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I have a Fuji S1000FP and for the most part it takes great photos EXCEPT when I take pictures into the sun then my photos are either white or black and no image. I will admit I just want a point and shoot camera because I don't understand shutter speed and such. However, I have attempted to change the shutter speeds and still nothing. I have tried all the pre settings as well. (This camera claims to be one of the better outdoor cameras. ) Can anyone offer words of wisdom on this. Ruth

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  • rajbuzzy Aug 01, 2009

    I realize that I shouldn't take directly into the sunlight and perhaps I worded my original question incorrectly. I should just have said in very bright sunlight it doesn't take. My sister and I have the exact same camera and she also has a kodak digital. Last weekend we experimented and took the exact photo shot with the two different cameras, the kodak worked but the fuji's did not. That is why we were thinking there must be something we are not doing correctly with the Fuji. Thanks Ruth

  • rajbuzzy Aug 01, 2009

    Thanks, I look forward to hearing your response.

    I may not respond right away as I will be leaving the house but I will check in. Thanks

  • rajbuzzy Aug 01, 2009

    You have been very helpful and prompt in helping me work on my problem.



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You should never take photos with any camera pointing towards the sun. It does not matter what advanced lense it has or what advanced settings - if you take photos into the sun you will get bad results.

The only exceptions to this may be photos at sunrise or sunset when the light of the sun is at its weakest.

See this link for some hints on setting exposure in these situations

However as a general rule for point and shoot and family photgraphs etc .. you should always keep the sun at your back. Even strong light from one side can be an issue unless it is angled towards your back.

If you find your camera takes good photos when you stick to that rule the camera is not faulty.

There is very little even professional photographers can do about pointing into the sun. Simple rule - they avoid it!

Hope this helps. Please do rate my answer. Thanks.

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    Radio Code Pro Aug 01, 2009


    Thanks for clarifying the issue. The fact that both Fujis do this does tend to indicate an issue with how the lens is set up.

    If you bear with me I will have a look at this particular model and post up some tips you can try in one moment.


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    Radio Code Pro Aug 01, 2009


    I have looked at this issue extensively and in the absence of there being some type of internal fault with the CCD of the camera itself there are only a few potential issues I can advise that you should look at.

    When Auto is selected on the camera when you are outside in sunlight it should be identifying the ideal aperture settings etc .. and leave you free to point and shoot and not worry about advanced settings such as shutter speed etc.

    With this camera you have to press the shoot button half way to give it time to autofocus before you go ahead with the shot - this may be one aspect as if the shutter is rushed it does not help the results in the final shot.

    The other aspect is the white balance - under Auto this should be set up automatically - try the reset as outlined at the bottom of the page to see if this rectifies the problem. If not it might be worth going through the manual procedure for setting White Balance although this usually only applies to settings other than Auto.

    Finally if you have downloaded photos to your computer and found them to be dark then this will not apply - but there is also a menu setting for increasing the brightness of the LCD screen which in bright conditions may be giving the impression that the image is dark. If the photos have been found to be dark this does not apply.

    I would recommend that you reset the camera to its default settings and see if this makes a difference to the problem. To do this - press menu and under the spanner or wrench icon use the directional pad to go across to no 3. Enter the menu under 3 and find RESET and press the right key on the directional pad to get a confirmation message. Select OK and press MENU/OK

    This resets the camera to factory default settings. If severe image problems like you describe are persisting after this it would seem there must be some internal component issue that is effecting the images as although image quality can vary to some degree between cameras there should not be severe image problems like you describe happening in broad daylight.

    Do let me know how you get on. Thanks.



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