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User's Manual
Thank you for buying a Samsung Camera.
This manual will guide you through using the camera, including
capturing images, downloading images and using the application software.
Please read this manual carefully before using your new camera.
※ This manual is based on model Digimax A503.
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    User’s Manual Thank you for buying a Samsung Camera. This manual will guide you through using the camera, including capturing images, downloading images and using the application software. Please read this manual carefully before using your new camera. ※ This manual is based on model Digimax A503.

  • Page 2: Getting To Know Your Camera

    ●Please check that the camera is operating properly prior to when you intend to use it (e.g. for a trip or an important event) to avoid disappointment. Samsung Camera take no responsibility for any loss or damage that may result from camera malfunction.

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    ■ Should any form of liquid or a foreign object enter the camera, do not use it. Switch off the camera, and then disconnect the power source. You must contact your dealer or Samsung Camera Service centre. Do not continue to use the camera as this may cause a fire or electric shock.

  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Contents ●Using the camera buttons to adjust READY the camera ●System chart ■Power button ●Identification of features ■SHUTTER button ■Front & Top ●ZOOM W/T button ■Back & Bottom ●Voice recording/ Voice memo/ UP button ■Side/ 5-function button ●Down button ■Self-timer lamp ●Flash/ Left button ■Camera Status Lamp ●Self-timer/ Right button...

  • Page 5: System Chart

    Please check that you have the correct contents before using this product. The contents can vary depending on the sales region. To buy the optional equipment, contact your nearest Samsung dealer or Samsung service centre. < Included items > User manual,...

  • Page 6: Identification Of Features

    Identification of features Front & Top Shutter button Power button Microphone Flash Self-timer lamp Lens Focus ring 《5》...

  • Page 7: Back & Bottom

    Identification of features Back & Bottom M(Mode) button LCD monitor USB connection port Tripod Socket 《6》 E (Effects) button +/-, Delete button Camera status lamp Zoom W button (Thumbnail) Zoom T button (Digital zoom) Strap eyelet 5 function button Play mode button...

  • Page 8: Side/ 5-function Button

    Identification of features Side/ 5-function button Battery chamber cover Memory card slot Battery chamber Voice memo / Voice Recording / Up button Flash / Left button Play & Pause button ■Self-timer lamp Icon Status Blinking Blinking Blinking ■Camera Status Lamp Status Power on After taking a picture...

  • Page 9: Connecting To A Power Source

    Connecting to a Power Source ■You can use batteries only to provide the camera with power. ● We recommend using batteries for a digital camera (Within a year from the date of manufacture). The batteries are listed below. - Non rechargeable batteries : 2 X AA Alkaline (High Capacity) CR-V3 type - Lithium Ion battery - Rechargeable batteries : 2 X AA Ni-MH (SNB-2512)

  • Page 10: Instructions On How To Use The Memory Card

    ●Repeated use of the memory card will eventually reduce the memory card’s performance. Should this be the case, you will need to purchase a new memory card. Wear and tear on the memory card is not covered by the Samsung warranty.

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    Instructions on how to use the memory card INFORMATION ●Don't remove the memory card when the camera status lamp is blinking as this may cause damage to data in the memory card. ■The camera can use SD Memory Cards and MMC (Multi Media Cards). Please consult the enclosed manual for using the MMC Cards.

  • Page 12: Lcd Monitor Indicator

    LCD monitor indicator ■The LCD monitor displays information about the shooting functions and selections. ⑳ ① ② ③ ④ ⑤ ⑥ ⑦ ⑧ ⑨ [ Image & Full Status ] ⑲ ⑱ ⑰ ⑯ ⑮ ⑭ Camera shake warning ⑬ ⑫...

  • Page 13: Changing The Recording Mode

    Changing the recording mode ■ You can select the desired working mode by the M (mode) button located on the back of the camera and [MODE], [MODE SET] menu. Auto, Program, movie clip, scene (night, portrait, landscape, sunset, dawn, backlight, fireworks, beach &...

  • Page 14: If The [full] Menu Was Selected

    Changing the recording mode ●Changing the recording mode : If the [FULL] menu was selected Steps from 1-4 are the same as those for selecting the [MODE] menu. 5. The recording mode used just before will display. 6. Press the M (Mode) button located on the back of the camera and the mode selection menu will display.

