of the images. Take a Picture Use this button to take a picture with your camera from the computer. Note: If Self-timer is activated, the camera will use this timing before taking a picture.

  • Page 37: Camera Status

    • Use only a TV equipped with “VIDEO INPUT” function. 1. Using the supplied video cable, connect the digital camera to a TV using the VIDEO OUT jack of the camera to the VIDEO IN jack of the 2. Switch the input source of the TV to Video In.

  • Page 38: Camera User Interface

    References Camera User Interface Camera Top View QUALITY / INDEX DISPLAY ENTER / MACRO MENU Camera Front View Camera Back View Bottom of the Camera Sides of the Camera Basic Button Functionality Button PLAY Mode Power Power on/off Quality/Index Thumbnail View Enter /Macro Menu selection Display...

  • Page 39: Specifications

    Specifications Product Type: Digital Still Camera Imaging Device: 1/2-inch CCD, 1.5M pixels, progressive scanning Image Quality: Fine/Normal/Economy Image Resolution: 1360 x 1024 pixels (Fine / Normal); 640 x 480 pixels (Economy) Recording System: Digital (JPEG based)/Field recording Recording Medium: Removable CompactFlash (up to 48Mb). Image Capturing: Single or nine sequential images, saved as one image file.

  • Page 40: Taking Care Of Your Camera

    References Taking care of your camera Your camera is a precision instrument designed and manufactured to give you reliable service. Handled and cared for properly, the camera should give years of trouble-free imaging. In order to avoid damaging the unit: Do Not: •...

  • Page 41: Troubleshooting

    A: The batteries are missing, dead, or are not loaded correctly. Correctly load new batteries in the battery chamber. If you are using an AC adapter , make sure you are only using the recommended AC adapter for this digital camera. Q: The power suddenly turned off.

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    References Q: Why does an “ERASE ERROR” message appear on the LCD when erasing a picture? A: A power interruption occurred before the erasing of a picture was complete. Use the ERASE ALL or FORMAT CARD command (under the MENU button in play mode) and make sure that no power interruption occurs.

  • Page 43: Limited Warranty

    Limited Warranty What your warranty covers: • Any defect in materials or workmanship. For how long after your purchase: • One year - 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 44

    References To receive a replacement camera after we have received your unit: • Write the RA number on the outside of the carton used to return the unit. Make sure you insure your shipment in case of damage or loss. •...

  • Page 45

    Camera Features 21 Camera Parts 4 Camera Setting 32 Camera Status 32 Camera User Interface 33 Capture Mode 14 Cautions i CDS4100 Digital Camera Changing settings 14 Color 16 CompactFlash 3 CompactFlash card ejector CompactFlash card slot 4 CompactFlash memory 7...

  • Page 46

    Index LCD Icons (Cont.) AC adapter indicator date and time display flash setting 28 flash settings 28 picture number 28 picture quality indicator white balance settings LCD monitor draining batteries 8, 26 LCD ON/OFF button 4 LCD panel 4 Lens 4 Macintosh ADB Converter Cable 3 Main Menu...

  • Page 47: Order Form For Digital Camera Model Cds4100

    Order Form for Digital Camera Model CDS4100 Description CompactFlash Cards 16 Mb 32 Mb 48Mb CompactFlash External Drive Parallel Port PCMCIA Adapter Battery Charger Rechargeable Batteries (AA) 2-pack Alkaline Batteries 4-pack Alkaline Batteries 2-pack Nickel Metal Hydride 4-pack Nickel Metal Hydride Prices are subject to change without notice.

  • Page 48

    Accessories IMPORTANT: opy complete account number from your VISA card IMPORTANT: opy complete account number from your Master ard opy Number above your name on Master ard IMPORTANT: opy complete account number from your Discover ard Expiration date: Print or type your name and address clearly.

  • Page 49

    To place your order by mail, detach and mail the completed order form with credit card information, money order, or check in U.S. currency (made payable to Thomson Consumer Electronics, Inc.) to the following address: 1-800-338-0376 Digital Camera Accessories PO Box 8419 Ronks, PA 17573 Accessories...

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    10330 N Meridian Street Indianapolis, IN 46290 © 1999 Thomson Consumer Electronics, Inc. Trademark(s) ® Registered Marca(s) Registrada(s) Printed in Taiwan TOCOM 15511640...

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