Yes, I am a new dummy to this camera so basically I just started pressing buttons...so now I have a problem....when I have it on sport mode all my pics are blurry...I am assumming it is b/c my shutter speed is set too slow....but I can't figure out how to change it. When I press by button 1/2 way down the number that flashes on my screen is 2"5....please please help me! Thanks in advance!
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Re: shutter speed on sports mode
Don't get too far ahead of your self-leave camera on auto mode-put lens on a and hold button half down to let camera autofocus-learn how to use a continous mode to take multiple shots more important than playing with shutter speeds for now
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Like many point&shoot cameras the JZ300 doesn't give you direct control over the shutter speed; you're expected to just point and shoot.
You can indirectly affect the shutter speed by changing scene modes. For example the sports mode will try to use faster shutter speeds while the landscape mode will narrow the aperture for greater depth of field resulting in a slower shutter speed.
This is one of the biggest drawbacks of a point&shoot camera. You're expected to point the camera and shoot the picture without worrying about minor details like aperture and shutter speed. You can select the ISO by pressing the FUNC/SET button in the shooting mode and then selecting ISO (third item from the top along the left edge of the screen). You can control the aperture and shutter speed somewhat by changing the scene mode. For example, the portrait mode will try to give you a wide aperture, the landscape mode will try to give you a small aperture, and the sports mode will try to give you a fast shutter speed. If you want to take your photography above and beyond the point&shoot level then you need a more capable camera.
That depends on the exposure mode. In any of the automatic point&shoot modes you have no control over the shutter speed, the camera sets what it thinks is the proper shutter speed. In the P (Program AE) mode you can adjust the shutter speed by pressing the +/- button. In the S (Shutter Priority) and M (Manual) modes you control the shutter speed by pressing the +/- button and then using the cursor-up/down buttons.
Yes there are two zones of selection on the mode dial. one is basic zone (in which you have potrait, landscape, closeup, sports, night portrait & flash off) these are fully automatic modes and the camera does every thing for you you cannot change the focus. you can zoom out and zoom in and when u see in the view finder the picture is blur. then press the shutter button halfway the camera automatically zooms in or out for the correct focal lenght. only in creative zone you can do it. like programe ae , shutter priority , aperture priority , manual exposure. Hope this solves your problem. Prashanth.
You are probably rushing the shutter press. The first pressure on the shutter causes the autofocus to focus and lock on the subject. Then you press more firmly to take the picture. If you try to do this in one jab, you might get unfoccused pictures or fail to take a picture at all. Some cameras have a "sports" mode that is meant to speed up the shutter press for action shots, but this can be at the expense of good focussing. I suggest that you read the manual carefully about what may seem the very simple process of pressing the shutter button. There will be many different aspects to this in a complex piece of equipment like a digital camera.
There isn't enough light for that scene. 1/13th of a second is the fastest at that ISO (automatically set by camera in Basic Mode) and Aperture (auto set by camera too, in Basic Mode) that the camera can handle to provide a reasonably exposed image. Try using Tv on the Mode Dial, set a higher ISO (trade off is image noise) of around 800-1600 or even 3200 if available on your camera. Set shutter speed at 200-1000 (1/200th to 1/1000th of a second) and see if it freezes your subject. An external flashlight with hi-sync mode would help in this situation if the subject is not too far away.
The "--" is the equivalent of the bulb setting with the remote control. The first press of the button opens the shutter and starts the exposure. Another press of the button closes the shutter and ends the exposure. This is so you don't have to hold the button down and risk a bird flying through the beam (and to conserve battery power).
If you bought your camera at a local camera store, the staff there will be more than happy to give you a quick run through. The store at which I purchase my camera equipment even gives you coupon for a free class when you purchase a new camera. Check with your local camera store (a "real" camera store, not like WalMart or Best Buy, nothing against hem, they just cater to a different audience) if they have a basic digital camera seminar you can take. You can also check with your local community education department of your school district, they often have basic photography and digital camera courses available. They would tend to be a bit more generic, but worthwhile nonetheless.
Another avenue is asking around if there is a photography club in your area, if so, it is likely someone has the same or similar model as yours and would be willing to spend some time to get you up to speed.
It sounds like you may have gotten a bit more camera than you need, based on your statements. This model does have several "scene" modes, one of which is "action" or "sports" - you could probably do very well by setting it at this mode and let the camera do the exposure calculations and you make the pictures.
There are a lot of neat features on the camera, try not to get overwhelmed. There is truth to the saying that 90% of the people only use about 10% of a devices features.
from the manual:
Using Shutter-Priority Mode 1.
Set the mode dial to S (shutter-priority) and a yellow arrowhead on the screen points to the current shutter speed. Press the jog dial and the current shutter speed turns yellow. 2. With the current shutter speed displayed in yellow, rotate the jog dial to select the speed you want to use. 3. Take the picture. If a workable aperture isn?t available for the shutter speed you?ve selected, the shutter speed indicator on the screen flashes when you press the shutter button halfway down. You can use the setting as is, or press the jog dial down to select the shutter speed again and rotate it to select a new shutter speed.