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Umax Astrapix 550 - any video clips on www for this ?

 
 
James Maker
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      09-21-2003
I understand that for under 60 you aint gonna get state of the art,
however
it has a flash
does 2 megapix (fine for a happy snappa),
+ video (is it really 30fps at 320x240 ? is it mpeg4?),
+ is it useful as an mp3 playa ?

just seemed that if u put a 512mb card in it - u could use it as an
mp3 player / video recorder and maybe even sometimes as a camera?


there is nada, zero info on this device on the web so ANY feedback /
review from anyone, in any language would be mucho appreciadinio'd

TIA James
 
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holl
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      09-23-2003




"James Maker" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> I understand that for under 60 you aint gonna get state of the art,
> however
> it has a flash
> does 2 megapix (fine for a happy snappa),
> + video (is it really 30fps at 320x240 ? is it mpeg4?),
> + is it useful as an mp3 playa ?
>
> just seemed that if u put a 512mb card in it - u could use it as an
> mp3 player / video recorder and maybe even sometimes as a camera?
>
>
> there is nada, zero info on this device on the web so ANY feedback /
> review from anyone, in any language would be mucho appreciadinio'd
>
> TIA James



I got this camera today from ebuyer.com tried taking a few pics earlier they
look good quality for a camera at this price 62, mp3 playback dosent have
enough omph for me i like my music loud ! the supplied earphones are poor
quality using some philips ones from my portable cd made things better but
all in all if your after a cheap cam to take a few snaps i think its well
worth 62 quid. the supplied batteries died on me before i had chance to try
the video mode so rechargable ones may be in order if your going to be using
the mp3 playback alot.

there are few more customer reviews at ebuyer.com uk site.




HTH.

Holl.


 
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James Maker
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      09-24-2003
>
>I got this camera today from ebuyer.com tried taking a few pics earlier they
>look good quality for a camera at this price 62, mp3 playback dosent have
>enough omph for me i like my music loud ! the supplied earphones are poor
>quality using some philips ones from my portable cd made things better but
>all in all if your after a cheap cam to take a few snaps i think its well
>worth 62 quid. the supplied batteries died on me before i had chance to try
>the video mode so rechargable ones may be in order if your going to be using
>the mp3 playback alot.
>
>there are few more customer reviews at ebuyer.com uk site.
>

Hey - thx for replying -

Yer i read those ebuyer 'reviews' but they dont really say much maybe
you could answer some ques and I'll add it to the ebuyer reviews so
everyone knows. Thing is this model isn't even listed on the umax site
(540 yes - 550 no) so getting inof is tough

OK maybe you can quickly answer :-

1) Height / Width / Length ?

2) Weight (with batteries)

3) Is It quite useable as an mp3 player (does it do ID3-tags?)
playlists?

4) Does it record video with sound at 320x240 30 fps ? and can it
record continuously - whats the quality like?


I mean it looks like great value for money, as a stopgap until someone
produces a phone that can take hi-res pix + play mp3s (using cheap ram
not rip-ff duo-mem sony crap), my main desire is an mp3 player, but my
camers is broken, so I looked at this, my main concern is that it
might be a bit chunky to cart around with you all the time.

Cheers

 
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James Maker
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      09-24-2003
hmmm it just occured to me that maybe the reason there is no info on
this camera is that it is listed as astrapix-550 by ebuyer when maybe
it is in fact the astrapix-540 which might explain why there is no
info on this. is this the case?

I found this info for the 540 - is this is in fact the 550, where does
it differ from below, and whats the max mem it can take. maybe someone
can put the pdf of the manul on the cd it comes with (if there is one,
usually is these days) on a www somewhere - TIA


Heres the specs i found for the 540 (not 550)

Umax AstraPix 540 SPECIFICATIONS
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CAPTURE SENSOR

CMOS

RESOLUTION

2.0 MegaPixel

MEMORY

Internal: 7MB
External: Compact Flash slot (Type 1)

INTERFACE

USB

FEATURES

COLOUR LCD

1.6" TFT (80k Pixels)

STATUS LCD

Black and White

FLASH

Auto/Off/Fill

Self Timer 10 Seconds
Auto White Balance
Auto Exposure
Digital Zoom - 12 Levels

LENS DATA
9.2mm (35mm equivalent 46.7mm)
Effective Aperture f3.2
Closest Focusing 90cm

TV OUTPUT

NTSC / PAL
 
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holl
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      09-24-2003

"James Maker" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> >
> >I got this camera today from ebuyer.com tried taking a few pics earlier

they
> >look good quality for a camera at this price 62, mp3 playback dosent

have
> >enough omph for me i like my music loud ! the supplied earphones are poor
> >quality using some philips ones from my portable cd made things better

but
> >all in all if your after a cheap cam to take a few snaps i think its well
> >worth 62 quid. the supplied batteries died on me before i had chance to

try
> >the video mode so rechargable ones may be in order if your going to be

using
> >the mp3 playback alot.
> >
> >there are few more customer reviews at ebuyer.com uk site.
> >

> Hey - thx for replying -
>
> Yer i read those ebuyer 'reviews' but they dont really say much maybe
> you could answer some ques and I'll add it to the ebuyer reviews so
> everyone knows. Thing is this model isn't even listed on the umax site
> (540 yes - 550 no) so getting inof is tough
>
> OK maybe you can quickly answer :-
>
> 1) Height / Width / Length ?
>
> 2) Weight (with batteries)
>
> 3) Is It quite useable as an mp3 player (does it do ID3-tags?)
> playlists?
>
> 4) Does it record video with sound at 320x240 30 fps ? and can it
> record continuously - whats the quality like?
>
>
> I mean it looks like great value for money, as a stopgap until someone
> produces a phone that can take hi-res pix + play mp3s (using cheap ram
> not rip-ff duo-mem sony crap), my main desire is an mp3 player, but my
> camers is broken, so I looked at this, my main concern is that it
> might be a bit chunky to cart around with you all the time.
>
> Cheers
>


