- Insert the battery: Turn the camera so you can see the bottom. There is a compartment labeled “BATT OPEN”.
- Push the lever inward to open the battery compartment.
- Line up the four pieces of metal at the bottom of the compartment with the battery’s four lines.
- When inserting the battery, push against the gray notch. It can be a little tricky to get the battery in, so if you are having trouble, pull the notch back with one finger and slide the battery in.
- Insert the SD card:Open the right side SD card compartment labeled “CARD OPEN” and check to see if there is a card inside. If not, insert the SD card found in the camera kit.
- Attach the camera to the tripod: The silver plate underneath the camera allows you to set the camera on the tripod.
- Step behind the tripod with the camera’s “user” side facing you. The user side contains all the buttons while the lens side contains the lens.
- Lock the camera onto the tripod head by sliding the lens-side camera plate on top of the tripod head and then setting the entire plate flat.
- You should hear a click as the silver lever is released from the paddle and locks the camera in place.
- Adjust Level the tripod: Grip the top of the camera with one hand and find the knob attached to the user-side red arrow that faces vertically on the tripod (rather than the two horizontal ones you checked for pan and tilt). The green circle with a bubble in it at the user-side of the tripod head is a level.
- Loosen the knob and move the camera until the bubble is in the center of the level. Then tighten the knob.
- Attach the lens to the camera: If the lens is not already attached to the camera body, remove the black cover from the sensor on the camera and remove the cover from the lens by turning counter-clockwise on both. Do not leave the sensor on the camera or the lens uncovered for longer than it takes to attach the lens. Camera sensors are extremely light-sensitive and exposing them for long periods of time will destroy them.
- To attach the lens to the camera body, line up the white square on the lens with the white square on the camera body, which is in the 11 o’clock position. Turn the lens clockwise and make sure you are turning the part of the lens closest to the camera body and not one of the focal or aperture rings.
- When the lens is secure, you will hear a click. Before releasing the lens, place one hand directly underneath the lens and let go of the lens with your other hand.
- Recharge the battery after use: Recharge the battery during breaks in filming and overnight before your next day’s shoot. Always turn the camera off before removing the battery or SD card.