S6500fd - photos are so bright they are almost white
Bought my FinePix S6500fx 18 months ago. Worked perfectly including sunny days (used the SP Beach setting no probelm). Now even on dull days, photos are almost white out. Tried all the SP settings, no joy. Any ideas?
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Back up from what you are photographing, and turn your flash off or onto auto. You do this by lightly tapping the little Lightening bolt in the lower right corner of the LCD screen and repeat as necessary until the yellow lightning bolt on the left side of the screen either has a red circle on it w/ a light through it (off) or a capitol A beside it (auto). I prefer auto, because I take most of my photos outdoors and it's hard to tell if a flash is necessary under a tree when its really sunny, or on a really cloudy day @ the beach...(sunny day in the shade-flash. Cloudy &rainy beach? No flash, not ever!) There is a problem w/ the cameras flash system though, you can set it on auto thinking that you can just click away & let the camera handle the flash like you can on most cameras, but the Vivitar almost always has to have the flash reset after every single photo, but then every once in a while it stays on the same setting all day long!
Your ISO is probably set too high? to change iso press the fn (function) button and select the right option (with the right arrow) to go to the iso menu. Then use the up and down arrows to change the iso setting. I don't go higher then 400, and in the beach you could set it way down to 100.
Don't point the camera in the direction of the sun as this can wash out the photo. A filter would help somewhat.
It appears this problem is due a failing CCD device in many brand cameras. All the manufactures use the same source(s). I have not persued Casio as yet, but other companies are offering a recall to replace the CCD for free. I plan to use this approach with Casio. Search the web for "failing CCD in digital camera", it describes exactly what we are observing.
I have Fuji FinePix 2650 Digital camera with same problem. I can almost guarantee this is not a firmware problem. I went mountain biking a few months ago and take pictures. I take out camera and turn on. I get lines then white screen. I banged on camera and fixed it. Later a few weeks ago I turn it on and white screen. i beat this thing and get bad menu selection screen for a moment then white again. It takes pictures well and talk to computer no problem but no LCD picture. I thinking it is loose connection for LCD. Send it for repair or if you seek adventure try to fix it yourself!