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 ?
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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.
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Making copies of old photographs sometimes requires special lights and equipment such as polarizing filters and specials polarized lights, If you are using available light you automatic exposure system in the camera is probably selecting a slow shutter speed thus resulting in blur. or perhaps overexposure. Quick method- Take to picture out of doors in hazy sunlight or open shade, hold the camera firmly and try the shot again. If that does not work- tell me what kind of camera you are using and how and where you are shootin.
This is usually because it is hard to keep the camera absolutely still when taking the picture. It also happens when the subject is moving.
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.
The tendency to blurring depends upon how bright the light is. The sensor of digital cameras, or film on 35mm cameras, requires a certain amount of light to be able to record a good image, and the time needed to gather this amount of light is called the 'exposure' (e.g. 1/100 or 1/8 sec.).
If the light is poor the exposure will be longer and the image will be more likely to be blurred if the camera is not still, or if the subject moves.
The ISO setting (ASA for the film of 35mm cameras) determines the sensitivity of the sensor the higher settings, say ISO 800, being more sensitive. The disadvantage is that for each camera the image becomes too blotchy to be any use at a certain high ISO.
At higher ISO the sensor requires a lower exposure, and the Fnumber, which is the degree of light the lens lets in, has a similar influence: e.g. a lower Fnumber, say F2, allows a shorter exposure than F5.6.
With experience and practice, cameras which have a 'stabiliser' (O.I.S) can produce good pictures with exposure down to 1/4 sec but the limit is more likely to be 1/15 sec to 1/8 sec at best.
Untill you know how to use the manual settings it is best to use automatic settings and an ISO of 200 to 400 at most.
You will need to switch the camera to manual exposure mode. You will need to try some different exposure, but with the moon half full, you should probably get good results with somewhere between 1/60 and 1/500 sec at ISO 200 It will depend on the f/x.x number of your lens as well. If the exposures are washed out you need to increase the shutter speed (higher number on the bottom of the ratio i.e. 1/1000). If the exposure is too dark you will need to decrease the shutter speed (i.e 1/30). You also need to make sure that you don't shake the camera when you press the button. It is best to mount the camera on a tripod, if you don't have one try bracing it against a large solid object.
Note that in automatic mode the camera will over-expose the moon with a longer exposure. The longer the exposure the more likely you are going to blur the image. Also note that the more you zoom in, the more blurring you are likely to have.
I hope that helps.
When operating any digital camera, the camera tries to capture the best focus and exposure for that particular scene. By pressing the shutter button half-way down, the focus and exposure is being set. There will be a green circle on the upper left hand corner of the screen, then your camera is ready to take the picture. Slowly depress the shutter the rest of the way down to take the picture.
Which mode are you shooting in? You may have adjusted the exposure compensation so everything is washed out.
Whatever the cause, your images are overexposed. Try shooting in auto and the camera should take over the settings, but if you are in other modes, check your shutter speed, aperture, & ISO also. These are all things that can cause too much light and wash the picture out/OVEREXPOSE.
If you have any other questions or can give me more details, just ask!
When taking a picture the camera needs a certain amount of light to hit the sensor before it can record a good image. If you are outdoors in the sun and the camera still takes blurred pictures due to a long exposure time then there is a malfunction. In bright lighting situations the camera should decide on its own not to use the flash. For indoor situations the camera has to either supplament the available light with the flash, or increase the duration of exposure to collect more of the existing light. There is no way around it - the sensor needs a certain amount of light to create a quality image.
On some cameras you can override the shutter speed setting and force a fast exposure but without proper lighting you will just end up with dark images. You might also be able to override the F setting to the lowest possible value which would let in the most light. However, these cameras are generally very good at deciding how much light they need to take a quality image. If the flash is set to auto and the camera decides to use it then there is simply not enough light to get an exposure with a fast shutter time.
This is one of the factors that gets better the more expensive the equipment is. Higher end point and shoot units and SLR units can collect more of the available light with their larger lenses and thus get good exposures in lower light conditions while still maintaining fast shutter speeds. Additionally "image stabilized" cameras help compensate for this situation by electronically assisting the photographer in stabilizing the image - allowing longer exposure times to be shot hand-held. You could also try a tripod if that is appropriate to your needs, that would help you shoot longer exposures in low light without so much image-wide blurring. Of course anything in motion will still blur.
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Sorry to tell you this but your CCD is gone. In a fwe days time pics will be black in color. CP 5400 uses a batch of defective Sony CCD's. Nikon's service center in Kolkata, India replaced the CCD in my CP 5400 free of cost. This was because Nikon has issued a service advisory. Try your luck with the Nikon service center closest to your home!