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DSC-W1 Focus Problems

Having a problem with my W1. Around 30% of all pictures are out of focus. I sent the camera in for repair to Sony once for this problem. They said the lense was out of alignment & repaired it. The only problem, it still is taking bad pictures. I bought this camera in May 2004 when it first came out. The guy at The Sony Store is no help. I need some ammo to take back to him so I can either get it fixed or exchanged. Thanks.

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Indoor flash pictures with these small Sony cameras may not be out of focus but blurry due to camera shake -- the Sony cameras default to 1/30th or 1/40th of a second on indoor flash pictures (because of their weak flashes, the slow shutter speeds allow for a brighter background). Because the W1 is so small, if you're using the LCD to take the picture (and thus holding the camera out in front of you), you're likely to move the camera slightly during the exposure and blur the picture. I took a W1 back for this very reason. My suggestion is try using the optical viewfinder only - that way, you'll be bracing the camera up against your face and will have less camera shake issues. Of course, these comments wouldn't apply to any focus issues for bright sunny outdoor pictures with a fast shutter speed.

Posted on Sep 15, 2005

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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.

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