JVC GC-A55 Instructions Manual

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  • Page 1: Digital Camera

    DIGITAL CAMERA GC-A55 INSTRUCTIONS Thank you for purchasing this JVC product. Before beginning to operate this unit, please read the instruction manual carefully in order to make sure that the best possible performance is obtained. If you have any question, consult your JVC dealer.
  • Page 2 [Back] [Next] " SOME DO’S AND DON’TS ON THE SAFE USE OF EQUIPMENT " This equipment has been designed and manufactured to meet international safety standards but, like any electrical equipment, care must be taken if you are to obtain the best results and safety is to be assured.
  • Page 3: Above All

    DON'T allow electrical equipment to be exposed to rain or moisture. ABOVE ALL NEVER let anyone especially children push anything into holes, slots or any other opening in the case. This could result in a fatal electrical shock. NEVER guess or make changes with electrical equipment of any kind. It is better to be safe than sorry!
  • Page 4: Fcc Information

    Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected. Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help. CAUTION Changes or modifications not approved by JVC could void user’s authority to operate the equipment. Contact Address: JVC AMERICAS CORP.,...
  • Page 5: Safety Precautions

    Serious malfunctioning If malfunctioning occurs, immediately stop using the unit and remove the battery, then consult your local JVC dealer. MAIN UNIT 1. For safe use, please do NOT . . .
  • Page 6: Memory Cards

    Make sure the memory card is positioned properly when inserting. While the memory card is being accessed (during recording, playback, deletion, formatting etc.), never unload the memory card or turn off the digital camera. Store memory cards away from heaters or other heat sources.
  • Page 7: Before Using The Camera

    3. When discarding batteries, environmental problems must be considered and the local rules or laws governing the disposal of these batteries must be followed strictly. HOW TO HANDLE A CD-ROM Take care not to soil or scratch the mirror surface (opposite to the printed surface). Do not write anything or put a sticker on either the front or back surface.
  • Page 8: Fun Things You Can Do

    [Back] [Next] FUN THINGS YOU CAN DO This camera is an all-in-one compact size digital and USB PC-camera. With it, you can: Take digital pictures/video clips in an instant. Easily capture digital images and download them to your computer. Videoconference on the Internet. Keep in touch with distant family and friends.
  • Page 9: What's Included

    [Back] [Next] WHAT'S INCLUDED? Please check to see that the following items are included in the package. If any item is missing, please enquire at your nearest authorized dealer. Digital Camera CD-ROM with Driver, Application & Instructions USB Cable Video Cable...
  • Page 10: System Requirements (Pc)

    [Back] [Next] SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS (PC) Microsoft® Windows® 98/98SE/Me/ 2000/XP (Pre-installed Model) Intel® Pentium® Processor 166 MHz or higher Free USB Port Minimum RAM: 32 MB (Windows XP: 128 MB) 250 MB of available hard disk space Color display: 800 x 600 or better CD-ROM drive Notes: Microsoft and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation...
  • Page 11 [Back] [Next] FEATURES Capturing high-quality digital images is fast and easy with this state-of-the-art smart camera. Equipped with a 1.3 Mega pixel CMOS, this camera is capable of capturing images with a resolution of up to 1280 X 1024 pixels. Other cool features provided by the camera include the following: LCD Monitor Digital Zoom...
  • Page 12: Flash Mode