Its definatley the 550 model says so on box and on the camera manual ect...
but strange theres no info on the umax site.

id tags not sure what u mean is that same as track listing ? 1 track i
uploaded happymondays- stepon.mp3 to cam looks like this on the lcd display

Happym~1.mp

guess thats all the characters you get.also there is no facility to create
playlists just skip thro tracks or repeat

records video with sound at 320X240 quality looked resonable viewing on the
lcd display not sure about fps tho. will record continuously till memory is
full.

with regard to size its 114x65x40. further specs here :-

http://www.holl5.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/astrapix550uk.pdf



one more thing its says on the box it can be used as a web cam but there no
mention of this in the pdf manual so if you get one and manage to suss it
out drop me a line.

cheers.

Holl.












 
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James Maker
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      09-25-2003
On Wed, 24 Sep 2003 23:18:24 +0100, "holl"
<(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:



Excellent, thx a lot Holl for the info and taking trouble to wack pdf
on www. I'll cut n paste it as text so anyone googling for this info
in the future will be able to pick it up here. It's a bit messy as the
pix r missing but it still contains useful info for the curious.


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astrapix550.pdf in text
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AstraPix 550
Digital Camera
Operation Manual
1
Thanks for purchasing this high-quality Digital Still
Camera!
This unit allows you to easily create an electronic album.
Please read this manual carefully so as to enjoy all its
features.
Read thoroughly the Safety Precautions. They contain
extremely important information regarding the safe use of this
product.
For information on installing and operating the included
application software, please read the software instructions. Do
not hesitate to contact our service facility for upgraded
information for your future use.
For Software Installation please refer to the QUICK START
GUIDE.
Introduction
2
Unpacking
First check and identify the contents of your Digital Still Camera
package, as below:
Optional fittings
Introduction
Camera case Digital Camera
Driver disc USB cable
Earphone Battery
CF card Adapter
3
CAUTION: To prevent fire or risk of electrical shock, do not expose
this unit to rain or excessive moisture.
WARNING: To prevent electrical shock, do not attempt to modify
this unit in any way. No user serviceable parts inside.
Refer servicing to qualified personnel.
When using the flash do not use this unit too close to
your subject, as this can cause damage to the eyes.
FCC
NOTICE: 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 Rule. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions:
A. This device may not cause harmful interference.
B. This device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired
operation.
Safety Precautions
4
OPERATING CONDITIONS
This camera is neither waterproof nor splash-proof. Do not use the
camera if any water has entered the camera. Switch the camera off,
and then disconnect the power source (batteries or AC Power
Adapter). If you are using the AC Power Adapter, unplug the adapter
from the AC Power wall socket after you have disconnected the
camera. Then contact your dealer. Do not continue to use it, as this
may cause a fire or electrical shock. Do not leave the unit where it
may be extremely hot or humid (direct sunlight).
CARRYING YOUR CAMERA
When carrying be sure to always attach and use the hand
strap provided. Hold the camera firmly in your hand, with the
strap securely around your wrist. Never point the lens at direct
sunlight,
CMOS damage may occur.
Safety Precautions
5
Introduction...................................... .................................................. ...............
1
Safety
Precautions....................................... .................................................. .....3
Table of
Contents.......................................... .................................................. ....5
Quick Start
Guide............................................. ..................................................
6
Identification of
Controls.......................................... ...........................................
11
Image
Quality........................................... .................................................. .........
14
Flash............................................. .................................................. ....................
15
Indicator
Light............................................. .................................................. ......
17
Getting
Started........................................... .................................................. .......18
Taking
Pictures.......................................... .................................................. ......23
Basic Recording
Operation......................................... ........................................23
Self-Timer............................................. .................................................. .............25
Sequence Image
Capture........................................... ........................................27
Video Clip
Capture........................................... ..................................................
29
Audio
Memo.............................................. .................................................. ........31
Digital
Zoom.............................................. .................................................. ........32
Record Mode
Menu.............................................. .............................................33
Record Menu
Setup............................................. ...............................................33
How to Display Record
Menu.............................................. ...............................
34
Selecting Capture
Mode.............................................. .......................................
35
Digital Zoom
x4................................................ .................................................. .36
Flash
Mode.............................................. .................................................. .........
37
Advanced
Options........................................... .................................................. .
38
Adjusting Screen
