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  • Page 1: User Manual

    GE Digital Camera A Series : A1456W User Manual Playback Preparations Basic operation Camera function controls Using the Menus Camera connectivity Appendix...
  • Page 2: Warning

    Please use the return and collection systems available in your country for the disposal of this product. Declaration of Conformity Model Name: A1456W Trade Name: Responsible Party: General Imaging Co. Address: 1411 W. 190th Street, Suite 550, Gardena, CA 90248, U.S.A.
  • Page 3: Safety Precautions

    SAFETY PRECAUTIONS Camera notes: Do not store or use the camera in the following types of locations: • In the rain or in, very humid and dusty places. • In a place where the camera may be exposed directly to sunlight or subject to high temperature, e.g.
  • Page 4: Before You Start

    BEFORE YOU START Preface Thank you for purchasing this GE digital camera. Please read this manual carefully and keep it in a safe place for future reference. Copyright © Copyright 2011 General Imaging Company All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, transmitted,...
  • Page 5: About This Manual

    About this manual This manual provides you with instructions on how to use your GE digital camera. Every effort has been made to ensure that the contents of this manual are accurate, however General Imaging Company reserves the right to make changes without notice.
  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    CONTENTS WARNING ...i SAFETY PRECAUTIONS ...ii BEFORE YOU START ... 1 Preface ...1 Copyright ...1 Trademarks ...1 Safety information ...1 About this manual ...2 Symbols used in this manual ...2 CONTENTS ... 3 GETTING READY ... 7 Unpacking ...7 Camera Views ...8 Insert the Battery and SD/SDHC Card ...
  • Page 7 Still Picture Mode Display ... 24 Video Shooting Mode Display ... 26 Playback Mode Display ... 27 ASCN mode ... 28 Landscape ... 28 Portrait ... 28 Night Portrait ... 29 Backlit Portrait ... 29 Night Landscape ... 29 Macro ... 29 Auto ...
  • Page 8 Using Zoom on Playback ... 39 Using the Delete Button ... 40 USING THE MENUS ... 41 Still Picture Menu ... 41 AF Mode (Auto-Focus mode) ... 42 AF-assist Beam ... 42 Continuous AF ..43 Expo Metering (Exposure Metering) ..43 Continuous Shot ...
  • Page 9 Date/Time ... 62 Language ... 62 File and Software ... 62 Format Memory ... 62 File Numbering ... 63 Copy to Card (Copy internal memory to memory card) ... 63 Reset Settings ... 64 FW Version (Firmware version) ... 64 Transmission ...
  • Page 10: Getting Ready

    GETTING READY Unpacking Your package should contain the camera model you purchased along with the following items. If anything is missing or appears to be damaged, please contact your vendor. AA-size Alkaline Batteries Warranty Card CD-ROM Wrist Strap USB Cable...
  • Page 11: Camera Views

    Camera Views Front View Back View Right View...
  • Page 12: Bottom View

    Top View Left View Bottom View Flash Lamp AF Assist/Timer Indicator Lens Microphone LCD Screen Zoom Button Status Indicator Mode Selection Button Playback Button Menu Button Disp/Up Button Flash Mode/Right Button Delete button/Self-timer button/ Down button Close-up shooting button/Left button Function/OK Button USB/AV Port Wrist Strap Anchor...
  • Page 13: Insert The Battery And Sd/Sdhc Card

    Insert the Battery and SD/SDHC Card (Not included) 1. Open the battery compartment. 2. Insert the enclosed batteries into the battery slot in the correct direction.
  • Page 14 3. Insert an SD/SDHC card (not included) into the memory 4. Close the battery compartment. card slot as shown. Writeprotection buckle 11 11...
  • Page 15: Turning On And Off

    Optional SD/SDHC cards are not included. The use of 50 MB to 32 GB memory cards from recognized manufacturers such as SanDisk, Panasonic and Toshiba is recommended for reliable data storage. To remove the SD/SDHC card, open the battery compartment and gently push the card to release it. Pull the card out carefully.
  • Page 16: Using The Mode Dial

