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    Camera Basics...

  • Page 2: Copyright Notice

    Seiko Epson Corporation. The information contained herein is designed only for use with this Epson product. Epson is not responsible for any use of this information as applied to other equipment.

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents Introduction About the Software Optional Accessories Finding More Information Getting Started Charging the Battery Installing the Memory Card Installing the Battery Turning Your Camera On and Off Setting the Language, Date, and Time Installing the Software Taking and Viewing Photos Taking Photos in Automatic Mode Taking Photos in Manual Mode Camera Settings...

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    Connecting the Camera to Your Printer Printing Photos Making Print Settings Solving Problems Camera Problems Image Problems Miscellaneous Problems List of Error Messages Where To Get Help Appendix Specifications Important Safety Instructions FCC Compliance Statement Declaration of Conformity Epson America, Inc. Limited Warranty Index...

  • Page 5: Introduction

    Direct printing to supported Epson Stylus and PictureMate Epson PRINT Image Framer fun frames to your photos—without a computer PRINT Image Matching get the best possible prints L-500V is a compact digital camera technology for crystal-clear previews ) memory card ™ ™ printers ®...

  • Page 6: About The Software

    P.I.F. Tool for transferring frames from your computer to the camera Your Epson L-500V Reference Guide, which includes information and instructions for all the features of your camera A USB driver that lets you transfer photos to your computer in Windows 98SE.

  • Page 7: Optional Accessories

    Optional Accessories Epson offers an AC adapter (B867062) for use with any standard electrical outlet. This is particularly useful when you are printing from the camera. See your on-screen Reference Guide for instructions on using it. Epson also offers a lithium ion battery (B32B818242) that you can carry as a spare in case you need it.

  • Page 8: Finding More Information

    This book includes all the information you need to take pictures and print them right from your camera. For more information, check the following: The Epson L-500V Reference Guide provides information and instructions for all the camera’s features, including troubleshooting tips. To open the guide, double-click the icon on your computer desktop.

  • Page 9: Getting Started

    Getting Started Before using your camera, you need to follow the instructions in this section to: Charge the battery with the included battery charger (page 10) Install the memory card (page 11) Install the battery (page 12) Turn on the camera (page 13) Set the current date and time (page 14) Install the software on your computer (page 15).

  • Page 10: Charging The Battery

    Charging the Battery Be sure to charge the battery before you use it the first time or if you haven’t used it for a long time. Charging takes about two hours. A fully charged battery lets you take approximately 200 photos. Connect the small end of the battery charger power cable to the charger, then plug the power cable into an electrical outlet.

  • Page 11: Installing The Memory Card

    Installing the Memory Card Caution: Turn off your camera before installing or removing the memory card. Make sure you insert the card in the correct orientation, or you may damage the camera and card. Make sure the camera is turned off. Turn the camera on its left side.

  • Page 12: Installing The Battery

    Removing a Memory Card Note: Your camera won’t store photos and some of its buttons won’t operate without a memory card correctly installed. Make sure the camera is turned off, then slide the battery cover until it pops up. Push in the memory card to release it.

  • Page 13: Turning Your Camera On And Off

    Press down on the battery cover and slide it back into place. To remove the battery, open the battery cover as described in step 2, then release the white battery catch and take out the battery. Turning Your Camera On and Off Before turning on your camera, remove the protective film sheet covering the LCD screen.

  • Page 14: Setting The Language, Date, And Time

    Setting the Language, Date, and Time When you turn on the camera for the first time, you need to set the language, date, and time. Turn on the camera. If you see the language screen, move the joystick to r to select Move the joystick to u and press the Then perform steps 5 to 7 to set the date and time.

  • Page 15: Installing The Software

    If you see a message asking you to restart, select I will restart my computer later When installation is complete, click your camera as instructed. and double-click , then Select Install. and click Install. Epson Adobe Reader , and click Finish and register Exit...

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    You may have to do this more than once. Follow the on-screen instructions to install each program. Click When installation is complete, click your camera as instructed. CD-ROM icon if Epson Select Install. to continue, as needed. Quit icon.

  • Page 17: Taking And Viewing Photos

    Taking and Viewing Photos You can take several different types of photos with your camera and then view them on the LCD screen: Automatic photos: settings for great snapshots. All you have to do is point and shoot. See page 18. Manual photos: a variety of camera settings, including resolution, exposure compensation, sensitivity, white balance,...

