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Noisy operation, picture flickers in record and play back. Auto exposure problem? Like camera is trying to fix apeture to compensate for light.

Picture flickers, auto mode worse, bright outdoor light worst, noisy clicking sound

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The problem is a bad CCD inside the camera. I have 3 bad ones in my classroom. Sony was providing free service for some of their other models but failed to provide service (recall) on these models. I think it is important to contact Sony at 1-866-703-7669 and ask them why they are not providing support for this model since it has to do with a bad chip inside the camera. Sony should stand behind their consumer products and keep in mind that some people who use the consumer brands also use or recommend the professional brands to organizations like WEVA and others. If they do not support the consumer line products, will they support the more expensive industrial or professional products? Let's go Sony...fix these problems...there are too many of these cameras which have gone bad to say that it is not a CCD problem.

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How do I fix over exposed pictures outdoors


Check and make sure you don't have the exposure compensation settings set higher than 0. There is a manual override feature that lets you apply over/under exposure compensation to every photo rather than manually setting it for each shot. Sometimes, this feature can get accidentally changed. If that's not the issue try to reset the camera back to its default settings through the menu feature.

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What should exposure compensation be set on


That depends on what you're taking a picture of. Normally, you'd want it on zero.

Use it if the exposure meter produces an exposure too light or too dark for the subject. The camera's meter is designed to render all scenes as a medium gray. If you take a picture of a white dog playing in the snow, the camera will try to render the scene as a medium gray. In this situation you want to use positive exposure compensation to render the scene brighter.

Conversely, if take a picture of a black cat sunning itself on a black car, the camera will again try to render the scene as a medium gray. In this case you want negative exposure compensation to darken the scene.

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All of a sudden the images my camera is taking look totally overexposed, is it possible that i switched some setting without knowing? why is there so much light in my pictures?


Yes, there is a setting called exposure compensation, which you may have altered.
Try switching the camera back to A (Auto) mode, and see if that fixes it.
In the manual setting modes, exposure compensation will look like this:
http://images.digitalcamerainfo.com/images/upload/Image/new/Photokina08/Canon/sd880is/photos/Canon-sd880is-menu-functionset-375.jpg
Make sure that you haven't set the exposure compensation to +2, for example. It should usually be set on 0.

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How do you set the apeture on a Kodak Easyshare DX4530 camera?


1 In any Still mode, press the Menu button.

2 Press to highlight Exposure Compensation , then press the OK

button.

3 Press to select the Exposure

Compensation setting.

 If pictures are too light, decrease the

value.

 If pictures are too dark, increase the

value.

4 Press the OK button to accept the change.

5 Press the Menu button to exit the menu.

6 Use the camera screen to frame your

subject. Press the Shutter button half-way

to set the focus, then continue pressing

completely down to take the picture.

This setting remains until you change the
Mode dial or turn off the camera.
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Light facial detail in my Nikon D60


Are you using the flash? If so, dial in some negative flash exposure compensation. Otherwise simply dial in some negative exposure compensation.

However, you will have to leave behind the Auto and the other point&shoot modes.

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I never got a manual for my s 5200 fuji fine pix. My problem is I'm not sure what the M, A, s, P, and different settings on my camera mean. And am having a hard time finding the site on here.


M-manuel, you set up all of the functions, difficult as the camera will not give you any help A-apeture priorities, you tell the camera the apeture you want to use, the ISO you want,the white balance you want the exposure level you want, and it adjusts the shutter speed to compensate S-shutter priorities, just like apeture priorities except the camera adjusts the apeture fou you instead of the shutter speed P-program mode, lets you tell the camera how bright or dark you want the picture to be, and it adjusts everything else
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Flashing negative sign


A few suggestions for outdoor flash too bright with SB-600.
1 - If flash is in the auto mode, try hitting the (-) symbol a few times to lower the flash output
2 - Quick fix for close shooting - pull down the diffuser. You loose about 2 stops of flash light and effect is much softer. Don't forget to raise it later or you might think you have the opposite problem
3 - On the camera side, you play with your ISO. Depending on the scene, changing ISO can increase or decrease effect of flash vs background. This can be tricky to predict in auto because the camera is doing calculations of its own.
4 - You can put the camera in aperture mode and set your apeture so that you get a good balance between flash and ambient light. The camera will adjust the shutter speed, which increases or decreases the effect of the background - while the flash remains a constant. This can be very effective in tricky lighting situations, but be prepared to take lots of test shots to get it right.
5 - You can put the flash in manual mode. That will give you a consistant fixed reduced flash output regardless of what the camera tries to change. You have to keep checking your display to see the effect, but with camera in auto this can be a winner.
6 - Finally, you can go "old school" and put both camera and flash in manual and find your best combination. When I'm pressed for time in tricky conditions I often do this by finding a good setiting for a fixed distance, and then adjusting my apeture up or down as I shoot closer or farther things. We had to do it like this back in the day, and with the histogram on the display, I can get dead on where the camera "brain" would get tricked.

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Canon Digital Rebel XT, exposure


Use the bracket exposure method. or read the apeture off then up a stop.

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