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Fuzzy pictures indoors on point and shoot cameras

I read a lot of complaints from people about their not being able to take clear, dependable pictures indoors, with the flash or without. Most of these complaints are from regular users, with limited technical knowledge or experience. First of all, we need to be realistic about point and shoot cameras. They are a general purpose camera, and they have sure come a long way for the bucks we put out for them. We, in our newfound bliss, use them in all situations, however, and become disappointed when they fail to come out in focus and pretty. There are a number of things that cause a picture to be out of focus indoors, and even outdoors at times, but low lighting and a non-distinct subject are the major villians that ruin our precious moments.
A point and shoot camera has a sensor that demands a certain amount of light to translate the object digitally. In low light situations, the camera simply can't "see" good enough to focus well, and there is a simple solution, which is getting more light in the room. Forarmed with good light ensures quality pictures, but even moreso, having the right lighting is the icing on the cake. There is nothing you can do to force a camera to do that which it not capable of, and although manufacturing specs usually specify low light minimums, these conditions turn out to be less perfect in reality than the specs might lead us to believe. If you really do a lot of shooting indoors, and want the best quality pictures, you have to step up to a digital SLR camera. They have more sensitive sensors, more pixels, and control over manual settings that you just can't achieve with a typical point and shoot, allowing you to take better pictures under difficult situations. So, in summary, be realistic about your point and shoot, and do a little research into proper lighting for good results. You can google the topic and get many great articles by pros and amatuers alike, letting you know what works, and giving you options. Remember the old saying "you get what you pay for", and if you really demand more perfection in your photography, you will have to step up to a more capable digital SLR system, and dig in your wallet a bit! Good luck, and happy camering!

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taking indoor pictures with no flash


If you're in one of the PSAM modes then don't pop up the flash.
You can use the Auto-No-Flash mode by turning the mode dial to the position after the green Auto mode (a lighting bolt in a circle with a slash through it).

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I have a Canon Power Shot A720. Outdoor photos are beautiful. Indoor photos are always grainy/blurry...a lot of noise. I have tried the ISP feature but there are only two choices... 1. Auto or 2. High ISO Auto Either setting, the indoor photos are grainy. Further, there are times when my flash will not work. It won't work on Auto setting or when I try and "force flash" it. No flash and the photo will not allow a picture to even be taken. Any suggestions? Thanks


Hi Usually outdoor picture are good within small compact camera. They designed like that. But now your unit just have flash pcb defective. When flash function work, your picture will be good indoor. Regarding your flash unit would be brown fuse or replacement of flash unit. It is 50 and 50 chance. Your local repair shop would charge around $35 to 95 depend on what they really want to charge. Thanks and best regard!

May 24, 2011 | Canon PowerShot A720 IS Digital Camera

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My indoor picture has a graney look not a good sharp picture.


all depends on the number of megapixels and if the camera has a flash . WITHOUT FLASH IT WILL NOT BE CLEAR because of insufficient lighting.Higher the megapixel the clearer the picture will be.

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blurry pictures


I'M SORRY I CAN'T GIVE YOU AN EXACT ANSWER, BUT I DID A LOT OF CHECKING AND THIS SEEMS TO BE A PROBLEM WITH THIS CAMERA? I HAVE READ MANY REVIEWS THAT HAVE SAID THE SAME THING, THAT THE LCD AND THE PICTURES ARE BLURRY OR THEY HAVE " NOISE" WHEN DOWNLOADED TO A COMPUTER. ALSO COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE LCD IN THE BRIGHT LIGHT, POOR FLASH PICTURES AND ON AND ON. IF THIS CAMERA IS FAIRLY NEW, I WOULD RECOMMEND RETURNING IT TO WHERE YOU BOUGHT IT. THIS CAERA JUST DOESN'T HAVE A VERY GOOD RAP AS FAR AS PICTURE QUALITY. LOTS OF COMPLAINTS ABOUT FLASH SPOTS ON INDOOR PICS. IT JUST DOESN'T SEEM LIKE YOU ARE DOING ANYTHING WRONG, IT'S JUST THE CAMERA. SORRY, BUT IF YOU CN RETURN IT THIS MIGHT BE HELPFUL TO YOU. IF YOU NEED MORE HELP REPLY TO ARCLIGHT1217. IF THIS WAS HELPFUL, PLEASE RATE, THANKS!

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Read the photo data (EXIF) and confirm what setting the flash was in. It may have been set to off by mistake. For close indoor shots I usually don't depend on the Auto setting, just manually force the flash on to get proper lighting. If you use the Auto setting take into consideration the white balance and the type of indoor lighting you are using.

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