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DIGITAL STILL CAMERA
MODEL
VE-CG40U
OPERATION MANUAL
Important
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this product, record on the line below the
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  • Page 1 steps set forth be granted to so the above liabilities and constitute full se. In no event coverage. rinted in Japan DIGITAL STILL CAMERA MODEL VE-CG40U OPERATION MANUAL Important For assistance in reporting the theft or loss of this product, record on the line below the model number and serial number which are located on the bottom of the unit.
  • Page 2 Thank you for purchasing this digital still camera from SHARP. The digital still camera will enhance your home digital picture enjoyment and allow you to capture those special moments. Please read this operation manual to familiarize yourself with the features of this digital still camera, so that you will get the most out of it. The captur- ing techniques section will help you fully enjoy the many features this digital still camera offers, and expand your digital imaging world.
  • Page 3 C Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help. DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY Sharp Digital Still Camera, Model VE-CG40U This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the follow- ing two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
  • Page 4: Important Safeguards

    IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS 1. Read InstructionsCAll the safety and operating instructions should be read before the product is operated. 2. Retain InstructionsCThe safety and operating instructions should be retained for future reference. 3. Heed WarningsCAll warnings on the product and in the operating instruc- tions should be adhered to.
  • Page 5 15. Power LinesCAn outside antenna system should not be located in the vicinity of overhead power lines or other electric light or power circuits, or where it can fall into such power lines or circuits. When installing an outside antenna system, extreme care should be taken to keep from touching such power lines or circuits as contact with them might be fatal.
  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Contents Important Information for Consumers in the U.S..ii IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS ... iv Contents ... vi Supplied Accessories ... viii Precautions ... ix Quick Start ... x Operation References Preparation Basic Operations Useful Features VE-CG40U-*ii-x Part Names ... 1 On-screen Display Index ...
  • Page 7 Useful Features Advanced Features Appendix Guía de operación rápida en español ... 65 Note: • Before requesting service, please read “Troubleshooting” carefully (see pages 62 and 63). VE-CG40U-*ii-x Using the Frame Guide for Recording ... 29 Setting the Digital Zoom ... 30 Turning off the Quick View ...
  • Page 8: Supplied Accessories

    Supplied Accessories AC adapter AA Alkaline Battery G4 UADP-A013WJZZ* USB cable QCNWGA018WJPZ CDSKAA008WJ01 * The part number for the AC adapter supplied with this digital still camera is valid only in the U.S. and Latin America. If this digital still camera was purchased outside of these areas, the part number may be different.
  • Page 9: Precautions

    Precautions • Before recording an important scene, please perform the operation test, then check if the scene was captured properly. • When the digital still camera is not in use, remember to remove the card, turn off the power, and disconnect the digital still cam- era from the power source.
  • Page 10: Quick Start

    Quick Start Inserting the AA batteries (p. 7) Inserting the supplied SD Memory Card (p. 9) Still Image (p. 13) Still Image (p. 17) VE-CG40U-*ii-x Write protect switch Clipped corner Capturing Movie (p. 14) Previewing Movie (p. 18) 02.8.27, 7:15 PM...
  • Page 11: Operation References

    Operation References Part Names For details on the use of each part, refer to the page number indicated in parentheses. Front view Mode Dial (p. 21) Power button (p. 21) Wrist strap loop (p. 12) Shutter button (pp. 13, 14) Bottom view Battery compartment door release (p.
  • Page 12 Operation References Rear view Viewfinder LCD screen Operation button (p. 21) MENU button (p. 21) Macro (%) (p. 16)/ Thumbnail ($) (p. 18) button Flash (q) (p. 16)/ Delete (@) (p. 19) button Jack cover (pp. 8, 20, 57) A/V OUT jack (p. 20) USB terminal (p.
  • Page 13: On-screen Display Index

    On-screen Display Index For details on the use of each function, refer to the page number indicated. In [, ], ;, ', ,, . or = mode p. 49 0 1 0 2 4 4 8 ] p. 16 F i n e p.
  • Page 14: Warning Indicators