  • Page 15: How To Use The Program Mode

    Starting the recording mode ■Pausing while recording a movie clip (Successive Recording) This camera allows you to temporarily stop during unwanted scenes, while recording a movie clip. Using this function, you can record your favourite scenes into a movie clip without having to create multiple movie clips. ●Using Successive Recording Steps from 1-2 are the same as those for MOVIE CLIP mode.

  • Page 16: How To Use The Voice Recording Mode

    Starting the recording mode ■How to use the VOICE RECORDING mode A voice recording can be recorded for as long as the available recording time of the memory capacity allows. 1. In any mode with the exception of the Movie clip, select the VOICE RECORDING mode by pressing the Voice recording button twice.

  • Page 17: Normal Focus Mode

    Starting the recording mode ● Normal( ) focus mode The focus range is 1.0m~infinity. No icons will display on the LCD monitor when you select this focus mode. ※To prevent the image from being dim, maintain the focus range at 1.0m ~ infinity. ●...

  • Page 18: Zoom W/t Button

    ZOOM W/T button ● If the menu is not displayed, this button works as the DIGITAL ZOOM button. ● TELE Zoom Digital zoom TELE : Pressing the ZOOM T button activates the digital zoom software. Releasing ZOOM T button stops the digital zooming at the required setting.

  • Page 19: Voice Recording/ Voice Memo/ Up Button

    Voice recording( )/ Voice memo( ■ While the menu is showing, press the UP button to move up the sub menu cursor. When the menu is not displayed on the LCD monitor, the UP button operates as the voice recording or voice memo button. You can record your voice or add your voice-over to a stored still image.

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    Flash ( )/ Left button INFORMATION ●If you press the shutter button after selecting the Auto, Fill-in, Slow sychro flash, the first flash fires to check the shooting condition (Flash range and Power ratio of flash). Do not move until the second flash fires. ●Using the flash frequently will reduce the life of the battery.

  • Page 21: Self-timer/ Right Button

    Flash ( )/ Left button ●Available flash mode, by recording mode Self-timer ( )/ Right button ■ When the menu is displayed on the LCD monitor, pressing the Right button makes the cursor shift to the right tab. ■ When the menu is not displayed on the LCD monitor, the Right button operates as the Self-timer( ).

  • Page 22: Menu/ Ok Button

    MENU/ OK button ■MENU button - When you press the MENU button, a menu related to each camera mode will be displayed on the LCD monitor. Pressing it again will return the LCD to the initial display. - A menu option can be displayed when Movie clip, Auto, Program and Scene modes are selected.There is no menu available when the Voice recording mode is selected.

  • Page 23: E (effect) Button

    M (Mode) button ●How to use the mode button : In case of [FULL] sub menu and Auto mode [Auto mode] Pressing the Mode button Pressing the Right button AUTO SET : OK [Mode selection menu] Pressing the Left button Pressing the Up button NIGHT Pressing the Left/ Right button...

  • Page 24: Special Effect : Colour

    Special Effect : Colour ■By using the camera’s digital processor, it is possible to add special effects to your images 1. Press the E button in the still image mode or Movie clip mode. 2. Select the menu tab by pressing the Left/Right button. [Still image mode] 3.

  • Page 25: Special Effect : Composite Shooting

    Special Effect : Composite shooting ■You can combine 2 ~ 4 different shots in a still image. 1. Press the E button in the program mode. 2. Select the menu tab by pressing the Left/ Right button. 3. Select a desired sub menu by pressing the Up/ Down button and press the OK button.

  • Page 26: Special Effect : Photo Frame

    Special Effect : Photo Frame ■You can add 9 types of frame-like borders to a still image you want to capture. 1. Press the E button in the program mode. 2. Select the menu tab by pressing the Left/ Right button.

  • Page 27: Iso

    +/- button ■ISO : You can select the ISO sensitivity when taking pictures. The speed or specific light-sensitivity of a camera is rated by ISO numbers. ●Selecting an ISO Sensitivity 1. Press the +/- button, and then use the UP and DOWN buttons to select the ISO icon( The ISO menu bar will appear as shown.

  • Page 28: Exposure Compensation

    +/- button ●Using the Custom White Balance White balance settings may vary slightly depending on the shooting environment. You can select the most appropriate white balance setting for a given shooting environment by setting up the custom white balance. 1. Select the CUSTOM ( ) menu of the White Balance and press the OK button.

