This same thing happened to my Elph-2 years ago on boat trip in France. The ship's captain offered to work on it and it came back with a lot of little dents in the lid but was open and didn't lock up again until last week. After tapping on it a bunch with a kitchen knife, I decided to pry it open. DO NOT PRY!! Theres a hook-shaped plastic catch in there that is just waiting to break when you pry. Now I'm looking to replace the lid to the film cavity or the entire camera. It will not stay closed. Due to his circumspection and the language barrier, I never got clear exactly what the ship's captain did that time to get it open, but he sure did tap heavily on that lid from all the little dents in it. Good luck!
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I know a few years a good the best camera for filming inside was one with a single large chip. Most cameras have multiple smallish ones apparently to give you good colour quality.
You need light to reflect the wavelength of a colour, so if there is no light the CCJ's (digital equivalent to light sensitive grains) have difficulty deciding what to do or what shade to give, (the absence of colour is not a colour,) giving you a grainy effect. You can increase the amount of light into a camera in low conditions ie shutter speed but this may give you blurred photos.
Film camera I assume?
Sounds like the end of the roll to me or it may be off track.
Remove and replace film with NEW roll. While its empty (and open) you might try the shutter release button and watch the shutter (it is very fast so hold it up to light) to see if it is working.
I am having a similar problem with my eos 100QD. shutter opens, then stays open until I depress the shutter switch again. Sometimes about half my photos are lost on a roll, but the other photos are fine (as would be expected from how the film is wound). This problem looks like it's caused by the shutter mechanism failing, a common problem with older camera and one that is often more expensive to repair than it is to replace the body.
you need to adjust the exposure for that camera. since having too much light makes the photo all white.
Exposure and Focus
Just as with film, a digital camera has to control the amount of light that reaches the sensor. The two components it uses to do this, the aperture and shutter speed, are also present on conventional cameras.
Aperture: The size of the opening in the camera. The aperture is automatic in most digital cameras, but some allow manual adjustment to give professionals and hobbyists more control over the final image.
Shutter speed: The amount of time that light can pass through the aperture. Unlike film, the light sensor in a digital camera can be reset electronically, so digital cameras have a digital shutter rather than a mechanical shutter.
I had the same problem. My issue was with all my lenses. I solved it by going to the menu and selecting the custom setting menu (pencil icon). Then from the right menu select the AE-L/AF-L and press OK. Then make sure it is set on AE/AF Lock. Presto...all my lenses worked on auto-focus.
Sorta, it will flash, but only in manual mode, all the benefits of having a gee whizbang electronic flash are lost jumping from the film to digital cameras, the film cameras metered the flash off the film plain, and quenched it when enough light had hit the film, they couldn't apparently figure out how to do the same thing for the digital sensor, so the flashes behave differently, you need a D flash like the 3600 or 5600 to get automatic flash with the KM 5d, 7d, or sony A100 cameras... sorry... if it's any consolation, I'm in the same boat. :(
Check your mirror lock up switch. This function is
used for long exposures locking the mirror in
the up position to reduce vibration before the shutter is released, but you
will not be able to use the view finder.