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Just get black pictures....

One day I was taking pictures and I pointed my camera to a flag in the sky and it was just starting to that I mean "just a few drops", from that point on, my camera has not worked. Can this camera be fixed? Is it my lens? How much would you expect it to be to get it fixed? Is it worth it to get it fixed?

I have tried to switch batteries...that's about it for my solutions.

I appreciate your help.

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This sounds like a problem with your ccd. This part has been known to fail on these (and other - canon, sony, konica, minolta) cameras, especially when the camera has been exposed to moisture. I'm investigating the cost of repair.

Posted on Mar 24, 2008

This sounds like a problem with your ccd.

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I would like to be able to take a good picture of a full moon on a clear night.

You're going to face two separate problems here.

One, the moon occupies a rather small portion of the night sky. Even fully zoomed in, the moon is going to be not much more than a bright spot in the sky.

Two, the camera is designed to assume that almost every scene is an average brightness. Given how much of the scene is a black sky, the camera will attempt to render the sky as average (what photographers call a "medium gray"). This will result in a picture with a gray sky and a featureless white blob for the moon.

If you think about it, the full moon is nothing more than a really big rock under a midday sun. Thus what you want is the same exposure as when taking a picture on a clear sunny day. Unfortunately the camera is going to be fooled by all that dark sky and try to compensate for it. What you really need is to be able to bypass the camera's light meter and set the proper exposure yourself. The C195, unlike more sophisticated cameras, doesn't allow you to do so. Sorry, but that's just the way it is.

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How do i take picture of the moon

I assume you want a picture of the moon and don't particularly care what the sky looks like.
Consider a full moon. Just what are you taking a picture of? It's a landscape, right? Mountains, craters, etc. All under a bright midday sun without a cloud in the sky (the sky on the moon, not your sky). So what if the moon's a quarter of a million miles away from you, it's under the same sun. Yeah, it's a quarter of a million miles farther from the sun, but given the nearly one hundred million miles between the earth and the sun, the difference is negligible.
There's an old photography rule called the "Sunny-16 Rule." It says that the proper exposure under sunny conditions is f/16 at a shutter speed that is a reciprocal of the film's ISO rating. So, at ISO 200 the proper exposure would be f/16 at 1/200 second (or equivalent, such as f/11 at 1/400 second). You'll have to switch the camera to the Manual exposure mode to do this. Ignore anything the camera's light meter says.
Use this as a starting guideline. Take a picture and review it on the screen. Don't worry about the sky going pure black. You don't want the highlights to get blown out, or the moon will look like a white blob.

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Hi When I try to take pictures of the moon at night, the all I get is bright light without any detail. The sensor seems overloaded and the image seems smudged. I have tried with the intelligent...

All automatic-exposure cameras try to render the scene as a middle gray. The moon is a small portion of the total image, so the camera concentrates on the sky. In trying to get enough light to make the sky go from black to gray, the moon gets completely overexposed. What you want is the moon properly exposed, even if that means the sky goes completely black.

For a full moon, you want the same exposure you would use at noon on a bright day. If you think about it for a moment, it becomes obvious. The full moon is simply a landscape at high noon. Unfortunately, the camera can't know that.

Set the camera to manual. Start with the "Sunny-16 Rule", which tells you to set the aperture to f/16 and the shutter speed to 1/ISO. So for example, set the ISO to 200, the aperture to f/16, and the shutter speed to 1/200. Look at the result on the screen and adjust the exposure as needed.

That was for a full moon. For other phases you may need to add exposure, but the "Sunny-16 Rule" will still give you a starting point.

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How do I rotate my pictures from my camera?

It depends on what software you're using. It is possible to rotate an image, if it's JPEG which most camera photos are, without any loss of quality. Whatever software you use, you should look for that function.

If you can't find it, or perhaps your software doesn't have that option, then you can use the free software "XnView". It can do this "lossless JPEG transformation". The icons look like circles, half of which is a green arrow.

Also, you should know that within the EXIF data there is a flag which says whether the photo is rotated. Generally, a camera with an orientation sensor will take a photo the normal way (from its point of view) but make a note of which way was "up"! Then software which respects this flag can display the picture appropriately. Some software, however, will ignore this flag. If you find your pictures looking different with different viewers, this is the reason.

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Occasionally, I get a black spot on my pictures. Why?

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Check the lens rear element for dirt partials and remove carefully if there is, remove body cap and install the lens back onto the camera.

Next I'm going to give you a quick test method to actually see if your camera sensor is dirty.

On a good clear day with blue sky go outside switch the camera to "P" program focus on a subject at infinity then shift the lens to manual focus. Point the lens skyward to a clear patch of blue and take the picture(s) Now down load this picture to your computer and enlarge it to at least 50% I use 100% but I'm way fussy and my prints can go to poster size so i need clean/

Anyway look closely at that blue sky if you see spots of black then the sensor is dirty and needs to be cleaned by you or a professional. There are special kits for cleaning sensors on the market BUT, make sure you are confident it what you are doing because the sensor is extremely sensitive to damage. Read your manual on this cleaning function.

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When i try to take a picture natual light appears black. if i take a snap inside with a flash it looks almost ok, but point toward a window the sky is black. all the settings are normal auto ect. ive tried...

There may be the issue with the CCD (image sensor device) of the Camera.

Refer this article to confirm this:

Check whether the LCD screen of the Camera looks similar as given on the page.

If yes, click on the "Yes" button at the end of the page to create an online Repair Request for sending the Camera to the Sony Factory Service Center.

Good Luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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