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DVR 940HD
Digital Video Camera

User Manual

© 2010 Sakar International, Inc. All rights reserved.
Windows and the Windows logo are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
All other trademarks are the property of their respective companies. 2

Contents
Introduction ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 3
What‟s Included …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 3
Parts of the Digital Video Camera …………………………………………………………………………………. 4
Initial Setup ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 5
Main Digital Video Camera Modes ……………………………………………………………………………….. 8
Technical Specifications …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 10
Computer System Requirements – WINDOWS OS ……………………………………………………….. 11
Computer System Requirements – MAC OS ………………………………………………………………… 11
Powering ON/OFF Your Digital Video Camera ……………………………………………………………… 12
Changing Camera Mode ……………………………………………………………………………………………. 12
Navigating the Menus ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 13
Video Capture Mode …………………………………………………………………………………………………. 14
Video Playback Mode ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 29
Photo Capture Mode…………………………………………………………………………………………………. 33
Photo Playback Mode ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 51
Connecting the Digital Video Camera to a TV or HDTV …………………………………………………. 57
Installing the Software ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 59
Connecting the Camera to the Computer …………………………………………………………………….. 60
Getting Photos and Videos from your Camera to Your Computer ……………………………………. 61
Get started! ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 62
Transferring Images Manually ……………………………………………………………………………………. 63
Camera Maintenance ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 63
Sakar Warranty Card ………………………………………………………………………………………………… 64
Technical Support …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 65
Troubleshooting ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 65

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Introduction
Thank you for purchasing this digital video camera. Everything you need to take quality digital
videos and photos is included with your digital video camera.
Vivitar makes capturing those special moments as easy as possible.

Please read this manual carefully first in order to get the most out of your digital video camera.

Note:
 Your digital video camera supports an SD Memory Card (up to 32GB).
In order to use your digital video camera normally, it is strongly recommended to insert the
SD Memory card (up to 32 GB) before use.
 SD Memory cards are not included and need to be purchased separately.

What’s Included

1. Digital Video Camera
2. Lithium Battery
3. USB Cable
4. TV Cable
5. Vivitar Experience Image Manager
software Installation CD
6. HDMI Cable
7. AC Adapter

Attached Wrist Strap included (not shown)

Note: SD Memory Card not included 4

Parts of the Digital Video Camera

1. Power Button 13. Delete / Right Button
2. Photo Shutter Button 14. EV- / Down Button
3. Video Shutter Button 15. Microphone
4. LCD Screen 16. LED Flash Light
5. Power LED Light 17. USB / AV / HDMI Slots
6. Zoom Out / Zoom In 18 Memory Card Slot
7. ViviLink Button 19. Tripod Socket
8. Mode Button 20. Digital Lens
9. Menu Button 21. Battery Compartment
10. OK Joystick Button 22. Speaker
11. Self-Timer / Left Button 23. Wrist Strap
12. EV+ / Up / Slideshow

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Initial Setup

Installing the Battery

Installing the Memory Card

To Charge the Battery:
 Insert the battery (as shown
above).
 Power Off the camera.
 Connect the camera with the USB
cable either to the AC adapter or
to the computer.
 Charge light will turn on when the
battery is fully charged.

Insert SD Memory card (up to 32GB)
before use.

Turning On the Camera

Using the Camera

Selecting
the modes
Accessing the menu 6

When powering the digital video camera ON for the first time the digital video camera will take you
through the initial setup.

Powering the Digital Video Camera ON
1. Make sure the charged lithium battery have been inserted properly into your digital video
camera.
To charge the lithium battery:
 Insert the battery into the camera.
 Power Off the camera.
 Connect the camera with the USB cable either to the AC adapter or to the computer.
 A charge light will turn on when the battery is fully charged.
2. Make sure an SD card has been properly inserted into your digital video camera (inserted until a
click sound is heard).
Note: After the digital video camera is powered on, an SD icon will appear on the LCD display.
If you do not see the SD icon on the display, please check if the card was inserted properly.
3. Flip open the LCD screen and press the POWER button to turn on the digital video camera.

Setting the Language
1. You will first be prompted to select a language for the camera. The Language selection menu
will appear. Select the language of your choice and press the OK on the joystick button to
confirm the selection.
2. After selecting a language, you will be asked if you would like to continue with the initial camera
setup. A message will appear: “Continue with Camera Setup?” Select “Yes” to continue or “No”
to exit the setup.
Note: If you select “No” and decide to leave the camera setup, the camera will be set to its
default settings. These settings can be adjusted at any time manually through the menus in the
camera.

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Setting the Date and Time
The next step in the initial camera setup is to set the date and time on the camera.

Set the Date and Time as Desired and when finished press the OK button on the joystick to confirm
the selection and move to the next part of the camera setup.

Setting the ViviLink Default Option
Once the Date and Time have been set, you will be asked to set the default ViviLink destination for
photos and videos taken with your camera.
The ViviLink technology allows you to quickly and easily upload your camera‟s photos and videos to
the social networks of your choice with the accompanying software application.
1. First you will be asked to choose the default ViviLink social network for Photos.
Highlight the desired default social network and press the OK button on the joystick to confirm
the selection.
2. Next you will be asked to choose the default ViviLink social network for Videos.
Highlight the desired default social network and press the OK button on the joystick to confirm
the selection.
3. After the ViviLink Video option is confirmed the camera is now ready to use.

