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SD400 blurry pictures all of a sudden?

I loved my camera up until today. For some reason, the pictures are coming out blurry. I didn't change any of the settings, but when I download it to my computer, it looks pixelated and old. Does anyone else have the same problem?

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Re: SD400 blurry pictures all of a sudden?

You indicate you've checked your settings. With the camera turned on and set to automatic mode (the first dial setting - opposite end of the dial from movie mode), make sure your camera is set to use flash. Now, find the self-timer button (it's on the same cursor-pad as the flash, closeup, and redeye removal settings - at the 6-o'clock position).

Put the camera on a table or other flat surface, facing at a stationary object to photograph. It doesn't matter what the object is, as long as it's within flash range.

Now, with the camera sitting on a firm, level surface, click the shutter button. The camera will pause until the timer runs out (10-seconds) then snap a shot. Because the camera was sitting perfectly still at the time the shot was taken, you should have a completely clear picture. If you do, then the problem is related to what you're photographing, how much light is available, and how fast your memory card is capturing the image.

If the picture is still not sharp, you may have a problem with faulty memory (easy to try a different Compact-Flash card to check that out), or possibly the camera's built-in optics software.

One last thing to try, although I'm not sure it will work since I can't try it myself...

If you still have your A/V cable that came with the camera, hook your camera up to your TV set and see if the viewfinder picture is also transmitted to your TV when in picture taking (not picture-viewing) mode. If you see an image, and the image is not clear, you either have dirty optics (I know you said they were clean), or faulty sensors.

Hope some of that helps!

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Re: SD400 blurry pictures all of a sudden?

Check your settings, you may have inadvertantly changed to a different shooting mode. My Canon has a round knob on the top, and sometimes it will get moved in my pocket!
There are also settings in the camera that can change the quality of the pix you take. Look in the manual if not familiar with this.
Otherwise, it seems like you may have deeper issues.

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Re: SD400 blurry pictures all of a sudden?

Have you tried cleaning the lens?

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