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INSTRUCTION MANUAL
BASICS
Digital Camera
Important note
This manual explains how to safely operate the VPC-S122EX, VPC-S120,
VPC-S122GX and VPC-S122PX.
Any information regarding only one of these products will be labeled as such.
Please read these instructions carefully before using the camera.
Make sure to read and understand the separate booklet "
Keep this manual in a safe place for later reference.
VPC-S122EX
VPC-S120
VPC-S122GX
VPC-S122PX
SAFETY MANUAL
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  • Page 1: Instruction Manual

    INSTRUCTION MANUAL BASICS Digital Camera Important note This manual explains how to safely operate the VPC-S122EX, VPC-S120, VPC-S122GX and VPC-S122PX. Any information regarding only one of these products will be labeled as such. Please read these instructions carefully before using the camera. Make sure to read and understand the separate booklet “...

  • Page 2

    Declaration of Conformity Model number: VPC-S120 Trade Name: SANYO Responsible party: SANYO North America Corporation Address: 21605 Plummer Street, Chatsworth, California 91311 Telephone No.: (818) 998-7322 This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject...

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    The symbol mark and recycling systems described below apply to EU countries and do not apply to countries in other areas of the world. Your SANYO product is designed and manufactured with high quality materials and components which can be recycled and/or reused.

  • Page 4: How To Read This Manual

    “INSTRUCTION MANUAL: ADVANCED” and “SANYO Software Pack INSTRUCTION MANUAL” files 1 Insert the CD-ROM (SANYO Software Pack) that was included with your camera in your computer’s CD-ROM drive. 2 Install the Adobe Reader 9 on your computer.

  • Page 5: Install The Battery

    SHOOT, PLAYBACK AND SAVE Install the battery Open the battery/card compartment cover, and insert the batteries. h The battery/card compartment cover is located on the bottom of the camera. h Manganese batteries cannot be used. Battery/card compartment cover Press the ON/OFF button to turn the camera on. h The Shooting Screen appears.

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    Sanyo declines any claim for compensation for recorded contents etc. in case of photographing or recording failure due to a chance camera or card flaw.

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    Playback kStill image playback Press the playback button [=]. h The display switches to the Playback Screen. h To view other images, press the [l] or [m] button. h If the playback button [=] is pressed, the display returns to the Shooting Screen.

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    SHOOT, PLAYBACK AND SAVE Copying files to a computer (Windows XP) Use the supplied USB interface cable to connect your camera to the computer. h Connect the camera’s USB terminal to the computer’s USB connector. h The USB Connection Screen appears on the camera’s monitor. USB CONNECT ION     ...

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    Select “COMPUTER”, and press the SET button. h The screen to select the connection mode appears. Select “CARD READER”, and press the SET button. h The camera is connected in the card reader mode. h If the Windows automatic playback screen appears on the computer monitor, close it.

  • Page 10: Dismounting The Camera

    SHOOT, PLAYBACK AND SAVE Dismounting the camera CAUTION i To disconnect your camera, be sure to follow the procedure below. Failure to follow this procedure may cause faulty operation of your computer or loss of card data. Left-click on the icon for safely removing hardware. h A list appears showing the devices connected to the computer’s USB connectors.

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    CAUTION Insert and pull out the cable carefully i When connecting the cables, make sure that the cable plugs are correctly oriented and that they match the shapes of the terminal sockets on the devices. Push the plugs in straight when connecting them. If undue force is used to connect a cable, it may permanently damage the connector pins in the terminal socket.

  • Page 12: Table Of Contents

    CONTENTS CHECKING THE INCLUDED ACCESSORIES ... 3 Attaching the handstrap ... 4 Media cards that can be used with this camera ... 4 What “card” means in this manual ... 4 SETUP PARTS NAMES ... 5 INSTALLING THE BATTERIES AND CARD ... 7 To format a card ...

  • Page 13

    How to shoot using Smile Detection ...43 OTHER RECORDING FUNCTIONS ...45 Using the zoom ...45 Flash setting ...47 Self-timer ...49 Focus range ...51 ACCESSING THE MENUS ...54 How to display the menus ...54 How to operate the menus ...55 APPENDICES SPECIFICATIONS ...57 Camera ...57 Camera connectors ...60...

