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Blurred around the edges

I bought a Nikon Coolpix S51about 3 months ago. The camera was working fine, until a few days ago, every picture I take is clear in the center and blurred around the edges. I have no idea why because I didn't change any settings on the camera or drop it or anything. I cleaned the lens, but that didn't change anything. Any suggestions....?

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  • Anonymous Nov 28, 2008

    My girlfriend has the same problem with her S51 model. I got it for her last Christmas and all of the sudden all the pictures taken were blurred on the edges but perfectly clear in the middle. Blur shows up in preview screen and final picture. Tried cleaning the lens and setting everything back to factory default settings and it still does it, even with flash turned on.

  • Anonymous Dec 09, 2008

    I have the exact same problem too. My wife's camera has been taking photos clear on the center and blurry on the edges. It got to be some problem on the lenses adjustment. The picture get a little better when the zoom is pulled closer. I hope I find the solution for it. I will post the solution here when I find it...

  • Anonymous Dec 10, 2008

    Is there a common problem with this camera ? My wife's s51 is doing the same thing clear on the center and blurry around the edges.
    It's driving me crazy. I've bought the camera a year ago and it cost me over $400 dollars ! C'mon nikon ! What's wrong with your products lately ?!?!?

  • Anonymous Dec 15, 2008

    I sent mine back to Nikon 3 months ago to have it repaired for an unrelated problem. Now all my pictures are blurry around the edges.


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SOURCE: Blurred pictures in auto mode

Be sure you can do a pre-focus press on the button, if you press the camera lightly it will focus and then press the rest of the way and it should take your shot. Another issue i have seen is in lower light situations, go ahead and be sure the flash is on, it forces the camera to use a faster shutter speed. Also check to see if your camera has a function for a focus light to be turned on to help it get ready for taking pictures.

Posted on Jan 04, 2008

SOURCE: Pictures are blurred around the edges

Have you tried to change the settings like to scenery or adjusted for lighting that could have an effect. The only time it's blurry for me is when I don't adjust for the picture I am taking. The camera itself focuses so maybe there hasn't been enough time for it to focus. Try those things and if it doesn't work I would take it in to a camera shop maybe it has internal problems.

Posted on Oct 05, 2008

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SOURCE: Nikon D40 will not focus

i have a question for dream3bcop.
the little bar thing worked for me. it was up for some reason, and when i put it down, my focus wasn't fuzzy anymore. so what exactly does this little bar do?

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Posted on Jul 21, 2009

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SOURCE: nikon coolpix camera dropped. displays 'lens error' on screen


The technically correct solution would be to dis-assemble, clean, re-lubricate and reassemble the lens assembly or better yet, seek repair from a authorized service center or a qualified professional. However, a non-technical workaround maybe possible. This would require thumping the bottom of the camera against the palm of one's hand while powering on. The idea is to jar the lens back into action. Please bear in mind that the opposite could also hold true, the lens would be more stuck.

Another possibility is insufficient power even with new/fresh or fully charged batteries. It maybe that the camera is not receiving sufficient power to engage/retract the lens fully. Possibly, the battery terminals/contacts of the camera has developed a resistive coating of corrosion. Please try:

  • clean the battery contacts of the camera (cotton buds maybe used);
  • it may be necessary to scrape them to expose fresh metal (a nail file would serve the purpose);
  • in some instances, it may even be needed to stretch/bend them a bit (a pair of tweezers could do the job).
The idea is to afford these contacts to offer more pressure to the batteries ensuring full power delivery.

If problem persists, you need to call Nikon.

Hope i helped you.

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Posted on Sep 10, 2009

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SOURCE: Blurred pictures, and Red hand Flashing warning

The red hand is warning you that the shutter speed is too slow for handholding. Your pictures are coming out blurred because the camera is moving during the relatively lengthy exposure.

Put the camera on a tripod or other stable surface, and/or use the flash.

Posted on Feb 08, 2010

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Posted on Mar 01, 2010

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