  • Page 18: Taking Photos In Automatic Mode

    Taking Photos in Automatic Mode Automatic photography mode lets you capture high- resolution images without making complicated settings. You can use the zoom buttons to move in closer to your subject and set the flash for indoor or low-light photos. In automatic mode, images are captured at a resolution and quality setting of change these settings, use manual mode (see page 20).

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    Center your subject in the middle of the square focus frame on the LCD screen. The default flash setting is automatic, indicated by icon on the LCD screen. The flash will go off automatically whenever necessary. If you want to change the flash setting, move the joystick to Press and hold the shutter button halfway.

  • Page 20: Taking Photos In Manual Mode

    Taking Photos in Manual Mode If you are an advanced photographer, you may want to use manual mode. This allows you to select the quality (resolution), white balance, light sensitivity (ISO Speed), and exposure compensation. You can also select special scene modes for portraits, landscapes, or night photos.

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    Center your subject in the middle of the square focus frame on the screen. The default flash setting is automatic, indicated by icon on the LCD screen. The flash will go off automatically whenever necessary. If you want to change the flash setting, move the joystick to Press and hold the shutter button halfway.

  • Page 22: Camera Settings

    Camera Settings Camera settings are displayed on the LCD screen. Exposure compensation, sensitivity, and white balance Flash Resolution and quality Number of photos you can take Note: You can turn off display of the settings or select the amount of information shown. See your Reference Guide for instructions.

  • Page 23: Continuous Shooting

    Scene mode Resolution Quality Fine, Exposure compensation ISO Speed (Sensitivity) White balance Macro mode Flash reduction, Shooting mode Photos left 125 (for example) Warning or shutter speed is 1/30 or slower; use a tripod) Continuous Shooting In Continuous Shooting mode, you can capture a series of photos by holding the shutter button down.

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    Use of the flash is not recommended with continuous shooting, so make sure you have adequate lighting. Turn the Mode dial to If you want to adjust the resolution or other settings, press the MENU available settings or see the Reference Guide. Make sure you are at least 20 inches (50 cm) away from your subject.

  • Page 25: Recording Videos

    Recording Videos You can record videos with sound. The length of the video is limited only by the amount of storage available on your memory card. Turn the Mode dial to Press the MENU Move the joystick to r to change the setting.

  • Page 26: Taking Photos With Fun Frames

    Press the shutter button all the way down to start recording. Press the shutter button again to stop recording. Taking Photos With Fun Frames You can use P.I.F. (PRINT Image Framer) to take pictures with a variety of frames for holidays and special occasions.

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    To take a picture with a frame: Turn the Mode dial to continuous. Press the the camera is displayed. Select the frame you want by moving the joystick to u or d, then press the frame is displayed on the LCD screen. (If you stored more frames on the memory card, move the joystick to r to move to the memory card frames.) Tip:...

  • Page 28: Playing Back Photos And Videos

    You can also add or change a frame on an existing photo. See page 32 for instructions. If you have the Epson Stylus Photo RX500, you can print photos with P.I.F. frames by removing the camera’s memory card, inserting it into the RX500, and printing using the RX500 control panel.

  • Page 29: Viewing A Slide Show

    To view up to 12 photos at once, press the button (press it repeatedly if you’ve zoomed in). To select a photo, move the joystick to u, d, l, or r. To view the selected photo on the full screen, press the Viewing a Slide Show Turn the Mode dial to...

  • Page 30: Deleting Photos

    Deleting Photos You can easily delete photos one at a time, delete all the photos in the camera, or delete a group of continuous photos. Deleting Photos One at a Time Turn the Mode dial to To delete the currently displayed photo, move the joystick to d .

  • Page 31: Deleting A Group Of Continuous Photos

    Deleting a Group of Continuous Photos Turn the Mode dial to Move the joystick to l or r to display one of a group of continuous photos. Press the MENU displayed. Select Delete Group and then to r. The continuous photo deletion screen appears.

  • Page 32: Adding, Changing, Or Removing Frames

    To remove a frame from the photo, move the joystick to u or d to select the option, press the You can now print your framed picture directly from the camera on supported Epson printers. For instructions, see page 33. playback. button. You see the first frame P.I.F.