    Use Mode button GE camera's provide a convenient mode button, which allows you to easily switch between shooting modes. All available modes are listed as following. Mode Name Icon Auto mode Switch to take still pictures in automatic mode. Manual mode Switch to take still pictures in manual mode, where many camera settings can be configured.
  • Page 17: Setting Date/Time And Language

    Set Time, date/time The Date/Time and Language setup will automatically appear when the camera is turned on the first time. To set the language, date, and time, go to the following setup options in the General Setup menu. • Language •...
  • Page 18: Setting The Date And Time

    Setting the Date and Time 1. Select date / time with the Up/Down button, then press the or right button to enter the setting. 2. Press the Left/Right button to highlight each field and use the Up/Down button to adjust the value. 3.
  • Page 19: About The Lcd Screen

    About the LCD Screen When you turn the camera on, various icons will appear on the LCD screen to indicate the current camera settings and status. To learn more about the displayed icons, see “LCD Screen display” on page 24. LCD Screen notes: Extremely high-precision technology has been used to manufacture the LCD screen so that most of the pixels are...
  • Page 20: Basic Operation

    BASIC OPERATION Shooting in Auto Mode Auto mode is the easiest mode to take photos with. While operating in this mode, the camera automatically optimizes the camera's settings for best results. To start shooting, do the following: 1. Press the power button to turn the camera on. 2.
  • Page 21: Flash

    Flash Press the Right/Flash button to enter the flash interface, then press the Left/Right button to switch among six different flash modes: • Flash: Auto Camera flash fires automatically based on existing light conditions. • Flash: Red-eye reduction The camera emits a brief flash before the picture is taken to reduce red-eye effects.
  • Page 22: Macro Mode

    Macro Mode Press the Left/Close-up button to enter the close-up shooting interface, press the Left/Right button to switch between two close-up shooting modes: • Macro : On Select this to focus on subjects 5cm from the lens. • Macro : Off Select this option to disable Macro.
  • Page 23: Advanced Functions Menu

    Advanced Functions Menu The Advanced Functions menu of the camera includes image size, image quality, white balance, image colour, ISO and EV values. These functions allow advanced users better control for shooting under difficult lighting conditions. Set the advanced functions as per the following steps: 1.
  • Page 24: Wb (White Balance)

    WB (White Balance) The White Balance allows you to adjust the color temperature from different light sources to ensure faithful color reproduction. (The WB setting is only available when the Manual mode). camera is in the The options of White Balance include: •...
  • Page 25: Quality

    Quality The quality setting adjusts the compression ratio of the images. Higher quality settings give better photos, but will take up more memory space. There are three options for picture quality: • Quality : Best • Quality : Fine • Quality : Normal Size The size setting refers to the image resolution in pixels.
  • Page 26: Color

    Color The color setting feature allows you to add artistic color effects to your images when taking pictures. You can try different color tones to alter the mood of your pictures. (The Color setting feature is only available when the camera is in Manual mode).
  • Page 27: Using The Modes

    USING THE MODES LCD Screen Display Still Picture Mode Display Mode: 1 Shooting Mode Icons 2 AF Mode 3 Expo Metering 4 Image Size 5 Image Quality Manual mode Auto mode ASCN mode Scene mode Stabilization Portrait mode mode Panorama mode Single-AF Multi-AF Spot...
  • Page 28 6 Remaining number of pictures 7 Memory card/built-in memory 8 Battery Status 9 WT Ratio (Displayed only when the zoom is activated) 10 Zoom scale 11 Exposure value 12 ISO Value (Adjustable only in Manual Mode) 13 Histogram 14 Focus Frame 15 Continuous Shot 16 Face Detection 17 Picture Color (Adjustable only in...
  • Page 29: Video Shooting Mode Display

    Video Shooting Mode Display Mode : 1 Video Mode icon 2 Continuous AF 3 Metering Spot Center AiAE 4 Video Quality 5 Macro mode 6 Self-timer 7 Remaining Time for Video Recording 8 Memory Card/Built-in Memory 9 Battery Status 10 WT Ratio (Displayed only when zoom is activated) 11 Zoom Scale 12 Exposure Value 13 Recording Status Icon...
  • Page 30: Playback Mode Display

