We have had the Canon S5IS for about 6 months with great results, until recently. Using the camera on AUTO mode produces underexposed daylight images (flash photos seem better). I noticed that the ISO setting stays at ISO 80 in AUTO mode and does not change under different light conditions. I switch to Aperture priority and get much better exposures, and the ISO setting changes automatically. Just wondered if there is a setting that I need to change in AUTO mode to improve exposure.
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Re: Underexposed image on Auto mode
You can change the ISO setting also to Auto. If you have the advanced guide (see pp 80, 107).
Press the ISO button it will switch from various ISO setting to AUTO.
Do remember in Bright light , a lower ISO number like 80 will give you very fine images, while as the light level goes down, the ISO number will change to a higher number and the image will become more grainer.
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I can't think of anything that is wrong in your camera. Must be a connection point in a switch that has a too high resistance. And even when you manage to find what switch, you could not replace it.
In the 7 years that your camera exists, camera's have become more sophisticated, and picture quality has increased even in the cheaper models, so perhaps it is worth thinking of a new camera? Perhaps you now even can buy a beginner DSLR, or a system camera, cheaper then your S5IS was 7 years ago.
Please see if the mode forr picture is set to normal, Try to select auto mode and then manual mode to see if there is any change.
If you notice that the grains come on in low light, try pictures in good light to confirm. If still bad the camera needs a check for a faulty imager unit./the CCD might be defective.
Take an estimate to decide.
My problem with my CANON S5IS is that flash doesn't fire under any situation ,even when i press to select any available modes by (MIC/Flash)key, nothing is displayed as it's normal functionality, (AUTO,MANUAL,OFF), the key is working because in some other settings it operates normally; there is a problem with Flash command ,can anyone tell what has happen to flash? thank you all.
If you are shooting using AUTO mode, maybe the settings were changed to a manual modes. If so, check for settings. Flash fires automatically only in AUTO. On manual modes you must force the flash to fire.
As a professional PGA Photographer, I never shoot on Auto anything...Manual only, digital cameras have a habit of giving the CCD unit the wrong reading...also, it sounds like your battery is not strong enough for that camera....try a higher Amp...instead of 1500mAh...try a 1800mAh ....wish you luck...you sound like a good photographer.
Auto and the other settings each have an independent image size that the camera remembers. You need to set the image size for AP. Go to AP mode and press FUNC. The image size should show up in the left menu (it may say L, M1, M2, S, standing for Large, Medium, and Small, resolution settings). Select it and choose a different size that you'd prefer (believe that you want L). Then press FUNC again to exit the menu.
The exposure compensation dial (at the back) doesn't work when you're in Manual. In Manual, you set the shutter speed and aperture to get an image with the amount of over- or under-exposure you need. In the view finder, the "exposure meter" at the bottom shows how much light there is where the lens is pointed. When it shows what you called "2-stops", its really underexposed. Thus your black images. You need to increase ISO, open the aperture and slow down the shutter speed (or a combination of these 3 options)
Set your camera to P or full-auto. Do the photos turn out ok? If they do, then there's nothing wrong with your camera and you just need practise on the Manual mode.
Hey Kate I have owned a Canon Powershot S5 since launch last year and I take a lot of photos with blurred background. I select AV on the dial (Aperture priority) and set aperture to between 2.7 and about 4.0 max, depending on how much depth of field I want and what my subject is.
This setting blurs the background beautifully.. Just remember that an aperture of 2.7 will give you a very shallow depth-of-field, so if focus on face is important, make sure you have face recognition set to ON.