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

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by James Maker, Sep 21, 2003.

  1. James Maker

    James Maker Guest

    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
     
    James Maker, Sep 21, 2003
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  2. James Maker

    holl Guest

    "James Maker" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > 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.
     
    holl, Sep 23, 2003
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  3. James Maker

    James Maker Guest

    >
    >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
     
    James Maker, Sep 24, 2003
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  4. James Maker

    James Maker Guest

    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
    -----
    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
     
    James Maker, Sep 24, 2003
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  5. James Maker

    holl Guest

    "James Maker" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > >
    > >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.
     
    holl, Sep 24, 2003
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  6. James Maker

    James Maker Guest

    On Wed, 24 Sep 2003 23:18:24 +0100, "holl"
    <> 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.


    ----------------------------------
    astrapix550.pdf in text
    ----------------------------------
    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 47-58)
    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.
    39
    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
    40
    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.
    41
    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
    42
    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
    43
    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.
    44
    NOTICE:
    When the resolution for 2048x1536 pixels is used, there is no
    sequence and digital zoom function.
    45
    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.
    46
    Reset the screen brightness before recording, to moderate too dark
    or too bright light.
    Record Mode Menu
    Normal
    Brighter
    Dark
    ADJUSTING SCREEN BRIGHTNESS
    47
    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
    48
    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
    49
    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
    50
    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
    51
    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
    52
    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
    53
    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
    54
    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
    55
    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
    56
    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).
    57
    58
    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
    59
    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
    60
    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:
    61
    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
    62
    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
    63
    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
    64
    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.
    65
    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
    66
    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 (1:8); normal (1:16)
    Appendix
    SPECIFICATION
    67
    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
    Appendix
    68
    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
    69
    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
    0°C to 40°C (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
    70
    For technical support please contact:
    www.support.umax.co.uk

    Hotline: 0870 906 3309
    or just visit
    www.umax-europe.com
    Support
     
    James Maker, Sep 25, 2003
    #6
  7. James Maker

    James Maker Guest


    >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?
     
    James Maker, Sep 25, 2003
    #7
  8. James Maker

    holl Guest

    "James Maker" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >
    > >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.
     
    holl, Sep 26, 2003
    #8
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