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Auto-focus isn't working

When I press the button halfway to auto focus my nikon coolpix 5900, it starts to auto focus but when it stops and I take the picture, the image is blurry. Thoughts?

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Re: Auto-focus isn't working

Try checking your settings for the type of shot you are taking and for the type of focus......
type of shot is the dial on the top, and then:
1) menu, metering
and also check your autofocus mode
2)menu, autofocus; try the single autofocus, it might be set to continual

Also, you could try updating the firmware in your camera. You do this through the Nikon website.

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Re: Auto-focus isn't working

Focus motor stalled- check the web site for a repair quote - you may not like the answer.

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