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Optio W90

Digital Compact Camera: Optio W90

<Water proof, dust proof and shockproof function>
How is the performance of waterproof / dustproof / shockproof?
  • This camera is provided with a waterproof / dustproof design complying with JIS waterproof grade 8 and JIS dustproof grade 6 (equivalent to IP68).
  • The camera satisfies the PENTAX drop test (1.2m height onto a 5cm thick plywood surface) complying with MIL-Standard 810F Method 516.5-Shock testing.
  • The camera satisfies the PENTAX test for the waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof performance, but this does not guarantee it will remain free of trouble or damages.
  • Waterproof performance is not guaranteed if the camera is exposed to impact such as being dropped or hit.
Are there any precautions that should be observed when using the camera under water?
When use the camera in the water, please pay attention the following points.

[Precautions before using the camera in the water]
  • Make sure that there are no cracks or scratches on the rubber seal of the battery/card and terminal covers.
  • Make sure there are no foreign objects (dust, sand, hair, lint or liquid) on the rubber seals or the surface they contact before closing the battery/ card and terminal covers. Wipe off any foreign objects with a clean lint-free cloth.

  • Close the battery/card and terminal covers properly until they click. Otherwise water may get in and damage the camera.
  • Avoid opening the battery/card and terminal covers when near the waterside or with wet hand. Wait until the camera is completely dry before changing the battery or the SD memory Card. Avoid changing the battery or card where the camera is likely to get wet or dirty, and make sure that your hands are dry.
  • The camera will sink if dropped in water, so be sure to attach the strap and slip the strap over your wrist when using the camera in or near water.
  • To enhance the waterproof performance of the camera, the front of the lens is protected by glass. As any dirt or water on the glass will affect the quality of pictures taken, the glass should be kept clean at all times.

[Precautions when using the camera in the water]
  • Do not use the camera deeper than 6 meters underwater. Do not use the camera underwater for more than 120 minutes consecutively.
  • Do not open the battery/card and terminal covers underwater.
  • Do not use in hot water or in a hot spring.
  • Do not apply excessive force to the camera, for example diving into water with it. Doing so may compromise the waterproof performance of the camera or cause the covers to open.
  • Leaving the camera on the sand at the beach may cause the camera to exceed its operating temperature or cause the speaker or microphone to become blocked with sand.
  • Avoid subjecting the camera to substantial vibrations, shocks, or pressure as this may cause a loss in waterproof performance. If the camera is subjected to substantial vibrations, shocks or pressure, take your camera to your nearest PENTAX Service Center and have it checked.
  • Avoid getting sunscreen or sun oil on the camera as it may cause discoloration of the surface. If any oil gets on the camera, wash it off immediately with warm water.
  • Sudden and extreme changes in temperature may cause condensation to form in and on the camera. Keep the camera in a bag or case to reduce the difference in temperature.

[Precautions after using the camera in the water]
  • Do not open the battery/card cover or terminal cover if the camera is wet. Wipe off any water with a clean lint-free cloth.
  • The inside surface of the covers may get wet when they are opened. Wipe off the any water that is on the cover.
  • Wiping off the camera while there is sand or dust on it may scratch the surface of the camera. Make sure that the battery/card cover and terminal cover are firmly closed before washing the camera in tap water. After washing the camera, dry it with a soft cloth.
  • Wipe off any dirt or sand on the waterproof packing or the packing contact surface. The camera's waterproof performance may be compromised by loose packing or cracks or dents in the packing or packing contact surface. If there is any such damage, contact your nearest PENTAX Service Center.
  • If the camera is very dirty or after it has been used in the sea, make sure that it is turned off and the battery/card and terminal covers are firmly closed before rinsing it under running tap water or leaving it in a bowl of clean water for a short time (2 or 3 minutes)
  • Avoid cleaning with agents such as soapy water, mild detergents, or alcohol as this may compromise the waterproof performance of the camera.
  • To maintain the waterproof performance of the camera, you are recommended to change the waterproof packing once a year. Contact your nearest PENTAX Service Center regarding changing the packing. (A charge will be made)
  • The camera's accessories are not waterproof.
<General function and specification>
What accessories are provided with this camera?
  • Strap 0-ST103
  • Strap 0-ST104
  • USB cable I-USB7
  • AV cable I-AVC7
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery D-LI88
  • Battery charger D-BC88
  • AC plug code
  • Software CD-ROM S-SW102
  • Operating manual
  • Quick guide

* No camera case or SD (SDHC) Memory Cards are included with the camera.