Brightness........................................ .......................................46
Playback
Mode.............................................. .................................................. ..
47
Playback Mode
Menu.............................................. .........................................
51
Display
Format............................................ .................................................. ......52
Delete
Images............................................ .................................................. .......53
Digital Zoom X 2
.................................................. ...............................................
55
DPOF Print.............
.................................................. ...........................................57
Screen
Brightness........................................ .................................................. .....58
Information....................................... .................................................. ...............
59
TV
Display........................................... .................................................. .............60
MP3
Playback.......................................... .................................................. ........
61
System
Requirements...................................... ................................................
63
Troubleshooting................................... .................................................. ...........
64
Appendix.......................................... .................................................. ................66
Support........................................... .................................................. .................
70
Table of Contents
6
Connect to a printer or PC by using USB cable
Use DC adapter (optional) or battery to power the unit
Connect to a TV or an earphone
HOOKUP
Quick Start Guide
7
1. Insert the batteries or use the DC adapter
(optional) to power the camera.
2. Insert the Compact Flash card (optional).
1. Turn the function dial to .
The camera will turn on and be set to record
mode.
2. Open the lens cover.
The live view will appear on the LCD.
3. Press the DISP/ENTER/REP button to
turn on/off the LCD.
PREPARATION (refer to page 18-22)
RECORDING (refer to page 23-46)
Quick Start Guide
8
4. Frame your subject on the LCD monitor
or viewfinder.
Compose the image and make sure it is
clear.
5. Press the shutter-release button to take
the pictures.
The red lamp flashes slowly while the
image is being stored into the memory.
IMAGE PLAYBACK (refer to page 47-5
1. Turn the function dial to .
2. Use the LT/RT or UP/DN buttons to
scroll through the images.
Quick Start Guide
9
DELETING IMAGES (refer to page 53-54))
1. Turn the Function dial to .
2. Press LT/RT or UP/DN to highlight the
image you want to delete.
3. Press MENU/STOP to access to the
menu.
4. Use the LT/RT to move through the
scroll images, highlight the
delete icon
5. Highlight the delete icon and press
UP/DN to enter it.
Use the UP/DN Select CURRENT to delete
the current photo or ALL to delete all
photos including the memo.
Select REFORMAT to delete all photos and
MP3 files.
DELETE
CURRENT
ALL
REFORMAT
Exit
Quick Start Guide
10
6. Press the DISP/ENTER/REP button again.
A confirmation screen will appear.
7. Press the UP/DN to select "YES", and
enter it.
The LCD returns to the next image after
deleting it.
DELETE?
YES
NO
Exit
NOTICE:
When opening the menu or pressing the direction buttons, a description
of the icon highlighted will appear in the bottom left of TFT LCD.
Quick Start Guide
11
1. Function dial
2. Shutter/Play/Pause
3. Picture quality
4. Flash
5. Mode
6. Status LCD
7. Flash lamp
8. Self-timer lamp (Red)
9. Viewfinder window
10. Lens
11. Lens cover slide
1 2 3 4 5 6
7
8
9
10
11
CAMERA BODY
Identification of Controls
12
1
2
3 4 5
6
7
8
9 10
11
1. Orange LED indicator
2. Green LED indicator
3. Viewfinder
4. MENU/STOP
5. DISP/ENTER/REP
6. Strap eyelet
7. LT/RT
8. Up/DN
9. LCD monitor
10. USB interface
11. MIC
CAMERA BODY
Identification of Controls
13
Identification of Controls
1
2
1. TV/Phones
2. DC in 6v
1
2
3 4
5
6
1. Power
2. Record
3. Playback
4. MP3 playback
5. Software/Download
6. TV output
NQ
HQ
SQ
AUTO
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 9 8
1. Snapshot
2. Self-timer
3. Sequence
4. Video clip
5. Audio memo
6. Battery Power Level
7. Image quality
8. Flash lamp
9. Recordable
image no.
CAMERA BODY
Indications of Function Dial & Status LCD
14
Image Quality
IMAGE QUALITY
When the camera is turned on, the default setting of image quality
is Normal Quality (NQ).
The number of images stored depends on the image quality level
used: High Quality (HQ), Normal Quality (NQ) or Super Quality
(SQ).
MODE COMPRESSION RATE
Super Quality 1:4
High Quality 1:8
Normal Quality 1:16
In the Capture mode, each time you press
the NQ button, the quality mode changes,
which is shown on the status LCD:
This function is not available in Audio
Memo, Sequence and Video Clip.
NQ HQ SQ
15
Flash
When the camera is turned on, the default setting of flash
mode is 'No flash'. The other flash modes can be set by using
the Flash button. Press this button to toggle between the three
flash modes.
AUTOFLASH
NO FLASH
FORCEDFLASH
In autoflash ,the flash will fire
automatically when the light
level is low or your subject is
backlit.
Use flash cancel when photographing
subjects that are
beyond the flash range or
when flash photography is
prohibited.
The flash will fire every time a
picture is taken, regardless of
lighting. Use forced-flash to
reduce harsh shadows on
your subject's face.
BUILT-IN FLASH LAMP
AUTO
16
NOTICE:
The default setting is No flash. Under the capture mode of the
sequence or video clip, the flash cannot be set up.
CHANGING THE FLASH MODE
1. In the Record mode, press the
Flash button.
The currently set flash mode appears
on the status LCD.
2. Repeatedly press the button.
The flash mode on the status LCD
changes in cycle.
Select the mode you desired.
AUTO
Flash
17
Indicator Light
There are three indicator lights on
this unit:
1. Green light
When it flashes, this indicates the
camera is being charged.
When it glows, this indicates the
next operation can be done.
2. Orange light
When the system is "busy", it will
flash, it is suggested that the next
operation should not be done.
3. Red light
When Self-timer is selected, it will
flash.
1
2
3
18
Getting Started
1. Open the cassette cover.
Slide the cover in the direction of the
arrow and fold it up to open it.
2. Insert the batteries
Match the batteries to the polarity
indicated on the back of the cover.