  • Page 14: Checking The Included Accessories

    SAFETY MANUAL (safety precautions booklet) Please read this booklet carefully before using the digital camera. English i SANYO Software Pack (CD-ROM): 1 i Dedicated USB interface cable: 1 i QUICK GUIDE i INSTRUCTION MANUAL BASICS (VPC-S122EX,...

  • Page 15: Attaching The Handstrap

    Attaching the handstrap Media cards that can be used with this camera The types of card that can be inserted into and used with this camera are: i SD Memory Card i SDHC Memory Card What “card” means in this manual i In this manual, SD Memory Cards and SDHC Memory Cards that can be used in this digital camera are referred to as “card”.

  • Page 16: Setup

    SETUP PARTS NAMES Front Shutter button ON/OFF button Flash Self-timer indicator Lens Microphone Speaker Bottom Battery/card compartment cover USB terminal Tripod stand hole English...

  • Page 17

    Rear Strap holder Zoom switch Monitor MENU button Playback button [=] SCENE button [n] button [m] button [o] button SET button [l] button English...

  • Page 18: Installing The Batteries And Card

    INSTALLING THE BATTERIES AND CARD Your camera has an internal memory, which means that you can take photos even when no card is installed. By using a card, however, you will be able to take many more photos. The card can be used after it has been formatted with the camera (page 11). Open the battery/card compartment cover.

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    Insert the card. h Firmly insert the card until it clicks into place. Close the battery/card compartment cover. When removing the card... h To remove the card, press it down, and then release. The card will protrude slightly, and you can then pull it out. Keep your finger on the card until it is completely inserted or released.

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    If the battery/card compartment cover is opened while the power is on, important data may be lost. Sanyo Electric shall not be held responsible for any losses that result from failure to comply with this warning. English...

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    HINT Shooting without a card installed i When a card is installed, images are recorded to and played back from the card. When no card is installed, images are recorded to and played back from the camera’s internal memory. When the camera is turned on with no card installed, the internal memory icon you know that the images you capture will be saved to the camera’s internal memory.

  • Page 22: To Format A Card

    INSTALLING THE BATTERIES AND CARD To format a card Install the card in the camera. Turn on the camera (pages 7 and 13). Display the menu (page 54). Display the Option Menu (page 55). Select “FORMAT” and press the SET button. h The Format Screen appears.

  • Page 23: Warning Concerning Battery Temperature

    Warning concerning battery temperature i If the batteries in the camera become too hot, a blinking temperature warning icon \ will appear on the monitor. If the blinking icon does appear, the camera should be turned off as soon as possible and the batteries allowed to cool before the camera is turned on again.

  • Page 24: Turning The Camera On And Off

    TURNING THE CAMERA ON AND OFF Turning on the camera In the recording mode Press the ON/OFF button. h The camera turns on. h The camera turns on in the recording mode that was active before it was last turned off. In the playback mode Press the playback button [=] for at least one second.

  • Page 25: About The Auto Power Off Function

    About the auto power off function In order to preserve battery power when, for example, the camera has accidentally been left on, the camera is furnished with an “auto power off” function by which the camera automatically turns off after a certain period of inactivity (about 1 minute during shooting or about 3 minutes during playback [factory default settings]).

  • Page 26: Date And Time Setting

    DATE AND TIME SETTING The camera will record the date and time an image or audio recording is taken so that you can display them during playback. Therefore, before capturing images, make sure the correct date and time are set. hTo correct the date and time setting, please see under HINT on page 17.

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    Set the clock. 1 Select “TIME”. 2 Press the SET button. h The Set Time Screen appears. 3 Set the time to “19:30”. h The time is set in the following order: Set the hour → Set the minute. h A 24-hour clock is used for the time display.

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    DATE AND TIME SETTING HINT About the settings backup i Under normal conditions, while the batteries are being replaced, an internal battery will maintain the date and time settings. However, there is a small chance the settings may be lost (the backup will last for about 7 days).

  • Page 29: Basic Operation

    BEFORE TAKING PICTURES Switching between the recording mode and playback mode Switch between shooting and playing. Press the ON/OFF button to turn the camera on. Press the playback button [=]. h Each time the playback button is pressed, the camera switches between the recording mode and the playback mode.

  • Page 30: How To Switch The Recording Mode

    BEFORE TAKING PICTURES How to switch the recording mode Your camera can capture single still photos (single-shot mode), record video clips (video clip recording mode), and also capture a series of still photos (sequential shots mode). Press the ON/OFF button to turn the camera on.

