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  • Page 2 EasyPhoto and the EasyPhoto logo are trademarks of Storm Software, Inc. General notice: Other product names used herein are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners. EPSON disclaims any and all rights in those marks.
  • Page 3 FCC COMPLIANCE STATEMENT FOR AMERICAN USERS This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio and television reception.
  • Page 4: Introduction

    ® our new EPSON PhotoPC is a revolutionary, easy-to-use digital camera that enables you to take full-color pictures and immediately use them with your computer. PhotoPC comes with everything you need, including software that lets you transfer your pictures to your computer’s hard disk drive. You can then edit, enhance, and organize your pictures or simply place them into your documents.
  • Page 5: System Requirements

    ® application Where to Get Help If you purchased your PhotoPC in the United States or Canada, EPSON provides customer support and service through a network of Authorized EPSON Customer Care Centers. EPSON also provides the following services when you dial (800) 922-8911: ®...
  • Page 6: Electronic Support Services

    EPSON Products, EPSON Connection Contacts. Link to the EPSON Connection for the latest drivers and FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) and the EPSON Chat area. To get in touch with EPSON around the world, EPSON Contacts includes contact information for local EPSON subsidiaries.
  • Page 7: Registration

    If you are not currently a member of CompuServe, you are eligible for a free introductory membership as an owner of an EPSON product. This membership entitles you to: An introductory credit on CompuServe Your own user ID and password A complimentary subscription to CompuServe Magazine, CompuServe’s monthly publication.
  • Page 8 To prevent fire or electric shock, do not expose the camera to rain or moisture. Do not use outdoors during a thunderstorm. If the camera shows unusual signs such as noise, odor, or smoke, stop using it and turn it off immediately. Remove the batteries and/ or disconnect the AC adapter.
  • Page 9: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Introduction PhotoPC Features System Requirements Where to Get Help Electronic Support Services Registration Safety Instructions Chapter 1: Getting Started Unpacking Your PhotoPC Getting to Know the Camera Installing Batteries Handling Batteries Attaching the Hand Strap Installing Your EasyPhoto Software Chapter 2: Taking Pictures with PhotoPC Turning the Camera On and Off Auto Shut-off...
  • Page 10 Chapter 4: Working with Your Pictures Using Photo Galleries Adding or Changing Picture Information Finding a Picture Making Changes with the Photo Workshop Cropping Resizing Rotating Adjusting Brightness and Contrast Adjusting Colors Saving, Moving, and Printing Your Pictures Changing File Information Chapter 5: Using Advanced Features Getting Ready to Use Advanced Features Setting the Clock...
  • Page 11: Chapter 1: Getting Started

    Getting Started camera hand strap TITLE Cam1-01.eps DATE 6/26/95 DRAWN BY L.Oliver diskettes his chapter helps you get ready to use your PhotoPC. It covers the following: Unpacking your PhotoPC Getting to know the camera Installing the batteries Attaching the hand strap Installing your EasyPhoto software.
  • Page 12: Installing Batteries

    TITLE EPSON AMERICA, INC. viewfinder control panel green standby light TITLE Cam1-03.eps EPSON AMERICA, INC. Documentation Department DATE 6/26/95 20770 Madrona Avenue, Torrance, CA 90503 (310) 782-0770 DRAWN BY L.Oliver Getting Started Installing Batteries Your PhotoPC comes with four AA alkaline batteries.
  • Page 13: Handling Batteries

    Grasp the battery cover and pull it away from the camera body as shown. cam1-05 TITLE Cam1-05.eps EPSON AMERICA, INC. Documentation Department DATE 8/15/95 20770 Madrona Avenue, Torrance, CA 90503 (310) 782-0770 DRAWN BY L Oliver Insert all four batteries into the compartment, positioning the + and - ends as shown in the compartment.
  • Page 14: Attaching The Hand Strap