3. Close the cassette cover.
While pulling up the cover slightly,
fold it down and slide it back until it
clicks.
NOTICE:
Make sure the unit is turned off before removing the batteries.
INSERTING THE BATTERIES
19
Getting Started
You may use a compact flash card for image storage before
capturing images.
1. Open the battery cover.
Slide the cover in the direction of the
arrow and fold it up to open it.
2. Compact Flash cards (not
included) .
Insert a compact flash card (back side
facing the batteries and slots facing
into the camera) into the camera card
slot, pushing it in
until the card release pops out.
INSERTING A COMPACT FLASH CARD
20
Getting Started
3. Close the battery cover.
While pulling up the cover slightly, fold
it down and slide it back until it clicks.
NOTICE:
Make sure the unit is turned off before removing the compact
flash card.
21
Getting Started
1. Open the cassette cover.
Slide the cover in the direction of the
arrow and fold it up to open it.
2. Press the card-release lever to
eject the card.
When the card is ejected, pull it
straight out.
3. Close the cassette cover.
While pulling up the cover slightly, fold
it down and slide it back until it clicks.
REMOVING THE COMPACT FLASH CARD
22
Getting Started
1. Align and tighten
Align the screw on the tripod with
the camera's mounting socket, then
tighten the screw.
NOTICE:
When using a tripod ,be sure to open and extend its legs fully
to stabilize the camera .
TRIPOD MOUNTING
23
Taking Pictures
1. Turn the function dial to .
The Status LCD is lit up.
The default capture mode is
(snapshot).
2. Move the lens cover slide to open
the lens cover.
The live view will appear on the LCD
monitor.
3. Press the DISP/ENTER/REP button
to turn on the LCD monitor.
Press it again to switch off.
If connected to TV, both preview and
capture can be operated by TV.
The LCD monitor will switch off
automatically if there is no operation
for 60 seconds.
NOTICE:
Before recording you may reset each parameter such as flash
light (page 15,16), image quality (page 42), digital zoom (page
32) from the Record Mode Menu.
BASIC RECORDING OPERATION (SNAPSHOT)
24
Taking Pictures
4. Center the subject in the LCD or
place the viewfinders focus frame
on the subject.
When holding the camera, make sure
your fingers do not cover the lens.
Adjust the distance between camera
and the subject.
Make sure the image in TFT LCD is
clear.
5. Press the shutter-release button to
take the pictures.
In snapshot mode, no flash, auto
exposure and auto white balance are
default settings.
The number of remaining images to be
taken decreases 1 automatically.
If the lens cover isn't open, "PLEASE
REMOVE THE LENS COVER"
appears on the LCD.
6. Move the lens cover slide to close
the lens.
7. Turn the function dial to
to turn off the camera.
BASIC RECORDING OPERATION (SNAPSHOT)
25
Taking Pictures
The self-timer will delay for capturing approximately 10
seconds after you press the shutter-release button.
1. Turn the function dial to
Capture mode is set.
Status LCD is lit up.
2. Press the DISP/ENTER/REP
button to turn on the LCD.
Press it again to switch off.
3. Move the lens cover slide to
open the lens.
The live view will appear on the
LCD monitor.
4. You can use a tripod to support
the camera.
SELF-TIMER
26
Taking Pictures
5. Press the Mode button till the
timer icon is displayed on
the status LCD.
6. Arrange the camera and
subject position, and
compose your picture.
7. Press the shutter-release
button down to start timer.
The camera will take pictures
automatically in about 10
seconds.
27
Taking Pictures
This digital camera will continuously take 3 images while the
shutter-release button is pressed once. There is no flash.
1. Turn the function dial to
The Capture mode is set.
The Status LCD is lit up.
2. Press the DISP/ENTER/REP button
to turn on the LCD monitor.
Press it again to switch off.
3. Move the lens cover slide to open
the lens.
The live view will appear on the LCD
monitor.
4. Press the Mode button till the
sequence icon is displayed on
the status LCD.
SEQUENCE IMAGE CAPTURE
28
Taking Pictures
5. Arrange the camera and subject
position, and compose your picture.
6. Press the shutter-release button.
The unit starts sequence image
capture with the orange light flashing.
When the flashing light is switched to
the green light, TFT will return to the
preview status, the capture is over.
SEQUENCE IMAGE CAPTURE
29
Taking Pictures
1. Turn the function dial to
The Capture mode is set.
The Status LCD is lit up.
2. Press the DISP/ENTER/REP button
to turn on the LCD monitor.
Press it again to switch off.
3. Move the lens cover slide to open
the lens.
The live view appears on the LCD
monitor.
4. Press the Mode button until the
Video Clip icon is displayed on
the status LCD.
VIDEO CLIP CAPTURE
30
Taking Pictures
5. Arrange the camera and subject
position, and compose your picture.
6. Press the shutter-release button
to take a continuous video clip and
press it again to stop recording.
The length of the video clip is determined
by the memory space.
This unit can record voice simultaneously.
31
Taking Pictures
The Audio Memo recorded is attached and referenced to the
last image taken. It is possible to record a 7-second audio
memo of the picture taken (except for video clip).
1. Turn the function dial to
The Capture mode is set.
The Status LCD is lit up.
2. Repeatedly press the Mode button
until the audio memo icon
appears on the LCD monitor.
The captured image displays on the
LCD.
The icon appears on the up-left
corner of TFT LCD.
3. Press the shutter-release button to
start recording.
The orange light blinks till the record
ing is over.
"AUDIO RECORDING ..." shows on
TFT LCD till the recording is over.
Previous recordings can be recorded
over.
AUDIO MEMO
32
Taking Pictures
The digital zoom will increase the magnification of the live
image on the LCD monitor. In order to record a far object more
vividly, use the digital zoom to preview before capturing image
or recording a clip. When you press LT/RT or UP/DN button,
the live view will move glossily on the LCD monitor.
Press the LT/RT button, the zoom is in, and press the
UP/DN, the zoom is out.
The zoom magnification change is visible on the LCD but
invisible in the viewfinder. You should use the LCD monitor to
compose your picture.
DIGITAL ZOOM
(Snapshot)
(Video Clip)
(Sequence)
(ZoomX1)
(ZoomX4)
(Auto Flash)
(No Flash)
(Forced Flash)
(Normal)
(Brighter)
(Dark)
(Capture Mode)
(Digital Zoom)
(Flash Lamp)
(Advanced)
(Screen Brightness)
33
Record Mode Menu
The Record Mode Menu allows you to change the default settings
