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Checking the accessories supplied The number in parentheses indicates the number of pieces. • BC-VM10 Battery charger (1) � Video cable (1) � Power cord (mains lead) (1) � Shoulder strap with eyepiece cover and Remote Commander clip (1) � Rechargeable battery pack NP-FM500H (1) � Body cap (1) (Attached on the camera) � Wireless Remote Commander (Remote � Accessory shoe cap (1) (Attached on the Commander) (1) camera) � Eyecup (1) (Attached on the camera) � CD-ROM (Application Software for α c
Composition of the operating instructions This manual Explains the set-up and basic operations for shooting/playback with your camera. Prepare the camera and shoot images easily. Checking the accessories supplied ............................................................................ 2 1 Prepare the battery pack ......................................................................................... 4 2 Attach a lens .........................................................................
Prepare the battery pack 1 Insert the battery pack. Push the battery pack until it clicks. 2 Connect the power cord (mains lead). Battery charger Power cord (mains lead) 3 To wall CHARGE lamp outlet (wall Light on: Charging socket) Light off: Completed (Normal Charge) If you continue charging the battery pack for approximately one more hour, until it is fully charged (Full Charge), the battery life will be slightly longer. � Connect the battery charger to an easily accessible wall outlet (wa
Note on the battery pack Use only an NP-FM500H battery pack. Note that the NP-FM55H, NP-FM50 and NP-FM30 cannot be used. Using the AC Adaptor/charger You can connect the camera to a wall outlet (wall socket) using the AC-VQ900AM AC Adaptor/charger (not supplied). t “User’s Guide/Troubleshooting” (page 165) To check the remaining battery level Set the POWER switch to ON and check the level on the LCD monitor. The level is indicated with the LCD monitor percent figures. � The displayed level m
Attach a lens 1 Remove the body cap from the camera and the rear cap from the lens. Body cap Rear cap � Make sure not to leave the interior of the camera exposed to dust or water droplets. If dust enters the camera, perform [Cleaning mode] (t “User’s Guide/Troubleshooting” (page 125)) and brush the dust away using a commercially available blower brush. 2 Attach the lens. Orange index marks Mount the lens by aligning the orange Turn the lens clockwise until it index marks on the lens and came
To remove the lens Press the lens release button all the way in and turn the lens counterclockwise until it stops. Lens release button � Replace the cap on the lens and attach the body cap (or another lens) to the camera after removing the lens. Keep dust from getting inside the camera when changing lenses! If dust or debris gets inside the camera and lands on the surface of the image sensor (the part that acts as the film), it may appear on the image, depending on the shooting environment. Th
Insert a memory card (not supplied) Available memory cards for the camera CompactFlash/ “Memory Stick Duo” Microdrive You can use a “Memory Stick Duo”, CompactFlash card (CF card), or Microdrive as a memory card. � Before using a memory card, be sure to format it using this camera. Otherwise, satisfactory performance may not be obtained. t “User’s Guide/Troubleshooting” (page 115) � For more information about the memory card t “User’s Guide/Troubleshooting” (page 161) Insert a memory card “Mem
When shooting using a “Memory Stick Duo” You must set [Memory card] to [Memory Stick] in the Setup menu. Follow the procedure below after turning on the camera. Multi-selector MENU button 1 Press MENU. 2 Set up using the multi-selector. Move the multi-selector up and set [Memory Move the multi-selector to the right to select card] to [Memory Stick], then press the  t , then press the center. center. 3 Press MENU to turn off the menu. To remove the memory card 1 Open the memory card cov
Turn the camera on/set the clock 2 Set the clock with the multi- selector. The direction in which the multi-selector is moved is expressed as v/V/b/B. v: Move up V: Move down b: Move to the left B: Move to the right Press the center 1 Set the POWER to execute. switch to ON by sliding it in the 1 Verify that [OK] is selected, then press the center of direction of the the multi-selector. arrow. � If you want to set the clock later, select [Cancel] with V, then press the center of the mul
To change the date and time See the “User’s Guide/Troubleshooting” (page 122) Select [Date/Time setup] in the Setup menu and perform the procedure in step 2-2 to -5. When turning on the power Unless you set the clock, “Set date and time?” appears each time the camera is turned on. To turn off the power Set the POWER switch to OFF sliding in the arrow direction. Attach the lens cap. After you remove the lens, store the camera with the body cap attached. Power Save (The camera nearly shuts down
Shoot images easily (Auto adjustment mode) The main functions of the camera are adjusted automatically in auto adjustment mode. Using this mode, you can shoot easily, depending entirely on the camera. However, you can change any of the settings. 1 Set the mode dial to AUTO. Grip 2 Hold the grip and look into the viewfinder. The subject at the intersection of (the 11 focus area sensors) comes into focus. 3 When using a zoom lens, turn the zoom ring, then decide on your shot. 4 Shoot with
The number of images that can be recorded Once you insert a memory card into the camera and set the POWER switch to ON, the number of images that can be recorded (should you continue to shoot using the current settings) is displayed on the LCD monitor. To identify items on the LCD monitor t “User’s Guide/ Troubleshooting” (page 20) � The number of images that can be recorded on a memory card differs depending on the capacity of the memory card, the image size setting, and the image quality s
Super SteadyShot function 1 Make sure that the (Super SteadyShot) switch is set to ON to activate the function. 2 Press the shutter button halfway down, and then press it fully down. (Camera-shake warning) indicator Super SteadyShot (Super scale SteadyShot) switch Super SteadyShot scale This scale is displayed whenever the Super SteadyShot function is activated. A higher scale indicates more pronounced camera-shake (on a scale of five). When the Super SteadyShot function is deactivated
Focus Within the focus area, there are 11 sensors to lock the focus on the subject. Press the shutter button halfway down, and the sensor in the focused area illuminated briefly in red to indicate where the focus is. Focus area Focus area sensor Focus indicator Focus indicator Holding the grip and looking into the viewfinder or pressing the shutter button halfway down triggers the autofocus system. The focus indicator in the viewfinder indicates the status of the autofocus system. Focus indi
Using the flash Pull the built-in flash up with your finger. With the flash pulled up, the camera triggers the flash if the amount of light is insufficient in auto adjustment mode (AUTO). Push the flash down with your finger when not using it. � Do not hold the camera by grabbing the flash emitter. � If you want to make sure the flash fires without fail, set the flash mode to (Fill-flash). t “User’s Guide/Troubleshooting” (page 73) Flash indicators in the viewfinder flashing: The flash is b
Notes on using the built-in flash When shooting with the built-in flash, the lens may block the flash light and a shadow may appear on the lower part of the image. Be careful about the following: � Shoot the subject at a distance of 1 m or longer. � Remove the lens hood. Adjusting the diopter Diopter-adjustment dial Eyecup Adjust the diopter-adjustment dial to your eyesight until the indicators appear clearly in the viewfinder. � Turn the dial toward + when you are far-sighted, toward – when y
View/delete images To view images 1Press (Playback). 2 Select an image with b/B on the multi-selector. � You can easily view the next/previous image by turning the front or rear control dial. Front control dial Rear control dial (Enlarge) button (Index) button DISP (Display) button (Delete) button To return to the recording mode � Press (Playback) again. � Press the shutter button halfway down. To delete images 1 Display the image you want to delete and press (Delete). 2 Select [Delete]
While viewing images, you can operate the following functions. � Switching the screen display with the DISP (Display) button. � Viewing an image list on the index screen with the (Index) button. � Enlarging images with the (Enlarge) button. t “User’s Guide/Troubleshooting” (pages 83, 84, 86) 19
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