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Main Digital Video Camera Modes
Your digital video camera has different modes for the various functions.
You can switch modes by pressing the MODE button after the digital video camera has been
powered ON.

Video Capture Mode
Use this mode to capture videos with your digital video camera.
This is the default mode when the digital video camera is powered ON.

To take a video, aim your digital video camera as desired and press the Video Shutter button
to start the record. A red record indicator will appear on the LCD screen while record is in
progress. To stop the record, press the Video Shutter button again. The video will be
automatically saved to your digital video camera‟s memory card.
To access the various menus for the Video Capture mode, press the MENU button while in
the Video Capture mode.

Photo Capture Mode
Use this mode to capture pictures with your digital video camera.
After turning on your digital video camera, press the MODE button once to open the Photo
Capture mode.

To take a picture, aim your digital video camera as desired and press the Photo Shutter
button.
The picture will be automatically saved to your digital video camera‟s memory card.
To access the various menus for the Photo Capture mode, press the MENU button while in
the Photo Capture mode.
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Playback Mode (Photos & Videos)
Use this mode to view and manage the videos and photos on your digital video camera.
After turning on your digital video camera, press the MODE button twice to open the Playback
mode for videos and photos.

You can scroll through the videos and photos that you‟ve previously taken to view, edit or
delete them as desired.
To access the various menus of the Playback mode for videos and photos, press the MENU
button while in the Playback mode.

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Technical Specifications

Image Sensor CMOS Sensor
Image Resolution
3264×2448 (8MP ) 4:3, 3648×2048 (7MP) 16:9 HD, 2592×1944
(5MP) 4:3, 2048×1536 (3MP) 4:3, 1920×1080 (2MP) 16:9 HD,
640×480 (VGA) 4:3
Video Resolution 1280×720(HD:15/30fps ) , 640×480 (VGA:15/30/60fps),
320×240(QVGA:15/30/60fps)
File Format JPEG (photos) / AVI (videos)
External Memory SD Card (up to 32GB)
LCD Display 2.7 Inch TFT (90 )
Lens f=7.51-20.78mm
Zoom 5 x Optical Zoom
Exposure -3.0EV ~ +3.0EV
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Incandescent , Fluorescent
ISO Auto / 100 / 200 / 400
Scene
Auto / Scenery / Portrait / Night Scenery / Night Portrait / High
Sensitivity / Sport / Beach / Party
Microphone Yes
Speaker Yes
Self-Timer 2 seconds, 5 seconds, 10 seconds, Off
Smile Capture Yes
Print Photos Yes
Face Detect Yes
Interface USB 2.0 ( HS )
Auto Power Off 1 minute, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, Off
System Requirements Windows XP and above / Mac OS X 10.5 and above
Language English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Russian,
Turkish, French
Battery NP40 Lithium
Working Temperature -20~45 ℃
Digital video camera
Dimensions (mm)
120 x 61 x 68

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Computer System Requirements – WINDOWS OS
To be able to download photos and videos to your PC, you will need the following minimum
configuration:
 Pentium 4 processor or above with Windows XP service pack 2, Windows Vista or Windows 7
 512 MB RAM, with 150MB of free disk space
 1024 x 768 Recommended screen resolution
 16-bit color or higher display adaptor
 CD-ROM Drive
 Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 or higher
 Windows Media Player 10 or higher
 Internet connection required

Computer System Requirements – MAC OS
 Macintosh with Intel processor running Mac OS X v10.5 or later
 256 MB RAM, 150 MB free disk space
 Display: 1024 x 768 or higher-resolution monitor
 CD-ROM Drive
 QuickTime 6 or higher
 Internet connection required

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Powering ON/OFF Your Digital Video Camera
 Make sure the lithium battery has been charged and properly inserted into your digital video
camera.
 Make sure an SD card (up to 32GB) has been inserted properly into your digital video camera.

Powering the Digital Video Camera ON
Press the Power button , located on the inside wall, to turn your digital video camera ON.
The digital video camera will be in Video Capture mode to start.

Powering the Digital Video Camera OFF
While the digital video camera is on, you can press the Power button again at any point to turn
your digital video camera OFF. You will see a “Goodbye” splash screen and then the digital video
camera will power off completely.

Note: Your digital video camera also has an Auto Power Off feature that will automatically turn off
your camera after a specific period of time that your camera is left idle. The Auto Power Off settings
can be set from the Auto Power Off settings menu.

Changing Camera Mode
Your digital video camera has three main modes:

1. Video Capture Mode – Use this mode to capture videos with your digital video camera.
2. Photo Capture Mode – Use this mode to capture photos with your digital video camera.
3. Playback Mode (for photos and videos) – Use this mode to view and edit the videos and
photos you have already taken with your digital video camera.
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To change the active digital video camera mode, make sure the camera is powered ON and press
the MODE button.
When in Video Capture Mode, this icon will display on the top-left corner of the LCD display
When in Photo Capture Mode, this icon will display on the top-left corner of the LCD display
When in Playback Mode, this icon will display on the top-left corner of the LCD display

Navigating the Menus
Each camera mode has menus that show the settings and options specific to that mode.

