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I have a Canon S3 Powershot. It's always been a great camera but lately is having some "issues". When set on Auto, my camera won't focus on images that are close up (1 ft - 2 ft) when I try to zoom in on them with the zoom. It starts to clear and come into focus as I press half way down on shutter and then blurs as I push the rest of the way. The pictures obviously come out blurry. Am I not supposed to zoom in on close items? I don't remember this ever being a problem in the past. The lens retracts slowly or hesitates and then retracts. Other pictures are fine. The problem seems intermittent. It also seems that my zoom doesn't zoom in as much as it did previously. The macro/supermacro functions work fine it just blurs on auto.

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This sounds like it might be a defective CCD imager. If so, Canon should fix this for you for free, including free shipping both ways. This is regardless of your camera's warranty status. Please check the following two links for more info:

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Posted on Feb 23, 2008

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Hi , during macro and supermacro shots make it to be haft press the shutter until will fucos the object.

Posted on Apr 29, 2008

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clean off all fo your contacts on the inside and the battery door, even try puling up on the connectors so that they get a good connection

Posted on May 29, 2008

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SOURCE: Have a canon digital elph sd750. Pictures are now blurry.

You could have cracked the lens, damage the focus or a number of other things but the lens and focus are most likely. check your lens for scratches if there is none and no cracks take it to your nearest camera store or buy new good luck!

Posted on Aug 08, 2009

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I don't this its an error. I have used this Canon SX10 IS Camera for nearly a year now I haven't had this kind of problem.

Usually auto focus take few seconds to focus on object depending on distance and lighting. That might be the problem ?

Posted on Feb 01, 2010

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