What are the optional accessories for this camera?
The optional accessories are as follows:
  • Camera strap O-ST8
  • Camera strap O-ST24
  • Camera strap O-ST81
  • Camera strap O-ST103*
  • Camera strap O-ST104*
  • USB cable I-USB7*
  • AV cable I-AVC7*
  • Camera case 0-CC103
  • Protector jacket 0-CC1032
  • Waterproof remote control 0-RC1 (available in the near future)
  • Remote control E
  • Remote control F
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery D-LI88*
  • Battery charger kit K-BC88*
    [Includes Battery charger D-BC88 and AC plug code]
  • AC adapter kit K-AC88
    [Includes AC adapter D-AC64, AC code and DC coupler D-DC88]

* Accessories marked with an asterisk (*) is the same as the bundled item.

Can the camera be mounted on a tripod?
Yes, it can be mounted using the threaded tripod mount in the camera base.
Where is the audio microphone? Can an external microphone be connected to the camera?
The microphone is on upper center of the camera.
External microphones cannot be connected to the camera.
How big is the LCD monitor and how many pixels does it have?
The monitor is a 2.7-inch LCD panel, with approximately 230,000 dots.
Will a waterproof case be released?
There are currently no plans to release one.
<Storage media>
What are the storage media?
The built-in memory (approximately 26.7 MB), SD or SDHC Memory Cards and Eye-Fi Card.

* It doesn't correspond to the SDXC memory card.

What is the Eye-Fi Card?
The Eye-Fi card is a memory card that is equipped with wireless LAN.
You can automatically transfer images or movies to a computer or similar devices via wireless LAN using a memory card that is equipped with the wireless LAN (Eye-Fi card) function.
Optio W90 supports Eye-Fi card. The camera is equipped with a function that sets Eye-Fi communication on or off.

*To transfer images via wireless LAN, use of an access point, an Internet environment, and configuration are required.

Does the camera come with an SD (SDHC) Memory Card?
No. Memory Cards should be purchased as required.
Which SD (SDHC) Memory Cards are recommended for this camera?
We recommend the SD (SDHC) Memory Card brands shown in the table below.
Panasonic   *SD Memory Card - Capacities: 512MB to 2GB
*SDHC Memory Card - Capacities: 4GB to 32GB
Toshiba *SD Memory Card - Capacities: 512MB to 2GB
*SDHC Memory Card - Capacities: 4GB to 32GB
SanDisk *SD Memory Card - Capacities: 512MB to 2GB
*SDHC Memory Card - Capacities: 4GB to 32GB
Eye-Fi Japan *Eye-Fi Memory Card - Capacities: 2GB
[Eye-Fi Share], [Eye-Fi Home], [Eye-Fi Explore]

As of January 2010
* When recording a movie, using a Class 6 or faster SD (SDHC) Memory Card . It allows you to shoot the movie without having to stop mid-way.
* If saving still images, using a Class 6 or faster SD (SDHC) Memory Card. It gives no noticeable improvement in the continuous shooting speed but faster SD (SDHC) Memory card is recommended.
* "Recommended" denotes only that the operation of the product has been checked by PENTAX and in no way constitutes a guarantee to customers that the product is suited to their requirements.
Memo: Class 6 --- SD (SDHC) Memory Card with a guaranteed write speed faster than 6MB/s(48Mbps).

When using SD (SDHC) Memory Cards, what should I do first?
Card that are unused or that have been used on other devices, such as another camera or a computer, must first be formatted on the Optio W90.

*Please note that formatting will delete any data recorded on the card.
*When using a new Eye-fi card, copy the install file of Eye-Fi Manager stored on the card to your computer before you format the card.

