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There is a diaphram between the shutter button and the shutter that does the focus. Pushing the button half way down pre-focuses and then the picture is instantanious. If the diaphram is broken it take a while before the shutter takes the picture. One of the AA batteries may be defective so try another set and see if that is better. There is also a slight possibility that the secondary battery (hidden within the camera) has gone bad.
Sounds like a shutter speed issue. If you are experiencing this indoors use the flash. Review your blurry pics, is the shutter speed a 1/30th of a sec or less? Generally light conditions that force that slow of a shutter require flash or a tripod.
from the manual:
Using Shutter-Priority Mode 1.
Set the mode dial to S (shutter-priority) and a yellow arrowhead on the screen points to the current shutter speed. Press the jog dial and the current shutter speed turns yellow. 2. With the current shutter speed displayed in yellow, rotate the jog dial to select the speed you want to use. 3. Take the picture. If a workable aperture isn?t available for the shutter speed you?ve selected, the shutter speed indicator on the screen flashes when you press the shutter button halfway down. You can use the setting as is, or press the jog dial down to select the shutter speed again and rotate it to select a new shutter speed.
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.
If your camera has a scene mode that is called "high speed", "sports", or "action", you can try using that scene mode with flash.
Other than than, there is no way to adjust the shutter speed.
There are several factors working against you.
The T1 has a very weak flash (4.9 feet) and it will move the adjustments toward more light, which means slower shutter speeds.
All light weight, small cameras are more difficult to hold steady. If it has a viewfinder, using the viewfinder will help because you are holding the camera to your head; which is steadier than your arms held out in front of you.
Resting you hand on a solid object is a good solution, but not practical all the time.
Put it on a tripod, and don't move it until the picture is captured. At the very least, hold it steady for several seconds after you press the shutter button. You are probably moving it while the shutter is still open recording the image. Digitals do this in low light situations. I frequently get caught by this because I think 'Click. I'm done. Move on.'
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.