JVC GC-S1 Instructions Manual

JVC GC-S1 Instructions Manual

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DIGITAL STILL CAMERA
GC-S1
INSTRUCTIONS
Please visit our CyberCam Homepage on
the World Wide Web and answer our
Consumer Survey (in English only):
http://www.jvc-victor.co.jp/index-e.html
STILL CAMERA
For Customer Use:
Enter below the Model No. and Serial
No. which is located on the bottom of
cabinet. Retain this information for
future reference.
Model No.
Serial No.
ENGLISH
LYT0142-001B

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  • Page 1 DIGITAL STILL CAMERA GC-S1 INSTRUCTIONS Please visit our CyberCam Homepage on the World Wide Web and answer our Consumer Survey (in English only): http://www.jvc-victor.co.jp/index-e.html STILL CAMERA For Customer Use: Enter below the Model No. and Serial No. which is located on the bottom of cabinet.
  • Page 2: Safety Precautions

    Dear Customer, Thank you for purchasing the Digital Still Camera. Before use, please read the safety information and precautions contained in the following pages to ensure safe use of your new Digital Still Camera. Using This Instruction Manual • All major sections and subsections are listed in the Table Of Contents ( pg.
  • Page 3: Important Product Safety Instructions

    IMPORTANT PRODUCT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS Electrical energy can perform many useful func- tions. But improper use can result in potential electrical shock or fire hazards. This product has been engineered and manufactured to assure your personal safety. In order not to defeat the built-in safeguards, observe the following basic rules for its installation, use and servicing.
  • Page 4 1. Accessories To avoid personal injury: • Do not place this product on an unstable cart, stand, tripod, bracket or table. It may fall, causing serious injury to a child or adult, and serious damage to the product. • Use only with a cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table recommended by the manufacturer or sold with the product.
  • Page 5: Quick Start

    QUICK START Four AA (LR6)-size alkaline batteries BATTERY cover Load batteries. ( pg. 10) Slide the BATTERY cover slightly to open. Insert four AA (LR6)-size batteries as indicated by the orientation marking inside the cover. Power Dial Lock button Turn the power on. ( Turn the Power Dial to “...
  • Page 6 Shutter Release Button Shoot an image. ( Tilt the lens and point it at the subject. Press the Shutter Release Button. • A still image is stored in the camera's memory. pg. 18) Play an image. ( QUICK START Zoom Button Power Dial Lock button pg.
  • Page 7: Major Features

    MAJOR FEATURES 10X Zoom for Magnifying Distant Subjects When a subject is located too far away to be approached, its image can be enlarged using 10X zoom. An image shot by zooming has much higher quality than a non- zoomed image enlarged using image processing software on a PC. Cordless Image Transfer Using Infrared Communication (IrTran-P Compatible) IrTran-P is the most advanced infrared communication protocol available today.
  • Page 8: Table Of Contents

    SAFETY PRECAUTIONS QUICK START MAJOR FEATURES CONTENTS GETTING STARTED Loading Batterirs ... 10 Unloading Batteries ... 10 Household Power Supply ... 11 Date/Time Setting ... 12 BASIC OPERATION Lens Adjustment ... 14 Shutter Release Button ... 14 Brightness Control ... 15 Shooting Mode Selection ...
  • Page 9 Applying Sepia/Black-and-White Effects ... 40 Magnifying the Playback Image (Zoom) ... 41 Types of Frames ... 42 Framing an Image ... 43 Multi-Image Screen ... 44 ADVANCED OPERATION Compact Flash Card Operation ... 46 Installing a Compact Flash Card ... 46 Removing a Compact Flash Card ...
  • Page 10: Getting Started

    Loading Batteries Use AA (LR6)-size dry cell batteries. Slide the battery cover (BATTERY) slightly to open. • The battery cover opens. Insert batteries as indicated by the orientation marking inside the battery cover. Close the battery cover and slide it back. •...
  • Page 11: Household Power Supply

    Household Power Supply When using the camera indoors, it is more convenient and economical to power it from a household AC power outlet using an AC power adapter (optional). To AC outlet AA-V33 AC power adapter (optional) Core filter Connect the Power Cord to the AC Power Adapter.
  • Page 12: Date/Time Setting

    Date/Time Setting By setting the date and time, date/time data can be viewed along with your pictures. Date/time data is also convenient for categorizing pictures later. Power Dial Lock Buton LCD monitor CAMERA MENU CAMERA P I CTURE MODE SYSTEM EX I T CAMERA MENU Screen Turn the Power Dial, while pressing its Lock...
  • Page 13 Set the values for the date. 1. Rotate the MENU Jog Dial to select the item in the “DATE” section you wish to set and push it. •The item color changes to indicate that setting is possible. 2. Rotate the MENU Jog Dial until the correct setting appears and push it.
  • Page 14: Basic Operation

