The Screen/ Viewer image is blurred, probably about 50% image quality loss. Obviously I get photos of the same quality. When I zoom fully the image becomes a little better.
About a week ago the message 'focus error' appeared, but the camera continued to work perfectly well.
The mechanism seem to work OK, motors seem to be running. No obvious damage to the camera. It could have been damaged in my suitcase recently (since focus error message). The camera also has a habit of switching it-self on when caught putting it in the carry case.
I have tried looking at manual, took battery out, switched macro off etc
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There is usually two reasons you get blurred photos. 1) camera
movement and 2) subject movement ... sometimes both. This happens when
the shutter speed picked by your camera is too slow and unless you have
the digital hd video camera on a tripod, it has some kind of image stabilization scheme
and the subject is not moving, you will get blurred images.
I am surprised you picked a camera that cannot use your old SD cards.
Did you know that only Olympus and Sony do NOT use SD cards?
Blurred images are caused by several reasons: motion due to camera shake, use of slow shutter speeds and failure of the camera to focus correctly.
Slow shutter speeds
When light is low, wide apertures and slow shutter speeds will be selected automatically by the camera. Most people can't take blur-free, hand-held shots when the shutter speed is under 1/60th of a second.
Cameras that have optical Image Stabilization help but even IS has its limits. Increase room lighting, increase the ISO setting or use a tripod, or use a combination of all three.
Blurred images or misfocus
If an image is blurred due to camera shake, the blur will appear throughout the entire image. If parts of an image are in focus, and others are not, you've misfocused.
They are being compressed during the upload. there is nothing you can do. Once they arrive on the destination server, they are resized and compressed according to the websites parameters. if the site compreses them too small, they will become blurred. Imagine taking a photo, then resizing it to 5% of its size, then, save it, and re-open it and try to blow it back up. It will be blurry. That is whats going on at the server: they are being resized and you are getting blured images
Your LCD is only a small preview screen. I have on many occasions tested a camera and viewed on the screen. When you view the image on a computer it is enlarged to a much larger image. If your pictures appear out of focus you may have a bad lens. Set your camera to the highest mega pixel rate and retake some test images. If these are blurred you have a bad lens.
This sounds like it might be a defective CCD imager. If so, Canon should fix this for you for free, including free shipping both ways. This is regardless of your camera's warranty status. Please check the following two links for more info:
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The camera may have moved when the picture was taken. Try steadily squeezing the button intead of a quick press.
2.Try using a tripod, this could fix the blurred images.
3. faster shutter speed will be needed if you need to hold the camera, and cannot use a tripod.
4. Main reason for the lines could be that the subject is to bright. A vertical bar of light(red, purple) appears on the LCD monitor/ in the viewfinder This is a normal occurrence in devices containing CCDs (Digital Cameras) and does not mean a malfunction. (This red bar of light will not be recorded when shooting still photos, but it will be recorded when shooting movies.)
Solution to the last point would be to try and switch of the flash if it is in use. Turn the ISO setting (50, 100, 200) to a lower one as well.