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Pictures and video not clear

The pictures and video are "in focus" but the pictures aren't clear. It's like the colors are distorted or you can see the megapixels. That's the best way I can describe it. I'm not sure if I dropped it and messed something up or I have a bad setting. I use the "auto" function. Any help is appreciated.

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Re: Pictures and video not clear

The first thing I would do is - as Paul suggested, clean the lense using a fine-threaded cloth and a light cleansing solution.

But it sounds to me as though your Image Quality is set to "Normal" in the camera's FUNCTION menu. This is part of the same menu where you change the resolution of your camera's pictures.

Your options are as follows:

  • Normal
  • Fine
  • Superfine
While having the mode selection wheel in "Auto" mode, press "FUNC." near the upper-right corner of the view screen. (The button with the trash-can icon.) You'll be met with a menu where all but the last two options on the left side of the screen are greyed out. The option you'll find yourself already on is the video resolution.

Press down on the directional pad once. You should see the resolution that your camera is currently set to. (I believe the default was "L" which is 2816x2112. Move the cursor left and right to select the image resolution you desire.

Once you have moved the cursor to the correct resolution, press the "SET" button under the directional pad. You will now be met with the image quality menu.

From right to left: Normal, Fine and then Superfine. Select "Superfine". This will enhance the overall quality of the image. (These settings are retained PER RESOLUTION SETTING in the camera's memory.) Press "SET" once more and exit the options menu by pressing "FUNC." again.

Making sure to use the two-step button properly, take another picture and see what you get with it.

Certain things can affect the camera's operation and quality as well. For instance, if you bring the camera out of the cold after it sits in it for a while, you have to let the camera adjust itself to room temperature first. Otherwise you will get blurry images because of condensation build-up on the lens. (The same effect as when you get a can of cold soda out of the fridge in the summer. You see all that condensation build up on the sides of the can due to the differences in temperature in the air and the surface of the can condensing the moisture from the air.) Is the environment you're in possibly filled with moisture from heating systems?

Let us know if you are able to fix your issue here. Please wait to rate us until we actually arrive at an end result. (Unless the solution given fixes your problem. Feel free to rate "Fixya" if that's the case.)

Hope this helps you.


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Re: Pictures and video not clear

Have you checked the lens to see if it clean?

Maybe you have the ISO setting on HI or 1600 which would cause a grainy/fuzzy image.

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