My LCD viewer screen is so shiny that I cannot see the subject. I only see my face and anything else behind me. I must take numerous pictures by guessing and sometimes I get the subject in the picture. Are there filters available to coverer the view screen. The fine protective cover which was covering the viewer helped until it detached.
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A multicolor horizontal line may display on the camera LCD screen if there is glare on the subject being photographed. Avoid photographing very shiny surfaces that reflect excessive amount of light into the camera lens.
Follow each step below until the issue is resolved:
Change the position of the camera by shooting at a different angle.
Shoot in an environment with different lighting.
Adjust the zoom level.
If the issue still occurs, try resetting the Camera back to factory settings.
To reset the Camera, select the INITIALIZE Option from the SET UP1 Menu of the Camera to OK. (Menu-->Setup-->Setup 1-->Initialize-->OK)
If the issue persists, remove the batteries from the Camera and then press and hold the POWER BUTTON of the Camera for 15 seconds and then reinsert the batteries after 1 minute and check if the Camera works normally. Please make sure that you turn ON the Camera before you reset it.
The troubleshooting steps listed above should resolve your issue. If you have completed all of the steps and the issue is not resolved, service may be required.
A digital camera is a wonderful device - it's just not as good as the human eye yet. Some things to watch out for:
Spots in the picture - Shiny surfaces reflect your flash back to you. Picture is dark - Bright Window behind your subject - . Use backlight setting. Bad focus - Subject is not in the middle of the picture. (Use focus lock if you have it) Colours don't look right - Sunlight in a building with overhead fluorescents.The camera does not know to use the fluorescent light setting. Set it. Picture is clear but dark on an overcast day - sport setting is ON or the ISO is too fast. Use auto, 100 or 200. Flash won't flash and subject comes out dark - light behind subject. Set the flash to 'Always' for this picture.
Do's and Don'ts Don't drop the camera. USE the hand/neck strap. Don't store pictures on your memory stick - make copies as soon as you can. Don't make changes to pictures with your computer while they are on the memory stick. Work with copies on your computer. Do not allow rain to land on the camera - rain easily runs inside. If you use rechargable batteries - have two or more sets. Use one set until they are used up, then switch. Charge the low battery only. This maximizes the battery life and provides the longest operating time. Clean the battery contacts in the camera two or three times a year with 99% pure alcohol and a cotton swab. It does not hurt to clean the ends of rechargeable batteries at the same time. Don't touch batteries on their ends.
A multicolor vertical line may display on the camera LCD screen if there is glare on the subject being photographed. Avoid photographing very shiny surfaces that reflect excessive amount of light into the camera lens. Follow the procedure below to resolve this issue:
Record the video or click the still pictures in a different lighting environment.
On the camera, move the FOCUS AUTO/MANUAL switch to AUTO .
Set the PLAY/STILL/MOVIE selector to MOVIE or STILL .
Press the WHITE BALANCE button until the white balance is set to AUTO (no indicator).
Record the video to new media.
NOTE: If the issue is still unresolved after completing all of the troubleshooting steps, service may be required.
This is normal. It may be distracting, but what it is is light. If you notice, it happens when there are bright spots, lights, reflections. These distortions will show up in video so try to avoid aiming at bright things while in video mode. Another type of flicker will happen mostly in florescent light.
Before CCD image sensors, video camera used tubes and aiming them at the sun or bright objects would burn the tubes permanently so cameras have come a long way, but by the nature of cameras being devices that record light, it is hard to eliminate that effect altogether (similar to red eye...just can't be a perfect science due to human nature of having blood vessels in the back of their eyes that when bright light is shined into them, their pupils open and the red color is reflected and shows up as red eye...this is best fixed in a photo editing program. It is hard to totally prevent, but changing angles and not shooting directly head on at subject helps). But I digress...
If it is really distracting for you, here is the one thing I found helpful; recompose the shot slightly by moving yourself, the camera, the angle (doesn't have to be dramatically different, but try to have the sun or light source behind the camera). As you move around, continue to push the shutter halfway down (each time not continuously) to bring subject into focus (getting your green box or boxes that indicate proper focus). Sometimes the lines will disappear if you change your shot even very slightly.
