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My camera over exposes everything - the shutter stays open for about 2-3 seconds. except when on video settings. No matter what I set it at nothing changes.

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  • Wayne Orenchuk Feb 14, 2012

    Unfortunately that didn't work. I have tried to change all the settings. Even if I put everything to Auto, the shutter still stays open for a good 2 seconds, overexposing everything to white in normal indoor light.

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Looking down at the top of the camera, check the left knob. This is the exposure compensation dial. Adjust it to "0". If set one way or the other, it will make pictures darker or lighter. This comes in handy when the image has a lot of dark or bright areas - moving this dial will allow you to make the bright areas darker or the dark areas lighter when you camera's light meter is setting the exposure in a way you do not want.

If still having trouble, make sure the right knob (Mode) is not set to M or Manual. Switch it to Program or Auto and try taking a picture again. You might even want to set the outer knob (ISO) to AUTO as well to reduce the chances of an incorrect setting. If it now works as expected, but you want to shoot in M, you will need to learn how to use the meter to select the correct combination of aperture (f stop), shutter speed and ISO to obtain the desired results.

Oh, experiment with the exposure compensation knob when you have a chance, learn how it can help correct overly dark / bright scenes. Good luck!

Posted on Feb 14, 2012

  • Steve Feb 16, 2012

    Have you activated the "Reset all" back to defaults in the camera's Setup Menu? That may be worthwhile to do. If still having trouble, bringing it to a camera store and having someone check it quickly may get you up and running again for free. I wish I could offer more help - but I'm stuck without seeing it. Good luck!

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