  • Page 29: Using The Lcd Monitor To Adjust The Camera Settings

    Using the LCD monitor to adjust the camera settings ■You can use the menu on the LCD monitor to set up recording functions. In any mode with the exception of VOICE RECORDING mode, pressing the MENU button displays the menu on the LCD monitor. ※...

  • Page 30: How To Use The Menu

    How to use the menu 1. Turn on the camera and press the MENU button. A menu for each camera mode appears. However, there is no menu for Voice Recording mode ( 2. Use the LEFT and RIGHT buttons to navigate through the menus. Press the LEFT or RIGHT SIZE...

  • Page 31: Mode Set

    MODE SET ■You can select the desired recording mode. [AUTO] : For shooting basic still image [PROGRAM] : You can manually configure all functions. [MOVIE] : For taking a movie clip [NIGHT] : Use this for shooting still images at night or in other dark conditions.

  • Page 32: Quality/ Frame Rate

    Quality/ Frame rate ■You can select the compression ratio appropriate for your application of the captured images. The higher the compression ratio, the lower the picture quality. Mode STILL IMAGE mode Icon Sub menu S.FINE FINE File Format jpeg jpeg QUALITY S.

  • Page 33: Continuous Shooting

    Continuous Shooting ■Select the number of pictures in continuous shooting. - [SINGLE] : Take one picture only - [CONTINUOUS] : Images will be taken continuously until the shutter button is released. The shooting capacity depends on the memory. - [AEB] : Take three pictures in a series in different exposures: standard exposure (0.0EV), short exposure (-0.5EV),and over...

  • Page 34: Osd(on Screen Display) Information

    OSD(On Screen Display) information ■In any mode with the exception of VOICE RECORDING mode, you can check the recording status in the LCD monitor. ■Idle mode : If you select the [SAVE MODE] and the camera isn't operated during the specified time(about 30 SEC.), the camera power will be idle (LCD monitor : OFF, Camera status lamp : Blinking) automatically.

  • Page 35: Playing Back A Movie Clip

    Starting play mode INFORMATION ● Even if the camera's power is off, you can start the play mode by pressing the play mode button. ● Press the shutter button in Play mode to switch to the currently set shooting mode. ●...

  • Page 36: Lcd Monitor Indicator

    LCD monitor indicator ■The LCD monitor displays shooting information about the displayed image. ① ② ③ ④ ⑤ ⑥ Description Play mode Battery File Type Voice memo Protect indicator DPOF indicator Folder name and Stored image number ■By pressing the Play mode button for over 1 Sec., you can check the recording information.

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    Thumbnail( )/ Enlargement( ●Image enlargement 1. Select an image that you want to enlarge and press the enlargement button. 2. Different parts of the image can be viewed by pressing the 5 function button. 3. Pressing the thumbnail button will zoom back to the original full sized image.

  • Page 38: Voice Memo/ Up Button

    Voice ( ) memo/ Up button ■When the menu is displayed on the LCD monitor, pressing the UP button makes the menu cursor move up. ■When the menu is not displayed on the LCD monitor, the UP button operates as the voice memo button.

  • Page 39: Delete Button

    Delete ( ) button ■This deletes images stored on the memory card. ●Deleting Images in Play Mode 1. Select an image that you want to delete by pressing the LEFT/ RIGHT button and press the DELETE( ) button. 2. A message will display as shown alongside on the LCD monitor.

  • Page 40: Setting Up The Play Back Function Using The Lcd Monitor

    Setting up the play back function using the LCD monitor ■ PLAY mode functions can be changed by using the LCD monitor. In the PLAY mode, pressing the MENU button displays the menu on the LCD monitor. The menus you can set up in Play mode are as follows. To capture an image after setting up the play menu, press the PLAY button or shutter button.

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    Setting up the play back function using the LCD monitor ■This menu is available while the camera is connected to a PictBridge supporting printer (direct connection to the camera, sold separately) with a USB cable. Menu tab Main menu Sub menu ONE PIC IMAGES ALL PICS...

  • Page 42: Starting The Slide Show

    Starting the slide show ■ Images can be displayed continuously at pre-set intervals. You can view the slide show by connecting the camera to an external monitor. 1. Press the play mode button and press the menu button. 2. Press the LEFT / RIGHT button and select the [SLIDE] menu tab. ●...

