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Image Stabilization not functioning

Since few days the image stablization ( IS ) is not functioning in my A710 Camera. I am able to configure and see the symbal on the LCD display but has no activation internally. This i tested by capturing pictures of moving celing fan. Appreciate solution.
Amjad / Pune / India

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The stabilization is not for moving objects! To freeze a picture of a moving object, you need to raise the shutter speed and open the apature accordingly. Refer to the light metering in the camera for proper exposure. For faster speed, you really need more light.

The stabilization is for when you hold the camera. It helps prevent camera movements by the photographer to show in the pictures.

Just take care that the image stabilization has its limits.


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Posted on May 29, 2008

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