Today I decided to place an order for a W1. It seems to be pretty good. Now I have a couple of questions.
1) Is there a shutter priority mode? I like to be able to manually set the shutter speed for fast action scenes, or just to shoot fast enough to avoid handshake.
2) Is there spot focusing? Or just center focusing? I really like spot focusing. 7900 doesn't have it.
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Re: Sony W1 Questions
It has Multi AF, Center AF or fixed focus. The V1 i had went to 800ISO, if you turn the ISO up a little more may you can set a faster shutter speed. I think the only priority settings are the "scene modes" there may be an action ssetting in the scene modes.
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Are your pictures properly exposed and are they sharp or are your pictures degraded? Is that 1/3-second you describe a delay between the time you push the shutter release and the time the picture is taken or somthing else? Check to make sure you're in the proper shutter release mode (slider switch to right of the mode dial). Also, your self-timer may be turned on. Your camera allows you to set a 2 or 10 second delay from the menus. If it is set to 2 seconds and turned on, it might seem like a 1/3-second delay. If that doesn't help, you camera is covered by Nikon's warranty. Contact Nikon Service at 1-800-NIKON-US (1-800-645-6687) 9AM-8PM EST, Monday to Friday.
Most likely the shutter is jammed open - the shutter is not used for video or preview, which is why they work OK. Camera will need to be serviced, either shutter repaired, or more likely replaced. May be marginal, as the shutter is part of the lens unit complete! Look out for one with a damaged LCD on Ebay and make one good camera from the two if you are good with a screwdriver !
Maybe the shutter got wet and sticky. You can try look into the lens then press shutter button to take picture. If you don’t see the movement inside the hole, the shutter doesn’t open, it will take black picture.
My DSC-W1 camera's both tabs broken. I was looking for a solution when I saw this thread.
I decided to try to fix myself. Here is what I did
> small nail file
> supper glue
> small piece of Alum Approx 1mm thick
Step1: File the tab base down about 1mm when you start to see the 'L' shape.
Step 2: Use sissor to cut the Alum sheet into Approx 3mm x 3mm square. Make sure it is flat. Position it on the base to try out the fit
Step 3: Apply supper glue to the tab base, glue on the square.
Step 4: Repeat on the second broken tab
You are done!
The W1 uses metal rings that slide in place with a tiny hole in the middle to give the required apperture it does not have a diaphram that closes and opens to give the apperture... so what you here is the sound of changing the suitable ring ( or disc) with the apperture ... You can look in the camera (lens side) and change appertures, you should be able to see this happen ... don't click with flash though :)
The sound is very low though if you here a loud click there's something wrong.
Try taking some flash pictures (in fairly good light) in Manual Mode @ 1/500sec to rule that out though. Use "Center" or "Spot" autofocus. If you don't have a tripod, then use the self timer for these tests.
If camera shake can be ruled out, and the camera has focusing problems even in bright light, then that unit is trashed. Sorry to hear that the Sony service center couldn't fix it right the first time. Demand a replacement.
There is a well documented problem with the W1 (and its brother, the P100).
If you are shooting in good light, you will have no problem.
If you are shooting in low light or flash, you will encounter various degrees of blurred photos.
Unlike most cameras, the W1 has only two f-stops (f2.8 and f5.2). So the camera must select one or the other (nothing in between).
The firmware in the camera will try to select f5.2 as long as it can in low light. This results in a slow shutter speed. And with flash you usually end up with a shutter speed of 1/40th of a second.
A slow shutter speed is the cause of the blurred photos. If you can hold the camera perfectly still under low light conditins (and flash) you will get good photos. If you use the cameras manual mode and manually select a faster shutter speed you will get good photos.
It appears that Sony could fix the problem with a firmware change so that the camera made better use of the ISO settings along with the f-stop selections.
However, they have not done so.