SuperDisk™ PalmCam®
Digital Camera FAQs


  1. Where are the images stored on SuperDisk™ PalmCamreg; digital cameras?

  2. Compared to floppy disk-based digital cameras, how much more memory capacity do SuperDisk™ PalmCam® digital cameras offer?

  3. What are the main advantages of the SuperDisk™ PalmCam® digital cameras?

  4. Are there any optional accessories for SuperDisk™ PalmCam® cameras?

  5. What is the shutter speed of SuperDisk™ PalmCam® cameras?

  6. What is the focusing range for SuperDisk™ PalmCam® cameras?

  7. On a 35mm basis, what is the lens range for the SuperDisk™ PalmCam® cameras?

  8. What computer can I use with my SuperDisk™ PalmCam® camera?

  9. Will my SuperDisk™ PalmCam® digital camera work with Windows® 2000?

  10. Since the cameras do not have an optical viewfinder, how does the LCD work in the sunlight?

  11. Can I only use the included lithium ion battery pack with the PV-SD4090 and PV-SD5000 SuperDisk™ PalmCam® digital cameras?

  12. What are the weight and dimensions of the PV-SD4090 and the PV-SD5000?

  13. What is the DPOF print mark function?

  14. Will pictures be lost if the battery is removed?

  15. After one minute the LCD screen turns black. Is there something wrong with the camera?

  16. Can these cameras only be used with Adobe® PhotoDeluxe® software?

  17. What is the Panasonic Digital Camera Advantage Program?

  18. What are the warranty terms for SuperDisk™ PalmCam® models?


1. Where are the images stored on SuperDisk™ PalmCam® digital cameras?
Panasonic SuperDisk™ digital cameras store images on 120MB SuperDisk™ Diskettes or on standard floppy disks. To use: Insert a SuperDisk™ Diskette or regular floppy disk into the camera and take pictures until the disk is full. You can selectively erase images from either the SuperDisk™ Diskette or the floppy disk and reuse it, or replace it with a fresh disk.

2. Compared to floppy disk-based digital cameras, how much more memory capacity do SuperDisk™ PalmCam® digital cameras offer?
One 120MB SuperDisk™ Diskette has the storage capacity of 83 standard floppy disks. The exact number of images you can store depends on the product model you're using and the camera mode used. Please refer to the charts below for more information.

Storage capacity for the PV-SD4090
Camera Mode SuperDisk™ Diskette Floppy Disk
SuperFine mode (1280x960) up to 450 images up to 5 images
Fine mode (1280x960) up to 900 images up to 10 images
Normal/Burst/Zoom modes
(640x480)
up to 1500 images up to 15 images
Motion image recording mode
(10 sec. max./320x240)
up to 90 sets 1 set


Storage capacity for the PV-SD5000
Camera Mode SuperDisk™ Diskette Floppy Disk
SuperFine mode* (2048x1536) up to 240 images up to 2 images
Fine mode (2048x1536) up to 340 images up to 4 images
TIFF Mode (2048x1536) up to 12 images 0 images
Normal/2x Zoom modes
(1024x768)
up to 1000 images up to 12 images
Burst Recording (1,024 x 768) up to 1,400 images up to 15 images
3x Zoom mode up to 1,500 images up to 17 images
Motion image recording mode
(12 sec. max./320x240)
up to 70 sets up to 1 set
TIFF Mode up to 12 images 0 images

3. What are the main advantages of the SuperDisk™ PalmCam® digital cameras?

  • Super high capacity storage/ floppy disk compatible
    The Panasonic PV-SD4090 and PV-SD5000 digital cameras offer super high capacity storage on a 120MB SuperDisk™ Diskette for up to 1500 shots on the PV-SD4090 (Up to 1000 on PV-SD5000). Also, both cameras are floppy disk compatible.
  • USB Port/External SuperDisk™ Drive
    Both cameras come equipped with a USB port so you can quickly and easily transfer images from either a SuperDisk™ Diskette or floppy disk (using the included USB cable) to your computer, even if your computer does not come equipped with either a SuperDisk™ Drive or floppy disk drive. In addition, images and data can be transferred from your computer to the camera using the included USB cable*. This lets both the PV-SD4090 and the PV-SD5000 digital cameras function as an external SuperDisk™ Drive so you can easily archive your images or backup all your data (i.e. Excel, PowerPoint files).
  • Inexpensive media
    Panasonic SuperDisk™ digital cameras use SuperDisk™ Diskettes or 1.44MB floppy disks. SuperDisk™ Diskettes cost approximately $10.00 each (suggested retail price), which is far less expensive than comparable CompactFlash or SmartMedia cards.
  • Motion image recording with audio
    The PV-SD5000 can record up to 12 seconds of motion images with audio (the PV-SD4090 stores up to 10 seconds) using the popular QuickTime™** format, so you can easily send motion image files to friends and family.
  • TIFF recording (PV-SD5000 only)
    TIFF format recording allows you to take uncompressed images with greater clarity and detail.
  • Comes with a complete package of accessories, including:
    1. 120MB Panasonic SuperDisk™ Diskette
    2. Rechargeable lithium ion battery pack
    3. AC adapter charger
    4. DC cable
    5. A/V cable
    6. USB cable
    7. Camera strap
    8. Software CD-ROM including Adobe® PhotoDeluxe® editing software
*Requires Microsoft™ Windows® 98 preinstalled PC with USB port, Windows® 2000 PC with USB port, iMac® or Power Macintosh® G3 or G4 with USB port and Mac OS version 8.1 or later. Windows® 2000 driver for the PV-SD4090 is currently available on this website. Software for the PV-SD5000 will be available in the near future.