1. Press the MENU button, located on the LCD panel, to open the menus for the current mode.
2. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to scroll between the various menus for the current
mode.
3. Press the joystick button UP or DOWN to highlight the desired menu option.
4. Press the OK button on the joystick to select and confirm the highlighted menu option.
5. If the selection can be remembered by the digital video camera, a selection icon will appear
to the right of the selected menu option. Changes made to these options will remain until you
change them again at a later time.
6. Some menu options are single-use functions that are not remembered by the digital video
camera and do not display the selection icon when selected.
7. At any time you can press the MODE button, located on the LCD panel, to exit the menus and
return to the previous screen.

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Video Capture Mode
The Video Capture Mode allows you to capture videos with your digital video camera. When the
digital video camera is first powered ON, the camera will be in Video Capture Mode.

Taking a Video
1. While in Video Capture Mode, use the LCD display to direct the digital video camera at the
scene you would like to capture.
2. Press the T/Zoom In and W/Zoom Out buttons (on the top section of the digital
video camera) to better set the camera display if desired.
Note: The actual shape of these buttons may vary per camera model.
3. Press the Video Shutter button to START the video capture.
4. You will see a red icon at the top of the LCD indicating that the record is in progress.
5. To STOP the video record, press the Video Shutter button again.
6. The video will automatically be saved to the SD Memory card.

Video Capture Mode Quick Function Buttons
Your digital video camera has Quick Function buttons controlled by the OK joystick button.

Button Function
Right
Delete
Opens the Delete menu to the „Delete This Video?‟ option
Left No Function in Video Mode
EV + Up
Light Exposure (-3.0EV ~ +3.0EV)
Increases the Light Exposure +
EV- Down
Light Exposure (-3.0EV ~ +3.0EV)
Reduces the Light Exposure –
OK
Flash
Turns the LED Flash On / Off

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ViviLink Button:
The ViviLink button (located on the inside wall of your digital video camera) allows you to easily and
quickly define which social network your captured video will be uploaded to when using the
software application.
1. While in Video Capture mode, press the ViviLink button.
2. The ViviLink for Videos Menu opens.
3. Press the joystick button UP or DOWN to highlight the desired menu option.
4. Press the OK button on the joystick to select and save the highlighted menu option.
5. A selected option icon will appear on the selected item and you will return to the previous
mode.
6. An icon reflecting your selection will display on the LCD screen.
7. Once you have selected the ViviLink destination site, the selection applies only to the current
video you are capturing.

Remember: The ViviLink feature is deactivated by default, therefore select the ViviLink
destination before capturing a video. A ViviLink destination will only be assigned to a photo or
video if you manually set it from the ViviLink menu.

Changing the ViviLink destination site will also make the selected site the new default ViviLink
option. A new default can be selected at any time using this menu.

After you have captured a video and would like to add the ViviLink (or change the ViviLink if it
already has one) you can do so by viewing the captured video(s) in the Video Playback Mode
and pressing the MENU button to access the ViviLink for Videos Menu.

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Video Capture Mode Menus
The following are the menus that appear in your digital video camera‟s Video Capture Mode:

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Scene Menu
The Scene Menu allows you to choose scene settings that allow your camera to adapt properly to
your current environment.
1. Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.
2. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to scroll and select the Scene menu.
3. Press the joystick button UP or DOWN to highlight the desired menu option.
4. Press the OK button on the joystick to select and confirm the highlighted menu option.
5. A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.
6. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to select the next menu item.
7. Press the MODE button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.
8. An icon reflecting your selection will display on the LCD screen.
9. Remember that this setting will be saved by your digital video camera until you manually change
the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

Image Size Menu
The Image Size menu allows you to choose the desired size of the images taken by your digital
video camera. Keep in mind that images with a higher resolution will also take up more of your
camera‟s memory.
1. Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.
2. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to scroll and select the Image Size menu.
3. Press the joystick button UP or DOWN to highlight the desired menu option.
4. Press the OK button on the joystick to select and confirm the highlighted menu option.
5. A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.
6. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to select the next menu item.
7. Press the MODE button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.
8. An icon reflecting your selection will display on the LCD screen. 18

9. Remember that this setting will be saved by your digital video camera until you manually change
the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

Image Quality Menu
The Image Quality menu allows you to select the desired quality level of the images taken by your
camera. Keep in mind that images with a higher image quality level will also take up more memory
on your camera.
1. Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.
2. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to scroll and select the Image Quality menu.
3. Press the joystick button UP or DOWN to highlight the desired menu option.
4. Press the OK button on the joystick to select and confirm the highlighted menu option.
5. A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.
6. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to select the next menu item.
7. Press the MODE button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.
8. An icon reflecting your selection will display on the LCD screen.
9. Remember that this setting will be saved by your digital video camera until you manually change
the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