Can the Micro SD (SDHC) memory card be used?
No guarantee of proper operation with SD card adapter.
Please use SD (SDHC) card.

* The SDXC memory card cannot be used.

What are the figures for the number of recordable still images and the length of recordable video or audio for each of the SD (SDHC) Memory Card capacities?
The figures vary depending on the shooting conditions and subject, but an approximate guide to the number of still images, the length of continuous movie recording time and the length of audio recording time in Voice Recording mode can be found here.
Are there any precautions needed when using SD (SDHC) Memory Cards?
  • Be sure to use this camera to format (initialize) an SD Memory Card that is unused.
  • Card that are unused or that have been used on other devices, such as another camera or a computer, must first be formatted on the Optio W90.

    *Note that formatting a card erases all the data on the card, including protected images and sound files.

  • Do not bend an SD (SDHC) Memory Card or subject it to violent impacts. And do not leave cards in locations where they will be exposed to moisture or high temperatures. Doing so will result in the corruption of stored data and/or damage to the SD (SDHC) Memory Card.
  • Do not remove an SD (SDHC) Memory Card or turn the camera off while you are recording data or playing back images or audio, or while the camera is connected to a computer via a USB cable. Doing so will result in the corruption of stored data and/or damage to the SD (SDHC) Memory Card.
  • Avoid using or storing the card where it may be exposed to static electricity or electrical interference.
  • If a card is left unused for a long period, it may no longer be possible to read the data stored on the card. Important data should be backed up regularly.
  • The SD Memory Card is equipped with a write-protect switch. Setting the switch to LOCK prevents new data from being recorded on the card, the stored data from being deleted, and the card from being formatted by the camera or computer.
<Battery and Power Sources>
What kind of battery does the camera use?
The rechargeable lithium-ion battery D-LI88.
How long can the rechargeable lithium-ion battery D-LI88 be used for?
Number of still images shot: Approx. 205
Playback time (Slideshow): Approx. 250 minutes
Movie recording time: Approx. 85 minutes
Audio recording time: Approx .300 minutes

* The battery takes a maximum of approximately 120 minutes to charge. (Charge time depends on temperature is between 0°C and 40°C.)
* The number of still images shot is measured in conditions that comply with CIPA standards. (Includes: With a 50% flash use rate and the LCD monitor ON at 23°C.)
* The playback time, movie recording time and audio recording time are based on the result of in-house testing. It is result of a measurement and not guarantee for using time and number of still images.
*Note: CIPA standards are standards formulated by the Camera and Imaging Products Association.

Is there an AC adapter for the camera?
There is the optional AC adapter kit [K-AC88]
When the battery is removed, how long is the date set in the camera retained? And does the internal clock keep running?
Once a new battery has been loaded and left in the camera for at least 1 day, data in the camera remains backed up for approximately 1 day when the battery is removed. The internal clock also continues to run while the data is backed up.

*It is result of a measurement and not guarantee for back up time.

<Capture and Playback>
How long is the startup time?
The startup time is approximately 1.3 seconds. This is the time between the camera being turned on and the camera being ready to record with P mode selected, the built-in flash set to Flash Off, no start-up screen, and no start-up sound selected.
How long is the shutter release time lag?
The shutter release time lag is approximately 0.03 seconds.
This is the time between the shutter release button being pressed fully and the camera starting image capture with the flash set to Flash Off and the focus locked.
How long is the interval between shots in continuous shooting?
Continuous shooting mode: Approx 1.03 frames per second (Up to 7 frames)
Burst shooting mode: Approx 2.70 frames per second (Up to 6 frames)
Approx 5.00 frames per second (Up to 6 frames) [Setting the ISO 3200 or 6400]

* In the [Burst shooting] mode, recorded pixels is fixed at 5M (4:3) or 3.8M (16:9).
* It is a standard in initialization. It varies depending on the writing speed of recording media, the number of record pixels, and recording conditions.

With the "Auto" ISO sensitivity setting, what is the range of variation in the ISO sensitivity?
When the ISO setting is [Auto], you can select the following 5 patterns.