    WARNING To avoid the danger of fire or explosion, do not mix different types of batteries. Do not allow the battery contacts to touch metal objects such as coins or keys, which could short out the battery’s circuits. Note the following when handling batteries: Do not use manganese batteries.
  • Page 15: Installing Your Easyphoto Software

    Installing Your EasyPhoto Software PhotoPC comes with EasyPhoto, a software application that lets you transfer your pictures from the camera to your computer and place them into documents. You can also use EasyPhoto to organize, enhance, and print your pictures. Follow these steps to install EasyPhoto: Insert EasyPhoto diskette 1 in your diskette drive.
  • Page 16: Chapter 2: Taking Pictures With Photopc

    Taking Pictures with PhotoPC sing PhotoPC to take pictures is similar to using a traditional “point and shoot” camera. This chapter shows you everything you need to know, including the following information: Turning the camera on and off Auto shut-off The control panel Checking the battery icon Snapping the shutter...
  • Page 17: Turning The Camera On And Off

    The control panel keeps track of how many pictures you’ve taken and gives you important information about the status of your battery and various settings you’re using. resolution mode pictures remaining timer EPSON AMERICA, INC. Documentation Department 20770 Madrona Avenue, Torrance, CA 90503 (310) 782-0770 pictures taken erase last picture...
  • Page 18: Checking The Battery Icon

    Checking the Battery Icon Before you take pictures, check the battery icon on the control panel. The icon shows how much battery power you have left, in the following four stages: Full battery power (or AC adapter in use) Battery power is decreasing Battery power is almost out Change batteries The battery icon is not precise, so you should use it only as a guide to...
  • Page 19: Picture-Taking Range

    Picture-taking Range You should be at least 2 feet (60 cm) away from the subject you are photographing. If you want to take pictures at a closer range, you should use a 37 mm video camcorder close-up lens. See page A-5 for instructions.
  • Page 20: Flash

    TITLE resolution flash Cam2-07.eps timer EPSON AMERICA, INC. DATE Documentation Department 6/26/95 20770 Madrona Avenue, Torrance, CA 90503 DRAWN BY (310) 782-0770 L.Oliver Flash PhotoPC’s built-in flash has three settings as listed below, which are effective within a range of 3 to 10 feet. Press the flash control button to cycle from one setting to another.
  • Page 21: Resolution

    Resolution PhotoPC has two resolution settings, high and standard. Press the resolution control button to switch from one setting to the other. The settings appear on the control panel as shown. resolution button High resolution Images are captured at 640 x 480 pixels. Your pictures include more detail, but the camera only holds 16 pictures (factory setting).
  • Page 22 High resolution image Standard resolution image 640 x 480 pixels 320 x 240 pixels Taking Pictures with PhotoPC...
  • Page 23: Timer

    7 seconds. Then it flashes 3 times. Taking Pictures with PhotoPC shutter button red timer light TITLE EPSON AMERICA, INC. DATE Documentation Department 20770 Madrona Avenue, Torrance, CA 90503 (310) 782-0770 DRAWN BY The camera beeps when the image is captured.
  • Page 24: Erasing Pictures

    Erasing Pictures If you don’t want to keep a picture after you take it, you can erase it from the camera’s memory. Using a small pointed object such as a ballpoint pen, press the erase button on the top of the camera. The erase icon on the control panel flashes when you press the button.
  • Page 25 NOTE Depending on the type of images you capture, your camera may hold more than 16 pictures at high resolution or 32 at standard resolution. When you take the last picture, the number of pictures remaining may show one instead of zero. When this happens, you can take an extra picture—or several extra pictures.
  • Page 26: Chapter 3: Using Photopc With Your Computer