Anti-Shake Menu
The Anti-Shake feature reduces image corruption that can be caused by movement of the camera
while capturing the image.
Note: The Anti-Shake menu may not be available in some versions of this camera.
1. Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.
2. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to scroll and select the Anti-Shake menu.
3. Press the joystick button UP or DOWN to highlight the desired menu option.
4. Press the OK button on the joystick to select and confirm the highlighted menu option. 19

5. A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.
6. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to select the next menu item.
7. Press the MODE button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.
8. An icon reflecting your selection will display on the LCD screen.
9. Remember that this setting will be saved by your digital video camera until you manually change
the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

White Balance Menu
The White Balance feature allows your camera to adjust the coloring of the captured images
depending on the type of light source in the current environment.
Properly adjusting the White Balance setting to match your current environment will allow the
camera to properly balance the colors in the images that are taken with your camera.
1. Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.
2. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to scroll and select the White Balance menu.
3. Press the joystick button UP or DOWN to highlight the desired menu option.
4. Press the OK button on the joystick to select and confirm the highlighted menu option.
5. A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.
6. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to select the next menu item.
7. Press the MODE button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.
8. An icon reflecting your selection will display on the LCD screen.
9. Remember that this setting will be saved by your digital video camera until you manually change
the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

Color Effect Menu
You can choose to add a color effect to the images taken with your camera.
1. Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode. 20

2. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to scroll and select the Color Effect menu.
3. Press the joystick button UP or DOWN to highlight the desired menu option.
4. Press the OK button on the joystick to select and confirm the highlighted menu option.
5. A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.
6. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to select the next menu item.
7. Press the MODE button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.
8. Remember that this setting will be saved by your digital video camera until you manually change
the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

Image Sharpness Menu
Image Sharpness sets the level of sharpness in the images taken with your digital video camera.
The sharpness level dictates if the edges of objects in the image are more or less distinct.
1. Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.
2. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to scroll and select the Image Sharpness menu.
3. Press the joystick button UP or DOWN to highlight the desired menu option.
4. Press the OK button on the joystick to select and confirm the highlighted menu option.
5. A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.
6. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to select the next menu item.
7. Press the MODE button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.
8. An icon reflecting your selection will display on the LCD screen.
9. Remember that this setting will be saved by your digital video camera until you manually change
the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

Light Exposure Menu
The Light Exposure setting helps you control the amount of light that enters your camera‟s lens.
This setting should be adjusted when the environment is lighter or darker than normal. 21

When the environment has more light than is needed, reduce the exposure setting (by using the
negative – count) to reduce the amount of light allowed into the lens by your camera.

If the environment has less light (darker) than is needed, increase the exposure setting (by using
the positive + count) to increase the amount of light allowed into the lens by your camera.

1. Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.
2. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to scroll and select the Light Exposure menu.
3. Press the joystick button UP or DOWN to highlight the desired menu option.
4. Press the OK button on the joystick to select and confirm the highlighted menu option.
5. A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.
6. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to select the next menu item.
7. Press the MODE button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.
8. An icon reflecting your selection will display on the LCD screen.
9. Remember that this setting will be saved by your digital video camera until you manually change
the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

ISO Menu
The ISO menu allows you to set the level of sensitivity that your camera has to light in the
surrounding environment. When the ISO level is increased, the image sensor in your camera will be
more sensitive to light and allow you to capture images in lower-light situations. The higher
sensitivity to light however, may reduce the quality of the images that are taken.
When the ISO is reduced, the image sensor in your camera will be less sensitive to light and will
optimize the image quality in environments with bright lighting.
1. Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.
2. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to scroll and select the ISO menu. 22

3. Press the joystick button UP or DOWN to highlight the desired menu option.
4. Press the OK button on the joystick to select and confirm the highlighted menu option.
5. A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.
6. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to select the next menu item.
7. Press the MODE button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.
8. An icon reflecting your selection will display on the LCD screen.
9. Remember that this setting will be saved by your digital video camera until you manually change
the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

Metering Menu
The Metering setting will affect how your camera focuses when capturing an image. Depending on
your selection, the camera will be more sensitive to focusing on particular areas in the display and
adjust the image color and lighting accordingly.
Center – Averages the light metered from the entire frame, but giving greater weight to the subject
in the center
Multi – Used in standard conditions the camera divides and adjusts the settings of the image into
several zones for light metering such as complex light conditions, position of subject, brightness,
background, direct light and scenes
Spot – Meters the area within the spot point frame at the center of the LCD to set the exposure on
the subject in the center of the monitor.

1. Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.
2. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to scroll and select the Metering menu.
3. Press the joystick button UP or DOWN to highlight the desired menu option.
4. Press the OK button on the joystick to select and confirm the highlighted menu option.
5. A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.
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7. Press the MODE button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.
8. An icon reflecting your selection will display on the LCD screen.
9. Remember that this setting will be saved by your digital video camera until you manually change
the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

Language Menu
You can select your digital video camera‟s language setting by selecting the desired language from
the Language menu.
1. Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.
2. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to scroll and select the Language menu.
3. Press the joystick button UP or DOWN to highlight the desired menu option.
4. Press the OK button on the joystick to select and confirm the highlighted menu option.
5. A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.
6. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to select the next menu item.
7. Press the MODE button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.
8. Remember that this setting will be saved by your digital video camera until you manually change
the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

