When you turn on the camera, always check that four icons appear at the top left hand side of the screen: 1. The runner....................Sports mode, to ensure the fastest possible shutter speed is used. 2. Flash off 3. The interval mode icon.......After pushing the shutter button, it is always best to wait 10 seconds for the click of the shutter before launching the camera, just to make sure that this feature is working (nothing will happen if your SD card is full). Using a full, or nearly full card, can reset the value for the number of images to take. Always download all your images after an outing and start any new session with an empty card. Carry a spare card. 4. The mountain................Infinity focus.
The battery icon should also show some charge.
Also check that the lens is set to its widest angle using the toggle switch (at the top right hand side of the screen) by pressing the left hand side. Using the telephoto setting will limit the field of view and it is more likely to produce blurred images.
The memory function (in the menu) is set to remember these options (hopefully) when you turn the camera off. If the settings are changed and the camera turned off, the altered settings will be remembered!
Check that there are no fingerprints, or other blemishes, in front of the lens.....this also ensures that you have taken off the lens cap ;o)
The EV is set to -0.7 to slightly underexpose the images, which will turn out a little darker than they would normally. This partly helps to select a higher shutter speed, to reduce blurring, but is mainly to stop bright areas in the image from being overexposed, with loss of detail. The image brightness can be corrected in your photographic software (auto adjust, auto levels etc).
The main thing with this camera is not to turn the lens. Some of the cameras were supplied with a lens cap and if it is fitted tightly, turning it can turn the lens, which is lightly glued into position. Never push on the cap too tightly and always pull it off, do not turn. My preference is not to use the lens cap but put the camera in a little plastic bag. The lenses are cheap to replace (~£7). If the lens is turned, your images will not be sharp. Should the lens becomes loose, send the camera back to me. Alternatively, you can wire your camera up to a TV and point it at something out of the window and focus the image by turning the lens. Then add a blob of glue to where the lens screws into its mounting.
Hi everyone. I am new to this and really enjoying the learning curve ! Have a starter kit with a beautiful Delta kite and the wee video camera. I want to take long shots-say about 30min while i walk with the kite. . .but there seems to be a 1GB limit to the file size on my 32 GB SD card. Anyone know how to change that? Thanks in advance ! Gill Land Marks www.land-marks-art.co.uk
Thanks Jim, Yes, the 32 Gb SD card only saves in 1GB blocks...it would be great to have more in one go so I could do continuous video and yes love to post my images...just have to work out how on this forum to do that...watch this space :-)
I will have a look over the weekend. As Bilk has pointed out, it may require that the SD card requires a re-format in the camera (the below info is taken from the manual):
In-Camera Formatting This camera supports in-camera formatting. The camera will work with various micro SD / SDHC memory cards formatted as FAT32. To avoid any possible memory card compatibility issue, it’s strongly recommended to use in-camera formatting to format memory cards. The procedure as below,
1.Connect the Camera to your computer and it should show up as an extra hard drive/Removable disk.
2.Press and hold Shutter button. DO NOT RELEASE the button.
3.Disconnect the camera from the computer in the normal manner.
4.Keep holding shutter button until indicator light flashes and then turns off, indicating that formatting is completed. This will take approx 5 seconds.
I know that the camera may be set-up to record in "loop" mood where it will save the video in blocks and this can be turned off internally via a GUI. It also possible to simply glue the bits of video together using some sort of video editor software.
Hopefully that may do the trick. If not we will have to use the GUI (a graphical interface) to adjust the internal settings.
If anyone else reading this has the same issue, can they report it on here please....
Thanks so much Jim! I am so busy getting people to their favourite places with the kite, and doing what else I am supposed to be doing, (then falling asleep !) but will try the in -camera format you suggest... as soon as i have a mo. I can easily work with video footage etc. I just love the idea of a video journey walk with the kite...then I could maybe speed it up or slow bits down...but the point is that there would be some sort of journey/walk. Thats why I wanted the video to last a wee bit longer than 1GB. But I am also really wanting good still shots, so there are several strands t my exploration...and am really enjoying it
Thanks Jim/John /Bill I just did the format you suggested Jim, and tested it, but it still does the same thing (see screenshot attached). The max size is about 1gb with 20 min play time. BUT it does seem to keep recording in 1gb sized chunks...now this may not be such a bad thing actually, as it stops hours of data being lost if the file gets corrupted or something!
I will have a look at the camera config to see if this has been adjusted internally in any way. Could you please download the GUI software which John has linked to. The software will download as a zip, un-zip this some where and run the NR16 prog. Plug in your camera into the computer as normal and wait for it be recognised by the system. A box will appear, requesting access to the internet, this is fine so it can check for updates etc. Hopefully your camera will be recognised by the software. Could you please get screen shots when cycling through the tabs, 'basic settings', 'recording settings' and 'advanced image settings'. Please do not change any of the settings and simply close the software down. Upload the screen grabs onto here for me please.