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Poor exposure when using the flash

Just bought the PDR-M700 and now it's back in the box ready to be returned. It's a very attractive camera with many great features and decent image quality. The biggest downfall is poor exposure when using the flash. No matter what I set it for in manual or auto, dim indoor exposure was useless. Use of the flash ignored all manual exposure settings and captured very under exposed pics. The flash even seems weak compared to my Canon A40's. The auto setting was no different. Another problem is the lack of AF assist. I could not get this camera to focus in a 10' x 10' room with a 60 watt bulb. Very dissapointing. The Toshiba website put up a firmware upgrade that would give the PDR-M700 a manual focus feature, but it was difficult to use, especially in poor lighting.

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Re: Poor exposure when using the flash

I read in another Toshiba forum where some users were putting a small piece of electriacal (black) tape over the flash sensor, and their indoor photos with flash turned out spectacular, since it allows the camera to apply more light . Actually fools the camera but it works. You might want to experiment with it..

Posted on Sep 15, 2005

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Beep - Beep - Beep - but No Picture


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Beep - Beep - Beep - but No Picture


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Beep - Beep - Beep - but No Picture


1. If the camera can not focus on a subject, or can not determine the appropriate exposure setting, the camera will beep and disable the shutter button. This is to avoid improper processing of the image. This is usually due to either poor lighting conditions or movement. 2. The camera Flash Element requires ten seconds to recharge between images. Although the camera is ready to continue capturing images almost immediately in bright (daylight) settings, if you are using Flash photography the Flash element will need to charge between shots. If you try to take a picture before the Flash is charged, the camera will beep and disable the shutter button. Once the Flash unit is fully charged (10 seconds), the camera is ready to continue. 3. The batteries may be running low. LCD Display, Flash, and Playback use much more power than taking pictures. It is possible to quickly consume battery power, even if you are not taking many pictures. Try turning the Mode Dial to the OFF position to recycle power. If the camera beeps and will not take a picture under normal conditions, you may need to change batteries. Please refer to the section pertaining to Battery Life.

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Better Focus


There are several factors that can contribute to getting better focus and improved results. 1. Auto Focus / Auto Exposure lock. Press the shutter button down HALF WAY. The camera will attempt to adjust exposure to the current lighting environment for maximum benefit. Then the camera will automatically correct the focus based on objects in the center of the display. This process usually takes about two to three seconds. 2. Be sure not to cover the sensor on the front of the camera with your finger. This will disable the automatic focus and exposure controls. 3. Only us the MACRO MODE for CLOSE-UP photography. Be sure to use MACRO MODE if you are taking pictures of an object at less than six inches away. Be sure not to use Macro Mode for Normal Photography. Using MACRO MODE improperly will result in poor focus (also known as 'fuzzy pictures').

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Beep - Beep - Beep - but No Picture


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