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Old Jul 26, 2010, 5:41 PM   #1
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I received my new Z950 this afternoon Everything checks out so far. I'm charging my batteries now. One in the camera, one on another charger. I hope to try it soon!!!

Thanks everyone (Especially Sarah) for their input on my decision. I think it will be a good camera for me!!!!! I hope to try and post some photos but not sure how, yet I will probably need assistance with that.
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Congratulations, Terry-

Enjoy your new camera. I will try to get enough time to write a Z-950 Beginner's Guide for you.

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Enjoy your new camera. I will try to get enough time to write a Z-950 Beginner's Guide for you.

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Congratulations, Terry-

Enjoy your new camera. I will try to get enough time to write a Z-950 Beginner's Guide for you.

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Thanks Sarah,
I look forward to that. I received my new camera this afternoon. I've been charging the batteries and setting it up. I started taking some photos with it and at about the third picture the lcd filled with vertical squiggly lines and the camera turned off. No lights but the lens stayed out. I hit the power button after a moment and it came back on. I went outside to take a few shots and it happened 2 more times. Once when I was shooting clouds the lcd just went pale white all over and it shut off like before. I have the memory stick that came with the kit in the camera. It's a Patriot Memory 8GB Class 4 Stick. I formatted it after I put it in. Do you have any ideas as to what is going on? I have tried it again inside my home and took over 12 in a row with no problem other than the processing message. Don't have any idea what is going on.Have you tried yours that you ordered for your daughter? Thanks in advance!
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It appears that the problem was that the Patriot Memory Card was not formatted. Here is the Z-950 Beginner's Guide that I promised you:


Kodak Z-950 Beginner’s Guide:

The easiest way to get started is to first read completely through the Owner’s Manual and charge the battery. When you are ready to take your first photos, do this:

(1) Set “P” on the Mode Selector. “P” stands for Programmed Auto Mode. It is an Automatic Mode that allows the user to make adjustments to the ISO, to the Exposure Compensation, the Flash Compensation, the WB or White Balance, the Burst Mode, the Scene Modes, and the Focusing Options.

Note: Stay out of the Little Red Camera icon if you are interested in camera shoto to shot speed, as that mode puts each photo through the Kodak “Perfect Touch” in camera post processing procedure.

(2) Set to ISO to “Auto ISO. You probably want to consider limiting how far the
camera can increase the ISO setting by itself. I would recommend that for outdoor
photos that you limit the ISO increase to ISO 400. For indoor use limit the ISO
increase to ISO 800.

(3) Set the WB to White Balance to “Auto WB” when shooting out doors. If you are shooting with flash indoors you can keep the Auto WB in place. If you are shooting indoors without flash, use tungsten or incandescent WB, it is indicated by the small logo symbol of a light bulb. Set the Flash mode selector to the Auto Flash position. This is not a perfect mode and there are two instances where the camera can be confused on when to deploy the flash.

(4) Set the AF (Auto Focus) control (still) to single. Selecting continuous, just runs
down the camera’s battery.

Note: Here is how to set up your first photo, and for that matter, every other photo,
Thereafter. Frame your desired photo using the Z-950’s LCD screen. When you
have what you want, slowly squeeze down 1/2 way on the shutter release. That
will make the camera focus, and when the focus has been achieved, your
focusing bars on the LCD screen will turn green. Now fully depress the shutter
release and the photo is taken.

(5) The main thing you want to avoid is jabbing at the shutter, as this will cause sudden camera movement overpowering the IS or image stabilization system and blurring the photo. Use the shutter release gently!

(6) After the photo has been recorded, check how the exposure looks on the cameras LCD screen. If it is to light, it is over exposed. If it is too dark, it is under exposed. You are looking for the midway point where the properly exposed photo looks like are properly tuned TV set.

(7) Exposure Compensation (with the camera in the “P” Mode) is located in the center, bottom of the LCD screen. A photo that is too light can be corrected by using Minus Exposure Compensation. Make the initial Minus Exposure Compensation setting EV-0.7, take the photo, and check the result on the camera’s LCD screen. Then increase or decrease the Exposure Compensation to attain the proper LCD screen appearance. If the photo is too dark, you will have to apply Positive Exposure Compensation. Begin with a setting of EV+0.7, and then again adjust the Exposure compensation again, as required to attain the proper LCD screen appearance.


