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Problem in Manual Focus of Canon Powershot A510

I am having problem in Macro Mode in Canon Powershot A510 camera.During manual focus i can view more close up picture in LCD,But when i click the button the same picture(which is appeared in LCD) is not recorded and getting the pictures which is too far.I dont know this is problem in my camera only or need some other operation. Anybody can suggest me how to short out this problem. Thanks, Ponraj

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Re: Problem in Manual Focus of Canon Powershot A510

Some how it seems the auto focus- which in macro mode is looking at something else[because of parallax]is over riding your manual focus attempts. Check the manual carefully to see if there is a mention here for special things to do for close work or contact the Canon Technical Support

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I no longer hear 2 beeps for the focus, and it appears that the lens is not moving to focus the camera.

You could have a user profile set to disable sound. Look in the menu.

As for the focus, maybe the camera is set to manual focus (MF on the display) or macro mode which is shown as a small flower icon on the display. Just swtch them off.

Oct 18, 2013 | Canon PowerShot SX100 IS Digital Camera

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Will not focus at a distance

Is the camera perhaps set in macro or manual focus mode? I've made that same mistake myself. If it is in macro mode then you will see (somewhere on the display) a small icon of a flower. If it is in manual focus mode then you'll see an MF icon.
Hope this helps

Sep 23, 2012 | Canon PowerShot S90 Digital Camera

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The camera will not focus when I try to take up-close shots. Such as an eye. I would like to photograph just an eye but whenever I try to zoom or walk in close enough the camera refuses to focus, haha....

Normally the closest focus you can get is 1.6 ft at W and 3.0 ft at T. In Macro mode you can get down to 3.9 inches. In Super Macro mode you can get even closer.

To get into Macro mode, press the Flower button until the flower appears on the LCD. To get into Super Macro mode, keep pressing the Flower button until an S appears inside the flower.

For full details, refer to your manual. In my copy, it starts on page 56.

Feb 20, 2010 | Canon PowerShot S2 IS Digital Camera

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Canon SX200 IS macro focus problem

I have the exact same problem, with macro, super macro, or manual focus. Sometimes the macro focus works so well that I can actually capture finger prints on a subject. Other times (most of the time) the focus in macro mode just does not work.

I have read in some forums that it may be related to the amount of light being used when in macro mode; although that doesn't seem to fix the problem for me, maybe that will help your solution. Could you try it out, ie. try macro mode with a brighter light source?

Jan 26, 2010 | Canon PowerShot SX 200 IS Digital Camera

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When zooming in for a close shot it will not focus

When using the tele, the closest you can be to a object is probably more that one meter. If you need to get closer you should switch to macro mode.

Oct 01, 2009 | Canon PowerShot SD850 IS Digital Camera

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How to take Supermacro pix?

Super Macro will not work in "auto" mode. If you put it in "P" mode (and possibly the other manual modes) and then press the "macro" (little flower looking think) button to the left of the lens under "MF" (manual focus). It will display "hold for super macro" on the screen.


Jan 05, 2009 | Canon PowerShot S3 IS Digital Camera

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Super macro

Press the macro button once to get it to display the Macro Mode sign. Press and hold it after that to get it into Super Macro

Once you are in Super Macro, you can't move the lens so you MUST use the Manual Focus (MF) button that is located right above the Macro toggle button. While holding the MF button, use the 4 way directional pad to focus in and out. Press the Up and Down to focus.
You have to be REALLY close for Super mode.. less than about 6 inches

Aug 16, 2008 | Canon PowerShot S5 IS Digital Camera

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The focus on my cannon powershot A540

Do you focus and then push the shutter button half way down to lock in that focus? Then all the way to take the picture?

Do you support the camera on a tripod or kneel down and support your arms on one knee or lean against some object to keep the camera steady> You can even press your arms tightly against your body before you focus and shoot. And be sure to press the shutter button very gently when you shoot so the camera will not shake or move.

Do you have the camera on the right mode for the photo you are attempting to take? Such as night/macro/action/ etc. Try taking photos on just the automatic mode to see if you can get focused shots. Make absolutely sure your camera is not in Macro mode ( a picture of a little flower on the screen) unless you are doing extreme closeup shooting.

Go to your menu>then setting> then set your camera back to default settings if you can. Or if you are unsure how the camera is set. If you do not have your manual you can go to the Canon website at and click on support or downloads and find the manual for your camera and download it. That may give you the answer you need as well.

Please get back to me if you do not have any luck and send along more info such as camera age.

Aug 08, 2008 | Canon PowerShot A540 Digital Camera

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Focus in Macro mode

1. Do not use the zoom while using macro. 2. When clicking the Macro button, click it again, only for 2 more seconds at the second click, it goes to 'Super macro' mode for zero distance. This works in the Canon S3 IS, I hope it will help you in the older S2 IS. 3. Use a tripod. 4. Use the timer for no movement when using a tripod. 5. Try using the manual focus, it does the trick when the camera doesn't focus automatically. Good Luck!

Aug 13, 2006 | Canon PowerShot S2 IS Digital Camera

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