ISO80-100
ISO80-200
ISO80-400
ISO80-800 (Default setting)
ISO80-1600
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ISO80-6400 ([Digital SR] mode is selected)

* In the [Digital SR] mode, recorded pixels is fixed at 5M (4:3) or 3.8M (16:9).
*If D-Range is set Highlight Correction, ISO setting is the following.

ISO160-200
ISO160-400
ISO160-800
ISO160-1600
-----------
ISO160-6400 [Digital SR] mode is selected

Can the ISO sensitivity be set in manually?
Yes. You can choose (80,100,200,400,800,1600,3200,6400) from the setting menu.

* When sensitivity [3200] and [6400] are selected, the record pixels are fixed at 5M(4:3) or 3.8M(16:9).
* When [D-Range Setting] is set [Highlight Correction], you can not choose ISO [80] and [100]. You can choose minimum from ISO [160].

What is Dynamic Range (D-Range)?
Expands the dynamic range and prevents bright and dark areas from occurring.
[Highlight Correction]: Highlight correction adjusts the bright areas when the image is too bright.

*When the sensitivity is set to 80 or 100 and Highlight Correction is set to on, the setting changes to 160. Default setting is off.

[Shadow Correction]: Shadow correction adjusts the dark areas when the image is too dark.

* Default setting is off.

Does this camera have shake reduction function?
Yes. This camera has 2 kind of shake reduction mode.
1) Digital SR mode: This is a shooting mode that reduces camera shake and subject blur by automatically selecting

* a high camera sensitivity (up to ISO 6400) depending on the ambient brightness during shooting. Note that the number of recorded pixels is fixed at 5M (4:3) or 3.8M (16:9) in this mode.

2) Pixel Track SR: You can set this function to correct for camera shake which occurs during shooting. If you set Pixel Track SR, the camera automatically corrects any camera shake in the images you shot.

* When set the following mode, Pixel Track SR does not operate.
Picture mode: ·Half-length ·Portrait ·Movie ·Fireworks ·Frame Composite ·Digital Wide ·Digital Panorama
Drive mode: ·Self-timer ·Continuous shooting ·Burst shooting
Flash mode: ·ON
ISO: ·1600 ·3200 ·6400

Can Remote control be used?
Yes. You can use the remote control (optional) to take pictures while you are away from the camera.
Can the camera be focused manually?
Yes
Does this camera have a noise reduction function?
Yes. The noise reduction function automatically operates if the shutter speed is 1/4 second or slower shutter speed.
Can the exposure be set in Shutter-priority, Aperture-priority and Manual modes?
No.
What is [Digital Microscope] mode?
In the Digital Microscope mode, you can take pictures of objects as close as 1 cm, also because the 3 macro lights around the lens are always lighted, you can take minute pictures of text, the veins of leaves, or specimens of tiny insects etc.

* The number of recorded pixels is fixed at 2.1M(16:9)
* The focus mode is fixed at 1 cm Macro.
* The flash does not discharge in this mode.
* The Face Detection function and the blink detection function are turned off.
* The illumination of the macro lights may be uneven or insufficient depending on the shooting conditions.

What is [Digital Wide] mode?
This mode enables the camera to create wide-angle shots up to the equivalent of a 21 mm shot (calculated for 35mm film) by stitching together 2 images shot with the camera held vertically.

* Note that the number of recorded pixels is fixed at 5M (4:3) in this mode.

Can Interval Shooting be used with the W90?
Yes. The following settings can be set.
· Interval: 10 sec.~99 min.
· Number of shots: 2 shots~1000 shots
(However, it cannot exceed the number of recordable images in Memory card.)
· Start Delay: 0 min.~24 hours
Can the date and time be printed on the image?
Yes, it can. It can be selected by the setting on [Date], [Date & Time] and [Time].

*Note: The date imprinted on the picture with the date style set on the [Date Adjust] screen.
*Note: The date imprinted with the Date imprint function cannot be deleted.

