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Taking pictures When I take a picture, it says busy. It didn't do that before. I must have done something to do it. I hate it. I just want to take another picture. Also when I was going thru menus, I did something so I wouldn't see picutre I just took. how can I undo that? AND I am going to Alaska and may want to ZOOM as close as I can, what should it be set on?

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Re: taking pictures

You may have turned off the viewing screen mode. I've turned my off just to save the battery. There should be a setting/mode so that can at least scroll thru to view the images you've shot. As for the Busy Message my best guess is the memory cards full. My camera (a kodak) has the option to save images to a very small, useless internal memory or another card. Perhaps yours offers same - so switch to large memory. As for zooming in as close as you can, you may want to visit a state that's closer. Yea as you can see the zooms on the Point & Shoot cameras are very limited. Its only good for zooming into things that are just a very short distance away.

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