    Playback mode display Mode: 1. Playback Mode icon 2. DPOF file 3. File protection 4. Picture Number 5. Memory Card/Built-in Memory 6. Battery Status 7. Image Zoom 8. Zoom Magnification Area Indicator 9. Field of view indicator 10. Memory Space (this picture/Total number of pictures) 11.
  • Page 31: Ascn Mode

    ASCN mode In the "ASCN" mode, different recording conditions are detected intelligently and the most suitable settings will be automatically selected. With "ASCN" you can always take good pictures easily. To use "ASCN": 1. Press the Mode button to select ASCN mode, the LCD screen will display the following: 2.
  • Page 32: Night Portrait

    Night Portrait When you shoot portraits at night, or in low light conditions, ASCN will automatically adjust the exposure for people and night scenes. Backlit Portrait When the sun or any other light source is behind you, ASCN will automatically adjust the foreground exposure to produce good pictures.
  • Page 33: Panorama Mode

    Panorama mode Panorama Mode allows you to create a panoramic picture. The camera will create a panoramic photo by stitching individual images taken in panorama mode. Follow these steps to create a panoramic picture: 1. Press the Mode button and use the Left/Right button to select Panorama mode, then press the confirm the setting.
  • Page 34: Scene Mode

    Manual Scene Mode (SCN) In Manual Scene mode, you can select from a total of 20 scene types to match your needs. You just need to select the right scene for the occasion and the camera will automatically set the optimal settings for you. Press the Mode button, and use the Left/Right button to enter the Scene Selection mode menu, then press the to enter the Scene Selection mode.
  • Page 35: Sport

    Sport For fast-moving subjects. Capture sharp action shots without blur. Indoor For indoors. Reduce blur and improve color accuracy. Snow For snow scenes. Reproduce natural looking snow scenery. Fireworks For fireworks at night. Shutter speed is adjusted to capture spectacular images. The use of a tripod is recommended. Museum For museum or flash-free areas.
  • Page 36: Fish Eye

    For shooting certificates clearly. Fish eye For creating interesting image distortion, similar to viewing an image through the eye of a fish. Travel shooting This setting will produce an image with a clear subject and a blurry background for artistic effect. Photo frame For adding interesting frames or borders to a photo.
  • Page 37: Stabilization Mode

    Stabilization mode This mode can help reduce image blur caused by hand shake, low light and slow shutter speed Press the Mode button, and use the Left/Right button to select Stabilization mode, then press the Stabilization mode. Use stabilization mode in dark environments or when using a slow shutter speed Shooting in a windy or unstable environment (such as a moving vehicle) may cause blurred images.
  • Page 38: Smile Detection

    Face Detection This function automatically detects facial features and directs the camera to focus on them. In face detection mode, press the shutter button halfway and the camera will automatically detect faces and display a rectangular focus frame around them. The focus frame will turn green to indicate that the face or faces are in focus.
  • Page 39: Playback

    PLAYBACK Viewing Photos and Videos To view stored photos and video clips on the LCD screen: 1. Press the button to enter the Playback mode. The last recorded photo or video clip will appear. 2. Use the Left/Right navigation buttons to scroll through the photos or video clips stored in the internal memory or memory card.
  • Page 40 When playing a stored video, press the Up/Down arrow button to adjust the playback volume ; Press and hold the Down button to mute the volume 37 37...
  • Page 41: Thumbnail View

    Thumbnail View When in Playback mode, press the images of photos and videos on the screen. 1. Use the Zoom button to switch between 3x3, 4x4 and the Date Folder thumbnail display. 2. When displaying 3x3 and 4x4 thumbnails, use the Up/ Down/ Left/Right button to select a picture or video for viewing;...
  • Page 42: Using Zoom On Playback

    Using Zoom Playback (for still pictures only) The zoom buttons can also be used during playback. This allows you to magnify photos from 2x to 8x. 1. Press the button to enter the Playback mode. 2. Use the Left/Right navigation buttons to select a photo to magnify.
  • Page 43: Using The Delete Button

