RCA CDS4100 User Manual
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  • Page 2: Product Registration

    Important Safety Information * Be sure to read all the safety information on this page and inside the manual before you begin to use this product. To reduce risk of injury, charge only rechargeablebatteries recoramendedby the manufacturer for this camcorder. Other types of batteries may burst causing damage and personal injury.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    We want to make sure you enjoy your new digital still camera. If you have any questions, call: Digital Camera Exchange Warranty. 877-833-3491 Service Customer ........877-833-3491 Accessories ..........800-338-0376 Product Registration ....i Changing settings ....14 REC mode ......Important Safety Information ..
  • Page 4 ......TWAIN Driver Functions ..31 Order Form for Digital Camera Connect the Camera to a Model CDS4100 ......43 Computer ......Scroll One Row Up ..... 31 Scroll One Screen Up ..31 Scroll One Row Down ..31 Scroll One Screen Down ..
  • Page 5: Unpack The Camera

    • The items shown below are packed with your camera. If any are missing or appear damaged, contact your dealer immediately: 8 Mb_C_rnpac_ C Video CDS4100 Digital Camera Storage Card CDS4100 Macintosh ADB Serial AC Power Supply...
  • Page 6: Camera Details

    Camera Details Shutter release button LCD ON/OFF button O (Self Timer)/+ (plus) button ZOOM button _ (Flash)/- (minus) button DISPLAY button MENU button QUALITY/INDEX button ENTER/MACRO button Power button Built-in flash Self-timer LED Auto flash detector View finder window Lens Handstrap eyelet Digital output port Video output port...
  • Page 7: Attach The Strap

    Attach the Strap Dropping a camera can _ause serious damage both internally and externally. So, to secure your investment, attach the hand strap first thing, and use it every time. 1. Insert the small loop at the end of the strap under the strap eyelet.
  • Page 8: Using Ac Adapter

    Using AC Adapter To power the camera from an electrical outlet, use the supplied AC adapter. To attach the adapter to your digital camera: 1. Open the camera's connector cover by inserting a thumbnail under the latch and pulling it out. The supplied AC adapter will allow the digital camera to operate without batteries AC Adapter jack...
  • Page 9: Auto Power Off

    Your camera can use removable flash cards in 2, 4, 8, 16, or 48 megabyte (Mb) sizes. Contact your nearest RCA brand reseller for more information about obtaining additional flash memory. To install the CompactFlash memory card: Inserting a Compact Flash 1.
  • Page 10: Recording Pictures

    Recording Pictures Since there needs to be pictures taken before the camera will display stored t'des, let's walk through the steps to capture images. The switch on the back of the camera determines if PLAY or REC mode is used. Play is how you view stored pictures and REC is how they are taken (for more information about the specific aspects of PLAY and REC modes, see the next section, "Setting Preferences").
  • Page 11: Frame Your Picture

    Frame Your Picture The outer viewfinder box is for 2x Zoom photography. For more information about ZOOM, see the There are two ways to frame a picture; with the optical "Camera Features" section. viewfinder or with the camera's LCD monitor. The actual picture captured will be slightly larger than what you see in the optical viewfinder.
  • Page 12: Viewing Stored Images

    Viewing Stored Images The images stored on the CompactFlash card can be viewed on the camera's LCD monitor, viewed on a TV screen, or downloaded to your computer. For more information about viewing images on the computer or the TV, see the section, Working with Images, in this manual.
  • Page 13: Images On A Computer

    Loading Images on a Computer Images stored in your camera can be uploaded to your computer by using the supplied RS-232C digital connector and graphic-editing software. Load the CD ROM's software and the TWAIN driver from the 3.5" floppy disk(s) following all directions. Once the software is installed properly, the computer can send and receive information...
  • Page 15: On-Screen Menus

    On=screen menus To get the most benefit from your digital camera, you must know and be able to navigate through the on-screen menus. In the main menu of either the Record (REC) or Playback (PLAY) mode of the camera, you can set preferences for different aspects of the camera's performance.
  • Page 16: Changing Settings

    Changing settings The menus are manipulated the same in MAIN MENU PLAY or REC modes by using the I_CAPTURE: SINGLE buttons on top of the camera. PRE FLASH: • To enter or exit the menu system, WHITE BAL.: AUTO press the MENU button. EXPOSURE: FOCUS: AUTO...
  • Page 17: Setting White Balance

    To turn pre-flash on, display the Main Menu screen in REC mode by pressing Remember, to exit the Main Menu the MENU button on top of the camera. at any time, just press the MENU I NOTE: Use the up (+/O) or down (-/3) button button on top of the camera.
  • Page 18: Adjusting Focus

    Adjusting focus Bring the Main Menu up in Record Manual adjustment of focus allows you mode by pressing the MENU button. to determine where the camera's lens MNN MENU will concentrate. While you can allow CAPTUI¢_: SINGLE PRE FLASH: the camera to focus automatically, 9VHRE BAL: AUTO EXPOSURE:...
  • Page 19: Date And Time Display