for image capturing such as digital zoom, white balance,
sound and so on.
QUICK REVIEW
EXPOSURE
WHITE BALANCE
SOUND
IMAGE QUALITY
LANGUAGE
TV OUTPUT
IMAGE SIZE
EXIT
RECORD MENU SETUP
34
Record Mode Menu
1. Turn the function dial to
The Capture mode is set.
The Status LCD is lit up.
2. Press the DISP/ENTER/REP
button to turn on the LCD.
Press it again to switch off.
If the LCD is off, it can be displayed
by TV, if the camera is connected to
it.
3. Move the lens cover slide to
open the lens.
The live view will appear on the
LCD monitor.
4. Press the MENU/STOP button.
Press it again to switch off.
The menu can be displayed on TV
or LCD.
HOW TO DISPLAY RECORD MENU
35
Record Mode Menu
On the menu, there are three capture modes available: snapshot,
video clip and sequence.
1. In the Record Mode, turn on the
LCD monitor, press the MENU/STOP
button. The menu appears.
The default setting is Snapshot.
2. Press the UP/DN button to select
the other modes.
3. Press the DISP/ENTER/REP button
to confirm and return to the live
view.
The capture mode selected appears on
the LCD and the Status LCD.
SELECTING CAPTURE MODE
36
Record Mode Menu
Zoom x 4 selected makes the subject closer.
1. In the Record Mode, turn on the
LCD monitor, press the
menu/Stop button.
The menu appears.
2. Press the LT/RT button to select
3. Press the UP/DN button to
display the submenu and select
the item.
4. Press the DISP/ENTER/REP
button to confirm.
The LCD monitor returns to the live
view with digital zoom selected.
DIGITAL ZOOM X 4
37
Record Mode Menu
You can select flash mode according to the environment and
requirement, the default setting is NO Flash.
1. In the Record Mode, turn on the
LCD monitor, press disp, press
the MENU/STOP button.
The menu appears.
2. Press the LT/RT button to select
..
3. Press the UP/DN button to
display the submenu and select
the item.
4. Press the DISP/ENTER/REP
button to confirm.
The flash mode selected appears
on the Status LCD.
FLASH MODE
38
This setup is recommended for photographers who have some professional
knowledge.
Record Mode Menu
1. In the Record Mode, press the MENU/STOP
button. The menu appears.
2. Press the LT/RT button to select .
3. Press the UP/DN button for access to the
submenu and also use it to make a selection.
1. In the advanced menu, press up/down to
select QUICK REVIEW.
2. Press the DISP/ENTER/REP button.
ADVANCED
QUICK REVIEW
EXPOSURE
WHITE BALANCE
SOUND
IMAGE QUALITY
LANGUAGE
TV OUTPUT
IMAGE SIZE
EXIT
QUICK VIEW
ON
OFF
Exit
ADVANCES OPTIONS
QUICK VIEW
The setting for QUICK REVIEW, SOUND,
IMAGEQUALITY, LANGUAGE and TV OUTPUT
are saved, when you restart the camera.
4. Press menu/stop return to the live view.
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3. Press the DISP/ENTER/REP button to
select the item desired.
After taking one picture, a sub-menu appears.
On: It will ask you: Continue or delete?
If Continue is selected, it will return to viewfinder
mode with the captured image saved.
If Delete is selected, it will return to viewfindermode
with the captured image deleted.
Record Mode Menu
Besides auto exposure, the level also can be adjusted manually by
Exposure Compensation Function. With poor light, it is recommened
to tak pictures by manual exposure.
1. In the advanced menu, select
Exposure.
2. Press the DISP/ENTER/REP
button to display the sub-menu.
3. Press UP/DN to adjust the level.
EXPOSURE
EXIT
+
-
EXPOSURE
0
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4. Press DISP/ENTER/REP to confirm,
and return to the upper menu.
Record Mode Menu
1. In the advanced menu, select WHITE
BALANCE.
2. Press the DISP/ENTER/REP button to
display the sub-menu.
3. Press UP/DN to select the item desired.
4. Press DISP/ENTER/REP to confirm, and
return to the upper menu.
WHITE BALANCE
WHITE BALANCE
AUTOMATIC
DAYLIGHT
CLOUDY
FLUORESCENT
TUNGSTEN
EXIT
White balance function is to make different types of lighting more
neutral, that is like selecting daylight film or tungsten film. The
default setting is automatic.
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Audio indication allows you to see each step processing or ready to
process.
Record Mode Menu
1. In the advanced menu, select SOUND
by "UP/DN".
2. Press the DISP/ENTER/REP button to
display the sub-menu.
3. Press UP/DN to select the item desired.
4. Press DISP/ENTER/REP to confirm, and
return to the upper menu.
SOUND
SOUND
ON
OFF
Exit
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1. In the advanced menu, select IMAGE
QUALITY by "UP/DN".
2. Press the DISP/ENTER/REP button to
display the sub-menu.
3. Press UP/DN to select the item
desired.
4. Press DISP/ENTER/REP to confirm it,
and return to the upper menu.
The Status LCD displays the corresponding
image quality, and recordable
image no. under it.
Record Mode Menu
IMAGE QUALITY
SUPER HIGH
HIGH
NORMAL
Exit
IMAGE QUALITY
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Record Mode Menu
1. In the advanced menu, select LANGUAGE
by "UP/DN".
The set item is determined by your selection
last time.
2. Press the DISP/ENTER/REP button to
display the sub-menu.
3. Press UP/DN to select the item desired.
4. Press DISP/ENTER/REP to confirm it, and
return to the upper menu.
All OSD will be changed into the language
you selected.
LANGUAGE
ENGLISH
FRENCH
GERMAN
EXIT
LANGUAGE
Record Mode Menu
IMAGE SIZE
1. In the advanced menu, select IMAGE
QUALITY by "UP/DN".
The default setting is 1600 x 1200.
The set item is determined by your last
selection.
2. Press the DISP/ENTER/REP button to
display the sub-menu.
3. Press UP/DN to select the item desired.
The image size of 3M (2048x1536) is inter
polated by the resolution for 2.0
4. Press DISP/ENTER/REP to confirm and
return to the upper menu.
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NOTICE:
When the resolution for 2048x1536 pixels is used, there is no
sequence and digital zoom function.
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1. In the advanced menu, select TV
Output by "UP/DN".
The set item is determined by your
last selection.
2. Press the DISP/ENTER/REP button
to display the sub-menu.
3. Press UP/DN to select the item
desired.
Default is PAL
4. Press DISP/ENTER/REP to confirm
and return to the upper menu.
Record Mode Menu
TV OUTPUT
NTSC
PAL
Exit
TV OUTPUT
1. In the Record mode, turn on the
LCD monitor, press disp, press
MENU/STOP to access the menu.
2. Press LT/RT to select .
3. Press UP/DN to select the item
desired.
4. Press DISP/ENTER/REP to confirm
and return to the live view.
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Reset the screen brightness before recording, to moderate too dark
