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My Canon S3IS is about 4 years old. It used to

My Canon S3IS is about 4 years old. It used to take wonderful pictures and now every so often the pictures are coming out grainy. I have used it on many setting and also on auto and still grainy??? I will take multiple pictures in the same setting and some turn out grainy. Is my camera slowly crumping out on me?

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You need to check your ISO setting and the picture quality you have your camera set to. It should be at the maximum megapixels and fine quality and the ISO should be below 800 or even 400.

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