**QuickTime and the QuickTime logo are trademarks used under license. QuickTime is registered in the U.S. and other countries.

4. Are there any optional accessories for SuperDisk™ PalmCam® cameras?

Yes. The optional accessories that are currently available are as follows:

  • CGR-B/202A1B lithium battery (1250 mAh)
  • PV-H150 soft carrying case
  • PV-FA52 lens adapter and protective filter kit (PV-SD5000 only)
If your store doesn't currently carry the accessories you want, please call our accessory order line at 1-800-332-5368, or visit Panasonic Select Direct online by clicking here.

5. What is the shutter speed of SuperDisk™ PalmCam® cameras?

  • PV-SD4090
    1/30 - 1/750 in auto mode
    1/4 - 1/750 in slow shutter mode

  • PV-SD5000
    1/30 - 1/1,000 in auto mode
    1/4 - 1/1,000 in slow shutter mode
    1/30 - 1/4,000 in motion mode

6. What is the focusing range for SuperDisk™ PalmCam® cameras?
The focus ranges for the PV-SD4090 is 20 cm to infinity. The focus ranges for the PV-SD5000 is 30cm to infinity, and 6cm to 50cm in macro mode.

7. On a 35mm basis, what is the lens range for the SuperDisk™ PalmCam® cameras?

  • PV-SD4090
    34 - 102mm

  • PV-SD5000
    35 - 105mm

8. What computer can I use with my SuperDisk™ PalmCam® camera?
Microsoft™ Windows® 98 preinstalled PC with USB port, Windows® 2000 PC with USB port, iMac® or Power Macintosh® G3 or G4 with USB port and Mac OS version 8.1 or later. Windows® 2000 driver for the PV-SD4090 is currently available on this website. Software for the PV-SD5000 will be available in the near future.

9. Will my SuperDisk™ PalmCam® digital camera work with Windows® 2000?
Yes. The PV-SD5000 driver will be available in the near future on our Software Downloads page of the digital imaging website. For the PV-SD4090, the Windows 2000 device driver can be downloaded off of our digital camera Web site, directly from our Software Downloads page.

10. Since the cameras do not have an optical viewfinder, how does the LCD work in the sunlight?
The 2.5" LCD on both cameras uses a special back lighting system to help cut down on sun glare.

11. Can I only use the included lithium ion battery pack with the PV-SD4090 and PV-SD5000 SuperDisk™ PalmCam® digital cameras?
Yes. Both cameras will only accept the Panasonic CGR-B/202A1B lithium ion battery pack. This special battery pack gives up to 100 minutes of use or 200 shots (based on the Fine mode, one shot with flash every 30 seconds).

12. What are the weight and dimensions of the PV-SD4090 and the PV-SD5000?

  • PV-SD4090
    Dimensions (WxHxD): 5-5/8" (143mm) x 4-3/8" (112mm) x 3-1/4" (84mm)
    Weight: 1.53 lbs (695g) without battery

  • PV-SD5000
    Dimensions (WxHxD): 5-5/8" (144mm) x 4-3/8" (112mm) x 3-1/4" (84mm)
    Weight: 1.53 lbs (695g) without battery

13. What is the DPOF print mark function?
The DPOF print mark function allows you to sort through a disk and select the images you want to print by electronically marking them. You can then print the marked images on any DPOF compatible printer by hitting the auto print button or by going to any photo developer that supports DPOF.

14. Will pictures be lost if the battery is removed?
No. The pictures will be retained on the removable media.

15. After one minute the LCD screen turns black. Is there something wrong with the camera?
No. All Panasonic PalmCam digital cameras have a power down feature to conserve battery power. If there is over one minute of inactivity, the LCD will power down to conserve the battery. Simply hit the shutter button and the LCD will turn on.

16. Can these cameras only be used with Adobe® PhotoDeluxe® software?
No. These cameras store images in a JPEG format (PV-SD5000 can also store images in the TIFF format) and can be used with any software package that can open a JPEG or TIFF image.

17. What is the Panasonic Digital Camera Advantage Program?
The Panasonic Digital Camera Advantage Program is a replacement program covering all Panasonic digital still cameras. It provides a toll-free help number and a free replacement* unit if your original unit is entitled to service under limited warranty.

*Replacement unit is refurbished.

18. What are the warranty terms for SuperDisk™ PalmCam® models?
The limited warranty is one-year for parts, 90 days for labor (CCD is 6 months for parts, 90 days for labor). See operating instructions for complete details.

 

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