    Operation References Warning Indicators If a warning indicator appears on the screen, follow the specified instructions. Warning indicators NO C ARD NO IMAGE S CARD I S FUL L CARD SLOT COVER OPEN L ENS ERROR TURN POWER OF F ON AGA I N MAX.
  • Page 15 Warning indicators CARD SE T TO WR I T E PROT E CT ? CARD MEMORY FUL L ? CARD ACC E SS ERROR F ORMA T THE CARD * Formatting a card erases all stored images, including delete-protected images. Be sure to backup important data on your computer or other media before formatting the card.
  • Page 16: Turning The On-screen Display And Backlight On/off

    Operation References Turning the On-screen Display and Backlight On/Off Use the DISPLAY button to turn on/off the on- screen displays, or to turn off the LCD screen backlight. Each time you press this button, the screen changes as shown below. In [, ], ;, ', ,, .
  • Page 17: Preparation

    Preparation Inserting and Removing the AA Batteries Before operation, you need to insert the supplied AA (R6 or UM/SUM-3) alkaline batteries. Inserting Make sure that the power is off. Slide the battery compartment door release to UNLOCK. Battery compartment door release Slide the door, then open it in the direction of arrow.
  • Page 18: Powering The Camera From An Ac Outlet

    Preparation Powering the Camera from an AC Outlet You can power the camera from a power outlet by using the supplied AC adapter. Note: • The supplied AC adapter is specially designed for use with this camera, and should not be used as a power supply for other equipment.
  • Page 19: Inserting And Removing A Card

    Inserting and Removing a Card You can use an SD Memory Card for storing images. Inserting Make sure that the power is off. Open the card slot cover in the direction of arrow. Make sure the SD Memory Card’s write- protect switch is in the unlocked position.
  • Page 20: Setting The Date And Time

    Preparation Setting the Date and Time Available in w, [, ], ;, ', ,, . or = mode Example: Setting the date to June 2, 2003 and the time to 1:30 pm. Operation button Mode dial Power button MENU button SET button Note: •...
  • Page 21: Adjusting The Diopter

    Changing to the 24-hour Time Mode After performing step 8 above, press l or m to select “12H/24H”, then press the SET button. D A T E T I ME D I S P L A Y 1 2 H / 2 4 H S T Y L E S E T T I N G R E T URN...
  • Page 22: Using The Wrist Strap

    Preparation Using the Wrist Strap Attach the wrist strap to the wrist strap loop as shown below. Notes: • Make sure the wrist strap attaches firmly to the wrist strap loop. • Do not swing the camera by the strap. VE-CG40U-007-012 Using the Lens Cap Attach the strap of the lens cap to the wrist...
  • Page 23: Basic Operations

    Basic Operations Capturing Capturing a Still Image in Auto Mode In Auto Mode, the camera automatically sets the best aperture, shutter speed, exposure value and white balance. Light metering is set to Center mode. • Before you start, perform the procedures described on pages 7 to 12 to prepare your camera for capturing images.
  • Page 24: Capturing A Motion Image

    Basic Operations Capturing Capturing a Motion Image You can take a moving picture up to 30 seconds in the same way as you do with a video camera and record that image on the card. Status indicator Mode dial Shutter button Power button Insert a card into the camera (see page Remove the lens cap.
  • Page 25: Zooming

    Zooming Available in [, ], ;, ', ,, . or = mode Zooming allows you to move visually closer to or farther from a subject without physically changing your position. When using the optical zoom, you can enlarge the subject up to 3K. Zooming in (when you want to center attention on the subject) Zooming out (when you want to include...
  • Page 26: Using The Flash

    Basic Operations Capturing Using the Flash Available in [, ], ;, ', , or . mode You can use the flash to record good-quality still images even in dark locations. Types s: Automatic flash mode, based on light condition N: Automatic flash mode with red-eye reduction q: Flash on mode L: Flash on mode with red-eye reduction...
  • Page 27: Previewing Previewing Images

    Basic Operations Previewing Previewing Images The LCD monitor screen functions as a handy preview monitor. Nothing needs to be con- nected, allowing instant on-screen preview. Mode dial Power button Operation button DISPLAY button Previewing still images Set the Mode Dial to “w”. Press the Power button until the camera turns on.
  • Page 28: Preview

