The display on my camera never comes on. If I set the dial to automatic (A) an orange indicator light flashes. When I plug it into the base, the display remains black even in Photo mode.
The odd thing is that I can still take movies with the camera and transfer them to my Mac.
Is there some way to reset this camera?
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As long as the orange light is on, the camera is not ready to make a picture. The focus area, should become green, to tell you the camera is in focus. Then you can press the shutter release button complete. Check the settings of the camera, and put it in automatic. When you put it in one of the manual modes pipe P M S or A, the camera will not take a picture when there is not enough lift or something else you did not take in account.
If the camera keeps this way, unless you switched to auto, it could be there is something going on. but let me know it auto des not work.
At back camera, have lamp flashes orange where to indicate flash is charging and to tell image will not recorded(disable). You will can not take another flash until that lamp is stop flashing orange to indicate charging is full. in other view, please check at lcd screen have appear flash icon. click button play mode to display menu. change set flash to on if flash icon is not display
Try change the exposure of the camera: start the camera, set the dial to 'I' (automatic iso), then press the 'up' menu near the display until 'exposure' settings appear. move the slider to the left/right, according to your preference. I reccomend using the automatic iso for taking pictures, it automatically adjust exposure.
Let's review how the Viv283 should operate, bearing in mind that it was designed for manual cameras.
On the dial on the side, set the arrow to point at the ASA setting you (your camera) is using. Example: ASA 100 is one dot below the labeled 125 setting.
Look at the four color segments, purple/blue/orange/yellow. Each is lined up (not necessarily exactly) with an f/stop. Each segment also highlights a maximum distance that can be used. Example: at ASA 100, the orange segment lines up with f/4 and allows a maximum range of 30 feet. (These maximum distances assume the flash is pointed straight ahead.)
Choose the f/stop you want to use. Rotate the sensor on the front to that color. Example: on my unit, the sensor is marked "auto thyristor" and its orange setting actually looks red. There is also an "M" setting, for manual (full-power) operation.
Take the picture. The flash head can be pointed wherever you want, straight-ahead up to 90 degrees (I usually used 45 degrees). The sensor will quench the flash as soon as it thinks enough light has bounced back from the scene. Example: at f/4, with a 45-degree flash angle and a light-colored ceiling, I could usually count on a bright-enough exposure out to some 15 feet or so.
If there actually was enough light, the little green indicator on the back will glow briefly. If there wasn't enough light you won't get the green indicator and you should try again with a wider f/stop.
Or... just set the sensor on the front to M for manual, and the flash will dump its full output. Then it's up to you (or your camera) to cope with that 120-guide-number output.
When the menu is displayed on the LCD monitor, pressing the LEFT button makes the cursor shift to the left tab. ■ When the menu is not displayed on the LCD monitor, the LEFT button operates as the FLASH ( ) button. ● Selecting the flash mode 1. Rotate the MODE DIAL to select a RECORDING mode with the exception of MOVIE CLIP mode. 2. Press the Flash button until the desired flash mode indicator displays on the LCD monitor. 3. A flash mode indicator will be displayed on the LCD monitor. Use the correct flash to suit the environment.
To keep the video and images, transferr images to the computer:
If you have a Compact Flash media card connected to your machine, plug the card in the reader and follow the instructions of the software program to transfer to your favourite photo software.
Another method is connecting your camera to the computer using the supplied USB cable:
Install the camera software on the CD following the guides that came with the camera.
Connect the camera to the computer using the USB cable connecting to the camera in the Digital Terminal under the Terminal Cover on the right of the computer (looking at the lens).
Transfer using your favourite photo software, or the software installed from the CD.
Next question, yes, you can get regular pictures from this, use the dial to select one of the modes to shoot photos. This information can be found in your manual too...
Auto - use this setting almost all the time. All settings, including flash will be automatically decided for you.
P - Program mode, ISO and shutter speed will be selected, all other settings you can override if you wish to set them.
Tv - Shutter priority, requires you to indicate how fast the lens iris will open. The Apperature (size of the iris) will be decided by the camera. all other settings you can override if you wish to set them.
Av - Apperature priority, requires you to indicate the size of the lens iris. The Apperature (size of the iris) will be decided by the
camera. all other settings you can override if you wish to set them.
M - Manual priority, requires you to set both the Shutter (iris speed), and shutter (iris size). All other settings you can override if you wish to set them.
The other dial settings are:
Portrait - automatic settings for still family/portrait photos
Landscape - automatic settings for landscape mountain or outside scenes
Night - automatic settings for low-light conditions
Sports - automatic settings for high-speed events (sports, plays, movement)
Slow speed - for making things look blurry like they are in action. Advanced setting.
Stitch - allows you to take multiple pictures of a wide scene and later stitch them together in to a panoramic scene
The shooting modes are as follows:
Program(P)/Auto. Modes Used for general photography. The camera automatically makes the settings for natural color balance. In PROGRAM (P) the brightness (exposure compensation) can be adjusted. In AUTO mode you cannot use exposure compensation or panorama features.
Portrait. Suitable for taking a portrait-style photo of a person. The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting settings.
Landscape + Portrait. Suitable for taking photos of both your subject and the landscape. This setting allows both the foreground subject and background landscape to be in focus. The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting settings.
Landscape. Suitable for taking photos of landscapes and other outdoor scenes. The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting settings.
Night Scene. Suitable for shooting pictures in the evening or at night. The camera sets a slower shutter speed than is used in normal shooting. If you take a picture of a street at night in any other mode, the lack of brightness will result in a dark picture with only dots of light showing. In this mode, the true appearance of the street is captured. The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting settings. If you use the flash, you can take pictures of both foreground subjects and the background. It is advised that you use a tripod to support the camera in this mode to help avoid blur from camera shake.
Sports. Suitable for capturing fast moving action without blurring. Even a fast moving object will appear to be stationary.
Beach and Snow. Suitable for taking photos at the beach or on snow covered mountains; situations where there would be very bright conditions where the sun reflects off of sand or snow.
Self Portrait. Enables you to take a picture of yourself while holding the camera. Point the lens toward yourself and the focus will be locked on you. The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting settings. The zoom is fixed in the wide position and cannot be changed.
Movie. The movie mode enables you to take a QuickTime movie for either viewing on the LCD or on your computer. The movie will record as long as the shutter button is depressed and or until there is no storage space left on the memory in use. No sound is recorded.