Can sound be added to still images?
Yes. Sound can be recorded for up to 24 hours after the image is recorded until the SD (SDHC) Memory Card or built-in memory is full.
What is the movie recording format? And what is the number of recorded pixels and the frame rate in recorded movies?
The recording format is AVI (Motion JPEG-compliant).
The number of recorded pixels can be selected [1280 x 720] (16:9), [640 x 480] (4:3) or [320 x 240] (4:3).
The frame rate can be selected [Approx. 30 fps] or [Approx. 15 fps].

* fps: frames per second

Size 1280 x 720 640 x 480 320 x 240
Frame rate (fps) 30 15 30 15 30 15
Recording time: Use a 1GB memory 5:00 9:46 14:23 27:13 21:54 40:18
Recording time: Use a 2GB memory 10:08 19:42 29:16 53:55 44:32 1:18:48
<Computers and Software>
What are the system requirements for USB connection?
It is different depending on OS. It is a table below.
[ Yes: Correspondence, No: Not correspondence ]
Yes Windows 7 Requires a computer with a USB port as standard equipment running pre-installed, with the latest system software updates installed.
Windows Vista
Windows XP (SP2)
No Windows 2000 This product does not support USB connections
Windows Me
Windows 98 SE
Windows 98
No Windows NT4.0 This product does not support USB so USB connections are not possible.
Windows 95
 
Yes Mac OS X 10.6 Requires a computer with a USB port as standard equipment running pre-installed, with the latest system software updates installed.
Mac OS X 10.5
Mac OS X 10.4
Mac OS X 10.3.9
No Mac OS X 10.2 This product does not support.
Mac OS X 10.1.2
Mac OS X 9.2

* Operation is not guaranteed for all computers with the recommended requirements.
* Even on computers that meet the above requirements, the software may not run correctly depending on the computer settings and the other installed software applications.
* The driver's installation is unnecessary.
* Card reader that is compatible with your computer's operating system is also required.

What is the environment corresponding to provided software?
Please note following
[Windows] Medialmpression 2.0 for PENTAX (For image browsing, image saving, image editing)
OS Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP (SP2)
CPU Intel Pentium® 4 1.6GHz or equal AMD Athion
(Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz or equal AMD Athion X2 processor recommended)
RAM 512MB or more (1GB or more recommended)
Free Disk Space 300MB or more
Other CD-ROM drive, USB port as standard equipment
1024x768 pixels,16bit color monitor or more
Language 12 languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, Chinese[traditional and simplified], Korean, Japanese
[Macintosh] Medialmpression 2.0 for PENTAX (For image browsing, image saving, image editing)
OS Mac OS X 10.6 / Mac OS X 10.5 / Mac OS X 10.4 / Mac OS X 10.3.9
CPU PowerPC G4 800MHz processor or equal CPU
(PowerPC G5 or Intel Core Duo processor recommended)
RAM 512MB or more (1GB or more recommended)
Free Disk Space 300MB or more
Other CD-ROM drive, USB port as standard equipment
1024x768 pixels,16bit color monitor or more
Language 12 languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, Chinese[traditional and simplified], Korean, Japanese

* Requires a computer with object OS pre-installed, with the latest system software updates installed.
* Operation is not guaranteed for all computers with the recommended requirements.
* It doesn't correspond to Windows 2000 / Me / 98SE / 98 / NT4.0 / 95.
*Above recommended requirements is minimum necessary environment to play back and edit movie.

Are there user manuals for the bundled application software?
No. For detailed information on the functions, refer to the "Help" menu in the MediaImpression for PENTAX 2.0 menu bar.
<Print Connection>
Does the camera support the "PRINT Image Matching III"?
Yes.
Does the camera support the "Digital Print Order Format (DPOF)"?
Yes.
Does the camera support the [PictBridge]?
No.
<Troubleshooting>
I made a mistake in the Initial Settings. How do I reset the settings?
The Initial Setting screen is only displayed once.
If any of the settings are incorrect, they must be reset individually.

* If an option other than Japanese, English or Korean is selected in the initial settings, the video output is set to [PAL].

