i am experimenting with the macro setting out in the sun. It is terribly hard to see the image on the viewing screen, and of course, looking through the viewfinder does not show you what the lens sees...
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Re: viewing screen coolpix p5000
1. Do you get the same problem in regular lighting as well? If you do,
it could indicate an LCD chip level problem, and if your camera is
under warranty, I recommend you get it replaced.
2. You could try using a "viewing hood" to block out the sunlight,as shown in the pic below:
You can purchase that online from HERE. I think it cost about $15-20
3.You could even try anti-reflective coating on the lens, although I do recommend the "hood" from point 2 above.
If you do not wish to spend $15-20 on the hood, you can try an
inexpensive alternative. Take a piece of cardboard and cut it in such a
way that one end fits exactly around the digital viewfinder and
gradually tapering in to a narrower viewing area. About 2inches depth
should be enough. Tape the edges, and voila! you have a hood. Should
warn you that this may be a bit of an inconvenience as you will have to
hold the hood in one hand and click with the other. But as long as it
solves the issue...;)
The pic below will give you a rough idea on how you should cut the
cardboard to give you the "tapering" effect on the board. Well, it
could just be a case of trial and error, till you get the correct shape.
Unfortunately, there is no other solution, as your camera does not have any other settings. Hope that helps!
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So from what I read her I think you can't use the viewfinder. It was the reason why I bought a powershot G9, a viewfinder. But on my camera, the viewfinder can't be used anymore, because of a mechanical problem. While zooming, what you see through the viewfinder stays the same. I don't think of giving the camera to a repair shop, because the camera still makes perfect pictures. And yes I would love the view finder to work like it used to be, but I leave it.
If your camera is still in warranty time, please contact a Nikon certified service centre immediately. If you have to pay for it, think twice and start saving for a new camera, if you still can make pictures.
The biggest drain on batteries by this type of camera is because the screen is on all the time. Somewhere in the menu options should be either a screen saver mode or operation timer that can be set to turn-off after a choice of minutes duration you choose.
You could be experiencing one of two issues:
1) You are having a difficulty viewing the image on the back of the camera (not the view finder). This is common on cameras out in the sun, try cupping your spare hand over the screen to cast a shadow on the screen.
2) You cannot view anything in the view finder. Since the view finder has its own tiny LCD display inside of it, it is displaying what image the camera will take if you press the shutter release. I would double check to see if the camera is set correctly for shooting in bright sunlight (check your owners manual, or set the camera to Automatic), and if there is a difference between what you're seeing in the viewfinder, and what images the camera is taking, consider calling Fuji, as it sounds like a hardware issue.
1 suspect dirt on the lens ensue the lens is cleaned with proper cloth and fluid. 2 suspect auto focus sensor is defective or blocked ensure the little windows on the front are clear and fingers do not cover them while taking pictures.
3 suspect camera is set in macro setting, Macro only has a depth of field of a few centimeters any subject outside this field will be out of focus but his may not be visible on the small viewing screen on the camera but becomes apparent when images are viewed at larger sizes. change camera setting to landscape or portrait setting.
You may be beyond (up to close) the focal capability of the lens. Even though there is a macro setting, the lens may not have the capability to focus on an object that close (without adding an external macro lens). The specification on the minimal distance for focus should be listed in the owner's manual.