    The AC adapter should be available where you bought your PhotoPC. To order an AC adapter, call EPSON Accessories at (800) 873-7766 (U.S. sales only). In Canada, call (800) BUY-EPSON. Using PhotoPC with Your Computer...
  • Page 27 Line up the serial connector on the cable with one of the serial ports on your computer, and insert the connector. Then tighten the screws. serial port notch arrow TITLE Cam3-02.eps EPSON AMERICA, INC. DATE Documentation Department 6/26/95 20770 Madrona Avenue, Torrance, CA 90503 (310) 782-0770 DRAWN BY L.Oliver...
  • Page 28: Transferring Pictures To Your Computer

    serial port on computer Turn on the camera and your computer system. A frame appears around the picture counter on the camera’s control panel. Line indicates that the camera is connected to your computer. TITLE NOTE When the camera is connected to your computer, you can’t use any of the control buttons or the shutter button on the camera.
  • Page 29 Follow these steps to transfer your pictures to your computer: Double-click the EasyPhoto icon. You see the EasyPhoto opening screen. Click the PhotoPC button. Your pictures appear one-by-one on the PhotoPC screen. If you connected your camera to a port other than COM1, or your port doesn’t support the default transfer speed, you will see a message asking you to check your port settings.
  • Page 30: Erasing Pictures From Your Camera

    name it for the gallery. (This doesn’t affect the picture’s file name.) You don’t have to wait for all the pictures to appear before you select pictures to transfer. EasyPhoto displays its progress as it transfers each picture. To help you organize your pictures, they are added to a new photo gallery, which displays small “thumbnail”...
  • Page 31: Inserting A Picture With Copy And Paste

    the size and position of your picture after you insert it.) For more information about the Photo Workshop, see Chapter 4 or click the EasyPhoto Help button. You can use three methods to add pictures to your documents: Copy and paste Drag and drop Importing.
  • Page 32: Inserting A Picture With Drag And Drop

    Choose Paste (or Paste Special) from the Edit menu. A copy of the picture appears in your document. Inserting a Picture with Drag and Drop You can use this method with any Windows application that supports OLE 2.0 (object linking and embedding)—for example, Microsoft ®...
  • Page 33: Closing Easyphoto

    Position the cursor where you want to insert the picture. Choose the Insert Picture or Import File command. The command may have a different name in your application. It may appear on the File menu, the Insert menu, or another menu. After you choose the command, you see a box where you can enter the file name for your picture or choose from a list of files.
  • Page 34: Chapter 4: Working With Your Pictures

    Working with Your Pictures sing your EasyPhoto software, you can organize your pictures in photo galleries, enhance the images with the Photo Workshop, and add visual impact to almost any kind of document with your photos. To find out how to transfer pictures to your computer and insert them in your documents, see Chapter 3.
  • Page 35: Adding Or Changing Picture Information

    You can easily rearrange the pictures in a photo gallery by clicking and dragging. You can also open several photo galleries at once and transfer pictures between them. This lets you organize your pictures by subject matter, project, or in any way you want. Photo galleries appear “on top”...
  • Page 36: Finding A Picture

    You can click on the title bar to display the following information: Caption File name and path File location (hard disk drive, diskette, or CD). You can use this information to help you find a picture if you don’t remember where you stored it. See “Finding a Picture” on this page for more information.
  • Page 37: Making Changes With The Photo Workshop

    Click the By Words tab, if necessary. Type the word or phrase you’re looking for. Under Where To Look, click In the Current Photo Gallery or In All Galleries. Click Find. EasyPhoto displays a new photo gallery with all pictures that have your word or phrase in their title or caption. Follow these steps to search for pictures by resemblance: In the photo gallery, select the picture you want to use as an example.
  • Page 38 Rotating Adjusting brightness and contrast Adjusting colors. You can apply the change to the whole picture or to part of the picture. To start the Photo Workshop, double-click a picture in the photo gallery. You see your picture in the Photo Workshop window, as shown on the right.
  • Page 39: Cropping

    Cropping You can crop your pictures by selecting either a rectangular area or a freehand area to keep; everything outside of the area is cut away. Follow these steps: Click either the Select Rectangle button or the Select Freehand button. Drag the mouse to enclose the area you want to keep.
  • Page 40: Adjusting Colors