--Setting the language
  1. Press the power switch. (Capture mode)
  2. Press the MENU button.
  3. Press the four-way controller (right) once to open the Setting screen.
  4. Press the four-way controller (down) 6 times to select [Language].
  5. Press the four-way controller (right) once to open the Language screen.
  6. Use the four-way controller to select the language.
  7. Press the OK button. *Note: To change the date and time, follow the steps in [Adjusting the date]
  8. Press MENU button. (Back to the capture mode)

-- Setting the date (Date Style, Date and Time settings)
  1. Press the power switch. (Capture mode)
  2. Press the MENU button.
  3. Press the four-way controller (right) once to open the Setting screen.
  4. Press the four-way controller (down) 2 times to select [Date Adjust].
  5. Press the four-way controller (right) once to display the [Date Adjust] screen.
  6. [Date Style] setting
    Press the four-way controller (right) once to move the selection frame.
    Use the four-way controller (up/down) to select [yy/mm/dd], [dd/mm/yy] or [mm/dd/yy].
    Next, press the four-way controller (right) once to move the selection frame.
    Use the four-way controller (up/down) to select [12h] (12-hour display) or [24h] (24-hour display).
    After making your selection, press the four-way controller (right).
  7. [Date] setting ([yy/mm/dd] selected as the date style)
    Press the four-way controller (down) once to move the selection frame to [Date].
    Press the four-way controller (right) once and then use the four-way controller (up/down) to select the [Year] setting. Press the four-way controller (right) once and then use the four-way controller (up/down) to select the [Month] setting.
    Press the four-way controller (right) once and then use the four-way controller (up/down) to select the [Day] setting.
    After completing the settings, press the four-way controller (right).
  8. Press the four-way controller (down) once to move the selection frame to [Time].
    Press the four-way controller (right) once and then use the four-way controller (up/down) to select the [Hour] setting. Press the four-way controller (right) once and then use the four-way controller (up/down) to select the [Minute] setting. After completing the settings, press the four-way controller (right). Press the four-way controller (down) once to select the [settings complete].
  9. Press the OK button. (The Setting screen reappears.)
    Press the MENU button. (The camera returns to Capture mode.)
Can the start- up sound be turned off?
Yes. You can turn off the start-up sound in setting menu.

* Also you can turn off the shutter sound and operation sound.

The flash does not fire.
Check the following:
  1. Is the shooting mode set to [Movie], [Digital Panorama]?
  2. Is the drive mode set to [Continuous Shooting] or [Burst shooting]?
  3. Is the focus mode set to [Infinity] or [1cm Macro]
  4. Is the flash mode set to [Flash Off]?
The flash fired but the photo is too dark.
Check the following:
  1. The subject is too far away in a dark location.
    If the subject is too far away, the picture becomes dark because the light of the flash does not reach the subject.
    Use the following as a guide to flash photography:
    Wide-angle: Approx. 0.3 to 3.9 m
    Telephoto: Approx. 0.3 to 2.5 m (with Auto selected as the ISO setting)
  2. The background is too dark.
    When you photograph someone against a dark background, even if your subject is correctly exposed, the light from the flash may not reach the background, so that it appears too dark in the resulting image. You can take a picture that perfectly captures both your subject and nighttime scenery by selecting Night Scene mode (with the [Flash On] flash mode selected) and using a tripod.
How do I switch from using the camera's built-in memory to using an SD (SDHC) Memory Card?
There is no selector switch for this.
When an SD (SDHC) Memory Card is inserted into the camera, data is recorded onto the SD (SDHC) Memory Card.
If there is no SD (SDHC) Memory Card in the camera, data is recorded into the built-in memory.
No data is recorded in the built-in memory while there is an SD (SDHC) Memory Card in the camera.
 
Built-in memory icon   Memory card icon
Can data in the camera's built-in memory be copied onto an SD (SDHC) Memory Card?
Yes.
-- Copy procedure --
  1. Press the power switch. (Capture mode)
  2. Press the Play button. (Playback mode)
  3. Press the four-way controller (down). (Playback mode palette)
  4. Press the four-way controller (down) two times and Press the four-way controller (right) once to select [Image/Sound Copy].
  5. Press the OK button to display the screen for selecting the copy destination.
  6. Press the OK button to copy the data.
  7. Press the Play button or press the shutter release button down halfway to return to Capture mode.
Playback Mode Palette   Copy destination selection

* This function can only be selected when an SD (SDHC) Memory Card has been inserted in the camera.