or too bright light.
Record Mode Menu
Normal
Brighter
Dark
ADJUSTING SCREEN BRIGHTNESS
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Images shot with the camera are automatically numbered, then
stored into the built-in memory or CF card. You can view the stored
images one by one just as reading the album.
Playback Mode
capture mode
series/total no. 0005/0012
1. Turn the Function dial to .
The last image shows on TFT LCD.
2. Press LT/RT or UP/DN to scroll up
or down the images stored.
SINGLE-FRAME PLAYBACK
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When you view images by pressing the UP/DN button, if an image is
attached with the icon on top left corner of the LCD monitor, that
indicates it is an image with audio memo.
Playback Mode
Press the SHUTTER/PLAY/PAUSE
button to playback the audio
memo, meanwhile, you may use
earphone to listen to it.
The words "AUDIO PLAYBACK..."
are shown on the LCD monitor until
the playback is over.
AUDIO PLAYBACK
0005/0012
0005/0012
PLAYBACK AN IMAGE WITH AUDIO MEMO
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When you view images by pressing the UP/DN button, an image
with the icon on top left corner of the LCD is a video clip.
Playback Mode
1. Press the SHUTTER/PLAY/PAUSE.
The video clip starts to play. Use
earphone to hear the sound.
2. Press the SHUTTER/PLAY/PAUSE
button again. The clip will pause,
and resume to continue by
pressing it again.
3. During the video clip playback,
use the direction buttons to
switch to the previous or next
photo, while the clip playback is
stopped.
0005/0012
VIDEO
PLAYBACK A VIDEO CLIP
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Playback Mode
1. Turn the Function dial to .
2. Press MENU/STOP to access the
display menu.
3. Use the UP/DN button to highlight
the icon , press enter.
4. Press UP/DN or LT/RT to select
your need.
5. Press Menu to access the display
menu.
6. Use the UP/DN button to single in
Display format.
7. Press enter.
PLAYBACK A VIDEO CLIP
Yes
No
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Playback Mode Menu
The Playback Mode Menu allows you to easily access to each
setting menu such as display format, delete images, digital
zoom, print and so on.
Display format
Delete images
Digital zoom
Screen
brightness
Information
Single
Thumbnail
Current
All
Reformat
Exit
Zoom X 1
Zoom X 2
(Normal)
(Brighter)
(Dark)
PLAYBACK MODE SETUP
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1. In the playback mode, press
MENU/STOP to access to the menu.
Press it again to exit.
2. Press UP/DN to access to the
sub-menu, and select the item
desired.
The default setting is Single.
To switch to other items, press UP/DN.
3. Press DISP/ENTER/REP to confirm
your selection.
Playback Mode Menu
DISPLAY FORMAT
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If you aren't satisfied with any image captured, it allows you to
delete
it to save storage room.
Playback Mode Menu
1. Turn the Function dial to .
2. Press LT/RT or UP/DN to highlight
the image you want to delete.
It is available in both playback modes
(single & thumbnail).
3. Press MENU/STOP to access the
delete menu.
4. Press the LT/RT buttons to move
through the scroll images.
DELETE IMAGES
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5. Highlight the single icon
Press UP/DN to display sub-menu.
Use the UP/DOWN to select
CURRENT/ALL to delete the current
photo or all photos including the memo
and select REFORMAT to delete all
including mp3 files.
6. Press thr DISP/ENTER/REP button
again.
A confirmation screen appears
7. Press the UP/DN to select "YES", and
enter it.
The LCD monitor returns to the next
image after deleting it.
Playback Mode Menu
DELETE?
YES
NO
EXIT
DELETE
CURRENT
ALL
REFORMAT
EXIT
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1. In playback mode, images can be
displayed on full screen.
2. Press MENU/STOP to access to the
menu.
3. Press LT/RT to select .
4. Press UP/DN to select the item
desired.
To switch to other items, press LT/RT.
5. Press DISP/ENTER/REP to confirm
your selection.
Playback Mode Menu
DIGITAL ZOOM X 2
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The image is displayed full screen with
a selected portion of the image. You
can use UP/DN or LT/RT to scroll
around the zoomed in image.
6. If is selected, press
DISP/ENTER/REP, the portion will
zoom into full screen.
Press it again to return.
Playback Mode Menu
DPOF PRINT
Playback Mode Menu
1. In the playback mode, press the
MENU/STOPbutton.
2. Press the LT/RT button to high light the
Print icon.
3. Press the UP/DN button to select the item
desired.
4. Press the Display/Enter/Rep button to
confirm your selection.
5. Take off the CF card, push the CF card
into the printer with DPOF function (page
6).
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Reset the screen brightness to moderate too dark or too bright light.
Playback Mode Menu
1. Press MENU/STOP to access to the
menu.
2. Press LT/RT to select .
3. Press UP/DN to select the item
desired.
4. Press DISP/ENTER/REP to confirm
and return to the preview status.
Normal
Brighter
Dark
SCREEN BRIGHTNESS
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1. In playback mode, press the
MENU/STOP button to access to the
menu.
2. Press the Lt/Rt button to highlight
the Information icon.
3. Press the Up/Dn button to select the
item desired.
4. Press the Display/Enter button to
confirm your selection
Playback Mode Menu
INFORMATION
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It allows you to playback images captured on TV. And at the same
time, you also can use a headphone to listen to audio memo
attached.
TV Display
1. Connect AV cable to video output
of your camera.
2. Connect the other end to video
input of TV.
3. Turn on TV, and set it to AV mode.
4. Turn the function dial to .
The last image captured shows on TV.
You can process it the same as in
play back mode.
TV DISPLAY
1. Turn the function dial to .
The LCD is lit automatically, and
MP3 menu appears.
2. Press LT/RT or UP/DN to select a
song.
3. Press DISP/ENTER/REP to select
one repeat mode:
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This camera allows you to enjoy MP3 stereo, it reads MP3 files,
which is downloaded from PC, from CF card. It is needed to use
drive software "Mass Storage".
MP3 Playback
REPEAT:N0
REPEAT:CURRENT
REPEAT:ALL
MP3 PLAYER
NO. :02/04
TITLE:NUNCAT.MP3
REPEAT:N0
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4. Press Shutter/Play/Pause to start
playing back songs selected.
The LCD displays the marked
automatically.
The volume can be adjusted by pressing
LT/RTor UP/DN.
