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Constant under exposure.....

The camera fell 3 feet onto concrete and ever since, when I take a picture you can barely see the image. It comes out near black. It's worst in auto mode. When I switch it to manual mode and lower my shutter speed way down I can almostget a normal picture. I don't know what it could be exactly. I took the lens off and it seems to be fine. I looked inside the camera and nothings loose. The only thing I figured is maybe the mirrow shifted inside? or The photo sensor is shot? Any suggestions?

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    thomtime May 11, 2010

    The problem could be with the camera or the lens. Do you have or can you borrow another lens to test with.

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I can tell you what your problem is. You dropped it on concrete and you are suffering from impact damage. You have a whole bunch of internal damage to your camera, Don't worry, like anything, it can be fixed. Because it was dropped, its not covered under warranty. I have a friend who can fix it for you.

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Posted on Feb 13, 2009

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We had the same; it's damaged internal,and needs replacement.
That's gonna cost.

There's a temporal workaround (though the best and most professional solution would be to either replace the case, or get it repaired) which can help you for the time being.

1- Set the photo wheel (with green auto, M, A,S, P and icons) to 'P'; and set internally the ISO to 200 (the ISO will be neglected later on by manual overrule).
2- Use flash in darker environments if possible.
3- Set the exposure to +5
Pressing the Zoom In (+) button twice, use the 4-way pad (on the right of the TFT screen) to go 1x to the right ( [+/-]+0.0 ) and select by pressing the 'ok' knob.
This should give you 'exposure comp.'
Set value to +5.0
4- Set 'Flash Compensation' to +1.0 in that same menu (the twice zoom menu. The icon needed is similar only with a lightning sign, and is found on the right to exposure comp '[+/-]' knob ).

This should get your exposure maximized
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Refrain from touching the ISO at this point, which is fairly useless and might trigger the 'shutter-error' message.

Be aware that in that state, your camera is like 'a car running on 3 cylinders' so to speak

Posted on Feb 23, 2009

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