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My camera won't auto focus

I'm not sure whether or not it's broken or if I hit a setting that I'm just not sure of.  The camera will start to focus, and then get completely blurry.

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  • mspussycat2u Aug 27, 2008

    thanks, i'll try that !!!

  • oo7ebarron Sep 26, 2008

    My camera won't auto focus?

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In low light or low contrast situations, the camera will not focus...press the [---] and change the point to center focus and increase the iso

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My d80 wont take pictures in auto,P,S or A modes. Will click in M mode but no picture. What am I doing wrong? Treied to reset, but still does not work.


The camera will not take a picture in P, S, or A if the camera is in Auto Focus mode - and is unable to focus. Make sure that the Auto / Manual focus switch on the camera body AND the lens are BOTH in an Auto Focus mode. A tip off would be that you do not hear the lens focus motor running while trying to find focus.

If you do hear the focus motor, you may not have sufficient light on the subject for the camera to find a contrast "edge". In this case, the focus motor will hunt from where ever it is all the way in one direction, and then all the way in the other - trying to find focus. You'll need to provide more light or if you have the focus assist lamp (on the front of the camera) enabled - make sure your fingers are not blocking it while 1/2 pressing the shutter.

You can take pictures "all day long" in Manual Focus mode regardless of whether the subject is in focus or not. The lower left corner has a green circle or disc that indicates proper focus. Otherwise, a green triangle shape will be visible close by.

More info on Focus is available here. I hope this helps and good luck! Please rate my reply. Thanks.

Nov 07, 2011 | Nikon D80 Digital Camera with 18-135mm...

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My shutter won't fire using 18-55 lens, either on Manual, P or Auto mode. It is set to AF. But when lens is set to MF, shutter fires. I tried switching to another lens and shutter is perfectly fine.


I could be that your lens isn't focusing. If the Auto focus can't find something to focus on the shutter won't fire. If you are shooting in low light sometimes it has trouble try shooting something that is well lit. also your auto focus point may be somewhere other than the center. there is a button on the top of your camera that looks like this [ ][ ] [ ] [ ]
More or less that will switch where your focus point is. If you look in the view finder and see a red dot when you push on the shutter button that is your focus point. push the above button until the red dot is in the centre. that may fix your problem.

Jul 26, 2011 | Canon EOS 450D Digital Camera with 18-55...

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When shooting thru glass (like at a zoo or museum) using the Coolpix L20, will the autofocus detect the glass and focus there instead of on the subject? If so, is there a way to avoid or counteract that?


It depends how clean the glass is, whether the display/animal space is brighter than where you are shooting from, and whether there is any light hitting the glass itself and causing glare. Usually you just have to keep attempting to focus until you hit the focus spot you want. Also, some models do have a manual focus setting - see if your camera does and just set the focus to a particular distance when shooting. Hope this helps!

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Jul 06, 2011 | Nikon COOLPIX L20 Digital Camera

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Shots are blurry


This issue can occur in the following circumstances:
The subject is too close to the camera lens Insufficient lighting Subject movement Camera movement Incorrect camera settings Incorrect camera operation Follow the steps below to help prevent taking pictures that appear blurry, out-of-focus or distorted.

If the camera has both an auto focus and manual focus mode, make sure it is set to auto focus. Make sure there is enough lighting to allow the camera to focus on the subject. Make sure the camera settings are set appropriately. When taking close-up or macro-type shots, ensure the subject is not closer than the minimum focus distance of the lens. Also, if the camera has a zoom option, set it to the W (wide-angle) position. If you have a fast-moving subject and the camera has a Program AE mode with a higher shutter speed (such as Sports action), make sure it is enabled. Also, if the camera has an ISO control, set it to a higher setting. If your camera has a SteadyShot/anti-blur function, ensure it is enabled. Aim the camera at the subject. Press the shutter button halfway down. NOTES:
Pressing the shutter button halfway down allows the camera to focus automatically. A flashing green indicator will be visible in the LCD or viewfinder. When the indicator stops flashing, focusing is finished and the camera is ready to take the picture. Some camera models have a Monitoring AF setting that can be selected which allows the camera to focus without the need to hold the button halfway down. Consult the instruction manual of the camera for information whether or not this is applicable for your model.

Jan 01, 2011 | Digital Cameras

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My auto focus will not work.


lens af unit gear is broken, or lens af saft if broken, or lens af flex is broken.
or could be camera sub mirror spring is come out from mirror unit.
take it to canon repaire centre to estimate

Jul 05, 2010 | Canon EOS Rebel XSi Digital Camera

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Will not auto focus


There is a switch on the top of the camera that has your focus modes. switch to C-AF for Continuous auto focus. If you have it set to MF - Manual Focus that would explain this easily.

Mar 03, 2009 | Fuji FinePix S7000 Digital Camera

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Can't get camera to go into Manual Focus


hey, i have one too, just take the camera out of auto adjustment and put it in say, program auto or some other setting on the thumb wheel...

Apr 24, 2008 | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H2 Digital Camera

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Focus


This camera has TTl auto focus so it can't be switched to manual so that idea is quickly stomped on. A silly question, are you half pushing the shoot button down first to activate the auto focus. If you don't and just hit the shoot button you'll definitely get out of focus shots. Have you sat down and read the manual on how to correctly focus. A number of things can crop up which can fool the autofocus into a wrong setting. Have you dropped the camera or has someone else done so? The lens assembly could be damaged. Try pointing the camera at something about three feet away whilst half pushing the shoot button then still holding the button half way point the camera at something a long way off. Can you hear the mechanism trying to focus and does the picture in the LCD change. If it's all quiet and the picture doesn't change then it could be a damaged focus motor or a connection to it is broken. Are you sure the camera isn't switched to Macro. A lot of people get caught with that one. You'll never shoot a focussed picture in macro unless it's less than a foot or so away. BMW

May 31, 2006 | Samsung Digimax A400 Digital Camera

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Auto Focus Problem


Way to check settings is to take the batteries out for a while, it should revert to factory default settings. I tell a lot of People to try this, it works an amazing number of times. Auto focus looks for vertical lines, what are You shooting at? Try rotating the camera 90 degrees, if it locks better,Bingo. Subjects without much contrast are hard to lock focus on

Sep 12, 2005 | Olympus Camedia C-740 Ultra Zoom Digital...

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Focus Problem


Low light focus lock can be a problem with this camera. But in normal or bright light there should be no problem with auto focus lock. If this is a new problem, you should check to see if a setting has been changed. With so many options, it is easy to accidently set something that causes unusual results (been there, done that). First ... Go to the Setup Menu and see that the "All Reset" option is selected. This will cause everything to be reset to factory default each time you power-on the camera. Turn the camera off and then turn the camera on. Then take some test photos to see if your auto-focus-lock is improved. If that works, there is no need to check the items below. If that does not work, here are some control changes to try. Remember if you turn off the camera everything gets reset. That camera uses contrast detection for auto focus and it is normally set to "Multi-Area Auto Focus". Try changing it to "Spot Auto Focus" and do some tests, including with the camera set to one of the programs or manual mode. There is another setting called "Autofocus Area", you should investigate. Check your manual to determine what you can do with this control. There is another control called something like "continuous auto focus". Check the manual for further information. If none of the above help, it is time to see about some camera repairs.

Sep 06, 2005 | Olympus Camedia C-740 Ultra Zoom Digital...

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