    Using the Delete Button In Playback Mode, you can press the Down/Delete button to delete pictures or videos. To delete pictures or videos: 1. Press the button to enter the Playback Mode. 2. Select a picture or video clip you want to delete with the Left/Right button.
  • Page 44: Using The Menus

    USING THE MENUS Still Menu Mode: In any of the above Still Picture Modes, press the to go to the Still Picture menu. To adjust each setting: 1. In the Still Picture menu, switch between different Photo Setup or Camera Setup pages using the Left/Right button. Select the page with the function you want to adjust and press the Down button.
  • Page 45: Af Mode (Auto-Focus Mode)

    AF Mode (Auto-Focus mode) Use this setting to control the auto-focus mechanism while taking pictures. Two options are available: • Single-AF: The focus frame appears on the center of the LCD screen to focus on the subject. • Multi-AF: The camera will focus correctly on multiple parts of the object.
  • Page 46: Continuous Af

    Continuous AF After Continuous AF is turned on, the camera will adjust focus automatically in response to any camera or subject move- ment. Expo Metering (Exposure Metering) Use this setting to select the size of the area for the exposure to be obtained.
  • Page 47: Continuous Shot

    Continuous Shot Use this setting to perform continuous shooting. After entering this mode, you can shoot multiple images by pressing and holding down the shutter button. There are five available options: • Off: Turn off the Continuous Shot function. • Unlimited: Press and hold the shutter button to shoot continuously until you release the shutter button, or run out of space on the memory card.
  • Page 48: Quick Review

    Quick Review This setting refers to the brief photo review immediately after taking a picture. The picture stays on the LCD screen for an adjustable period of time. Four options are available: • Off • 1 sec • 2 sec •...
  • Page 49: Slow Shutter

    Slow Shutter In Slow shutter mode, the shutter will remain open as long as the Shutter button is pressed. This gives you complete control over the duration of the exposure. (The slow shutter mode is available only in manual mode.) •...
  • Page 50: Movie Menu

    Movie Menu Mode: In Movie Mode, press the button to go to the correspond- ing Movie menu. To configure each setting: 1. In the Movie menu, switch between the Movie Setup or different Camera Setup pages using the Left/Right button, select the page with the function you want to adjust and press the Down button.
  • Page 51: Continuous Af

    Continuous AF When Continuous AF is turned on, the camera will adjust focus automatically in response to any camera or subject movement. Expo Metering (Exposure Metering) Set the metering mode for various lighting conditions. Three options are available: • Spot •...
  • Page 52: Dis

    Using this function will ensure maximum stability of the screen when recording...
  • Page 53: Playback Menu

    Playback Menu Mode : In Playback mode, press the button to enter the Play- back menu. Please refer to the following sections for detailed instructions on the various menu options. Protect To prevent any pictures or videos from being accidentally erased, use this setting to lock one or all of the files.
  • Page 54: Delete

    2. Use the Up/Down button and select "One" to protect individual photos or movies; or select "All" to protect all photos and movies stored in the memory card. Press button to confirm and enter the photo/movie protection interface. 3. Press the button then select Yes to lock displayed photos or videos, or select Unprotect to unlock them, then press the Up/Down button and select Back to return to the...
  • Page 55: Dpof (Digital Print Order Format)

    • Delete All: 1. In the Delete option, select All and then press the button. 2. Use the Up/Down button and select Yes to delete all files, or select Back to return to the menu. • Delete Date Folder: 1. In the Delete option, press the Date Folder.
  • Page 56: Trim

    Trim The Trim setting allows you select an area of the photo you want to keep and then save it as a new photo. To trim a picture: 1. Select the Trim setting from the 2. Using the Left/Right buttons, locate the photo that you want to trim and have it displayed on the LCD.
  • Page 57: Resize

    Resize This setting allows you to resize a picture to a specified resolution, and saves it as a new picture. 1. Select the Resize setting from the Playback menu as described previously. 2. Use the Left/Right navigation buttons to select a picture to resize.
  • Page 58: Red-Eye Reduction

    Red-eye Reduction Use this setting to remove red eye effect in your photos. 1. Select Red-eye Reduction in the Playback menu as described previously. 2. Use the Left/Right button to select the picture from which red eye effect needs to be removed. 3.
  • Page 59: Display Setup