  • Page 31: Switching The Display Mode

    Switching the display mode In the recording mode, you can select the either the “settings display mode” which allows you to confirm the shooting settings on the monitor while you shoot, or the “normal display mode” in which the setting indications are turned off, providing a full view of the subject.

  • Page 32: Adjust The Monitor Brightness

    BEFORE TAKING PICTURES Adjust the monitor brightness The brightness of the monitor is adjustable. Adjust the brightness to the optimum readability in the ambient light. Press the ON/OFF button to turn the camera on. Press the MENU button for at least 1 second.

  • Page 33: Hints For Taking Pictures

    Hints for taking pictures Muting the camera sounds i The operation sounds that are generated, for example, when the shutter button, MENU button or SET button is pressed, can be muted. Where is the image data saved? i All the image and sound data is recorded in the camera’s internal memory or on the card installed in the camera.

  • Page 34: Capturing And Playing Back Still Images

    CAPTURING AND PLAYING BACK STILL IMAGES There are two modes for capturing still images. In the single-shot mode, one image is captured each time the shutter button is pressed. In the sequential shots mode, when you press the shutter button, several successive images are captured.

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    Release your finger from the shutter button. h The captured image is recorded. HINT About the target mark i A target mark & on the monitor shows the area the camera is focusing on. i The camera automatically determines the correct focus by measuring from 9 different focus points within the shooting area.

  • Page 36: Shooting Sequential Shots

    CAPTURING AND PLAYING BACK STILL IMAGES Shooting sequential shots When the shutter button is pressed, still images are captured in succession. Set the camera to the sequential shots mode or the high-speed sequential shots mode (page 19). Press the shutter button to start shooting.

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    HINT About the focus when shooting sequential shots i When sequential shots are captured, the autofocus operates when the focus lock is activated, fixing the focus. Can the self-timer and/or flash be used? i The self-timer and flash do not operate when shooting sequential shots. i The following scene functions cannot be set.

  • Page 38: Viewing Still Images

    CAPTURING AND PLAYING BACK STILL IMAGES Viewing still images The steps for viewing both single shots and sequential shots are the same. Press the playback button [=]. h If the playback button [=] was pressed to turn the camera on, however, press the playback button [=] for at least 1 second.

  • Page 39: 9-image/20-image Display Playback

    9-image/20-image display playback Press the playback button [=]. Press [W] ([P]) on the zoom switch. h The 9-image display appears. Select the image to play back. h Press the arrow buttons to move the orange frame to the desired image, and press the SET button.

  • Page 40: Folder Playback

    CAPTURING AND PLAYING BACK STILL IMAGES Folder playback A convenient way to search through multiple folders, or to search for an image that was recorded using Screen Capture. Access the 9-image display screen (page 28). Press [W] ([P]) on the zoom switch 2 times.

  • Page 41: Magnifying (zooming In) The Image

    Magnifying (zooming in) the image Display the image that you want to magnify. Press [T] ([]]) on the zoom switch. h Magnification is enabled. h The image is magnified, and the central portion of image is displayed. h Press the arrow buttons to view different parts of the magnified image.

  • Page 42: Zoom Jump Playback

    CAPTURING AND PLAYING BACK STILL IMAGES Zoom jump playback You can magnify a portion of a still image to check the accuracy of the focus. Display a still image to view using zoom jump playback. Press the SET button. h The image is magnified. h If the magnified view appears to be in focus, then the overall image will be in focus.

  • Page 43: Deleting Files

    Deleting files You can delete files if you no longer need them. You can delete the files one at a time, or all at once. To delete files from the card, perform the delete procedure with the card installed in the camera. To delete files from the camera’s internal memory, remove the card before performing the delete procedure.

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    CAPTURING AND PLAYING BACK STILL IMAGES <To delete all the files> 1 Use the [l] and [m] buttons to view the images and check if it is OK to delete all the files. 2 Press the [n] or [o] button to select “DELETE ALL”. 3 Press the SET button.

  • Page 45: Video Clip Recording And Playback

    VIDEO CLIP RECORDING AND PLAYBACK Recording a video clip Set the camera to the video clip recording mode (page 19). Press the shutter button. h Video clip recording begins. During recording, the length of the video clip and the remaining recording time available are shown on the monitor.

