For the past few months the shutter button has been dificult to use while taking a picture. It would take a picture but would take a couple seconds of holding down the shutter before it takes the photo.
Now, it will allow you to depress halfway to focus the photo, however now it won't actually snap the photo. It doesn't matter how hard or long you press it, it just won't snap.
The camera is out of warranty, what should I do? I am tempted to remoev the casing and see what I can place under the shutter to see if that will solve the problem.
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Re: Shutter Button won't snap a picture
You could try taking it apart as a last resort before you order the next one- whats to lose?
BUT before you do so why not get onto Tech Support at Olympus and see what turns up
They may offer a part exchange swap out for good price
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My shutter does that when there is low light, or just slow shutter speed. You could try changing those settings, otherwise, last time mine got stuck, I loosened a screw on the bottom right under the shutter release button and the shutter just snapped back into its place.
That's about par for a moving subject. After you press the shutter button, the camera has to focus, meter the exposure, estimate the color balance, and more. You can reduce the so-called "shutter lag" by anticipating the action, pressing the shutter button halfway to focus and meter, then pressing the button the rest of the way when the action peaks.
One of the myriad advantages of higher-end (and higher-cost) cameras is the speed with which they respond.
You may be experiencing "shutter lag". When you take a picture, you should press the shutter button half-way to allow the camera to lock in the focus (it will beep) before pressing the rest of the way.
I'll give you a couple: 1. Is your mode in shutter priority or focus priority? Check your menus and go into the AF area to see which one it is. If it's in focus priority you will have to be focused on a subject before the shutter releases. The other setting is 'release priority' which will enable you to snap the shutter regardless if you're focused or not. If you tried to re-compose the picture you were trying to take, you may have locked in focus and then when you re-composed it was not in the same area thus not releasing the shutter.
2. 2 button re-set.
it may just be the speed of your card or something related to that. I'm assuming your pressing the shutter button as your taking the movie and it's just not snapping the picture. I'm assuming also that the shutter button actually works to begin with
Two things to try, 1) The release button is a two stage process. Pushing the release button 1/2 way allows the camera to focus on the subject. It needs a few milli-seconds to do this. A full depress releases the shutter, but it you don't allow the camera to focus, things get messed up.
2) Holding a camera of this type with outstretched arms is a sure way to get poor shots. I use my Fuji S5000 with the viewfinder rather than the LCD display for framing shots just like I was using an SLR/DSLR
There are a couple issues related to "slow" that I have with my C-750, and this is how I get around them.
One is the write speed to the xD card. This can prevent you from taking sequential pictures quickly, as the camera displays the current picture it is writing until it finishes. You can make the image of the current picture go away and use your viewfinder again, while the camera is writing the picture, by pressing the shutter button halfway and releasing it. Then you can see your subject in the viewfinder again!
Second is the delay between the time the shutter button is pressed and the time the shutter actually opens (when the camera actually takes the picture). This can be fixed by lining up your shot and pressing the shutter button halfway and holding it for a few seconds. This will give the camera time to adjust and lock focus, shutter speed, etc. There is a small green dot on the display below the battery indicator which will blink a few times when the button is pressed halfway, then remain on steady. When the green dot is steady, the camera is ready. Press the shutter button, and the camera should immediately take the picture.