  • Page 43: Rotating An Image

    Rotating an image ■You can rotate the stored images by various degrees. 1. Press the play mode button and press the menu button. 2. Press the LEFT/ RIGHT button and select the [ROTATE] menu tab. 3. Select a desired sub menu by pressing the UP/ DOWN button.

  • Page 44: Protecting Images

    Protecting images ■This is used to protect specific shots from being accidentally erased (LOCK). It also unprotects images that have been previously protected (UNLOCK). ●Protecting Images 1. Press the play mode button and press the menu button. 2. Press the LEFT/ RIGHT button and select the [PROTECT] menu tab.

  • Page 45: Dpof

    DPOF ■DPOF(Digital Print Order Format) allows you to embed printing information on your memory card’s MISC folder. Select the pictures to be printed and how many prints to make. ■The DPOF indicator will display on the LCD monitor when an image that has DPOF information plays back.

  • Page 46: Dpof : Print Size

    DPOF : PRINT SIZE ■You can specify the print size when printing images stored on the memory card. The [PRINT SIZE] menu is available only for DPOF 1.1 compatible printers. ●Setting the Print Size 1. Press the play mode button and press the menu button. 2.

  • Page 47: Pictbridge : Picture Selection

    PictBridge ■You can use the USB cable to connect this camera to a printer that supports PictBridge (sold separately) and print the stored images directly. Movie clips and voice files cannot be printed. ●Connecting the Camera to a Printer 1. Slide the power switch to turn the camera power on. 2.

  • Page 48: Pictbridge : Print Setting

    PictBridge : Print Setting ■AUTO SET 1. Use the LEFT and RIGHT buttons to select the [AUTO SET] menu tab. 2. Use the UP and DOWN buttons to select the desired sub menu value, and then press the OK button. [NO] : [CUSTOM SET] values are kept.

  • Page 49: Pictbridge : Printing

    PictBridge : Printing ■Printing Pictures 1. Use the LEFT and RIGHT buttons to select the [PRINT] menu tab. 2. Use the UP and DOWN buttons to select the desired submenu value, and then press the OK button. [STANDARD] : Print the pictures stored in the memory card in set numbers.

  • Page 50: Setup Menu

    Setup menu ■In this mode, you can set up basic settings. You can use the setup menu in all camera modes, except Voice Recording mode. The items indicated by are default settings. Menu tab Main menu Sub menu SERIES FILE RESET PWR SAVE OFF, 1, 3, 5MIN...

  • Page 51: File Name

    Setup menu [ File name ] ■ This function allows the user to select the file naming format. ● Assigning File Names 1. In any mode with the exception of Voice Recording mode, press the MENU button. 2. Press the LEFT/ RIGHT button and select the [SETUP] menu tab.

  • Page 52: Formatting A Memory

    Setup menu [ Formatting a memory ] ■ This is used for formatting the memory. If you run [FORMAT] on the memory, all images already in the memory, including protected images, will be deleted. Be sure to download important images to your PC before formatting the memory. ●...

  • Page 53: Imprinting The Recording Date

    Setup menu [ Imprinting the recording date ] ■ There is an option to include DATE/ TIME on still images. ● Sub menus [OFF] : The DATE & TIME will not be imprinted on the image file. [DATE] : Only the DATE will be imprinted on the image file.

  • Page 54: Initialisation

    Setup menu [ Initialisation ] ■ All camera menu and function settings will be restored to their default values. However, values for DATE, TIME and LANGUAGE will not be changed. ● Sub menus [NO] : Settings will not be restored to their defaults. [YES] : All settings will be restored to their defaults.

  • Page 55: Important Notes

    Important notes Be sure to observe the following precautions! ■This unit contains precision electronic components. Do not use or store this unit in the following locations. - Areas exposed to severe changes in temperature and humidity. - Areas exposed to dust and dirt. - Areas exposed to direct sunlight;...

  • Page 56: Warning Indicator

    ■Before an important event or going on a trip, you should check the camera condition. - Take a picture for testing the camera condition and prepare extra battery. - Samsung cannot be held responsible for camera malfunctions. Warning indicator ■There are several warnings that may appear on the LCD display CARD ERROR! ㆍMemory card error...

