Question about Canon PowerShot SD750 / IXUS 75 Digital Camera
How to Fix It
Don't overlook the obvious. Start by cleaning your lens, and cleaning it properly. You can get a good quality lens cleaning cloth or paper at virtually any camera shop—which is a good idea to keep handy even if you your current problem isn't a dirty lens.
If cleaning the lens solves the problem, there's no need to go through the rest of the steps here, but there are things you should do to help protect the lens from getting dirty in the first place, namely: Always keep the lens cap on the camera when you're not using it, and be careful not to touch the lens with your fingers.
If cleaning the lens doesn't solve the problem, consider whether you are holding the camera steady enough while you take the picture. Some cameras are harder to hold steady than others, because of their shape and the placement of the shutter button. You can test whether this is the problem by taking a few pictures with the camera sitting on a rock-solid surface, like a table top.
If the pictures you take when the camera is firmly supported are suitably sharp, you need to practice a bit with taking pictures to learn how to hold the camera steady. When you take a picture, breath evenly and slowly—or even hold your breath for a moment—then gently squeeze the shutter button, rather than hitting it sharply. This is particularly important for cameras that are relatively long from back to front and have the shutter button near the front (the lens side). There's a strong tendency with this camera design to pivot the camera as you press the button.
Also, if your camera offers automatic focus, automatic exposure, or both, make sure you know how to use it. Typically, you'll need to press the shutter button halfway and hold it a moment to give the auto modes a chance to lock on before you actually take the picture.
Finally, keep in mind that there may be a lag between the time you press the shutter button and the time the camera takes the picture. If you start moving before the camera is finished, the image is all but guaranteed to be blurry.
If you still can't hold the camera steady enough for a sharp picture in all situations—which may be more of an issue with zoomed pictures—consider getting a tripod or monopod to help steady the camera.
If the lens is clean, the camera is steady, and the images are still blurry, you may be taking the pictures with too low a resolution or too high a compression setting (or both) for the final images you want to produce. It's easy enough to test for this by taking some pictures at the highest resolution with no compression and seeing if that solves the problem.
Find out how to set resolution and compression. Some cameras let you set the two separately. Others have a choice of quality settings that combine various levels of resolution and compression. The difference between using the lowest resolution with highest compression compared with using the highest resolution with lowest compression can often make the difference between fitting over 100 pictures on your camera's storage and fitting just one or two pictures.
Take a few photos with the highest resolution and lowest compression available for your camera, and see if the resulting pictures are suitably sharp. If they are, try one step lower on the quality scale, and check the results again. Keep going until you find the quality level for the camera that begins to degrade the sharpness of the pictures that you wind up with, and use one quality step higher. Note that the best quality setting to use will vary depending on how you plan to use the picture. For example, photos meant for viewing on a Web site shouldn't need anywhere near as high a resolution or as low a compression setting as photos you want to print at 8 x 10 inches.
Posted on Dec 26, 2007
Had the cam fallen down? It could be because the lens has dislocated from its location. (Presuming that you did not have this issue of blurry pictures before.) I would suggest you see if the lens is intact. If yes, try and put the camera on AUTO mode and shoot some portraits. If it still does not work, try manually setting a high shutter speed and see if u still get blurry pictures..
Posted on Dec 26, 2007
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