    Drag the sliders to make the adjustments you want. The Before and After samples show you the results of your changes. Click OK when you are ready to make the changes to your picture. Drag to adjust brightness Adjusting Colors You can change the way your picture looks by adjusting the intensity and relationship of the three primary colors on your screen: red, green, and blue.
  • Page 41: Changing File Information

    Changing File Information When you work with EasyPhoto, you don’t need to keep track of your picture files. EasyPhoto does it for you. However, you can change a picture’s file name, file type, or location if you want. Follow these steps: From the Photo Workshop screen, choose Save As from the File menu.
  • Page 42: Chapter 5: Using Advanced Features

    Using Advanced Features hen PhotoPC is connected to your computer, you can customize several of the camera’s features to work the way you want. You can also take pictures by controlling the camera directly from your computer. This chapter describes the following: Getting ready to use advanced features Setting the clock Setting auto shut-off...
  • Page 43: Setting The Clock

    You can switch between the Setup screen and the Controls screen by clicking on the tab. Drag to customize auto shut-off Click to change date and time, if necessary Using Advanced Features Setting the Clock PhotoPC can record the date and time of your pictures automatically. When you transfer the pictures from the camera to your computer, you can see exactly when each shot was taken.
  • Page 44: Setting The Shutter Speed

    You can adjust this time period by connecting the camera to your computer and using PhotoPC settings. Follow these steps: Connect the camera to your computer and open the Setup screen as described on page 5-1. The Auto Shut-off slider is set to 1 minute, as shown on page 5-2. Drag the slider to the left to reduce the time period, and to the right to increase it.
  • Page 45: Adjusting Port Settings

    The Shutter Speed slider is set to Auto. Drag the slider to the left to reduce the shutter speed, and to the right to increase the shutter speed. The shutter speed range is from 1/30 second to 1/10,000 second. When you are finished, click OK. Using Advanced Features Adjusting Port Settings You can use PhotoPC Settings to adjust the serial port connection for...
  • Page 46: Taking Pictures From Your Computer

    Follow these steps to set the port and speed for your PhotoPC connection: Connect the camera to your computer and open the Setup screen as described on page 5-1. The Computer Connection box shows the current port settings. Click the arrow to change the Port setting. You can select from COM1, COM2, COM3, or COM4.
  • Page 47 When you take pictures from your computer, you can see each image on your screen before you capture it. This “live preview” feature works something like a video camera, except that the image moves more slowly. Live preview is especially helpful when you are using a close-up lens.
  • Page 48: Snapping The Shutter

    Be sure to note the status area of the screen. You’ll see messages displayed when the camera is taking previews or processing a picture. set resolution erase viewfinder window status area set flash set timer Snapping the Shutter To snap the shutter from your computer, simply click the Take Picture button.
  • Page 49: Chapter 6: Maintenance And Troubleshooting

    Maintenance and Troubleshooting our PhotoPC is easy to take care of, and any problems you may have are easy to solve. Caring for the Camera Your PhotoPC camera requires only the most basic care. Before you do any maintenance procedures on the camera, be sure to read the Safety Instructions in the Introduction.
  • Page 50 The camera has no power. Check the power switch and make sure the camera is turned on. The camera may have shut off automatically. Slide the power switch off and then on. Check the batteries and make sure they are installed correctly. Replace the batteries if necessary, following the instructions on page 1-2.
  • Page 51: Picture Problems

    If your pictures look better on the screen than when you print them out, you may need to upgrade your printer. An EPSON color ink jet printer, for example, will provide excellent image quality. Your picture is blurry or out of focus.
  • Page 52 The camera’s light sensor may be covered or dirty. Make sure you’re not blocking it when you take pictures. You may need to clean it with a soft, dry cloth. If you’re facing a bright light source, you may need to shoot your picture from a different angle.
  • Page 53: Appendix A: Using Optional Accessories