    Lens Adjustment To obtain the most stable position for shooting while viewing the LCD monitor, hold the lens so that it forms an angle of 45 degrees in relation to the camera body. The lens tilts up to 100 degrees forward and 90° backward.
  • Page 15: Brightness Control

    Brightness Control You can adjust the brightness of the LCD monitor by rotating the BRIGHT dial, except during manual focusing or menu adjustment. To darken the image . . . Rotate the BRIGHT dial upward. To brighten the image . . . Rotate the BRIGHT dial downward.
  • Page 16: Shooting Mode Selection

    Shooting Mode Selection Turning the Power Dial allows you to select the appropriate shooting mode from among the following: Full Auto mode ( ), Manual mode ( “ ” : Full Auto mode The camera will automatically control all items including exposure, shutter speed, focusing and white balance.
  • Page 17: Picture Mode Selection

    Pictrue Mode Selection The Picture Quality mode can be selected to best match your needs. Three Picture Quality modes are available: FINE, STD (standard) and ECONOMY (in order of quality). Power Dial Lock Button Turn the Power Dial, while pressing its Lock Button, to “...
  • Page 18: Simple Shooting (Full Auto Shooting)

    Simple Shooting (Full Auto Shooting) In the Full Auto mode, the camera controls focusing, shutter speed, exposure and white balance automati- cally to make your shooting simple and easy. Turn the Power Dial, while pressing its Lock Button, to “ ”. •...
  • Page 19: Camera Setup Check

    Camera Setup Check Camera setup items that can be checked include the image storage location (only when stored in a Compact Flash card), Picture Quality mode, number of shots taken, remaining battery power, date and time. For details, see “On-Screen Display During Shooting” ( DISPLAY Button Standard View mode (color display)
  • Page 20: Zoom Shooting

    Zoom Shooting The camera incorporates a 10X zooming function that corresponds to a 43 mm to 430 mm lens of a 35 mm camera. Zooming allows you to shoot wide areas, as well as close-ups of subjects located far away, without changing the shooting position.
  • Page 21: Self-Timer Shooting

    Self-Timer Shooting When the Self-Timer is activated, the camera shutter is automatically released 15 seconds later. Once the camera is set, the camera operator can become part of the scene. This function can also be used to prevent blurring caused by subtle hand movements when the Shutter Release Button is pressed. Self-Timer Lamp Turn the Power Dial, while pressing its Lock Button, to “...
  • Page 22: Flash Shooting

    Flash Shooting Use the flash when the low light “ ” icon appears on-screen during indoor shooting or under low light. Power Dial Lock Button Make sure that the Power Dial is set to “ ”, “ ” or “ ”, then press the FLASH/TRANSFER Button.
  • Page 23: Exposure Control

    Exposure Control When the subject appears too dark or too bright on the LCD monitor, it may be necessary to compensate for the ambient brightness. This will make it possible to capture the contours of the dark and bright regions of the image more clearly.
  • Page 24: Manual Shooting

    White Balance Control Adjusting the White Balance If the image appears greenish, reddish or bluish, it may be necessary to adjust the white balance of the camera. From the list of presets (“ the most natural. If the colors appear only slightly unnatural, select “AUTO”. Power Dial Lock Button LCD monitor...
  • Page 25: Adjusting The White Balance Manually (M.w.b.)

    Adjusting the White Balance Manually (M.W.B.) If none of the preset “ ”, “ adjust the white balance manually to obtain the most suitable color tones possible. During indoor shooting ..the subject is exposed to a variety of light sources, including outdoor light, fluorescent light, candle light and so on.
  • Page 26: Shutter Speeds Selection

    Shutter Speeds Selection Selecting the Shutter Speed The shutter speed of the camera can be selected manually, allowing a variety of expression in your pictures. Power Dial Look Button LCD monitor CAMERA MENU CAMERA P I CTURE MODE SYSTEM EX I T CAMERA MENU Screen Turn the Power Dial, while pressing its Lock Button, to “...
  • Page 27: Shutter Speeds And Effects

    Shutter Speeds and Effects Shutter Speed Automatically selects a shutter speed according to the subject lighting. AUTO Suitable for shooting night views. Lights from moving cars, etc. are photographed with 1/8 (sec.) motion streaks. Use a tripod to avoid blurring caused by subtle hand movements. 1/15 (sec.) Suitable for shooting in darkly lit environments.
  • Page 28: Manual Focusing