    Display Setup Mode: Press the button in Playback mode to enter the Display Setup menu. Refer to the following sections for details of every setting. Slideshow This setting allows you to view all the stored pictures as a slideshow. 1. Select Slide Show menu, then press the to enter the slide show setup interface.
  • Page 60: Wallpaper Settings

    Wallpaper Settings Use this setting to select your favorite picture as a background on the LCD screen. 1. Press the Down button to select the Wallpaper Setting menu. 2. Press the or Right button to enter the wallpaper setup interface. Menu Wallpaper: Use the Up/Down button to select the Menu Wallpaper option, Press the...
  • Page 61: Startup Screen

    Left button to return to last page, and press to exit the menu. • User • GE Logo 58 58 Set back to default: Use the Up/Down button to select Back To Default, press to confirm or press the Left button to return to last page, and press to exit the menu.
  • Page 62: Setup Menu

    Setup Menu Mode : The Setup menu for the camera is available in all modes. Each menu page can be selected by pressing the switching between menus with the Left/Right button. To adjust the settings: 1. Select the menu page with the function you want to adjust and press the Down button.
  • Page 63: Lcd Brightness

    3. Press the Right button, then press the Up/Down button to adjust volume and change tones, and press the to confirm the setting. LCD Brightness Use this setting to adjust the brightness of your LCD screen. 1. Select the LCD Brightness setting from the Setup menu as described previously.
  • Page 64: Power Saver

    Power Saver This setting allows you to save power and get the maximum possible running time from your batteries. Follow the steps below to turn off the LCD screen and camera automatically after a period of inactivity. 1. Select the Power Save setting from the Setup menu as described previously.
  • Page 65: Date/Time

    Date/Time See “Setting the Date and Time“ section on page 15. Language See “Setting the Language“ section on page 14. File and Software Format Memory Please note: formatting enables you to delete all contents in the memory card and built-in memory, including protected photo and movie files.
  • Page 66: File Numbering

    File Numbering After you take a picture or video clip, the camera will save it as a file that ends with a serial number. You can use this item to choose whether the file is numbered sequentially or begins with 1 and is saved in another folder in the memory card. 1.
  • Page 67: Reset Settings

    1. Select FW Version in the File and Software menu. 2. If you have uploaded the latest firmware version to your SD card, upgrade accordingly as necessary. To update to the latest firmware version, you can go to the following and look under Support.
  • Page 68: Transmission

    Transmission Video System Use this setting to configure your video system to your current area. 1. Select the Video System in the Connection Setup menu. 2. Use the Up/Down navigation buttons to select NTSC or PAL. Then press the button to confirm. The video output signal can be switched to NTSC or PAL to accommodate different regional standards.
  • Page 69: Connecting To A Pc

    Connecting to a PC Use the USB cable and ArcSoft software (CD-ROM) supplied with your camera to copy (transfer) pictures to a computer. Setting the USB mode Since the camera’s USB port can be set to connect with either a PC or a Printer, the following steps will allow you to ensure that the camera is correctly configured to connect with a PC.
  • Page 70 5. Disconnect the camera once the transfer is completed. If the USB option is set to [PC] : Turn the camera off and disconnect the USB cable. If the USB option is set to [PC (PTP) ] : Remove the camera from the system as described below before turning the camera off and disconnecting the USB cable.
  • Page 71: Connecting To A Pictbridge Compatible Printer

    Connecting to a PictBridge Compatible Printer PictBridge allows printing images from a memory card in a digital camera directly to a printer, regardless of brand. To find out if a printer is PictBridge compatible, simply look for the PictBridge logo on the packaging or check the manual for specifications.With the PictBridge function on...
  • Page 72: Connecting The Camera And Printer

    Connecting the camera and printer. 1. Make sure both the camera and printer are turned on. 2. Connect one end of the supplied USB cable to the USB port on your camera. 3. Connect the other end of the cable to the USB port on the printer.
  • Page 73: Using The Pictbridge Menu

    Using the PictBridge Menu After setting the USB mode to Printer, the PictBridge menu will appear. Select a menu item with the Up/Down button and press the Right button or the button to enter the item. Refer to the following sections for more detailed information on each setting.
  • Page 74: Print Without Date