    [Back] [Next] GETTING TO KNOW THE CAMERA Controls, Connectors and Indicators Built-in Flash Self timer indicator Battery/Memory Card compartment door RESOLUTION & QUALITY button FLASH MODE button Status indicator Viewfinder LCD monitor MODE button Tripod socket Viewfinder window Lens Video out Terminal cover USB port Status LCD panel...
  • Page 13 [Back] [Next] Getting to Know the Camera Status LCD panel Built-in Flash Indicator Quality Indicator Resolution Indicator SD card Indicator Time/Number Indicator 1. Resolution Indicator Full resolution (SXGA 1280 X 1024 Pixels) Half resolution (VGA 640 X 480 Pixels) 2. Quality Indicator Fine quality Normal quality Basic quality...
  • Page 14 [Back] [Next] GETTING STARTED Be sure to insert the (AA-size Alkaline) batteries before trying to capture images with your camera. Inserting the Batteries 1. Slide the Battery/Memory card compartment door (located on the right side of the camera) in the direction indicated by the arrow to open it.
  • Page 15 This camera can be used with either an SD card or a Multimedia card (MMC). When traveling and capturing a lot of images, it is convenient to make use of an SD or a Multimedia card. When a card is inserted into the camera, still images/video clips captured will be stored in the card’s memory.
  • Page 16: Menu Settings

    [Back] [Next] OPERATIONS CAMERA MODE Shooting Basics Customized Shooting Zooming Using Flash Using Self-Timer Setting the Image Quality & Resolution SETUP MENU QUICKVIEW WHITE BALANCE EV COMPENSATION Setting the various modes: 1. Press the POWER button. 2. Press the MODE button until the desired mode is displayed. VIDEO CLIP MODE Shooting Basics Customized Shooting is not applicable to the Video Clip and Play/Delete Modes.
  • Page 17 [Back] [Next] CAMERA MODE This mode is used for capturing still images. The pictures taken will be stored in the camera’s internal memory or the memory-card in JPEG file format. Shooting Basics When the card is inserted into the camera, your captured still images/video clips will be stored in the card’s memory.
  • Page 18 [Back] [Next] Customized Shooting (CAMERA MODE) (1) Zooming This mode allows you to zoom up on your subject, making it appear larger (maximum 2X) and closer. Note that the digital zoom function is only available when the LCD monitor is ON. The Procedures: 1.
  • Page 19 Procedure: 1. Ensure that the camera is turned on. 2. Select the Camera mode with the MODE button. 3. To activate the self timer, press the A cursor will appear below the self timer icon on the Status LCD panel as shown on the right: 4.
  • Page 20 [Back] [Next] VIDEO CLIP MODE This mode is used for shooting video clips. The video clips will be stored in the camera’s internal memory or the memory card in AVI File Format. Total available recording time The total available recording time (approximate) is reflected on the LCD panel. For video clips, the Resolution is fixed at VGA:320*240 and the Image Quality is set at Normal.
  • Page 21 [Back] [Next] PLAY / DELETE MODE This mode allows you to replay/ delete video clips stored in the camera’s internal or card memory on the LCD monitor. You can also camera to the TV monitor computer in this mode to replay the still images/video clips on the TV or computer monitors. Play Basics: 1.
  • Page 22 [Back] [Next] MENU SETTINGS Pressing the MENU button in the various modes will display the respective MENU on the LCD monitor: Using the menus, you can perform various settings for your camera Procedures: 1. Use the / buttons to highlight the desired item. 2.
  • Page 23 [Back] [Next] SETUP MENU ( LCD BRIGHTNESS Adjusts the brightness of the LCD monitor. Setting value: [-5] to [+5] (Interval = 1) DATE/TIME Sets the Date and Time information. When a shot is taken, the date and time of the shot will be recorded on the image file. To set the date and time: 1.
  • Page 24: Usb Config

    USB CONFIG Sets the USB Configuration type. DISK DRIVE : To transfer image data to the PC. (The camera will be shown as a ‘removable disk’ in the PC’s ‘My Computer’ folder.) PC CAMERA : To use the camera as a PC Camera (WebCam).
  • Page 25 [Back] [Next] QUICKVIEW ( This feature allows you to view your images on the LCD monitor as soon as they have been taken. After the preview, this camera will return to the Camera mode. ON : Enable “QUICKVIEW” OFF : Disable “QUICKVIEW” The “QUICKVIEW”...
  • Page 26 [Back] [Next] WHITE BALANCE ( As the intensity of the light changes, our eyes adapt such that white objects will remain white. Digital cameras can also see the white objects as being white by averaging out the light around the object. You may select from the following settings: AUTO : Automatically adjusts the “white balance”...
  • Page 27 [Back] [Next] EV COMPENSATION ( When the object is too dark or too bright, the camera adjusts the brightness to make the object look brighter or darker. This is called EV compensation. The range of the exposure compensation that the user can set is from -2.0 EV to +2.0 EV at 0.5 EV steps.
  • Page 28: Slide Show