  • Page 33: Printing Your Photos

    Epson Stylus Photo R300 Epson Stylus Photo RX600 PictureMate If you have the Epson Stylus Photo RX500, you can print photos with P.I.F. frames by removing the camera’s memory card, inserting it into the RX500, and printing using the RX500 control panel. See the RX500 documentation for details.

  • Page 34: Connecting The Camera To Your Printer

    Connecting the Camera to Your Printer Use the USB Type A cable that comes with your camera to connect it to your printer. Make sure the camera is turned off before you begin. You can conserve battery power by using the optional AC adapter when you print from the camera.

  • Page 35: Printing Photos

    You can print all the photos in the camera or select the ones you want to print. Images with P.I.F. frames must be printed directly from the camera on a supported Epson printer; see page 33 for a list of supported printers.

  • Page 36: Printing All Your Saved Photos

    Move the joystick to d to select then press the Move the joystick to r to select move it to d to select the paper size you loaded and press To print a photo with white borders, turn off the date stamp, or change other settings, see page 40.

  • Page 37: Printing Selected Photos

    To print more than one copy, press the and move the joystick to u to select the number of copies you want. Then press the Move the joystick to d to select then press the Move the joystick to r to select move it to d to select the paper size you loaded and press To print your photos with white borders, turn off...

  • Page 38: Printing Several Photos On One Sheet

    Select the photos to print by moving the joystick to l or r, then select the number of copies by moving the joystick to u or d. Press the Move the joystick to d to select then press the Press the select Paper Type the paper size you loaded and press...

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    Move the joystick to l or r to display the first photo you want to print. Press the Select Print an Album Select the number of photos per page by moving the joystick to l or r, then press the The number of photos per page also selects the photos that will print.

  • Page 40: Making Print Settings

    Making Print Settings You can make the following settings when printing images directly from the camera: Paper size selection Printing with or without white borders Printing the date (not available with frames or album printing) Printing with normal or high quality Note: Once you change the paper size setting, the camera retains it.

  • Page 41: Solving Problems

    Solving Problems Before you call for help, check this list of common problems and solutions and the Reference Guide. Camera Problems The camera has no power. The camera may have shut off automatically to save power. Press the camera. Also make sure the Mode dial is turned completely to a mode.

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    The camera does not react when you press the buttons. If the light on the front of the camera is flashing, try turning the camera off and then on again. If the power does not turn off, remove the battery, reinstall it, and turn the power on.

  • Page 43: Image Problems

    Nothing appears on the LCD screen. The camera may have shut off automatically to save power. Press the Also make sure the mode dial is turned completely to a mode. When the camera is connected to a computer, the LCD screen is disabled. When it is connected to a printer, press any button to display the print progress screen.

  • Page 44: Miscellaneous Problems

    Images are too dark (underexposed) or too bright (overexposed). Make sure the flash is not set to However, if you are shooting a close-up in macro mode, you should try using the If you are using the flash, make sure you are the right distance from your subject: between 2.3 and 17.1 feet (in wide-angle mode) and 1.6 to 9.9 feet (in telephoto mode).

  • Page 45: List Of Error Messages

    The wrong date and/or time is printed. Turn the Mode dial to r to select Setup Menu 2. Move the joystick to d to select Date/Time settings. You see an error message when you try to open the Reference Guide. Install Adobe Reader from the CD-ROM that came with the camera.

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    Error message Not enough free space on the memory card. This frame cannot be used with this camera. This image cannot be displayed. Printer error. This image cannot be printed. Could not print. Retry? A communication error has occurred. Description Make room by deleting photos or downloading them to your computer and deleting them.

  • Page 47: Where To Get Help

    Service Access World From the Internet, you can reach Epson Support at Wide Web http://support.epson.com. At this site, you can download drivers and other files, look at product documentation, access troubleshooting information, and receive technical advice through e-mail.

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    Computer configuration and operating system version Description of the problem You can purchase ink cartridges, paper, manuals, and accessories from the Epson Store at (800) 873-7766 or visit www.epsonstore.com (U.S. sales only). In Canada, please call (800) 463-7766 for dealer referral.

  • Page 49: Appendix

    Appendix Specifications Effective pixels 5.0 megapixels Image recording Still picture: capacity Video: Image file type JPEG (EXIF 2.2), PRINT Image Matching II, AVI Camera file DCF file format, DPOF 1.1 system Internal memory 4MB (for storage of four P.I.F. frames) Compatible SD memory card;...