    Basic Operations Previewing Previewing motion images Set the Mode Dial to “w”. Press the Power button until the camera turns on. Press j or k to select the motion image. • The movie icon appears when the selection frame is over the motion image file.
  • Page 29: Deleting One Stored Image

    Deleting One Stored Image Available in w mode You can delete unwanted images to free up card memory. Operation button SET button “@” button Set the Mode Dial to “w”, then power on the camera. • The images recorded on the card are displayed in full screen format.
  • Page 30: Previewing On A Tv Screen

    Basic Operations Previewing Previewing on a TV screen Available in w mode You can connect the camera to a TV to enjoy preview with several people. Preparation Make sure each device to be connected is powered off. Open the jack cover on the camera (see page 2).
  • Page 31: Useful Features

    Useful Features Using the Controls Mode Dial Turn the Mode Dial to set the camera to each mode below. Preview mode (w): pp. 17, 18 Auto mode ([): p. 13 Program AE mode (]): p. 41 Aperture Priority mode (;): p. 42 Shutter Speed Priority mode ('): p.
  • Page 32: Using The Menu Screen

    Useful Features Using the Menu Screen Use the menu screens to adjust the various camera settings. Steps below show how to change the SENSITIVITY menu setting in Program AE mode. Operation button Mode dial Power button Menu button SET button Note: •...
  • Page 33: Capturing

    Useful Features Capturing Selecting Image Size and Quality Available in [, ], ;, ', , or . mode You can capture images in different combina- tions of image size and quality. There are two quality and four size settings available. The number of images that can be stored will depend on this combination and the size of the memory card.
  • Page 34: Selecting The Shooting Mode

    Useful Features Capturing Selecting the Shooting Mode Available in [, ], ;, ', , or . mode This camera has five different modes for capturing images. Types SINGLE: Normal mode to capture a single still image CONTINUOUS: Captures three consecutive still images SELF TIMER: Captures a still image with time-lag of 10 seconds...
  • Page 35: Using The Self Timer

    Using the Self Timer Available in [, ], ;, ', , or . mode The self-timer allows you to record images after a time-lag of 10 seconds. This is convenient when you want to record an image of you and your friends together.
  • Page 36: Using Automatic Exposure Bracketing

    Useful Features Capturing Using Automatic Exposure Bracketing Available in ], ;, ', , or . mode This function allows you to take the same scene with three different exposure settings. The camera automatically takes three succes- sive images while changing the exposure value for each image slightly.
  • Page 37: Using Automatic Gamma Bracketing

    Using Automatic Gamma Bracketing Available in ], ;, ', , or . mode The camera automatically takes three successive images while changing the gamma setting for each image. Select “z BRACKET” in SHOOTING MODE menu (see page 24). S HOO T I NG MOD E S HO T S I NG L E GU I D E...
  • Page 38: Using Quick Shot

    Useful Features Capturing Using Quick Shot Available in [, ], ;, ', , or . mode This function lets you take a quick snapshot. No need to push the shutter button halfway down to fix the focus then fully to capture. The camera automatically fixes the focus clearly on everything in the frame from close up to infinity.
  • Page 39: Using The Frame Guide For Recording

    Using the Frame Guide for Recording Available in [, ], ;, ', ,, . or = mode This function helps you decide on the size and composition of the subject occupying the screen. Types Cross: A cross mark at the center of the screen for placing the subject at the center.
  • Page 40: Setting The Digital Zoom

    Useful Features Capturing Setting the Digital Zoom Available in [, ], ;, ', , or . mode You can select two different zoom ranges : 1- 3K (optical zoom), 3-9K (digital zoom).The digital zoom allows you to record powerful close-up pictures with the same operation as normal zooming.
  • Page 41: Turning Off The Quick View

    Turning off the Quick View Available in [, ], ;, ', , or . mode This camera presets to display a still image for approximately 3 seconds immediately after it is taken. You can turn off this function by performing the procedure below. Turn on the camera in the desired mode.
  • Page 42: Capturing A Still Image With Sound