  • Page 46: Playing Back The Video Clip

    VIDEO CLIP RECORDING AND PLAYBACK Playing back the video clip Press the playback button [=]. h If the playback button [=] was pressed to turn the camera on, however, press the playback button [=] for at least 1 second. h The video clip just recorded appears on the monitor.

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    Outline of playback operation To do this... Stop playback Pause To extract a still image To play back Forward one image at a time (single- Reverse frame step) Forward Slow playback Reverse Forward accelerate playback Reverse Return to normal playback speed Adjusting the volume Do this...

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    VIDEO CLIP RECORDING AND PLAYBACK When you are finished viewing video clips... i Press the ON/OFF button to turn the camera off. CAUTION How to save one frame from a video clip as a still image 1 Play back the video clip. Pause the playback at the point you wish to “snap”...

  • Page 49: Using The Scene Function

    USING THE SCENE FUNCTION You can select from a variety of preset settings (aperture, shutter speed, etc.) for specific shooting conditions. Set the camera to the recording mode (page 18), and press the SCENE button. h The screen to select a scene function appears.

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    USING THE SCENE FUNCTION Scene function Photograph in low-light Lamp conditions. Shoot a still image and add a Still image with voice memo. audio Four successive still images are captured as the exposure Best shot changes. The subject’s face is kept in focus and the exposure Face chaser adjusted as the image is...

  • Page 51: Capture A Still Image With A Voice Memo

    Capture a still image with a voice memo With the still-image-plus-audio a scene function, you can add an audio track (about 10 seconds maximum) to a captured still image. This audio track is called a “voice memo”. On the screen to select a scene function (page 38), select a, and press the SET button.

  • Page 52: How To Use The Best Shot Feature

    USING THE SCENE FUNCTION How to use the best shot feature Set the camera to the single-shot mode; on the screen to select a scene function (page 38), select 5; and press the SET button. Press the shutter button. h While the settings change, four still images are shot in sequence.

  • Page 53: How To Use The Face Chaser Feature

    How to use the face chaser feature To attain the best possible face shots, the camera automatically focuses on the face and adjusts the exposure. On the screen to select a scene function (page 38), select r, and press the SET button. Aim the camera lens at the subject.

  • Page 54: How To Shoot Using Smile Detection

    USING THE SCENE FUNCTION How to shoot using Smile Detection Capture a photo at the instant the subject smiles. Normal shooting On the screen to set the scene function (page 38), select n, and press the SET button. Aim the camera lens at the subject. h The camera searches for the subject’s face.

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    Use the arrow buttons to move the orange frame to the area that encompasses the target subject’s face. Press the SET button. h The orange frame changes to yellow, and the Smile Detection area is fixed. h The camera adjusts the focus and exposure for the framed face. h When the face is in focus, the green frame changes to a double frame.

  • Page 56: Other Recording Functions

    OTHER RECORDING FUNCTIONS Using the zoom Your camera has two zoom functions: optical zoom and digital zoom. Set the camera to the recording mode (page 18), and point the camera lens at the subject. Press the zoom switch to compose the desired image. [T]: Zoom in on the subject.

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    HINT Can’t access the digital zoom? i The digital zoom cannot be used when the face chaser r, smile detection n or portrait mode G scene function is active, or the focus mode is set to AF seeker p. Can’t access the optical zoom? i When the focus range is set to pan o or during video clip recording, the optical zoom cannot be used.

  • Page 58: Flash Setting

    OTHER RECORDING FUNCTIONS Flash setting The flash is used not only for taking pictures where there is insufficient light, but also when the subject is in shade or in backlight conditions. Your camera’s flash has four modes of operation (auto mode, forced flash mode, flash off mode and red-eye reduction mode).

  • Page 59

    Press the [n] or [o] button to select the desired flash mode, and press the SET button. Press the shutter button. h The picture is snapped and the flash operates according to the selected mode. HINT When auto is selected... i The k icon indicating the flash setting is not shown on the Shooting Screen.

  • Page 60: Self-timer

    OTHER RECORDING FUNCTIONS Self-timer Self-timer photography is available in the single-shot mode. Set the camera to the single-shot mode (page 19), and press the [m] ( ) button. h The self-timer menu appears. y: The image is captured about 2 seconds after the shutter button is pressed.