    Manual Focusing In contrast to auto focusing, where the camera automatically focuses on the subject, manual focusing can be used when you want to intentionally change the point of focus in an image. Power Dial Lock Button Turn the Power Dial, while pressing its Lock Button, to “...
  • Page 29: View Mode Selection

    View Mode Selection The Standard View mode displays a color image on the LCD monitor, while the Speed mode displays a black-and-white image, but updates it more quickly to show the actual motion of the subject more faithfully. Make sure that the Power Dial is set to “ ”, “ ” or “ ”, then press the SPEED MODE Button. •Each press of the SPEED MODE Button switches the screen as shown below.
  • Page 30: Power Save Mode

    Power Save Mode The Power Save mode switches the camera automatically off when no operation has been performed for more than 2 minutes. Power Dial Lock Button LCD monitor CAMERA MENU CAMERA P I CTURE MODE SYSTEM EX I T CAMERA MENU Screen Turn the Power Dial, while pressing its Lock Button, to “...
  • Page 31: Flash Adjustment

    Flash Adjustment If an image shot with the flash is too dark or too bright, adjust the flash intensity as described below. Power Dial Lock Button LCD monitor CAMERA MENU CAMERA P I CTURE MODE SYSTEM EX I T CAMERA MENU Screen Turn the Power Dial, while pressing its Lock Button, to “...
  • Page 32: Playback

    Playback Through a TV Monitor or VCR By connecting the digital still camera to a TV monitor or VCR and starting playback, images can be monitored on the TV screen or recorded onto a videotape. Digital Still Camera NOTES: For connections to a TV monitor or VCR, refer to their instruction manuals. The playback image can also be viewed on the LCD monitor of the camera without connecting it to a TV monitor or VCR.
  • Page 33: Normal Playback

    Normal Playback Images shot with the camera are automatically numbered, then stored in numerical order. You can view the stored images, one at a time, much like flipping through a photo album. Turn the Power Dial, while pressing its Lock Button, to “...
  • Page 34: Index Screen

    INDEX Screen The images you shot can be displayed together with their index information. Convenient for checking images shot beforehand, the INDEX Screen also shows the Picture Quality mode as well as which images are protected against accidental erasure. Index number 001 to 999: Index number Since this camera can store up to 999 images using a Compact Flash card, the index numbers range...
  • Page 35: Index Playback

    Index Playback You can view all images stored in memory six at a time. Use this mode when looking for a image you wish to view. Power Dial Lock Button LCD monitor PLAY MENU PLAY MODE F I LE COMM . MODE EX I T PLAY MENU Screen Turn the Power Dial, while pressing its Lock...
  • Page 36: Protecting Images

    Protecting Images The Protect mode helps prevent the accidental erasure of images. Put a padlock mark next to the desired image, and that image cannot be deleted. Power Dial Lock Button Turn the Power Dial, while pressing its Lock Button, to “ ”...
  • Page 37 I ND E X 0 0 1 F 0 0 2 S PRESS SHUTTER AFTER SELECT PROTECT Screen Rotate the MENU Jog Dial to select the image to be protected (against accidental erasure) and push it •A padlock mark appears on the selected image to indicate that it is protected.
  • Page 38: Deleting Images

    Deleting Images Previously shot images can be deleted either one at a time or all at once. Power Dial Lock Button Turn the Power Dial, while pressing its Lock Button, to “ ” and push the MENU Jog Dial. • The PLAY MENU Screen appears. Rotate the MENU Jog Dial to select “FILE”...
  • Page 39 LCD monitor DELETE SELECTED EX I T D E LE TE 0 0 1 F 0 0 2 S 0 0 3 E PRESS SHUTTER AFTER SELECT DELETE EXECUTE EX I T Deletion Confirmation Screen To select an image by browsing images stored in memory .
  • Page 40: Applying Sepia/Black-And-White Effects

    Applying Sepia/Black-and-White Effects A sepia or black-and-white effect can be applied to a previously shot image. Power Dial Lock Button LCD monitor PLAY MENU PLAY MODE F I LE COMM . MODE EX I T PLAY MENU Screen Turn the Power Dial, while pressing its Lock Button, to “...
  • Page 41: Magnifying The Playback Image (Zoom)

    Magnifying the Playback Image (Zoom) The zoom-in effect magnifies a selected area of image. Power Dial Lock Button LCD monitor PLAY MENU PLAY MODE F I LE COMM . MODE EX I T PLAY MENU Screen Turn the Power Dial, while pressing its Lock Button, to “...
  • Page 42: Types Of Frames