  • Page 57: Before Contacting A Service Centre

    Warning indicator FILE ERROR! ㆍFile error → Format the memory card ㆍMemory card error → Contact a camera service centre LOW BATTERY! ㆍThere is low battery capacity → Insert fresh batteries OUT OF NUMBER ㆍWhen selecting too many printing pages in the PictBridge menu. →...

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    Before contacting a service centre The camera suddenly stops working while in use ㆍThe camera was stopped due to a malfunction → Remove/ re-insert battery and switch the camera on The images are unclear ㆍAn incorrect focus mode is selected. →...

  • Page 59: Specifications

    Specifications ■Image Sensor - Type : 1/2.5" CCD A503 Effective Pixels Approx. 5.0 Mega-pixel Total Pixels Approx. 5.3 Mega-pixel ■Lens - Focal Length : SHD Lens f=6.1mm (35mm film equivalent:36mm) - F No. : F3.2 / F7.0 · - Digital Zoom : Still Image mode: 1.0X ~ 5.0X ·...

  • Page 60: Software

    Fine 22(7) 28(9) Normal 34(11) 41(14) ※ These figures are measured under Samsung's standard conditions and may vary depending on shooting conditions and camera settings. ※ *A503 only ※ ( ) A403 only ■Image Play - Type : Single image/ Thumbnails/ Slide show/ Movie clip - Editing : Rotation, Trimming, Resizing ■Interface...

  • Page 61: About The Software

    ●You should allow 5 ~ 10 seconds for running the automatic setup program according to the capability of the computer. If the frame does not show, run the [Windows Explorer] and select [Samsung.exe] in the CD-ROM Drive root directory. 《60》...

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    Setting up the application software 3. After restarting the computer, connect the camera to your PC with the USB cable. 4. Turn the camera power on. The [Found New Hardware Wizard] will open and the computer will recognise the camera. ※If your OS is Windows XP, an image viewer program will open.

  • Page 63: Starting Pc Mode

    Starting PC mode • If you connect the USB cable to a USB port on your PC and then turn on the power, the camera will automatically switch to "computer connection mode". • In this mode, you can download stored images to your PC through the USB cable. •...

  • Page 64: Removing The Removable Disk

    Starting PC mode 6. Press the right mouse button and a pop-up menu will open. Click [Paste]. 7. An image file is transferred from the camera to your PC. - By using [Digimax Master], you can see the stored images in the memory directly on the PC monitor and you can copy or move the image files.

  • Page 65: Setting Up The Usb Driver For Mac

    1. Connect the camera and your PC, turn them on. 2. Check whether the Removable Disk is on the [My Computer]. 3. Remove the [Samsung Digital Camera] on the Device manager. 4. Disconnect the USB cable. 5. Remove the [Digimax A503] on the Add/Remove Programs Properties.

  • Page 66: Digimax Master

    ■ You can download, view, edit and save your images and movies with this software. This software is compatible with all Windows Operating Systems from Windows 98SE onwards. ■ To start the program, click [Start → Programs → Samsung → Digimax Master]. ● Downloading images 1. Connect the camera to your PC.

  • Page 67

    Digimax Master ● Image viewer : You can view the stored images. ① ② ③ ④ - Image viewer functions are listed below. ① Menu bar : You can select menus. File, Edit, View, Tools, Change functions, Auto download, help, etc. ②...

  • Page 68: Faq

    Digimax Master ● Movie edit : You can combine a still image, movie clip, narration, and music files together in a single file. ① - Movie clip edit functions are listed below. ① Edit menu : You can select the following menus. [Add Media] : You can add other media elements to a movie.

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    Case 6 When I open the Device Manager (by clicking Start → (Settings) → Control Panel → (Performance and Maintenance) → System → (Hardware) → Device Manager), there are Unknown Devices or Other Devices entries with a yellow question mark(?) beside them or devices with an exclamation mark(!) beside them.

  • Page 70: Correct Disposal Of This Product

    ■ ■ Declaration of Conformity Trade Name : SAMSUNG TECHWIN Model No. : Digimax A503 Responsible Party : Samsung Opto-Electronics America, INC. Address : 40 Seaview Dr. Secaucus,NJ 07094 Telephone No. : 201-902-0347 This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to...

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