    Adjusting date and time display One setting you may definitely want to MAIN MENU adjust before your first photo shoot is date and time display. _"ERASE ALL: >> Although it is not required to take and ERASE SINGLE: >> PROTECT IMAGE: >>...
  • Page 20: Erase Single Images

    MAIN MENU )' ERASE ALL: >> ERASE SINGLE: >> PROTECT IMAGE: >> FORMAT CARD: >> DATE DISR: OATE OPTION: fVVD/Y SET DATE >> Don't worry- you can still get out of this Erasing single images allows the chance to view each step in case you do not want to erase all picture before making the decision to remove it for good.
  • Page 21: Formatting Storage Card

    In the PLAY mode Main Menu, select Your CompactFlash storage card can PROTECT IMAGE using the up (+/O) have all data on it removed in one step with the FORMAT CARD command. or down (-/_) button to move the This is an important step to preparing highlight arrow.
  • Page 22: Displaying The Date

    Displaying the date MAIN MENU ERASE ALL: >> Date display affects on-screen viewing ERASE SINGLE: >> P RO'i'_CT IMAGE: >> only. Captured images that are captured FORMAT CARD: DATE DISR: O_'_ will not show the date and time as they DATE OPTION: * MID/Y SET DATE...
  • Page 23: Camera Features

    Camera Features Digital cameras have a variety of features to help capture the best possible picture. From different methods of flash photography to taking black and white images, your digital camera's settings can all be customized and allow for a fun experience when capturing images.
  • Page 24: Flash Photography

    Flash Photography Using Auto Flash Your camera has three flash modes; ON, OFF, and AUTO. If set to AUTO, the camera uses a sensor to determine if enough light is available to take a good picture, ff a sufficient light value is measured through the CCD sensor, the built-in flash will not fire.
  • Page 25: Using The Self-Timer Mode

    Using the Self-Timer Mode This mode is used not only for close-up pictures, but also for distant scenic shots. When taking a scenic picture or a low-light evening scene, using a slow shutter speed and the self timer can give a sharp, vibration-free photograph, if the camera is mounted on a tripod.
  • Page 26: Control Buttons

    Control Buttons Macro Mode (ENTER/MACRO button) To capture subjects in the range of 0.1 m to 0.5 m, the camera provides a macro auto focus feature. Make sure the camera is in recording (REC) mode, then press the ENTER/MACRO button on top of the camera. If the LCD panel is turned on, you will see the menu bar near the bottom.
  • Page 27: Zoom Button

    see full size. Once the image you want is selected, display it in full size by pressing the ENTER/MACRO button. Pressing the QUALITY/INDEX button again will return the display to thumbnail view. In thumbnail view, when there are more than nine images stored in memory, you can scroll to the next set of images by moving the highlighting arrow past the bottom fight or top left image using the + or - buttons on top of the...
  • Page 28: Display Button

    DISPLAY button In both record and play modes, the DISPLAY button on top of the digital camera makes most icons/indicators appear or disappear on the LCD monitor. The camera retains this status until the DISPLAY button is pressed again. For details of icons displayed on the LCD monitor, please refer to Appendix B in the Reference section of this manual.
  • Page 29: Monitor Status

    • For more information about switches, buttons and camera interface, see, First Things First, in this manual. Monitor on-status Pressing the DISPLAY button toggles the display of the icons and indicators on the LCD. Even if icons are hidden, a corresponding icon is displayed for the short period of time when certain actions are initiated.
  • Page 30: Lcd Icons

    LCD Icons Date and Time Display 2x Zoom indicator Picture number Self timer Economy Picture quality. indicator Could also be Normal (no icon), or Fine (F) Natural LightWhite Balance setting. Standard macro setting. Could also be Automatic White Balance Could also be Autofocus (ItF).
  • Page 31: Introduction To The Camera's Twain Driver

    Introduction to the camera's TWAIN Driver Using the provided TWAIN application allows the transfer of photos from the digital camera to a computer. Following is a discussion of key software points to make the process of image transfer easier. TWAIN is defined by a standard software protocol and API for communication between software applications and image acquisition devices (digital cameras and scanners).
  • Page 32: Connect The Camera To The Computer

    Connect the camera to the computer Now that there are images on the camera, you can connect it to the computer and "upload" the data to the TWAIN driver software. Make sure that the proper serial cable is used to connect the camera to the proper COM port (Macintosh users connect to an ADB serial port such as that used for extema! modems or printers).
  • Page 33: Twain Driver Functions

    Onceyou haveselected the digital Scroll One Row Up camera as your source for images, the Use this button to scroll one row of TWAIN driver interface will take over. photos up (four photos). The software will automatically connect to your computer and begin to download all of the images stored on the CompactFlash card.
  • Page 34: Select None Of The Images