(8) After the photo is taken, you will notice that a flashing red light will blink on the camera. This is an indication that the camera is recording the image to the camera’s flash memory card.

(9) If you are indoors and desire to take a flash photo using the camera’s built-in flash unit (a) check that the Flash Selector, located on the top of the camera and indicated by a small lighting bolt is selected to the Auto Flash mode (shown by a lighting bolt with the capital letter A next to it is the upper left hand corner of the LCD screen). (b) recheck that the WB is still set to Auto ISO. (c) Keep the camera to subject distance at 11.5 feet or less to achieve the proper exposure. If you are photographing a group and you must increase the amount of light projected from the camera’s built-in flash unit so that the Flash Range can be increased from the normal maximum Flash Range of 11.5 feet, to a greater value. The adjustment on the Flash Compensation scale works in the same way as Exposure Compensation did. Positive Flash Compensation increases the flash output and the Flash Range. Negative Flash Compensation reduces the flash output and the Flash Range.


(10) If you want to take a close up photo (also called a Macro Photo), where the camera to subject distance is 30 inches or less, you will have to select the Macro or Close-up Mode. The easiest way on the Z-950 is to switch the Mode Selector to SCN (Scene Mode) and, then, using the 4 way controller, select a Flower shot. Again the same photo taking procedure will apply. Gently depress the shutter release to the half way point, the camera locks the focus and gives you the focus locked signal. Re-frame your focus as necessary after allowing the camera to focus on the exact point desired. If the photo environment’s lighting is low, select the Flash (top of the camera with a lighting bolt), Auto WB , and Auto ISO, as previously described. The built-in flash unit will reduce the light output of the flash due to the reduced Flash Range between camera and subject in this Macro or Close-up shot. After taking your close-up photo check the camera’s LCD screen for proper exposure. If the exposure is too light or too dark you will use the Exposure Compensation procedures outlined above. If you are taking the Macro or Close-up photo while employing flash, once again check the LCD screen for proper exposure. If the result is too light or too dark, you will use the Flash Compensation feature as described previously.
(10)As lighting conditions change you will have to adjust your camera’s WB to get
the correct color in your photo. There are fixed WB settings for bright sunshine,
cloudy or foggy conditions, tungsten or incandescent lighting, and for fluorescent
lighting (several varieties).

(11)Keep in mind that there are indeed minimum focus distances for each lens
position. In the Macro or Close up mode, the minimum focus distance is roughly
2.0 inches. You must receive the focus confirmation to be sure that you are not
too close and that your photo is properly focused. In the normal focus mode,
without any zooming, the minimum focus distance is around 36 inches, or 3 feet.

Note: As the camera zooms out further, expect the minimum focus to also increase. So, in a Macro photo, if the camera will not lock focus, the problem is most probably that you are at less than the minimum focus distance for that lens setting.

(12) The better the light, the better your photos will be. As the light level decreases
measurably you will find the photo quality will fall and the camera will have a
harder time recording your photo. So good light is essential to good photos.

(13) Photographers are like concert pianists: the more you practice and learn the
better their photos will be.

(14) Take your time and learn how the changes that you make to your camera,
directly affect how your camera records your photo.

(15) Here is a quick review of the options on your Mode Selector:
Small red camera icon: Remember that this is a slow operating mode as it includes “Perfect Touch” in camera post processing.

P=Programed Auto. This is the mode I use most often. This works just like Full Automatic only it allows you to make some changes to ISO, flash options, Exposure Compensation, Flash Compensation, White Balance etc.

S=Shutter Priority. You select the shutter speed and the camera adjusts for the proper exposure by adjusting the aperture.

A=Aperture Priority. You select the aperture and the camera automatically sets the proper exposure by adjust the shutter speed.

M=Manual Mode. You select the shutter speed and aperture and the camera reports if your selection will produce the produce the proper exposure, by displaying the wrong exposure in red color and the correct exposure in green color. So understand that using the Manual Mode will require some big time manual adjustments on your part. My advice is do not use this mode until you know a lot about the Z-950 camera.