  • Page 61

    HINT i The countdown time until shutter release is shown graphically on the monitor. To pause or cancel the self-timer function... i If the shutter button is pressed again before the shutter is released, the self-timer countdown temporarily stops. Press the shutter button one more time to restart the self-timer.

  • Page 62: Focus Range

    OTHER RECORDING FUNCTIONS Focus range Set the camera to the recording mode (page 18), and press the [o] (R) button. h The focus range menu appears. o: The focus operates within the ranges shown below (pan). <Still image shooting> i At maximum aperture setting: 2.5 m (8.20 ft.) to ∞...

  • Page 63

    Press the [n] or [o] button to select the desired focus range, and press the SET button. h The specified focus range is set, and the camera returns to the Shooting Screen. HINT i In the single-shot mode and sequential shots mode, when the focus range is set to macro +, the zoom is automatically set to one step from the wide end.

  • Page 64: How To Use The Manual Focus

    OTHER RECORDING FUNCTIONS How to use the manual focus Select manual - from the focus range menu, and press the SET button. h The focus distance adjustment bar appears. Press the [l] or [m] button to adjust the focus distance, and press the SET button.

  • Page 65: Accessing The Menus

    ACCESSING THE MENUS Detailed camera settings are accessed from the menus. How to display the menus Turn on the camera, and set it to the recording or playback mode. h Set the camera to the recording mode to display the Recording Menu, or the playback mode to display the Playback Menu.

  • Page 66: How To Operate The Menus

    ACCESSING THE MENUS How to operate the menus Use the arrow buttons to select the item you wish to change, press the SET button, and the corresponding screen will appear. Display the menu (page 54). Select the s or = tab. Display the Recording Menu: Select the s tab.

  • Page 67

    Press the [m] button. Press the [n] or [o] button to select an item to set. Press the SET button. h The Setting Screen appears. h Press the [n] or [o] button to select the desired setting, and then press the SET button to complete the setting.

  • Page 68: Appendices

    SPECIFICATIONS Camera Image file format Data storage media Camera effective number of pixels Image sensor Recording resolution White balance English Still images: JPEG format (DCF, DPOF, Exif 2.2 compliant) Note: Designed mainly by the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA), DCF (Design rule for Camera File system) is standard for digital still camera image files to provide interoperability between...

  • Page 69

    Lens Aperture Exposure control type Light-measuring modes Range Digital zoom Shutter speed Sensitivity (standard output sensitivity) 3.0× optical f=6.3 mm to 18.9 mm zoom lens (35 mm film camera conversion: 35 mm to 105 mm) Autofocus, 5 groups, 6 elements (4 with aspheric surfaces) Open F=3.1 (Wide) to 5.9 (Tele) Programmable AE...

  • Page 70

    10 to 90% (storage, no condensation) AA-size alkaline batteries × 2 The following batteries can also be used: AA-size nickel metal hydride rechargeable batteries (SANYO HR-3UTG) × 2 * AA-size manganese batteries cannot be used. 91.8 (W) × 59.6 (H) × 27 (D) mm 3.61"...

  • Page 71: Camera Connectors

    Camera connectors USB terminal Battery life Possible No. of Images* Maximum playback time** * According to the CIPA standard (when using a SanDisk 2 GB SD Memory Card). ** With continuous playback when using the monitor. NOTE i Approximate time until batteries run out, based on test conditions at room temperature (25°C [77°F]).

  • Page 72: Possible Number Of Images/video Recording Time/audio Recording Time

    SPECIFICATIONS Possible Number of Images/Video Recording Time/Audio Recording Time Recording Resolution mode setting setting Single-shot mode/ Sequential shots mode Video clip recording mode Audio file — mode i Up to 9 hours of continuous audio recording is possible. i When recording a video clip using an 8 GB card, recording terminates when the size of the file currently being recorded reaches approx.

  • Page 73: Others

    Others Mac OS and QuickTime are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the USA and other countries. Intel and Pentium are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation (USA). In this manual, the Microsoft ®...

  • Page 74: Before Capturing Those Important Shots, Be Sure To First Take A Test Shot To Confirm That Your Camera Is Set Up And Ready To Go

    Sanyo Electric. i Sanyo Electric shall not be held responsible for any losses or loss of revenue resulting from the loss of data caused by the malfunction, or the repairing of a malfunction, of the camera.

  • Page 76

    SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.

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