I am having trouble taking still photos. For some reason when I push the photo button the camera just beeps and wont snap the shot. This semms to have started after another problem I have had , the zoom will zoom in by itself.
please help with either of those probs.
This is a service issue involving the replacement of the zoom operation assembly which contains several buttons and functions manufactured with a preformed flexible printed board all connected together. Canon fixes this for about $130.00 total. You can find service info at www.canonusa.com.
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The photos are recorded on a mem stick (mostly Sonty use just one type) and as long as you have saved them to this stick the lever that is close to the take movie button on cameras of Sony type will let you view.
Many of these digital video cameras are not very good for taking still photos. They are optimized for taking moving video pictures. There are many technical reasons for this.
If you want to take still photos, you will find that even a low cost digital still camera will be much better than most any of the video cameras.
Likewise, if you try to take moving pictures with a still camera that gives the movie option, you will find that it will not do as good as a dedicated video camera for the application. This is why manufactures go to the trouble to make both types of cameras.
If your video camera has a flash option for photos and it does not work for still pictures, consult the user guide about how to set this up. If it is properly set up, and it still does not work, then there is probably a fault in the logic control for the flash unit. This will then require factory level service.
Yes, various softwares like the ones that usually come with the camera, or others like Pinnacle (cheap and functional) can let you see the video frame by frame and capture or save a frame separately as a photo - try right clicking on the frame you want. Of course programs like Adobe Premier are excellent for this too but very pricey. Unfortunately, if the snaps are part of the video, they will be low res and email quality only under normal circumstances. It may be printable up to 4x6 maximum usually (but a bit choppy). For the best results, switch the camera to photo mode and shoot to the memory card for the cameras best quality results. Or use a still camera. You can always do both or use the software to add photos to your video edits.
Hope this helps...
A properly functioning camcorder will report this if it has both a card for recording and a tape mechanism for recording, with a switch set "in card position" when you press the movie mode record button. If you have a camcorder like this, look for a button marked "photo" that is used specifically for snapping still photos.
1. Set the mode switch to MEMORY STICK.
2. Set the power switch to CAMERA.
3. Press the PHOTO button and hold it.
**If you do not wish to keep the still photo, wait 2 seconds until the picture releases.
4. To keep the image, pess the PHOTO button once again within 2 seconds after releasing the button.
The still image is recorded to the Memory Stick.
**Audio cannot be recorded onto the Memory Stick.