    PLAYBACK (cont.) Types of Frames An image can be displayed in 9 types of frames. The framed image can be printed out by transmitting the image data with the frame data to a printer. Frames can also be used in 4-split or 16-split screens. Preset frames (9 types)
  • Page 43: Framing An Image

    Framing an Image Power Dial Lock Button Turn the Power Dial, while pressing its Lock Button, to “ ” and push the MENU Jog Dial. •The PLAY MENU Screen appears. Rotate the MENU Jog Dial to select “PLAY MODE” and push it. •The PLAY MODE Screen appears.
  • Page 44: Multi-Image Screen

    Multi-Image Screen Multi-image screens that can be created are 4-split screens composed of the same image, 16-split screens composed of the same image and 4-split screens composed of different, user-selected images. Power Dial Lock Button Turn the Power Dial, while pressing its Lock Button, to select “...
  • Page 45 MULT I SAME 4 SELECTED 4 SAME 1 6 EX I T MULTI Setup Screen Multi-image screen To Create a Multi-Image Screen Using the Same Image Before doing the following, perform steps 1 through pg. 44). Rotate the MENU Jog Dial to select “SAME 4” or “SAME 16”...
  • Page 46: Advanced Operation

    Compact Flash Card Operation Installing a Compact Flash Card A Compact Flash card increases the number images that can be stored. NOTES: Switch the camera off with the Power Dial before installing a Compact Flash card. Point the marking on the bottom of the camera and the one on the Compact Flash card upward, then point the marking on the Compact Flash...
  • Page 47: Initializing The Storage Media

    If the built-in memory is initialized, the preset frames ( consult your nearest JVC dealer. It is still possible to shoot and play back images without the preset frames. Turn the Power Dial, while pressing its Lock Button, to “...
  • Page 48: Storing Images In A Compact Flash Card

    Storing Images in a Compact Flash Card The number of images that can be shot can be greatly increased when a Compact Flash card is used in addition to the built-in memory. By preparing several cards, a single camera can be shared by several people, or they can be used to make a library of images sorted by category.
  • Page 49: Copying Images Between The Built-In Memory And A Compact Flash

    Copying Images Between the Built-in Memory and a Compact Flash Card Images can be copied from the built-in memory to a compact flash card or vice versa. This function can be used to store especially important images separately or to exchange images. NOTE: Switch the camera off with the Power Dial before installing or removing a Compact Flash card.
  • Page 50 To Copy Selected Images Only Before doing the following, perform steps 1 through 5 on page 49. COPY SELECTED EX I T COPY Screen Rotate the MENU Jog Dial to select “SELECTED” and push it. • The INDEX Screen appears. Rotate the MENU Jog Dial to select an image to be copied and push it.
  • Page 51 To Copy All Images Before doing the following, perform steps 1 through 5 on page 49. COPY SELECTED EX I T COPY Screen COPY EXECUTE EX I T Copy Confirmation Screen Rotate the MENU Jog Dial to select “ALL” and push it.
  • Page 52: Image Copy Using Infrared Communication [Irtran-P]

    Image Copy Using Infrared Communication [IrTran-P] Image data can be copied between this camera and another piece of IrDA (IrTran-P) infrared communication compatible equipment, regardless of its manufacturer. Power Dial Lock Button Turn the Power Dial, while pressing its Lock Button, to “...
  • Page 53 IrTran-P infrared communication compatible equipment < 50 cm Position the transmitting and receiving equipment so that their infrared transmitter and receiver face opposite each other. •The distance between them should be less than 1.6 ft. (50 cm), and the transmitter and receiver should be angled no more than 15°...
  • Page 54: Pc Connection Operation

    PC Connection Operation Picture Navigator Software (Provided) Image data in the camera can be sent to the RS-232C port of a Windows Macintosh ® or Mac OS-compatible computer. Connect the PC jack of the camera to the computer’s RS-232C port (Windows its modem or printer port (Macintosh Install the Picture Navigator software on your computer.
  • Page 55 Connection with PC PC connection cable for Windows ® (provided) To COM (RS-232C) port Windows ® NOTES: Use the AC power adapter when connecting to the computer. Be sure to read the instruction manuals of the provided “Picture Navigator” software and your computer. Core filter PC jack PC connection cable for...
  • Page 56: Controls, Connectors And Indicators

    CONTROLS, CONNECTORS AND INDICATORS Lock button &...
  • Page 57: Front View

    Front View Shutter Release Button ... Press when you wish to shoot. Flash ... Lights when shooting under low light or back light conditions. Flash Sensor ... Be careful not to cover this area when using the flash. Infrared Beam Sensor ... Transmits/receives image data via infrared beam.
  • Page 58: Bottom View

