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Overexposure on outdoors shots

I'm having a problem with my digital camera 'washing out' any and all pics I take outdoors in sunlight. All pics indoors using ambient lighting works fine. Flash works fine. Only when using existing or flash outdoors will I get the overexposed pics. Checked my settings - appear OK. No trauma to the camera -= also changed the batteries - no difference. Thanks for any help on this.

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  • Bob McTavish Jul 03, 2006

    Is there a way to fix this, or does this mean my camera has now become 'disposable'

  • Bob McTavish Jul 08, 2006

    BMWRIDER was on the right track. I closed the camera down and generally whacked the hell out of the camera on four sides. Works fine, now!!!

  • seacruiser Oct 18, 2008

    I unlike the writer did drop my camera. The battery compartment door came off and I was happy when I finally did manage to attach it again. Didn't matter because I found out I can't take outdoor pics. Have tried whacking it but so far no luck. Bought a new Olympus. Stylus 1030SW which can take dropping, crushing, underwater. These cameras are so small they are easy to drop so I thought the best thing was to buy a camera that can take a beating.



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I think it is a case of defective apparture system. the system controlling the change of apparture opening has been locked. the reason may be friction in the blade movement or defective flex pcb carring the signal to the apparture motor.

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It sounds like a sticky iris. When a camera requirers more light it opens it's iris to allow more to enter. Whilst inside the iris needs to be open wide because it's darker. When you go outside the iris tries to close down to avoid over exposure which isn't happening in your case. The iris is still open wide. Try a little experiment, Go outside in the bright light and look down the barrel of the lens. You should be able to see a round hole inside the lens. Slightly tap the side of the camera closest to the lens and see if the hole gets smaller. If it does it means some foreign object is jamming the vanes of the iris. There is little you can do about this unless you get lucky and whatever it is causing the problems dislodges itself. To try to fix it yourself is a very long and involved process. Obviously taking it to a tech will leave your wallet on a diet for a while. So try sitting in a dimly lit room, switch the camera on and shine a flashlight down the lens and at the same time tap a few times. Keep doing this and each time rotate the camera 90 degrees. It may take an hour but if you're lucky the foreign object could dislode and the iris almost close when you shine the light on it. Then you're back in business. GOOD LUCK BMW

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