    Useful Features Capturing Capturing a Still Image with Sound Available in [, ], ;, ', , or . mode You can record up to 10 seconds of sound while capturing each still image. The built-in microphone is used for sound recording. Microphone Turn on the camera in the desired mode.
  • Page 43: Previewing

    Useful Features Previewing Protecting the Images Available in w mode You can protect your important images recorded on the card from accidental erasure. Selecting one image Set the Mode Dial to “w”, then power the camera. Press j or k to select the image to be protected.
  • Page 44: Using Image Effects

    Useful Features Previewing Using Image Effects Available in w mode These filters allow you to alter a still image for more dramatic effect. Types SEPIA: Filling with sepia color similar to that of an old photograph CROSS: Enhancing light spots with crosses SOFT SPOT: Shading off to get a soft border around an image...
  • Page 45: Previewing In A Slide Show

    Previewing in a Slide Show Available in w mode This camera can preview images in a slide show format, a useful feature when you want to check the still images that have been recorded on the card. Set the Mode Dial to “w”, then power on camera.
  • Page 46: Printing Order Information

    Useful Features Previewing Printing Order Information Available in w mode The print order function allows you to add DPOF print information to still images recorded on a card. About DPOF DPOF (Digital Printing Order Format) is a system that allows capture devices to tag information of recorded images on memory cards for printing, number of copies and other details.
  • Page 47 To cancel the setting for one image Select “0” for the number of prints in step 7 above. Selecting all images Select “ALL IMAGES” in step 6 of “Selecting one image”, then press the SET button. P R I N T OR D E R ON E I MA G E A L L I MA G E S Press l or m to select the number of...
  • Page 48: Deleting All Images

    Useful Features Previewing Deleting All Images Available in w mode You can delete all stored images on a card following the steps below. Set the Mode Dial to “w”, then power on the camera. Press the MENU button until the menu screen appears.
  • Page 49: Adding Sound To A Still Image

    Adding Sound to a Still Image Available in w mode You can add sound to a still image stored in the card. Set the Mode Dial to “w”, then power on camera. Press j or k to select the image to which you want to add sound.
  • Page 50: Previewing An Image With Sound

    Useful Features Previewing Previewing an Image with Sound Available in w mode You can play back the sound recorded with a still image. Set the Mode Dial to “w”, then power on the camera. Press j or k to select the image with sound.
  • Page 51: Advanced Features

    Advanced Features Program AE Mode In Program AE mode, the camera automatically determines the shutter speed and aperture, and you can set more detailed menu settings in comparison with the Auto mode ([). Set the Mode Dial to “]”, then power on camera. Set any desired menu items.
  • Page 52: Aperture Priority Mode

    Advanced Features Aperture Priority Mode In Aperture Priority mode, the camera deter- mines the shutter speed automatically accord- ing to an aperture value set manually. Set the Mode Dial to “;”, then power on the camera. Set any desired menu items.
  • Page 53: Shutter Speed Priority Mode

    Shutter Speed Priority Mode In Shutter Speed Priority mode, the camera determines the aperture value automatically according to a shutter speed set manually. Set the Mode Dial to “'”, then power on the camera. Set any desired menu items. Note: •...
  • Page 54 Advanced Features Recommended Shutter Speeds The following are tips for setting the shutter speed. Use a shutter speed based on your subject and photographic objectives. Recommended Situation shutter speed • Will make a fast-moving object look frozen (e.g. a runner, dancer). •...
  • Page 55: Manual Exposure Control Mode

    Manual Exposure Control Mode Use when your photographic objectives are not met by AE settings and you want complete control over exposure. Try various exposures and see the difference in effect. Also, review the captured image on the LCD screen before you try another exposure.
  • Page 56: Scene Select Mode

    Advanced Features Scene Select Mode You can select scene settings to create the best results for a specific situation. The camera will automatically set the exposure, white balance, and shutter speed to produce the optimum picture quality for the selected situation.
  • Page 57: Setting The Metering Mode

    Setting the Metering Mode Available in ], ;, ' or , mode This camera has two metering methods. Choose the metering method that matches your composition and lighting conditions. Types CENTER: Suitable to correctly expose the whole image with emphasis on a subject in the center when the scene is under reasonably good lighting.
  • Page 58: Setting The White Balance

