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Camera taking very hazy pictures

My 5400 is taking very very hazy pictures, as if the exposure is too long, it is wiggly, zig zag, very blurred etc. You cannot make out the object in the picture - it is that bad. What is the problem ? Thanks Nirlay

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Re: camera taking very hazy pictures

First thing to try is to reset all your settings to default. It is possible to manually set the shutter time so that it stays open for a long period of time. If that is not the problem it is also possible that your shutter is not functioning properly. Do you see any vertical or horizontal lines running across your picture? (these would be totally straight not wavy like the movement from your exposure). If you do see that it is possible that your shutter is not closing at all when you take a picture. David Millier Advance Camera Repair

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You could test that these are the problems by taking a picture of a still subject with the camera sitting steadily on a table. If the image is not blurred it means the camera itself is not faulty, and that it is not causing the problem.

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