Preschooler messed with the camera. Everything in the view finder is blurry. I have tried resetting in the menu and also have tried to turn on or off every option in the menus in order to fix the problem. The troubleshooting tips in the manual have not worked for me. Please advise. Thank you.
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Re: powershot SD870 IS digital elf will not focus
If you've done all those steps, I would look at the physical attributes
of the camera. Does the screen have gunk on it? How about the lens
itself? You might also check to make sure the camera isn't set to video
mode. In low light, that could make the view screen look a bit blurry.
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There are three main reasons for blurry pictures. Pictures may come out blurry if they're not focused properly. If some objects are sharp and others are not, this may indicate focusing on the wrong subject. This is usually not a major problem with compact point&shoot cameras since they have such a wide field of focus that almost everything will be in focus anyway. Subject motion. If moving objects blur while stationary objects remain sharp then the shutter speed is too slow to freeze the motion. Try switching to the sports mode, and/or add more light. Camera motion. This is the most common cause. Set your camera on a table or other stable surface and use the self-timer to take a picture. Take another one while holding the camera. Compare the two on your computer.
Your camera is equipped with a optical diopter that will allow you to adjust the optics in the viewfinder to your eye. meaning bringing everything into focus as it should. The way I use this (set it) is to let the camera auto focus on a subject and then turn the diopter until I see the subject clearly. It really helps if the subject is about 12 feet away (get it real sharp) and the camera is mounted on a tripod. Once set I put a little dot of paper white out on the diopter adjustment knob so if it gets turned I know and can quickly return it to the correct spot. I'm including a diagram where this adjustment knob is on your camera, have fun.
If the viewfinder is also blurry, it might be as simple as a smudge on the lens. Is the blur uniform and consistent on the pictures and in the viewfinder? Was there a curious dog nearby when you set the camera down?:)
Try differential focus
That is point to something near the distance you want- half depress the button -turn to subject complete the press down
Bear in mind that if the subject is really close to
the view finder is not looking where the focus window is-Parallax- learn to shift you frame slightly to allow for this.