Date/Time Menu
When you capture an image with your camera, the image will include a time stamp with the date
and time that the image was taken.
The Date/Time menu allows you to set your camera‟s date and time as desired. You can also
disable the timestamp for future images that will be taken with your camera.
On – The timestamp will appear on photos taken.
Off – The date stamp will not appear on photos taken.
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To Enable/Disable the Timestamp:
1. Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.
2. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to scroll and select the Date/Time menu.
3. Press the joystick button UP or DOWN to highlight the desired menu option.
4. Press the OK button on the joystick to select and confirm the highlighted menu option.
5. A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.
6. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to select the next menu item.
7. Press the MODE button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.
8. Remember that this setting will be saved by your digital video camera until you manually change
the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

To Set the Date and Time:
1. Highlight the “Date Setup” menu option.
2. Press the OK on the joystick button to select and confirm and enter the “Date Setup” option.
3. The “Date Setup” submenu will open.
4. Scroll through the window with the RIGHT and LEFT joystick button. For each field in the
menu, use the UP and DOWN joystick button to set the time and date.
5. Once you have completed setting the time and date, press the OK on the joystick button to
save your settings.
6. If you would like to exit the Date/Time menu without changing the settings, press the MODE
button at any time to exit the menu and return to your previous screen.

Audio Menu
The Audio menu allows you to control the camera‟s ability to record audio in the video clips
recorded with your camera in addition to the video record.
Note: The Audio menu may not be available in some versions of this camera.
1. Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode. 25

2. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to scroll and select the Audio menu.
3. Press the joystick button UP or DOWN to highlight the desired menu option.
4. Press the OK button on the joystick to select and confirm the highlighted menu option.
5. A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.
6. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to select the next menu item.
7. Press the MODE button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.
8. An icon reflecting your selection will display on the LCD screen.
9. Remember that this setting will be saved by your digital video camera until you manually change
the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

Auto Power Off Menu
You can use the Auto Power Off feature in order to conserve you camera‟s battery life. The
designated time represents when your digital video camera will automatically power off.
When the camera sits idle for the designated period of time, the camera will shut off completely and
will need to be turned on again with the POWER button before the next use.
1. Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.
2. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to scroll and select the Auto Power Off menu.
3. Press the joystick button UP or DOWN to highlight the desired menu option.
4. Press the OK button on the joystick to select and confirm the highlighted menu option.
5. A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.
6. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to select the next menu item.
7. Press the MODE button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.
8. Remember that this setting will be saved by your digital video camera until you manually change
the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

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Frequency Menu
The options in the Frequency menu represent the frequency of the electrical current in fluorescent
lighting sources in your locale. If your digital video camera is set to a frequency that does not match
your country‟s electric current, you may see flickering or waves on the images taken by your digital
video camera.
50Hz – UK, Europe and Australia
60Hz – US, Canada and South America
1. Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.
2. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to scroll and select the Frequency menu.
3. Press the joystick button UP or DOWN to highlight the desired menu option.
4. Press the OK button on the joystick to select and confirm the highlighted menu option.
5. A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.
6. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to select the next menu item.
7. Press the MODE button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.
8. Remember that this setting will be saved by your digital video camera until you manually change
the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

TV Mode Menu
TV Mode allows you to select the TV option appropriate for you to view your captured images on
your television. See “Connecting the Digital Video Camera to a TV or HDTV” for further information
on how to connect your digital video camera to your television.
NTSC – television and video standard used in America, Canada
PAL – television and video standard used in Europe
1. Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.
2. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to scroll and select the TV Mode menu.
3. Press the joystick button UP or DOWN to highlight the desired menu option.
4. Press the OK button on the joystick to select and confirm the highlighted menu option.
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6. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to select the next menu item.
7. Press the MODE button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.
8. Remember that this setting will be saved by your digital video camera until you manually change
the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

Format Memory Menu
You can use the Format Memory menu to delete all of the content that is currently on your digital
video camera‟s SD Memory card.
 Keep in mind that formatting the memory card will permanently delete all of the content
on your digital video camera’s memory card.
 This option can only delete ALL of the content at one time.
If you would like to delete individual images, use the Delete menu in the digital video camera‟s
Playback mode.
1. Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.
2. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to scroll and select the Format Memory menu.
3. Press the joystick button UP or DOWN to highlight the desired menu option.
4. To Format the Memory Card:
 If you would like to proceed with the format, select „Yes‟ and press the OK button on the
joystick to confirm.
The memory card will be completely formatted.
A message will appear confirming that your memory card format has completed.
You will automatically exit the menu and return to the previous mode.
 If you would like to exit the format without formatting the memory card, select „Cancel‟ and
press the OK button on the joystick.
5. Press the MODE button at any time to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.

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Firmware Settings (Restore Factory Settings) Menu
Use this menu to view the Firmware version on your digital video camera or to reset your camera
settings to the Factory Default Settings.
1. Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.
2. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to scroll and select the Restore Factory Settings
menu.
3. To reset the digital video camera‟s settings to the Factory Default Settings, press OK button on
the joystick to select „RESTORE Factory settings‟.
 If you would like to proceed with the reset, select „Yes‟ and press the OK button on the
joystick to confirm.
The settings will be reset and a message will appear indicating that the settings have been
reset.
You will automatically exit the menu and return to the previous mode with the digital video
camera settings set to the Factory Default Settings.
 If you would like to exit the format, select „No‟ and press the OK button on the joystick.
You will automatically exit the menu and return to the previous mode.