    3. Use the Up/Down navigation buttons to select the number of prints for the current displayed photo. 4. Press the button and the following screen will appear: 5. Select Yes to confirm the printing, or Cancel. Then press button. Print without date Use this setting to print the photos without dates on them.
  • Page 75: Print Index

    5. Select Yes to confirm the printing, or Cancel. Then press button. Print index You can use this setting to print all indexes to show all the photos currently in your camera. 1. Select Print index from the PictBridge menu. The following screen will appear.
  • Page 76: Print Dpof

    Print DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) To use DPOF printing, you must select the photos for printing using the DPOF settings before hand. See the “DPOF” section on page 52. 1. Select Print DPOF from the PictBridge menu. The follow- ing screen will appear: 2.
  • Page 77: Appendices

    APPENDICES Specifications Design and specifications are subject to change without notice. Effective Image Sensor Pixels Image Sensor Focal Length F = 35mm film equivalent F number Lens Construction Optical Zoom Focusing Range Anti-Handshake Digital Zoom 14.1 Megapixels 14.4 Megapixels [1/2.3” (CCD)] 5.0mm (Wide) ~ 25.0mm (Tele) 28mm (Wide) ~ 140mm (Tele) F3.5 (Wide) ~ F5.2 (Tele)
  • Page 78 Still Image Number of Recording Movie Pixels Image Compression DCF, DPOF (Ver1.1) Support Still Image File Format Movie Shooting Modes Smile Detection Blink Detection Face-Detection Red-eye Removal 14MP, 12MP(3:2), 10MP(16:9), 8MP, 5MP, 3MP, 0.3MP 1280x720pixels: 30fps/15fps, 640x480pixels: 30fps/15fps, 320x240pixels: 30fps/15fps Best, Fine, Normal Exif 2.2 (JPEG) Quick Time Motion JPEG, Audio: G.711 [Monaural])
  • Page 79 Pan-Capture Panorama LCD Display ISO Sensitivity AF Method Light Metering Method Exposure Control Method Exposure Compensation Shutter Speed Continuous Shooting Playback Modes White Balance Control 2.7 inch (230,400 pixels) LTPS (low-temperature polycrystalline silicon) TFT color Auto, ISO 64/100/200/400/800/1600 Single AF, Multi-AF (TTL 9-point), AF Assist Light (On/Off) Artificial Intelligence AE (AiAE), Center-weighted Average, Spot (Fixed to center of frame) ProgramAE (AE-lock available)
  • Page 80 Internal Flash (Shooting Range) Recording Media Other Features Jacks Power Shooting Capability (Battery Performance) Operation Environment Dimensions (W x H x D) Mass Auto/Red-Eye Reduction/Forced Flash/No Flash/Slow Synchro/Red-Eye Reduction+Slow Synchro Shooting Range Wide: Approx. 0.6m~4.0m / Tele: Approx. 0.8m ~ 2.6m Internal Memory: 50MB SD Card/SDHC Card (Up to 32GB support) PictBridge, ExifPrint Support, Multi-language Sup port...
  • Page 81: Error Messages

    Error messages Messages No card Card error Card full Write protect Picture error No picture Lens error System error Image cannot be saved Out of the range Explanation • The memory card is not inserted. • The memory card is not formatted. •...
  • Page 82 Messages Card is not formatted, format? This image cannot be deleted Cannot record movie Warning!! Camera recording, please wait. Warning!! Battery exhausted. This file cannot be played back No connection Print error Cannot print Explanation • Confirm whether the memory card should be formatted. •...
  • Page 83: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting Problem Camera does not turn on. Camera turns off suddenly during operation. The picture is blurred. Images and video files cannot be saved. Possible causes • The battery has run out. • The battery is not inserted cor- rectly. •...
  • Page 84 Problem No picture is taken when pressing the Shutter button. Images cannot print from the con- nected printer. Possible causes • The memory card is full. • No available space to store the files. • The mode dial is in Playback mode. •...
  • Page 85 Printed in China © 2011 General Imaging Company...

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