    Advanced Features Setting the White Balance Available in ], ;, ', , . or = mode This mode fine-tunes colors based on settings that match the lighting conditions so that colors that look white to the human eye will also look white when captured.
  • Page 59: Setting The Light Sensitivity

    Setting the Light Sensitivity Available in ], ;, ' or , mode This mode emulates the sensitivity of camera film. The higher the ISO number, the faster the shutter speed you can use. Types AUTO: The camera automatically produces the sensitivity to match lighting condi- tions.
  • Page 60: Gamma Correction

    Advanced Features Gamma Correction Available in ], ;, ', , or . mode This function improves the picture by increas- ing the brightness of the darker portion or by decreasing the brightness of the brighter portion. Types STANDARD: Standard image without gamma correction 1 HIGHLIGHT (?): Decreasing the bright- ness of brighter portion...
  • Page 61: Displaying The Date And Time

    Displaying the Date and Time Available in w, [, ], ;, ', ,, . or = mode You can display the date or both the date and time of capturing an image. Types OFF: The date and time do not display. DATE&TIME: Both the date and time display.
  • Page 62: Setting To Factory Presettings

    Advanced Features Setting to Factory Presettings Available in w, [, ], ;, ', , or . mode You can set the camera to the factory preset- ting by following the steps below. Turn on the camera in the desired mode. Press the MENU button until the menu screen appears.
  • Page 63: Setting The Time For Automatic Power Off

    Setting the Time for Automatic Power Off Available in w, [, ], ;, ', ,, . or = mode When you do not operate the camera for a certain period of time, the power turns off automatically. Select the automatic power off time.
  • Page 64: Restoring The Latest Image Deleted

    Advanced Features Restoring the Last Image Deleted Available in w mode You can restore an image erased by mistake if it is the most recent image deleted. Do not perform any operation, except the procedure below to recover the image. Set the Mode Dial to “w”, then power the camera.
  • Page 65: Turning Off The Confirmation Sound

    Turning off the Confirmation Sound Available in w, [, ], ;, ', ,, . or = mode The camera beeps when turning the power on, controlling the buttons, or when an error occurs. You can turn off the confirmation sound if you like.
  • Page 66: Changing The Language For The On-screen Display

    Advanced Features Changing the Language for the On-screen Display Available in w, [, ], ;, ', ,, . or = mode This camera allows you to choose English, German, French, Spanish or Japanese as the on-screen display language. To change the language for on-screen display, perform the steps below.
  • Page 67: Transferring Data On Card To Computer

    Transferring Data on Card to Computer Using the supplied USB cable, you can transfer all image, sound and related data to a computer. System Requirements • Microsoft Windowsb 98 Service Pack 1, Windowsb 98 Second Edition, Windowsb 2000 Professional Service Pack 2, Windowsb Me or Windowsb XP Home/Professional Editions (recommended) •...
  • Page 68 Advanced Features Installing the USB driver • In the examples below the CD-ROM drive letter is taken as “R:”. Select the correct drive letter according to your operating environ- ment. Windows 98 SP1/98 SE “Add New Hardware Wizard” appears after performing “Preparation”. Insert the CD-ROM containing the USB driver into the CD-ROM drive, then click “Next”.
  • Page 69: Installing The Software

    Installing the software Before you start transferring data, install the Quick File Transfer Software included in the supplied CD-ROM. (Refer to the Installation Guide for details.) Transferring the data To transfer all the data to your PC at one time, simply press the ! button after making the necessary preparations.
  • Page 70: Appendix

    • Be aware that formatting will erase all image data stored on the card. Note: • Sharp Corporation cannot be held liable for data that is lost through improper handling of the storage media. Cleaning • Be careful not to allow dirt and finger grime buildup around the card contacts.
  • Page 71 AC Adapter • The AC adapter may interfere with reception if used near a radio. • Prevent flammables, liquids, and metal objects from entering the adapter. • The adapter is a sealed unit. Do not attempt to open or modify it. •...
  • Page 72: Trouble Shooting

