Caring for the product
Observe the precautions described below in addition to the warnings in “For your safety” when using or storing the device.
The Charging AC Adapter
Do not apply strong impact to the camera
The product may malfunction if subjected to strong shock or vibration. In addition, do not touch or apply force to the lens.
The device will be damaged if immersed in water or subjected to high humidity.
Do not disassemble
Do not, under any circumstances, disassemble the camera because it is composed of many precise circuits.
Avoid sudden changes in temperature
Sudden changes in temperature, such as when entering or leaving a heated building on a cold day, can cause condensation to form inside the device. To prevent condensation, place the device in a carrying case or a plastic bag before exposing it to sudden changes in temperature.
Keep away from strong magnetic fields
Do not use or store this device in the vicinity of equipment that generates strong electromagnetic radiation or magnetic fields. Doing so could result in loss of data or camera malfunction.
Do not point the lens at the sun
Avoid pointing the lens at the sun or other strong light sources when shooting or when leaving the camera unattended without a lens cap. Strong light sources such as sunlight are concentrated through the lens, which may cause deformation of the internal parts of the lens or discoloration or burn-in on the image sensor. The camera may be damaged even when the lens is pointed toward the sun for a few seconds, particularly when the lens is in a telephoto position.
The camera may not be able to perform exposure control when the internal parts of the lens are deformed.
Unevenness may appear in images when discoloration or burn-in occurs on the image sensor.
It is recommended that you attach the lens cap when you are not using the camera.
Lasers and other bright light sources
Do not direct lasers or other extremely bright light sources toward the lens, as this could damage the camera’s image sensor.
Turn the product off before removing or disconnecting the power source or memory card
Do not remove the battery while the product is on, or while images are being saved or deleted. Forcibly cutting power in these circumstances could result in loss of data or in damage to the memory card or internal circuitry.
Notes about the monitor
- Monitors (including electronic viewfinders) are constructed with extremely high precision; at least 99.99% of pixels are effective, with no more than 0.01% being missing or defective. Hence while these displays may contain pixels that are always lit (white, red, blue, or green) or always off (black), this is not a malfunction and has no effect on images recorded with the device.
- Images in the monitor may be difficult to see under bright lighting.
- Do not apply pressure to the monitor, as this could cause damage or malfunction. Should the monitor break, care should be taken to avoid injury caused by broken glass and to prevent the liquid crystal from the display touching the skin or entering the eyes or mouth.
Precautions for use
- Note that the battery may become hot after use.
- Do not use the battery at ambient temperatures below 0°C (32°F) or above 40°C (104°F) as this could cause damage or malfunction.
- If you notice any abnormalities such as excessive heat, smoke, or an unusual smell coming from the battery, immediately discontinue use and consult your retailer or Nikon-authorized service representative.
- After removing the battery from the camera or optional battery charger, put the battery in a plastic bag, etc. in order to insulate it.
Charging the battery
Check the battery level before using the camera and replace or charge the battery if necessary.
- Charge the battery indoors with an ambient temperature of 5°C to 35°C (41°F to 95°F) before use.
- A high battery temperature may prevent the battery from charging properly or completely, and may reduce battery performance. Note that the battery may become hot after use; wait for the battery to cool before charging. When charging the battery inserted into this camera using the Charging AC Adapter or a computer, the battery is not charged at battery temperatures below 0°C (32°F) or above 50°C (122°F).
- Do not continue charging once the battery is fully charged as this will result in reduced battery performance.
- The battery temperature may increase during charging. However, this is not a malfunction.
Carrying spare batteries
Whenever possible, carry fully charged spare batteries when taking pictures on important occasions.
Using the battery when cold
On cold days, the capacity of batteries tends to decrease. If an exhausted battery is used at a low temperature, the camera may not turn on. Keep spare batteries in a warm place and exchange as necessary. Once warmed, a cold battery may recover some of its charge.
Dirt on the battery terminals may prevent the camera from functioning. Should the battery terminals become dirty, wipe them off with a clean, dry cloth before use.
Charging an exhausted battery
Turning the camera on or off while an exhausted battery is inserted in the camera may result in reduced battery life. Charge the exhausted battery before use.
Storing the battery
- Always remove the battery from the camera or optional battery charger when it is not being used. Minute amounts of current are drawn from the battery while it is in the camera, even when not in use. This may result in excessive battery drain and complete loss of function.
- Charging a used battery within six months is recommended. When storing the battery for long periods, recharge it at least once every six months and use the camera until the battery level indicator is before returning it to storage.
- Put the battery in a plastic bag, etc. in order to insulate it and store it in a cool place. The battery should be stored in a dry location with an ambient temperature of 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F). Do not store the battery in hot or extremely cold locations.
A marked drop in the time a fully charged battery retains its charge, when used at room temperature, indicates that the battery needs to be replaced. Purchase a new battery.
Recycling used batteries
Recycle rechargeable batteries in accord with local regulations, being sure to first insulate the terminals with tape.
The Charging AC Adapter
- The EH-73P/EH-73PCH Charging AC Adapter is for use only with compatible devices. Do not use with another make or model of device.
- Do not use any USB cable other than the UC-E21. Using a USB cable other than the UC-E21 could result in overheating, fire or electric shock.
- Do not, under any circumstances, use another make or model of AC adapter other than the EH-73P/EH-73PCH Charging AC Adapter, and do not use a commercially available USB-AC adapter or a battery charger for a mobile phone. Failure to observe this precaution could result in overheating or in damage to the camera.
- The EH-73P/EH-73PCH is compatible with AC 100–240 V, 50/60 Hz electrical outlets. When using in other countries, use a plug adapter (commercially available) as necessary. For more information about plug adapters, consult your travel agency.
Precautions for use
- Use only Secure Digital memory cards.
Memory cards that can be used
- Be sure to follow the precautions described in the documentation included with the memory card.
- If the write-protect switch of the memory card is locked, you cannot shoot, delete images, or format the memory card.
- Do not put labels or stickers on memory cards.
- Do not format the memory card using a computer.
- The first time you insert a memory card that has been used in another device into this camera, be sure to format it with this camera.
We recommend formatting new memory cards with this camera before using them with this camera.
- Note that formatting a memory card permanently deletes all images and other data on the memory card.
Be sure to make copies of any images you wish to keep before formatting the memory card.
- If the message [Card is not formatted. Format card?] is displayed when the camera is turned on, the memory card must be formatted. If there is data that you do not want to delete, select [No]. Copy the necessary data to a computer, etc. If you want to format the memory card, select [Yes]. The confirmation dialog will be displayed. To start formatting, press the button.
- Do not perform the following during formatting, while data is being written to or deleted from the memory card, or during data transfer to a computer. Failure to observe this precaution could result in the loss of data or in damage to the camera or memory card:
- Open the battery-chamber/memory card slot cover to remove/insert the battery or memory card.
- Turn off the camera.
- Disconnect the AC adapter.