Correct, Since the camera is an DSLR, there is no way for the sensor to have a 'preview' of your subject. The mirror reflects the image and the shutter is closed, covering the CCD sensor until you take a picture.
As cameras become more and more automatic, it is harder for thier owners to be 'photographers'. I was trained as a photographer many many years ago on large format, film cameras with no meters and digital was something for the science fiction books. I rarely put any of my digital SLRs in one of the automatic mode. With your SD600, you have very little control that you can use to overcome this issue. but you DO have some...
First trick is to manually turn your flash on, even in bright sun when shooting outdoors, (this will do two things, turn on the flash which will provide some fill light on the faces of your subjects to reduce the range between the darkest and lightest areas on your people subjects; and it will change the length of time that the shutter stays open to compensate for the slowness of the flash. So you are puttting more light on thier faces and allowing light to pass thru the lens for a longer duration.)
Second, wear a white shirt/blouse. your subjects are in bright sunlight, but the faces are dark - tells me the sun is behind them and in front of you. Thus a white shirt will reflect light and you become a reflector of sorts (this is a short range trick only) Be mindful of the color of your shirts here, color also reflects and may cause their skin tones to become slightly 'off'.
Also try to get your subjects to step into a shady area so that there is not such a high range difference between the brightly lit areas and shadows on them, some cameras, yours included can only do so much -
Look at it this way, I can ask you to someone to swallow a grape in one bite, maybe something the size of a lemon is possible, but you cannot take an entire potatoe into your mouth at one time. In the same way, your camera can only take in a given 'range' of values (intensity) from the darkest to lightest before you exceed it's ability. anything brighter than a given level is simply blown out and anything darker than a given value simply records as black or dark with little or no detail.
This is why a lower pixel count SLR takes better pictures than a high pixel compact camera. Most folks only read the pixel count and go 'ooh ah' - because that is how cameras are marketed. (lots of points recording lower quality range vs fewer points recording higher quality range)
Find ways to stay within the range that your camera can accept. add light to the low end as in tips one and two or reduce the high end, as in tip 3)
Here are some tips for taking great pictures with your PDC 700 camera:
* Keep the sun behind you or at your side. Avoid having the sun directly overhead.
* Use the Flash On setting if there is a light behind your subject.
* In low light conditions, use a tripod to avoid camera movement during exposure.
* When possible, take pictures when the temperature is between 13C (55F) and 35C (95F). Temperatures outside this range can affect battery performance.
* Keep the subject within the flash range of 18 in. to 10 ft. (0.45m to 3m.)
* Avoid shooting toward reflective objects, which can result in "hot spots" in your pictures. If you cannot avoid shooting toward reflective objects, use the Flash On setting .
* Periodically clean the lens, the LED area on the front of the camera, and the LCD display on the back of the camera. Use a soft, lint-free cloth. Do not use cleaning solutions or chemically treated tissues.
The camera uses a precise auto focus mechanism, but under the conditions and with the subjects described below the auto focus function may not work well.
Subjects moving at high speed
Very shiny subjects such as a mirror or car body
Extremely low contrast subjects (such as subjects dressed in the same color as the background, etc.)
When there are objects in front of or behind the subject
(such as an animal in a cage or a person in front of a tree)
Subjects with little reflection, such as hair or fur
Subjects with no solidity, such as smoke or flames
Subjects viewed through glass
In addition, the focus is set on the center of the frame, so if the subject is not at the center (when shooting two people standing side by side, for example), the focus is adjusted on the background and the desired subject (the two people) may be out of focus. In such cases, do the following:
Point the camera so that one of the persons is at the center of the viewfinder.
Half-press the shutter button. (The focus is locked on the person.)
Holding the shutter button in the half-pressed position, reposition the camera to achieve the desired composition.
Take the photo.
If the focus cannot be adjusted, it is locked to infinity (1.5 meters when using the flash).