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When I look through my lens, the object is totally out of focus no matter what I do. The object looks blurry and color is grayish/brownish. What could be causing this?

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You do not say if the pictures you take come out blurred?

I believe this powershot model (depends on the precise model/variant) has an optical adjustment just by the side of the viewfinder (small lever or knob). Try adjusting this to bring your view back into focus.

Check you have not set any special effects on eg soft focus portrait and sepia - probably safer to do a camera reset - see your instruction book.

Good luck

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