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Took pictures of sons prom and pictures are blurry blown up, why??? I believe I shot them in sports mode....

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    Jimsta01 May 29, 2010

    Sports mode is made for taking pictures that are constantly moving or moving quickly like for sport events. The mode you need to keep it on is auto. You wont have this issue of blurry pics with auto.

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Sports mode is meant for constant or fast movement. Its used mainly for sporting events.

The mode you should keep it in is Auto. In this mode you will see that there will be no blurry pics.

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