    [Back] [Next] SLIDE SHOW ( After selecting “SLIDE SHOW” and pressing the LCD/OK button, a screen where the user can set the delay time (with the buttons) appears. Thereafter, pressing the LCD/OK button again will start the slide show. Images hitherto captured will be displayed in sequence, at intervals of the user-set delay time.
  • Page 29 [Back] [Next] ERASE ( There are two ways to erase still images/video clips: 1. “ERASE ONE”: This will allow you to delete one image/video clip at a time. Use the buttons to choose the desired still image/video clip to be erased. A confirmation message “ERASE CURRENT?”...
  • Page 30: Copy To Card

    [Back] [Next] COPY TO CARD ( This function allows you to copy all captured still images/video clips from the internal memory to the external memory card.
  • Page 31 [Back] [Next] DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) ( DPOF enables you to print the images directly from DPOF compatible printers by simply inserting the memory card into the printer and doing the necessary settings. PRINT QUANTITY : Set the print quantity [1~10]. PRINT SIZE : Select the image print size [standard, 3x5, 4x6, 5x7, 8x10] PRINT INDEX :...
  • Page 32 1. Connect the TV to your digital camera. * Connect one end of the video cable (Sub-mini plug) to the VIDEO OUT terminal of the digital camera and the other end of the cable (PIN plug) to the VIDEO IN port of the television.
  • Page 33 [Back] [Next] TRANSFERRING IMAGE DATA TO THE COMPUTER Before image data transfer, you need to connect the camera to your computer with the supplied USB cable and install the camera drivers included in the supplied CD-ROM. Batteries in the camera are necessary even though power is supplied through the USB cable. System Requirements Before installing the Camera Driver and Application software, make sure your system meets the following system requirements.
  • Page 34 Note: When the connection is done, a “PC” indicator appears on the camera’s LCD panel. Downloading Pictures 1. Click on the ‘My Computer’ icon on your PC screen. You will then see a drive icon labeled ‘Removable disk’. 2. Double click on ‘Removable Disk’. A new window with a ‘DCIM folder’ icon opens. * If this icon is not displayed, your camera has not been properly connected to the computer.
  • Page 35 4. You can then copy the whole folder or specific files in the folder (double click on the icon to reveal the files) into your computer ’ s hard drive, or any other storage media available in your PC system. Just select the folder or files and use the usual cut and paste functions available in the ‘Edit menu’.
  • Page 36 [Back] [Next] When the camera does not work: Possible cause Power unintentionally cut off. Power cut off due to camera's Automatic Power Off feature. Battery direction is wrong. The batteries are weak. Battery performance deterioration due to low temperature. Camera is connected to PC. (When connected to PC, the camera will not be able to shoot).
  • Page 37 Possible Cause Camera movement during still image capture. The lens is dirty. Photographer was standing in front of the camera when pressing the shutter button (self-timer shots). Flash is off even when the lighting condition is poor. As exposure time is prolonged, camera movement will cause the image to be off focus.
  • Page 38 [Back] CAMERA SPECIFICATIONS Image Sensor Color Image Quality Image Resolution Memory File Format Recording Medium Lens Focal length Focal Range Shutter Speed Exposure Control White Balance Flash Self-timer Software Language LCD monitor Connectors Weight Dimension *Design and Specifications are subject to change without notice. 1.3 Megapixels CMOS 10-bit Color (RGB) Fine/Normal/Basic...