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Looks focused but isn't

I have a Nikon coolpix P80 and am really disappointed with the focus quality of my photos. I've tried switching image quality from basic to normal to fine but can't seem to sort it. Was told this was still a user friendly basic digital camera but with more mp than my previous camera. I am a novice documenting me childrens lives. I can't fiddle with switches, buttons and dials every time I want to take a picture! Can someone talk me through a best set-up and or mode to leave the camera in for all round quality of focus?

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  • damnedcoloni Jan 06, 2009

    P80...not D80...couldn't find any of the buttons mentioned above. sorry

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Try this.

Switch D80 on.
Reset the camera by pressing the two buttons with a green dot beneath them on the top of the D80, right hand side.
The buttons are AF and +-.
These must be pressed together at the same time for a few seconds.
This is just in case you have set something strange, you do not need to do this all the time.

Set the command dial to Auto.
Set the button on the lower front/left hand side to AF.
Set the lens to A.

Now you can just take pictures, the D80 will autofocus and set the exposure itself.

Posted on Jan 06, 2009

  • Glyn Kendall Jan 07, 2009

    Sorry about that, wrong camera.
    The reset option is on the setup menu, Reset All.
    So turn the mode dial to setup and scroll down to reset all and select it.
    Now turn the mode dial to Auto, this is a icon of a camera.
    Try that.


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