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Focusing Still Photos with SD870 IS

For taking still photos, the SD870 IS manual instructs that one should press the shutter button halfway to set the focus. When the shot is focused, the camera should beep twice & the indicator light flash green. When I press the shutter halfway, the camera beeps once, and the indicator light turns orange. Even after I have held the shutter in this position for as long as 20 seconds, the camera still has not beeped twice, and the light has not turned green. When the shutter is fully depressed, and the photo has been taken, the indicator flashes green, as it should. My pictures don't appear to be in focus, so I assume that I'm doing something wrong. Thank you for any assistance you can give me.

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    Thank you for solving my problem. I apologize for bothering you with something I should have been able to figure out for myself. ssweeton

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If you check page 45 in the manual, you'll see that the orange light during the half press indicates that the flash is turned on. A single beep means that the camera is having difficulty getting a "focus lock" (usually when shooting in low light conditions). See page 100 of the manual for suggestions on how to improve the chances for getting a well-focused picture.

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