Press Shutter/Play/Pause to pause
playback.
5. Press MENU/STOP to stop playback.
The LCD switches on, and the MP3 menu
appears.
When you do not want to listen any
longer, turn function dial to ,
to power off.
6. During the MP3 Playback, you can use
DISPLAY/ENTER/REP to turn off the
LCD monitor and press again to turn it
on.
MP3 Playback
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o Intel pentium processor or higher and the corresponding AMD
compatible computers.
o Windows: 98/98SE/2000/Me/XP
o CD-ROM drive, audio drive, speakers
o 32MB SDRAM
o 140MB hard disk space
o USB interface
o 16-bit colour display adapter
o monitor record mode 800x 600
(24-bit colour display adapter, true colour display recommended)
System Requirements
1. AstraPix USB driver
This is an Twain driver to download still images. It can be opened
through image editing programs such as Imaging (Win 98, 98SE, Me
2000) or Paint (Win XP). To use the cam as a webcam, please also
choose this driver mode.
2. Umax AstraPix DSC USB Mass Storage Adapter
With this drive program you can access to the camera as to a
removable drive.
3. Photo Manager 2.10
This is a software for image downloading and processing, which is
suitable for windows 98/98SE/2000/ME/XP operation system.
BASIC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
CD-ROM SOFTWARE ATTACHED
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If there are some indication on the LCD monitor, the unit needs the
operation as below:
Troubleshooting
INFORMATION SOLUTION
NO MP3 FILE Copy MP3 files to the CF card.
PLEASE OPEN THE
LENS
Move the lens cover slide to open the
lens.
NO PICTURE Take pictures. Use playback option
view them.
CARD NOT PROPERLY
INSERTED
Turn off the unit, and re-insert the card.
Please format CF card before first use.
INFORMATION
MEMORY FULL Replace the Compact Flash card with
a new one or delete some images from
the CF card.
Please notice: The battery life will be effected
if the LCD monitor is permanently left on!
image taken can not be
displayed on the LCD
monitor or TV
o Don't go to other operation in the unit
until the storing process is over after
taking.
o Make sure there is enough space to
store,when you want to take a
picture.
o Make sure the CompactFlash card is
valid.
o When processing the deletion of a
picture or all, don't power off.
o When formatting the memory block,
don't power off.
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Troubleshooting
The power is not turned on. o Turn on the unit.
o Replace the batteries.
o Connect to DC power
The power is turned off
during the use. The orange
and green light chnages in
cycle.
o Replace the batteries.
o Do not remove the CF card when
power on.
o Connect the adapter properly
when use it.
The unit doesn't take pictures
after the shutter
button is pressed.
o Set it to record mode.
o Format the memory media.
o Replace the batteries.
o Turn on the unit.
Flash does not work. o Change to the correct flash mode.
Camera is unable to work by
any button or switch.
o Remove the batteries and insert
them again.
Problems with the color or
OSD on LCD.
o Reset the camera. Remove the
batteries and insert them again.
Images cannot be displayed
on TV.
o Check connections to the camera
and TV.
Images can't be downloaded
by USB.
o Check the connections.
o Make sure it is turned on.
o Replace the batteries or use the
adapter properly.
o Install the right driver software.
SYMPTOMS CORRECTION
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General
Fixed focal length, built-in media type digital camera with the LCD
monitor, built-in flash light.
Image sensor
1/2 inch progressive-scan color CMOS, 2 Million Pixel
total number of pixel: appr. 1,980,000 Pixel
number of effective pixxel: appr. 1,920,000 Pixel
Lens
9.2mm (47.4mm in the 35mm film equivalent scales)
F number: 2.8
The depth of field: 0.6m to infinity
Field of view: 53
File format
EXIF 2.0 image file format (*.jpg), and compliance with the EXIF 2.1
Standard
EXIF 2.0 audio file format (*.wav)
Video format JPEG:*.avi
Image
Image file size: 2048 x 1536 (3.1 MP interpolated)
Image file size: 1600 x 1200
Image quality mode: super high, high, normal
Image compression ratio: super high (1:4); high (1:; normal (1:16)
Appendix
SPECIFICATION
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Memory media
Built-in storage media (7MB)
Number of images can be stored:
Approx. 10 for Super High Quality.
Approx. 11 High Quality.
Approx. 13 for Normal Quality
Compact flash type I (optional)
Function
Record mode: snapshot, self-timer, sequence, video clip, audio
memo
The stereo MP3 playback
Preview mode: the LCD monitor, TV, the optics viewfinder
Playback mode: the LCD monitor, TV
The way of playback: single-frame image, thumbnails
Delete function: single, all, format
Number
Shuttle speed: 1/10 --- 1/1000
Time of self-timer: 10 sec.
The length of sequence: 3 images
The length of video clip: infinity (enough memory)
Audio memo record time: 7sec.
Auto close the LCD monitor: 1 minute
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White balance
Automatic, manual setting available (daylight, cloudy, fluorescent,
tungsten)
Exposure control
Programmed AE
Exposure compensation: up to +/-1.5 EV in 1/2 EV increments.
ISO sensitivity: approx. 100 equivalent
Built-in flash
Guide number: 4.8
The effective distance: 1m-2m
Restore time: 7sec.
Flash mode: auto/no/forced
Viewfinder
Ratio of view: 80%
Magnification: X0.5
Eye-relief: 10mm
LCD monitor
Type: 1.6 inch low temperature poly-silicon color D-TFT module
Pixels: approx. 80,000
Digital zoom
Record mode: 16 levels
Playback mode: x2
Appendix
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Interface
USB (universal serial bus)
Video/audio output: composite video signal
Power source
Power: AA-sized alkaline battery X4 (AA-sized Ni-Cd or AA-sized Ni-
MH Battery are also available)
External power (optional): a 6V-1.5A DC adapter
DC terminal (provided on the camera body): 3.5-4.0mm
Operating ambient temperature and humidity ranges
0C to 40C (32 to 104F), 85 maximum (noncondensing)
Dimension (W X H X D)
114X65X40mm (4.48X2.56X1.57inches)
Weight (without batteries or recording media)
Approx. 210g
Specifications are based on the latest information available at the
time of print and are subject to change without notice.
Appendix
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For technical support please contact:
www.support.umax.co.uk
http://www.velocityreviews.com/forums/(E-Mail Removed)
Hotline: 0870 906 3309
or just visit
www.umax-europe.com
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      09-25-2003