Note: Selecting the system Language is required after resetting to the Factory settings. After you
have RESET to the Factory Default Settings, and you immediately continue using the digital video
camera, the language will be set to the default: English.
To change the system Language:
– Press the MENU button to open the menus.
– Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to scroll and select the Language Menu.
– Press the joystick button UP or DOWN to select the language you would like.
– Press the OK button on the joystick to save the selection.
If you have not selected a system Language (after the RESETTING to the Factory settings) and the
digital video camera is turned off, the next time the digital video camera is powered on, you will be
prompted to select a system Language.
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Video Playback Mode
When you first turn on the digital video camera, the camera will be in Video Capture mode by
default. Press the MODE button twice to open the Playback Mode. The Playback mode will allow
you to review photos and videos that you‟ve already taken with you camera.

Playing Videos on Your Digital Video Camera
1. Select your Video:
 Once in Playback mode, press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to scroll through the
images on your digital video camera‟s memory card until you find the video you would like
to view.
 Each captured image (videos and photos) will display on the LCD screen.
 Videos will appear with an „AVI‟ icon on the top left of the LCD screen.
2. Play your selected video:
 Press the Video Shutter button to start playing the video.
 Press the Video Shutter button again to pause the video and to continue playing and
pausing as needed.
 To fully stop the video, press the OK on the joystick button.
 Use the VOL- and VOL+ (located on the top section of your camera) to decrease and
increase the volume of the video while it is playing.

Thumbnail View
Use the W/Zoom Out button to display your captured images in Thumbnail View.
The images (videos and photos) on your camera will be displayed in a 3 X 3 matrix where you can
scroll and select images from the thumbnails.
1. Press the W/Zoom Out button.
All the images on your camera will appear in the Thumbnail View.
2. Use the UP / DOWN / LEFT / RIGHT buttons on the joystick to scroll and select the image you
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3. Press the OK button on the joystick to enlarge the selected image full size.
4. Once the video is full size you can play and view the video.

Video Playback Mode Quick Function Buttons
Your digital video camera has Quick Function buttons controlled by the OK joystick button.
Button Function
Right
– Displays the NEXT image
– Navigates in Thumbnail View
Left
– Displays the PREVIOUS image
– Navigates in Thumbnail View
Up Navigates in Thumbnail View
Down Navigates in Thumbnail View
OK
– STOPS Video Playback
– Enlarges selected photo from Thumbnail size to regular size.
Other:
Video Shutter PLAYS and PAUSES Video Playback
W/Zoom Out Opens the Thumbnail View

Video Playback Mode Menus
The following menu appears in your digital video camera‟s Video Playback Mode:

Note: The order of the menus options may vary.

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ViviLink Menu
The ViviLink technology allows you to quickly and easily upload your camera‟s photos and videos to
the social networks of your choice with the accompanying Vivitar Experience Image Manager
application.
1. Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.
2. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to scroll and select the ViviLink menu.
3. Press the joystick button UP or DOWN to highlight the desired menu option.
4. Press the OK button on the joystick to select and confirm the highlighted menu option.
5. A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.
6. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to select the next menu item.
7. Press the MODE button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.
8. An icon will appear on the image with the selected ViviLink destination site.
9. Remember that the ViviLink feature is deactivated by default. A ViviLink destination will only be
assigned to a photo or video if you manually set it from this menu.
Changing the ViviLink destination site will also make the selected site the new default ViviLink
option. A new default can be selected at any time using this menu.

Protect/Lock Menu
Pictures and Videos taken with your camera can be protected or “locked” to prevent any deletion or
alteration being made to the files.
1. Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.
2. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to scroll and select the Protect/Lock menu.
3. Press the joystick button UP or DOWN to highlight the desired menu option.
4. Press the OK button on the joystick to select and confirm the highlighted menu option.
5. A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.
6. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to select the next menu item.
7. Press the MODE button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode. 32

8. Any image that is locked will display a lock symbol on the LCD screen when viewing that image
in the Playback mode. Videos that are not locked will not display the lock symbol.
Remember: Locked videos cannot be deleted.

Delete Menu
While in the Playback mode, you can delete videos and photos from your digital video camera using
the Delete menu.
1. Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.
2. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to scroll and select the Delete menu.
1. Press the joystick button UP or DOWN to highlight the desired menu option.
2. To delete the selected video, select “Delete This Video?” and press OK button on the joystick.
 If you would like to proceed with deleting the current image: select „Yes‟ and press the OK
button on the joystick to confirm. The video will be deleted and you will exit the menu and
return to the Playback mode.
 If you do not want to delete the current image, select „No‟ and press the OK button on the
joystick. The video will not be deleted and you will exit the menu and return to the Playback
mode.
3. To delete all the videos and photos you have saved on your SD Memory card, select “Delete All
Images?” and press the OK button on the joystick.
 If you would like to proceed with deleting all the videos and photos, select „Yes‟ and press
the OK button on the joystick to confirm.
All of your images will be permanently deleted.
A black „No File‟ screen will appear. Press the MODE button to exit the „No File‟ screen and
return to Video Capture mode.
 If you do not want to delete all of your videos and photos, select „No‟ and press the OK
button on the joystick . All images will remain on your SD card and you will exit the menu and
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Photo Capture Mode
The Photo Capture mode allows you to capture pictures with your digital video camera.