    The PhotoSpan module and AC adapter should be available where you bought your PhotoPC. You can also order them from EPSON Accessories at (800) 873-7766 (U.S. sales only). In Canada, call (800) BUY-EPSON. For close-ups, wide-angle pictures, and special effects, you can use any standard 37 mm video camcorder lens or filter.
  • Page 54: Installing Photospan Memory Modules

    Installing PhotoSpan Memory Modules Before you install a PhotoSpan module, make sure you erase all pictures in the camera and turn it off. CAUTION PhotoSpan modules are sensitive to static electricity and easily damaged. Be sure you ground yourself by touching a metal object before you handle the module, and never touch the module’s metallic area.
  • Page 55: Using The Ac Adapter

    Press down on the module until it snaps into the retaining clips at the sides of the socket. retaining clip Place the socket cover on the camera body and press down until it snaps into place. Replace the batteries in the battery compartment and replace the battery cover.
  • Page 56 Locate the port cover on the side of the camera. Press on the arrows and slide the cover down to open it. TITLE Plug the adapter cable into the DC port on the camera. TITLE Cam3-02.eps EPSON AMERICA, INC. DATE Documentation Department 6/26/95 20770 Madrona Avenue, Torrance, CA 90503 (310) 782-0770...
  • Page 57: Using Optional Lenses

    Connect the other end of the adapter to an electrical outlet. Using Optional Lenses Although you can use any standard 37 mm video camcorder lens or filter with PhotoPC, lenses manufactured by Tiffen (800) 522–7835 for ordering information. To attach a lens, screw it onto the camera as shown below. When you use a close-up lens, the viewfinder will not give you an accurate image of your picture.
  • Page 58: Appendix B: Specifications

    Specifications Physical Dimensions Width 6.5 in. (166 mm) Height 3.5 in. (88 mm) Depth 1.9 in. (47 mm) Weight 11 oz. (310 g) (without batteries) Power Sources 4 AA batteries (single-use alkaline, single- use lithium, or rechargeable Ni–Cad) Optional AC adapter (A882421) Consumption Approximately 100 milliwatt at power-on...
  • Page 59: Photographic

    Image size 640 x 480 pixels (high resolution) 320 x 240 pixels (standard resolution) Bit depth 16 million colors, 24-bit Serial interface 8-pin DIN (camera); RS-232C (computer) Internal memory 1MB flash memory Optional expansion 2MB (0.5MB flash memory x 4 chips) memory 4MB (0.5MB flash memory x 8 chips) Specifications...
  • Page 60 Bulletin Board Service (EPSON), Intro-3 Camera maintenance, 6-1 problems, 6-1 Changing file information, 4-8 Changing picture information, 4-3 Changing your pictures using Photo Workshop, 4-5 Checking the battery icon, 2-3 Close-up lens, A-5 Closing EasyPhoto, 3-8 CompuServe Online Support (Epson America Forum), Intro-4 Index...
  • Page 61 5-1 EasyTouch control panel, 2-2 EPSON Bulletin Board Service (BBS), Intro-4 customer support services and phone numbers, Intro-3 Epson America Forum on CompuServe, Intro-4 Erasing a picture, 2-9, 3-5 Expanding memory, A-1 Features, Intro-2, 1-1 File information, changing, 4-8...
  • Page 62 Optional lenses, A-5 Organizing your pictures, 4-2 Photo galleries adding or changing picture information, 4-3 using, 4-2 Photo Workshop, 4-5–4-8 PhotoPC accessories Intro-2 advanced features, 5-1 capacity, A-1 connecting the camera to your computer 3-1 features, Intro-2 how to take pictures, 2-1 maintenance, 6-1 options AC adapter, A-3...
  • Page 63 Taking a picture from your computer, 5-5 outdoors, 2-4 snapping the shutter, 2-3 with the timer, 2-8 Timer settings, 2-8 Transferring pictures to your computer, 3-3 Troubleshooting, 6-2 Turning the camera on and off, 2-2 Using advanced features adjusting port settings 5-4 setting auto shut-off, 5-3 setting shutter speed, 5-3 setting the clock, 5-2...

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