>one more thing its says on the box it can be used as a web cam but there no
>mention of this in the pdf manual so if you get one and manage to suss it
>out drop me a line.
>


on p63 of that manual it says

1. AstraPix USB driver
This is an Twain driver to download still images. It can be opened
through image editing programs such as Imaging (Win 98, 98SE, Me
2000) or Paint (Win XP). To use the cam as a webcam, please also
choose this driver mode.


So you just install that driver then the camera will appear as a
device in netmeeting etc.



BTW was it you or somewhere else where I heard the mp3 playback can't
handle vbr mp3's. My m8 says his camera a fuji can play back mp3's but
only 128cbr - this would be a bit restrictive, having to convert
all yer mp3's to this format, these days 192k-vbr is more the norm.
have u tried a 192k-vbr mp3 on it?
 
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      09-26-2003

"James Maker" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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>
> >one more thing its says on the box it can be used as a web cam but there

no
> >mention of this in the pdf manual so if you get one and manage to suss it
> >out drop me a line.
> >

>
> on p63 of that manual it says
>
> 1. AstraPix USB driver
> This is an Twain driver to download still images. It can be opened
> through image editing programs such as Imaging (Win 98, 98SE, Me
> 2000) or Paint (Win XP). To use the cam as a webcam, please also
> choose this driver mode.
>
>
> So you just install that driver then the camera will appear as a
> device in netmeeting etc.
>
>
>
> BTW was it you or somewhere else where I heard the mp3 playback can't
> handle vbr mp3's. My m8 says his camera a fuji can play back mp3's but
> only 128cbr - this would be a bit restrictive, having to convert
> all yer mp3's to this format, these days 192k-vbr is more the norm.
> have u tried a 192k-vbr mp3 on it?




Ah cheers for that have been running cam in removable storage mode got web
cam workin now

Its played everthing ive thrown at it so far cbr mp3at 128k 160 192 and 320
tried a couple of vbr mp3s encocded at 192k and 320k played them with no
problems at all.

Holl.






 
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