Taking a Picture
1. While in Photo Capture mode, use the LCD display to direct the digital video camera at the
scene you would like to capture.
2. Press the T/Zoom In and W/Zoom Out buttons (on the top section of the digital
video camera) to better set the camera display if desired.
Note: The actual shape of these buttons may vary per camera model.
3. Press the Photo Shutter button to take the picture.
4. The picture will automatically be saved to the SD Memory card.

Photo Capture Mode Quick Function Buttons
Your digital video camera has Quick Function buttons controlled by the OK joystick button.
Button Function
Right
Delete
Opens the Delete menu to the „Delete This Photo?‟ option
Left
Self-Timer
Toggles between the Self-Timer Options:
2 seconds, 5 seconds, 10 seconds, Off
EV + Up
Light Exposure (-3.0EV ~ +3.0EV)
Increases the Light Exposure +
EV- Down
Light Exposure (-3.0EV ~ +3.0EV)
Reduces the Light Exposure –
OK
Flash
Turns the LED Flash On / Off

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ViviLink Button:
The ViviLink button (located on the inside wall of your digital video camera) allows you to easily and
quickly define which social network your captured photo will be uploaded to when using the
software application.
1. While in Photo Capture mode, press the ViviLink button.
2. The ViviLink for Photos Menu opens.
3. Press the joystick button UP or DOWN to highlight the desired menu option.
4. Press the OK button on the joystick to select and save the highlighted menu option.
5. A selected option icon will appear on the selected item and you will return to the previous
mode.
6. An icon reflecting your selection will display on the LCD screen.
7. Once you have selected the ViviLink destination site, the selection applies only to the current
picture you are capturing.

Remember: The ViviLink feature is deactivated by default, therefore select the ViviLink
destination before capturing a photo. A ViviLink destination will only be assigned to a photo or
video if you manually set it from the ViviLink menu.

Changing the ViviLink destination site will also make the selected site the new default ViviLink
option. A new default can be selected at any time using this menu.

After you have captured a photo and would like to add the ViviLink (or change the ViviLink if it
already has one) you can do so by viewing the captured photo(s) in the Photo Playback Mode
and pressing the MENU button to access the ViviLink for Photos Menu.

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Photo Capture Mode Menus
The following are the menus that appear in your digital video camera‟s Photo Capture Mode:
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Scene Menu
The Scene Menu allows you to choose scene settings that allow your camera to adapt properly to
your current environment.
1. Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.
2. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to scroll and select the Scene menu.
3. Press the joystick button UP or DOWN to highlight the desired menu option.
4. Press the OK button on the joystick to select and confirm the highlighted menu option.
5. A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.
6. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to select the next menu item.
7. Press the MODE button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.
8. An icon reflecting your selection will display on the LCD screen.
9. Remember that this setting will be saved by your digital video camera until you manually change
the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

Image Resolution Menu
The Image Resolution menu allows you to choose the desired size of the images taken by your
digital video camera. Keep in mind that images with a higher resolution will also take up more of
your camera‟s memory.
1. Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.
2. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to scroll and select the Image Resolution menu.
3. Press the joystick button UP or DOWN to highlight the desired menu option.
4. Press the OK button on the joystick to select and confirm the highlighted menu option.
5. A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.
6. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to select the next menu item.
7. Press the MODE button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.
8. An icon reflecting your selection will display on the LCD screen. 37

9. Remember that this setting will be saved by your digital video camera until you manually change
the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

Image Quality Menu
The Image Quality menu allows you to select the desired quality level of the images taken by your
camera. Keep in mind that images with a higher image quality level will also take up more memory
on your camera.
1. Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.
2. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to scroll and select the Image Quality menu.
3. Press the joystick button UP or DOWN to highlight the desired menu option.
4. Press the OK button on the joystick to select and confirm the highlighted menu option.
5. A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.
6. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to select the next menu item.
7. Press the MODE button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.
8. An icon reflecting your selection will display on the LCD screen.
9. Remember that this setting will be saved by your digital video camera until you manually change
the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

Self-Timer Menu
The Self-Timer menu allows you to set a delay between the time that the digital video camera‟s
shutter button is pressed and the actual capture of the picture.
This is an optimal feature if you don‟t just want to take the picture but would like to be in the picture
yourself.
Just set the desired self-timer delay, press the Shutter button and position yourself in front of the
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Beeping sounds will indicate the countdown until the photo is taken – according to the time you have
selected: 2 seconds, 5 seconds, or 10 seconds.
NOTE: The Self-Timer can also be quickly activated by simply pressing the joystick button LEFT.

1. Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.
2. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to scroll and select the Self-Timer menu.
3. Press the joystick button UP or DOWN to highlight the desired menu option.
4. Press the OK button on the joystick to select and confirm the highlighted menu option.
5. A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.
6. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to select the next menu item.
7. Press the MODE button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.
8. An icon reflecting your selection will display on the LCD screen.
9. The Self-Timer is active for only the photo taken after the Self-Timer has been set.
Reset the Self-Timer for each separate photo when needed.

Anti-Shake Menu
The Anti-Shake feature reduces image corruption that can be caused by movement of the camera
while capturing the image.
1. Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.
2. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to scroll and select the Anti-Shake menu.
3. Press the joystick button UP or DOWN to highlight the desired menu option.
4. Press the OK button on the joystick to select and confirm the highlighted menu option.
5. A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.
6. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to select the next menu item.
7. Press the MODE button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.
8. An icon reflecting your selection will display on the LCD screen. 39

9. Remember that this setting will be saved by your digital video camera until you manually change
the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

Face Detect Menu
The Face Detect feature when set to „On‟ allows the camera to use a subject‟s face as the basis for
balancing the other colors and focus in the camera‟s display. This feature is meant to ensure that
the color and focus of your pictures will be consistently sharp and high-quality.

To properly use the Face Detect option, please ensure the following:
 Anti-Shake – Ensure that the Anti-Shake option is set to „On‟. The Anti-Shake option is „On‟ by
default when you start using your camera and assists you in properly focusing the image.
 Distance from the camera – The subject‟s face must be no further than 8 to 9 feet (3.5 meters)
from the camera and the face must cover at least 20% (1 / 5th) of the picture as „seen‟ on the
LCD screen.
 Facing the camera – The face of the subject(s) you are photographing must be facing the
camera and must hold the pose for at least 4 to 5 seconds until the green square(s) appears
around the subject‟s face.
Face Detect will not work with a side shot of the subject‟s head.

1. Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.
2. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to scroll and select the Face Detect menu.
3. Press the joystick button UP or DOWN to highlight the desired menu option.
4. Press the OK button on the joystick to select and confirm the highlighted menu option.
5. A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.
6. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to select the next menu item.
7. Press the MODE button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.
8. An icon reflecting your selection will display on the LCD screen. 40

9. Remember that this setting will be saved by your digital video camera until you manually
change the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

Smile Capture Menu
The Smile Capture feature when set to „On‟ allows the camera to automatically take a picture when
it detects that a subject in the picture is smiling.

To properly use the Smile Capture feature, please ensure the following:
 Anti-Shake – Ensure that the Anti-Shake option is set to „On‟. The Anti-Shake option is „On‟ by
default when you start using your camera and assists you in properly focusing the image.
 Distance from the camera – The subject‟s face must cover a majority of the picture as „seen‟
on the LCD screen.
 Facing the camera – The face of the subject(s) you are photographing must be facing the
camera and must hold the pose for at least 4 to 5 seconds until the green square(s) appears
around the subject‟s face.
Once a smile is detected the camera will automatically take the picture.
Smile Capture will not work with a side shot of the subject‟s head.

1. Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.
2. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to scroll and select the Smile Capture menu.
3. Press the joystick button UP or DOWN to highlight the desired menu option.
4. Press the OK button on the joystick to select and confirm the highlighted menu option.
5. A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.
6. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to select the next menu item.
7. Press the MODE button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.
8. An icon reflecting your selection will display on the LCD screen.
9. Remember that this setting will be saved by your digital video camera until you manually change
the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings. 41

White Balance Menu
The White Balance feature allows your camera to adjust the coloring of the captured images
depending on the type of light source in the current environment.
Properly adjusting the White Balance setting to match your current environment will allow the
camera to properly balance the colors in the images that are taken with your camera.
1. Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.
2. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to scroll and select the White Balance menu.
3. Press the joystick button UP or DOWN to highlight the desired menu option.
4. Press the OK button on the joystick to select and confirm the highlighted menu option.
5. A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.
6. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to select the next menu item.
7. Press the MODE button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.
8. An icon reflecting your selection will display on the LCD screen.
9. Remember that this setting will be saved by your digital video camera until you manually change
the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

Color Effect Menu
You can choose to add a color effect to the images taken with your camera.
1. Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.
2. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to scroll and select the Color Effect menu.
3. Press the joystick button UP or DOWN to highlight the desired menu option.
4. Press the OK button on the joystick to select and confirm the highlighted menu option.
5. A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.
6. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to select the next menu item.
7. Press the MODE button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.
8. Remember that this setting will be saved by your digital video camera until you manually change
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Multi SnapShots Menu
When enabled, the Multi SnapShots feature allows you to take five rapid snapshots in a row with a
single click of the Photo Shutter button.
This feature can be effective when trying to capture a particular moment in a sporting event or other
scenes with quick movements.
1. Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.
2. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to scroll and select the Multi SnapShots menu.
3. Press the joystick button UP or DOWN to highlight the desired menu option.
4. Press the OK button on the joystick to select and confirm the highlighted menu option.
5. A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.
6. Press the joystick button LEFT or RIGHT to select the next menu item.
7. Press the MODE button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.
8. An icon reflecting your selection will display on the LCD screen.
9. Remember that this setting will be saved by your digital video camera until you manually change
the settin

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