    Appendix Trouble Shooting General Symptom Possible causes The camera does not power The AA batteries are depleted. You did not press the Power button long enough. You did not insert the AA batteries cor- rectly. Cannot format the card. The write protect switch is set to lock position.
  • Page 73 In [, ], ;, ', , or . mode Symptom Possible causes Cannot select the menu items Battery power is too low to capture 3 or “BRACKET” or “z BRACKET”. more images. There is not enough card capacity to store 3 or more images. The menu screen does not You have not selected a scene menu in appear when pressing the...
  • Page 74: Specifications

    Specifications are subject to change without notice. SERVICE INFORMATION (For the U.S.) For the location of the nearest Sharp Authorized Service Center, or to obtain product literature, accessories, supplies or customer assistance, please call 1-800-BE SHARP (1-800-237-4277) or visit SHARP’s website (http://www.sharpusa.com).
  • Page 75: Guía De Operación Rápida En Español

    O RECIBIR UNA DESCARGA ELÉCTRICA, NO EXPONGA ESTE APARATO A LA LLUVIA NI A LA HUMEDAD. ADVERTENCIA SOBRE EL COPYRIGHT SHARP está resuelta a que esta unidad sea utilizada cumpliendo plenamente con las leyes del copyright de Estados Unidos, y a que...
  • Page 76 AVISOS DE SEGURIDAD IMPORTANTES 1. Lectura de las instrucciones—Antes de utilizar este producto deberán leerse todas las instrucciones de seguridad y manejo. 2. Conservación de las instrucciones—Las instrucciones de seguridad y manejo deberán guardarse para poder consultarlas en futuro en caso de ser necesario. 3.
  • Page 77 15. Líneas de alimentación—Una antena exterior no deberá colocarse cerca de líneas de alimentación elevadas ni tampoco cerca de luces eléctricas o circuitos de alimentación, ni donde pueda caer encima de tales líneas de alimentación o circuitos. Cuando instale un sistema de antena exterior deberá tener mucho cuidado para que éste no toque tales líneas de alimentación o circuitos porque el contacto con ellos...
  • Page 78 Precauciones • Antes de grabar una escena importante, realice una prueba de grabación, y luego reproduzca para comprobar si la escena se grabó correctamente. • Cuando no utilice la cámara digital, no se olvide de extraer la tarjeta, desconectar la alimentación y desenchufar la cámara digital de la fuente de alimentación.
  • Page 79 Guía de operación rápida Inserción y extracción de las pilas AA Asegúrese de que la alimentación esté desconectada. Deslice el mando de abertura de la puerta del compartimiento de las pilas a la posición UNLOCK. Mando de abertura de la puerta del compartimiento de las pilas Deslice la puerta y luego ábrala en el...
  • Page 80 Guía de operación rápida Captura de una imagen fija en el modo automático Indicador de estado Dial de modos Disparador Botón de la alimentación Inserte una tarjeta en la cámara. Quite la tapa del objetivo. Ponga el dial de modos en “[”. Pulse el botón de la alimentación hasta que la cámara se encienda.
  • Page 81 Presentación preliminar de imágenes Dial de modos Botón de la alimentación Botón de funcionamiento Botón DISPLAY Presentación preliminar de imágenes fijas Ponga el dial de modos en “w”. Pulse el botón de la alimentación hasta que se encienda la cámara. •...
  • Page 82 Guía de operación rápida Borrado de una imagen almacenada Botón de funcionamiento Botón SET Botón “@” Ponga el dial de modos en “w”, y luego encienda la cámara. • Las imágenes grabadas en la tarjeta se visualizan en toda la pantalla. Pulse j o k en el botón de funcionamiento para seleccionar la imagen que va a borrar.
  • Page 83 Cambio del idioma de la visualización en pantalla Botón de funcionamiento Dial de modos Botón de la alimentación Botón MENU Botón SET Pulse el botón de la alimentación hasta que se encienda la cámara. Pulse el botón MENU hasta que aparezca la pantalla de menú.
  • Page 84 In no event shall Sharp be liable, or in any way responsible, for any damages or defects in the Product which were caused by repairs or attempted repairs performed by anyone other than an authorized servicer. Nor shall Sharp be liable or in any way responsible for any incidental or consequential economic or property damage.

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