    CONTROLS, CONNECTORS AND INDICATORS Bottom View EJECT Button ... Press to eject the optional Compact Flash card. Tripod Mounting Socket When attaching a tripod, insert the threaded section of the tripod in this hole and turn to secure. Use only tripods not equipped with a stud that prevents the camera from rotating.
  • Page 59 On-Screen Display During Shooting When the Power Dial is set to “ ”, “ ” or “ ”, press the DISPLAY Button to change the View mode. Each press of the DISPLAY Button switches the screen as shown below. Standard View mode (color display) Icon ...
  • Page 60 CONTROLS, CONNECTORS AND INDICATORS On-Screen Display During Shooting (cont.) F I NE Information Displayed Between Shutter Release and Storage of Image in Memory Icon ... Appears when the image is stored in a Compact Flash card. Picture Quality Mode (FINE/STD/ ECONOMY) ...
  • Page 61 On-Screen Display During Playback When the Power Dial is set to “ playback screen. Each press of the DISPLAY Button switches the screen as shown below. Playback image Icon ... Appears when an image stored in a Compact Flash card is played back. Picture Quality Mode ...
  • Page 62: Troubleshooting

    In such a case, remove the power supply (batteries or AC power adapter), push the Reset Switch ( pg. 58) and retry using the camera. If the trouble still persists and it cannot be solved by referring to the following table, please consult your nearest JVC dealer. SYMPTOM Power No power is supplied.
  • Page 63 (black) or on (lit). This is not due to any defect of the camera. (Function- ing dots: more than 99.99%) If the built-in memory is initialized after the message “PLEASE INITIALIZE” appears, the preset frames are erased. Consult your nearest JVC dealer. PAGE — —...
  • Page 64: Display And Messages

    Display NO IMAGES STORED CONTAINS PROTECTED IMAGES TRANSMISSION IN PROGRESS RECEPTION IN PROGRESS TOO MANY COPIES IMAGE COPYING IN PROGRESS FORMATTING IN PROGRESS TRANSMISSION TO BE STOPPED RECEPTION TO BE STOPPED TRANSMISSION FAILED RECEPTION FAILED PC MODE DELETING IN PROGRESS PLEASE INITIALIZE DISPLAY AND MESSAGES Description...
  • Page 65: Cautions

    AC wall outlet other than American National Standard C73 series type use an AC plug adapter, called a “Siemens Plug”, as shown. For this AC plug adapter, consult your nearest JVC dealer. AC Power Adapter (Optional) 1. To prevent fire, electric shock or injury . . .
  • Page 66: Lcd Monitor

    Built-in Rechargeable Battery To store the date/time in memory, a rechargeable battery is integrated in the camera. As long as the camera is connected to an AC outlet using the AC power adapter, or the batteries installed in the camera continue to supply power to the camera, the built-in battery is always charged.
  • Page 67 Serious malfunctioning If malfunctioning occurs, stop using the unit immediately and consult your local JVC dealer. Declaration of Conformity Model Number : GC-S1U Trade Name...
  • Page 68: Major Specifications

    Dimensions Power consumption Weight Power Flash LCD monitor Tripod mounting socket Storage media Compression system Focal distance Zoom Filter diameter Aperture (F-number) Minimum subject distance Photometry method Shutter system Shutter speeds White balance Focusing Picture quality Number of storable images PC jack Video output jack DC input jack...
  • Page 69: Index

    INDEX AC outlet ... pg. 11 AC power adapter ... pg. 11 Alkaline batteries ... pg. 10 Auto playback ... pg. 33 Battery power remaining ... pg. 59, 61 Black-and-white effect ... pg. 40 Camera setup check ... pg. 19 Compact Flash card ...
  • Page 70: For Servicing (Only In U.s.a.)

    JVC SERVICE & ENGINEERING COMPANY OF AMERICA Pack your JVC unit in the original carton or one of equivalent size and strength. Enclose, with the unit, a letter stating the problem or symptom that exists and also a copy of the receipt or bill of sale you received when you purchased your JVC unit.
  • Page 71: Warranty (Only In U.s.a.)

    WHAT WE WILL DO: If this product is found to be defective, JVC will repair or replace defective parts at no charge to the original owner. Such repair and replacement services shall be rendered by JVC during normal business hours at JVC authorized service centers.
  • Page 72 VICTOR COMPANY OF JAPAN, LIMITED Printed in Japan COPYRIGHT© 1998 VICTOR COMPANY OF JAPAN, LTD. 0398MNV...

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