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Full Length Can you tell me what mode I must put the camera in to get a full lengthed picture. I have to go really far distance to get it done. The pictures comes out really dark and sometimes the flash is on and off. I dont know how to set up this camera period I lost my manual,can you get one to me.

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  • nickybee Nov 15, 2007

    I really cant understand this camera, one minute I thought I do and again I start having the same problems, like keeping the flash on or keeping the camera in its right format to get a quality picture. I think this is a good camera its just me that dont know how to operate it. I need help with it or else am going to smash it to pieces.

  • Yaz Pat Feb 15, 2008

    Hi there,
    Thanks in advance!
    I have this Mustek MDC4000 digital camera for the last 4 years and recently the LCD Screen goes green so when I download the photos to my PC then I get the same green colour.I have tried to format, delete all phots but nothing seems to work.Is there something you could suggest which could restore my camera to its prevoius state.All my photo projects have come to a dead-end.
    Yazdi Patel
    Belgaum India
    15th Febuary 2008



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