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Posted: 10/15/2008 7:01:02 PM EDT
hey guys i got a odd question. i have a couple year old sony digital camera. 5 mega pixel picture quality if i remember right. anyways the other day i pick it up and go to take a picture but its very blurry. i looked to see if the little flower was on the screen and it was ( i was told thats for close up pics). i tried taking it again but still had the same results. i tried close up pictures and distant pictures both had the same results. i looked at the lens and it looked clear. i grabbed my lens cleaning pen and brushed it and used the cleaner pad. still no help.

any ideas? i baby this camera and it has never done this before???
Link Posted: 10/15/2008 7:19:40 PM EDT
[#1]
Are you shooting in full-auto mode?

Are you getting a positive Auto-Focus lock when you depress the shutter half-way down?

I would recommend performing a software reset to clear any weird settings that may have been accidentally toggled.  Usually you can do this through the menu, or there might be a tiny recessed button you need to press with the tip of a ball point pen somewhere on the chassis or behind the battery door.
Link Posted: 10/15/2008 7:27:43 PM EDT
[#2]
I'm a little confused.  Did you change modes from close up to regular shots (shutting the flower off)?
Link Posted: 10/15/2008 7:38:17 PM EDT
[#3]
thanks for the quick reply. i went ahead and reset the camera and it seems to be working now. i can zoom in and get a clearer shot than i could b4. dont know what i did but i must have done something wrong???

i got another question for you. on the turn dial there is a movie mode, play back mode, green camera, P , M , SCN,  and set up selection. i know what all of them do except the P, M. the green camera is for normal picture taking and the scan i usually set it on sports mode so it takes quick pictures.

most of the pictures i take are outside action photos. i also try to take night (low light) action pictures but they usually dont come out because of the slow shutter speed.

any help?
Link Posted: 10/15/2008 8:55:32 PM EDT
[#4]

Quoted:
thanks for the quick reply. i went ahead and reset the camera and it seems to be working now. i can zoom in and get a clearer shot than i could b4. dont know what i did but i must have done something wrong???

i got another question for you. on the turn dial there is a movie mode, play back mode, green camera, P , M , SCN,  and set up selection. i know what all of them do except the P, M. the green camera is for normal picture taking and the scan i usually set it on sports mode so it takes quick pictures.

most of the pictures i take are outside action photos. i also try to take night (low light) action pictures but they usually dont come out because of the slow shutter speed.

any help?


The P is probably Program mode.  The camera will select what it thinks are the best settings, and you are able to influence them slightly using the controls.  M is probably full Manual mode, meaning you must choose the aperture and shutter speed yourself.

FYI, the most common problem point-and-shoot photographers suffer from is a misunderstanding of focus.  As mentioned already, press the shutter button down half way with the focus indicator over whatever you wish to focus on.  The camera will beep/light up to let you know it has a positive focus lock, then you press the shutter button the rest of the way down to take the image.
Link Posted: 10/16/2008 4:18:36 AM EDT
[#5]
copy that. when you do that it usually has a green box or multiple green boxes that pop up. that must indicate how good of a focus lock i have?
Link Posted: 10/16/2008 11:06:50 PM EDT
[#6]

Quoted:
copy that. when you do that it usually has a green box or multiple green boxes that pop up. that must indicate how good of a focus lock i have?


That is the multi-point AF locking on to various points in your frame.

You can usually change the focus bias from multi-point to center-frame in the options.

If you haven't already done so, I would recommend downloading and reading the user's manual for you camera.  There is a lot to learn from it.
Link Posted: 10/17/2008 7:49:27 AM EDT
[#7]
If the little flower was on the screen that means you had it in macro focus. If you look at the dial you'll see the flower symbol there.
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