    Select supported, the TWAIN driver will None of the Images display a warning message. When the Using this button to select none of the image has been sent, the TWAIN driver images. will download the new photo from the camera and display it on TWAIN driver window.
  • Page 35: Camera Status

    Camera Status Displaying images on a Use this button to display camera status TV screen information. Using the provided video cable to connect the camera to a television, you can view stored images on the TV Record mode: Previews the picture to screen.
  • Page 36: Camera User Interface

    Camera User Interface Camera Top View Basic Button Functionality Button PLAYM_ RgCMod_ Power Power on/off Power on/off Quality/Index Thumbnail View Quality E/N/F Select Enter/Macro Menu selection Macro (Close up)/ Camera Front View Standard Mode Display Show/Hide Show/Hide Picture Number Menu Icons Menu REC main PLAY main...
  • Page 37: Specifications

    Specifications Product Type: Digital Still Camera Imaging Device: 1/2-inch CCD, 1.5M pixels, progressive scanning Image Quality: Fine/Normal/Economy Image Resolution: 1360 x 1024 pixels (Fine / Normal); 640 x 480 pixels (Economy) Recording System: Digital (YPEG based)/Field recording Recording Medium: Removable CompactFlash (up to 48Mb). Image Capturing: Single or nine sequential images, saved as one image file.
  • Page 38: Taking Care Of Your Camera

    Taking care of your camera Your camera is a precision instrument designed and manufactured to give you reliable service. Handled and cared for properly, the camera should give years of trouble-free imaging. In order to avoid damaging the unit: Do Not: Drop or bang the camera.
  • Page 39: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting Q: The camera doesn't turn on when I press the power button. A: The batteries are missing, dead, or are not loaded correctly. Correctly load new batteries in the battery chamber. If you are using an AC adapter, make sure you are only using the recommended AC adapter for this digital camera.
  • Page 40 Q: Why does an "ERASE ERROR" message appear on the LCD when erasing a picture? A: A power interruption occurred before the erasing of a picture was complete. Use the ERASE ALL or FORMAT CARD command (under the MENU button in play mode) and make sure that no power interruption occurs.
  • Page 41 Limited Warranty What your warranty covers: • Anydefectin materialsor workmanship For how long after your purchase: • One year - Unit exchange, which includes parts and labor. • The warranty for rental units begins with the fwst rental or 45 days from date of shipment to the rental firm, whichever comes first.
  • Page 42 To receive a replacement camera after we have received your unit: • Write the RA numberon the outside of the caxton used to return the unit. Make sure you insure your shipment in case of damage or loss. • Carefully pack the unit using the original box and packing material if possible. Please retain all accessories that were included with your unit.
  • Page 43 Displaying Images on a Capture Mode 14 erasing all 17 TV Screen 32 Cautions i erasing single 18 Download Image(s) 31 CDS4100 Digital Camera protecting 18 inactivity period 7 Changing settings 14 Color 16 ENTER/MACRO button 4,24 CompactFlash 3...
  • Page 44 LCD Icons (Cont.) Play/Recording mode Shutter Release button 4 switch 4 AC adapter indicator Shutter release button 4 POWER button 8 Software 3 Power button 4 software date and time display Power Supply 5 Specifications AC Adaptor 6 Storage Card 3, 7 flash setting 28 Auto Power Off 7 flash settings 28...
  • Page 45: Order Form For Digital Camera Model Cds4100

    Order Form for Digital Camera Model CDS4100 Part No. Price Total Description Qty. CompactFlash Cards 16Mb $99.95 PC16CF 32Mb PC32CF $149.95 $199.95 48Mb PV48CF CompactFlash External Drive Parallel Port PC200P $99.95 PC2200U $129.95 PC490 $39.95 PCMCIA Adapter PC224 $29.95 Battery Char[;er...
  • Page 46 USE YOUR CREDIT CARD Charge your order on your VISA,MasterCard, or Discover Card by filling in below IMPORTANT: Copy completeaccount number from your VISA card VISA" 7-7-[-[-ql I I IIII I[-V-f-q Expirationdate:[---[--'][--l'_ IMPORTANT: Copy completeaccount numberfrom your MasterCard _T-rq 7X-T-rq7q-T-_ 7_-_-q copy Number above yo_ °me o n M_te_ _...
  • Page 47 To order accessories, contact your local Dealer. If a dealer is not nearby, you can also follow the directions below to order by telephone or direct-by-mail. United States and Canada Orders To place your order by phone, have your Visa, MasterCard, or Discover card ready and call the toil-free number listed below between 8 AM and 10 PM (EST)
  • Page 48 _ THOMSON CONSUMER ELECTRONICS 10330 N Meridian Street Indianapolis, 46290 ©1999 Thomson Consumer Electronics, Inc. Trademark(s) @ Registered Pfin_d m the U.S.A. TOCOM 15511640...

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