I have panasonic FZ-7, Earlier i used to press halfway shutter for focusing and than press full for taking picture ie actual procedure for autofocus shot, but since two days i noticed that when I press half way shutter button for focusing the subject, it clicks and takes picture immidiately without waiting for focusing and taking shot. Is this a problem, pl help.
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This issue can occur in the following circumstances:
The subject is too close to the camera lens
Incorrect camera settings
Incorrect camera operation
Follow the steps below to help prevent taking pictures that appear blurry, out-of-focus or distorted.
If the camera has both an auto focus and manual focus mode, make sure it is set to auto focus.
Make sure there is enough lighting to allow the camera to focus on the subject.
Make sure the camera settings are set appropriately.
When taking close-up or macro-type shots, ensure the subject is not closer than the minimum focus distance of the lens. Also, if the camera has a zoom option, set it to the W (wide-angle) position.
If you have a fast-moving subject and the camera has a Program AE mode with a higher shutter speed (such as Sports action), make sure it is enabled. Also, if the camera has an ISO control, set it to a higher setting.
If your camera has a SteadyShot/anti-blur function, ensure it is enabled.
Aim the camera at the subject.
Press the shutter button halfway down.
Pressing the shutter button halfway down allows the camera to focus automatically. A flashing green indicator will be visible in the LCD or viewfinder. When the indicator stops flashing, focusing is finished and the camera is ready to take the picture.
Some camera models have a Monitoring AF setting that can be selected which allows the camera to focus without the need to hold the button halfway down. Consult the instruction manual of the camera for information whether or not this is applicable for your model.
Your Nikon Coolpix 3200 Digital Camera is equipped with a AF assist illuminator which makes focus easier when shooting in darker situations.
In spite of that, on occasion, it is quite possible that the camera will fail to achieve sharp auto-focus.
Point and Shoot cameras use a contrast-based focusing system: this works only when the contrast in the composition is high.
When you press the shutter halfway down the camera attempts to focus, but if it shows red brackets it implies that the focus has not been achieved. Please take care to note this indication, and if you do not see the Green "Focus Lock" indicator, please attempt to recompose the shot.
Release the shutter, press halfway through again and wait for a focus lock.
The sensor on a P&S camera is very small (about 8-9x smaller in surface area compared to DSLRs)
In low light conditions achieving focus can be a challenge for P&S cameras. These are technical limitations which are not specific to your camera but common to all cameras in the same segment across various camera manufacturers.
Well, if all the software is ok, maybe the button is damaged and not able to give the two modes any more. If the camera has done it´s fair share of pictures, maybe it needs some repairs... since you´re the first that I personaly have heard is in this situation. Mechanical things get broken more easily than we want, I guess. I´d recommend a repair shop for your camera and let us know how you ended up, please.
There are four focus modes: S-AF (Single auto focus), C-AF (Continuous auto focus), MF (Manual Focus), and S-AF/MF (Simultaneous mode).
(SINGLE Auto Focus): Focusing is performed once when the shutter button is pressed halfway.
C-AF (CONTINUOUS Auto Focus): The camera repeats focusing while the shutter button is pressed halfway.
(MANUAL FOCUS): The function allows you to manually focus on any subject while looking through the viewfinder.
SIMULTANEOUS USE of S-AF mode and MF mode: You can fine-adjust focus manually by turning the focus ring after AF is performed in the S-AF mode.
If the camera is having a difficult time auto-focusing, you can try the FOCUS LOCK feature. This feature allows you to focus on another subject roughly the same distance from you and then move the camera back to the intended subject and take the picture without losing focus. First, turn the camera on and locate the Autofocus Target Mark in the center of the LCD. The AF Target Mark resembles an open and close bracket [ ]. Position this AF Target Mark on a subject roughly the same distance away as the subject the camera is having trouble focusing on. Press the shutter button halfway enabling the lens to focus. While holding the shutter button halfway down, aim the camera at the original subject and press the shutter button all the way down.
If the camera is having a difficult time auto-focusing you can try the FOCUS LOCK feature. This feature allows you to focus on another subject roughly the same distance from you and then move the camera back to the intended subject and take the picture without losing focus. First, turn the camera on and locate the Autofocus Target Mark in the center of the LCD. The AF Target Mark resembles an open and close bracket [ ]. Position this AF Target Mark on a subject roughly the same distance away as the subject the camera is having trouble focusing on. Press the shutter button halfway enabling the lens to focus. While holding the shutter button halfway down, aim the camera at the original subject and press the shutter button all the way down.
The cause and solution may include one of the following:
The camera is not turned on. Turn on the camera.
The camera is processing a picture; the camera Power ring light (on the Mode dial) blinks green. Wait until the light stops blinking before taking another picture.
The card or internal memory is full. Transfer pictures to the computer, delete pictures from the camera, switch storage locations, or insert a memory card with available memory.
The shutter button was not pressed. Depress the shutter button completely down.
There was a failure in the focus and/or exposure. Press the shutter button halfway to set the Auto Focus (AF) and Auto Exposure (AE). When the AF/AE indicator turns green, press the shutter button completely down.
The battery is exhausted. Replace or recharge the battery