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It appears that the problem was that the Patriot Memory Card was not formatted.




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Sarah,
Thanks very much for the guide! It will be very helpful!!
I formatted the card again via the camera menu. Set up the camera in P mode as you suggested for inside photos. I took about 17 or 18 pictures, one after another. Some with auto flash and some without with W/B set on tungsten. All did well with no problems.
I change to smart capture mode and on the 3rd or 4th picture I get the light green screen with squiggly lines and the camera shuts down with the lens extended. At this point I try to power it back on but it will not. The instant I hit the power button the lcd lights up for a nano second and goes out. It looks like the squiggly vert line screen. The battery was over half gone at this point and I change it with my other one. I hit the power button after the change and it powers up, pulls in the lens and then extends it again as it powers up. I start taking pics again (Smart Capture Still) and on the third one the lcd reverse fades into the cream colored screen and shuts off.

I tried the camera in Smart Capture mode with no card installed and on the 4th picture I get the squiggly line lcd with shutdown.

I shot 11 pics one right the other in P mode with no card installed without any problems at all.
Any and all thoughts are desired. I'm getting a little worried.
Thanks,
Terry

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You should get well over 100 shots on a fully charged battery, assuming all is well with the camera and the batteries.

Doesn't appear that the batteries were fully charged?

Try charging the battery in the camera using the USB cable either with the wall socket (AC Adapter) that came with it or by plugging the USB cable in to your computer. either way, monitor the power light, it should flash while the camera battery is charging and then go solid once it is fully charged.

The above doesn't really make any sense unless the SD card is bad..... really bad... or the camera itself is bad.

Smart capture mode is just some software subroutines, not an evil worm or whatever. So it should really not have anything to do with this problem.

BTW my Z950 is still my walk-around camera and as so it gets bounced around in the car, left of tables for children to mess with, and after 10 months seems to be still like new?

Never-the-less, if after the above charging effort, if the problem remains send it back for another.

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Terry-

I agree with the GreyGeek. If you continue to have problems, return the camera and get a replacement camera. My two Z-950 cameras get used by everyone in the family, and we have had no problems at all.

Before you send it back though, just to be sure, I would try a different card in the camera. I have had Patriot brand cards before and they vary widely in quality. I have two of them. One works fine, one has completely failed.

If a different memory card solves the problem, then all you have to do is to return the card, and not the camera.

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You should get well over 100 shots on a fully charged battery, assuming all is well with the camera and the batteries.

Doesn't appear that the batteries were fully charged?

Try charging the battery in the camera using the USB cable either with the wall socket (AC Adapter) that came with it or by plugging the USB cable in to your computer. either way, monitor the power light, it should flash while the camera battery is charging and then go solid once it is fully charged.

The above doesn't really make any sense unless the SD card is bad..... really bad... or the camera itself is bad.

Smart capture mode is just some software subroutines, not an evil worm or whatever. So it should really not have anything to do with this problem.

BTW my Z950 is still my walk-around camera and as so it gets bounced around in the car, left of tables for children to mess with, and after 10 months seems to be still like new?

Never-the-less, if after the above charging effort, if the problem remains send it back for another.

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Thanks Greygeek,
I have recharged my batteries and will give it another try.
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Terry-

I agree with the GreyGeek. If you continue to have problems, return the camera and get a replacement camera. My two Z-950 cameras get used by everyone in the family, and we have had no problems at all.

Before you send it back though, just to be sure, I would try a different card in the camera. I have had Patriot brand cards before and they vary widely in quality. I have two of them. One works fine, one has completely failed.

If a different memory card solves the problem, then all you have to do is to return the card, and not the camera.

Sarah Joyce
Sarah,
Thanks to both you and greygeek for your replies. I recharged my battery via my computer cable per greygeek's advice. The lcd display showed it at full charge. I put in a sandisk 4 GB class 2 card that I know works from my phone per your advice. I put the camera in smart capture mode and the first time I try to take a picture the lcd goes to the squiggly line display and shuts off.
I'm sending the camera back. I got my camera from Amazon/BigvalueInc. Is that where yours came from Sarah?
I hope to have no problems doing so. I'll keep you posted.
Terry
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