Can the camera focus be adjusted during movie recording?
No.
Can the zoom be used during movie recording?
Only the digital zoom can be used.
The record size cannot occasionally be changed. Moreover, the record size has changed.
The record size is fixed depending on setting of the shooting mode.
[4:3]   * Original Frame
* Digital SR
* Digital Wide [Data being proceed]
* ISO 3200 / 6400
* Burst shooting
The number of recorded pixels for images captured fixed at [5M]
* Half-length Portrait
* Frame Composite
1st shot by Digital Wide
(Before Data being proceed)
The number of recorded pixels for images captured fixed at [3M]
* Digital Panorama The number of recorded pixels for images captured fixed at [2M]
[16:9] * Original Frame
* ISO 3200 / 6400
The number of recorded pixels for images captured fixed at [3.8M]
* Half-length Portrait
* Frame Composite
The number of recorded pixels for images captured fixed at [2.1M]
The "Card not formatted" message is displayed on the LCD panel.
The SD (SDHC) Memory Card you have inserted is unformatted or has been formatted on a computer or other device. Format the SD (SDHC) Memory Card in the camera before using it.

-----Formatting procedure ------
  1. Press the power switch. (Capture mode)
  2. Press the MENU button.
  3. Press the four-way controller (right) once to display the [Setting] menu.
  4. Press the four-way controller (up) once to select [Format].
  5. Press the four-way controller (right) once to display the [Format] screen.
  6. Press the four-way controller (up) once to select [Cancel] -> [Format].
  7. Press the OK button to format the card.
  8. When formatting ends, the camera returns to Capture mode.

* Note that formatting a card erases all the data on the card, including protected images and sound files.
* This function can only be selected when an SD (SDHC) Memory Card has been inserted in the camera.

 
The "Memory card full" message is displayed on the LCD panel.
The SD (SDHC) Memory Card is full and no more images can be saved. Insert a new SD (SDHC) Memory Card or delete some unwanted images. Changing the number of recorded pixels or recorded quality may enable you to save images.
The "Card locked" message is displayed on the LCD panel.
locked SD (SDHC) Memory Card is inserted in the camera. You can only use the menus, change the camera modes or play back images.
The "Memory card error" message is displayed on the LCD panel.
Shooting and playback are impossible due to a problem with the SD (SDHC) Memory Card.

* Avoid using or storing the card where it may be exposed to static electricity or electrical interference.
* Do not remove an SD (SDHC) Memory Card or turn the camera off while you are recording data or playing back images or audio, or while the camera is connected to a computer via a USB cable. Doing so will result in the corruption of stored data and/or damage to the SD (SDHC) Memory Card.

The camera is connected to the computer, but is not recognized as a removable disk.
  • Check that [MSC] is set as the camera's USB connection mode.
  • If [PTP] is set as the camera's USB connection mode, the camera is not recognized correctly as a USB mass storage device and the images cannot be viewed.

-- Procedure for changing the USB connection mode (from PTP to MSC) --
  1. Press the power switch. (Capture mode)
  2. Press the MENU button.
  3. Press the four-way controller (right) once to display [Setting].
  4. Press the four-way controller (down) 8 times to select [USB Connection].
  5. Press the four-way controller (right) once to display [MSC] and [PTP].
  6. Press the four-way controller (down) once to select [MSC].
  7. Press the OK button to change the USB connection mode to [MSC].
  8. Press the MENU button. (Capture mode)

  • Check that the camera and computer ends of the USB cable are both inserted fully into the connection sockets.
  • If the computer has multiple USB ports, try using another port.
  • If the camera is connected via a USB hub, connect it directly to the computer.
How should the camera be disconnected from the computer?
The procedure differs depending on the operating system type and version. The disconnection procedures for the different operating systems are shown below.

[Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP]
Double-click the hot plug icon in the taskbar at the bottom-right of the desktop and stop “PENTAX USB DISK Device” in the “Safely Remove Hardware” dialog box.

* The hot plug-in icon varies depending on the operating system.

[Mac OS X (10.3.9 or later)]
Drag the "NO_NAME" icon on the desktop to the trash and then turn the camera off and disconnect the USB cable.
Can a third-party USB cable be used with the camera?
This is not recommended. The dedicated USB cable (I-USB7) should be used.
What exactly is the "Frame Composite" mode?
This allows you to choose from 90 pre-registered frames to provide a decorative surround for your picture.

*Note: The recorded pixels setting is fixed at 3M or 2.1M.
*Note: The Frame Composite function cannot be used on movies.

Can I restart the file numbers at 0001.
You can do that.

-----Resetting the file numbers -----
* Before beginning this procedure, you should back up the data in the camera's built-in memory or on the SD (SDHC) Memory Card.
  1. Press the power switch. (Capture mode)
  2. Press the MENU button.
  3. Press the four-way controller (up) 7 times to select [Memory] in [Rec.Mode].
  4. Press the four-way controller (right) once to display [Memory].
  5. Press the four-way controller (up) once to select [File No.].
  6. Press the four-way controller (left/right) to clear the checkmark from the [File No.] setting.
    File No. checked   File No. unchecked
     
  7. Press the MENU button twice. (Capture mode)
  8. If you use [Delete All], the file numbering will restart at 0001 from your next shot.
  9. * If any of the images are protected, the numbering may not revert to 0001.
    Remove the protection and use [Delete All] again, or use [Format].

[DATE] is displayed on the LCD monitor. What is that?
This indicates that [Date Imprint] is selected in the recording mode settings.
This setting is used to directly imprint the date onto photographed images.

* The date imprinted with the Date Imprint function cannot be deleted.
* The date is imprinted on the picture with the date style set in the [Date Adjust] screen.

Images do not appear on a TV.
Check the video output format. (In Japan, the format is NTSC.)
-- Changing the video output format from NTSC to PAL --
  1. Press the power switch. (Capture mode)
  2. Press the MENU button.
  3. Press the four-way controller (right) once to display [Setting].
  4. Press the four-way controller (down) 9 times to select [Video Out].
  5. Press the four-way controller (right) once to display [NTSC] and [PAL].
  6. Press the four-way controller (down) once to select [PAL].
  7. Press the OK button. ([Setting])
  8. Press the MENU button. (Capture mode)
Can movies be watched on a television with High-definition movie?
Yes. You can watch the High-definition movie (1280x720) by using a commercially available HDMI cable (Type D) to connect the camera to a device with an HDMI terminal.

*When the AV cable is connected with the camera and the audio-video equipment (TV), the high-definition movies can be seen by a usual video resolution.
*You can also watch the High-definition movie (1280x720) by transferring the data to a computer and playback on the computer.

Can I playback on a television monitor at overseas?
Yes, Depending on the country or region, images and movie files may fail to be played back if the video output format is set difference from one in use there. If this happens, change the video output format setting. (NTSC or PAL)

*You cannot connect the output of this camera to a SECAM format television.

What is the procedure for printing images with the date imprinted?
The procedure is as follows:
  1. If [Date Imprint] is set to [On] in the camera's recording menu
    • The date is embedded in the image itself, so the image just should be printed normally.

    * If you are printing your images using the bundled MediaImpression 2.0 for Pentax software, you should uncheck the [Add timestamp to photo] option in the [Easy Print] settings when printing.

  2. If [Date Imprint] is set to [Off] in the camera's recording menu
    • If printing using a print service You can have the date imprinted on your images at DPOF-compatible print service by taking a memory card with DPOF AUTOPRINT settings in which the [Date] option is checked.
      Some photo processing lab services may not print using the specified settings. Check with your photo processing lab for details.
    • If Printing using the bundled MediaImpression for Pentax 2.0 software You should check the [Add timestamp to photo] option in the [Easy Print] settings when printing.
Can I use "ACDSee for PENTAX 3.0"?
Yes.
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