  • Page 50: Important Safety Instructions

    Self-timer 2 seconds/10 seconds Photography Normal/portrait/landscape/night view/night modes portrait LCD screen Epson Photo Fine, 2.5-inch low temperature polysilicon TFT color USB interface High-speed/Full speed (Mass Storage Class) Power sources One lithium ion battery and charger included External power Optional AC adapter (B867062) source 2.5 ×...

  • Page 51: Using The Battery

    If battery acid gets into your eyes or on your skin, immediately rinse the affected area thoroughly with water and seek medical treatment. Do not modify, disassemble, or solder the battery. Do not use the battery that comes with the L-500V camera for other devices.

  • Page 52: Storing The Battery

    Do not expose the battery to heat, fire, or water. Do not drop, puncture, or impact the battery. Keep the battery out of the reach of children. Prevent the battery from coming into contact with metal objects that could short-circuit it, such as coins or keys. Do not place the battery in a high-pressure container or microwave.

  • Page 53: Using The Battery Charger

    Use only Epson battery charger model 2090821-00 provided to charge Epson Lithium ion battery model B32B818242. Never attempt to charge other types of batteries in this charger as they may explode, leak, overheat, or cause personal injury.

  • Page 54: Using The Memory Card

    Clean only with a clean, soft dry cloth. Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners. Keep the charger out of reach of children. This product is designed for use with Epson products only. Do not attempt to use it with other electronic devices. Using the memory card Use only memory cards designed for the product’s specifications.

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    Storing, maintaining, or transporting the camera Do not store this product outdoors, near water, or in a location subject to high temperature or humidity, rapid changes in temperature or humidity, direct sunlight, or strong light sources. Unplug this product from the power outlet before cleaning it. Use a damp cloth and do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners.

  • Page 56: Fcc Compliance Statement

    FCC Compliance Statement For United States 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.

  • Page 57: Declaration Of Conformity

    (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Trade Name: Type of Product: Model: Product: Epson America, Inc. MS 3-13 3840 Kilroy Airport Way Long Beach, CA 90806 Telephone: (562) 290-5254 Epson Digital Still Camera...

  • Page 58: Epson America, Inc. Limited Warranty

    Epson property. The replacement product or part may be new or refurbished to the Epson standard of quality, and, at Epson’s option, may be another model of like kind and quality.

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    This warranty does not cover damage to the Epson product caused by parts or supplies not manufactured, distributed or certified by Epson. This warranty does not cover third party parts, components or peripheral devices added to the Epson product after its shipment from Epson nor does the warranty cover supplies and consumables such as lamps, prints, batteries, cables or storage media.

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    SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, RESULTING FROM THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE EPSON PRODUCT, OR FOR LOST DATA OR LOST SOFTWARE, WHETHER RESULTING FROM BREACH OF WARRANTY OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY. In Canada, warranties include both warranties and conditions.

  • Page 61: Index

    Index AC adapter , 7, 48 Accessories , 6, 15, 16 Adobe Reader , 38 to 39 Album printing , 18 to 19 Automatic mode Battery , 10 charging , 22 icon , 12 installing safety instructions 51 to 55 , 19, 21 Beeps , 9, 34...

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    Epson , 7, 48 accessories , 47 to 48 help , 33 photo paper , 7, 48 Store , 58 to 60 warranty , 45 to 46 Error messages , 34 EXT. I/F port , 56 FCC Compliance , 19, 21, 23...

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    Printing , 33 to 40 from camera , 44 to 45 problems , 41 to 48 Problems, solving , 18, 20, 23, 25 Quality , 6, 15 QuickTime , 18, 20, 23, 25 Resolution , 50 to 55 Safety SD memory card, see Memory cards Settings , 22 to 23...

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    Mode dial Automatic mode Playback mode Mode dial Shutter button Strap holder Battery/memory card cover Manual mode USB/Self-timer light Lens Continuous shooting mode Video mode Setup mode Speaker Flash Microphone...

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    Connector cover Print button P.I.F. button LCD screen Joystick/OK button Macro/ USB connector AC adapter connector Outdoor mode/ Flash/ Delete/self-timer/ Tripod mount Zoom buttons MENU button Memory access light...

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