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Pictures have come out blurry and out of focus

I got the FZ20 and have been taking shots around the house just to try it out. I have pretty much kept it on P with the aurofocus. Most of the pictures have come out blurry and out of focus. I am not sure exactly what I need to do to correct this. Yes, I read the manual but still can not figure out the problem. I have noticed the jitter alert seems to be on frequently but there doesn't seem to be any movement. (camera or me) If the camera is set to P, do I still need to adjust any of the settings?

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Re: Pictures have come out blurry and out of focus

The most common problems that most new users encounter are: 1. Trying to focus closer than @7 ft. when zooming at greater than 6x. The camera won't do it, and that zoom is tempting. 2. Not waiting for the lens to focus before completing the shutter press. Try holding the shutter at half-press until you see the steady green indicator, then gently press fully to take the shot while holding as steady as you can. 3. Expecting too much from OIS. If you're seeing the "jitter" icon a lot, that means that you're into the range of slower shutter speeds that OIS might not be able to compensate for.You might try switching to a higher ISO speed (or turning on more lights)-- yes there will be more noise, but it'll quicken the shutter speed, and a non-blurry pic that's noiser is better than a clean blurry one. . . and you'll learn a little about what you're camera will do under different conditions. Also, you have to really make the effort to hold the cam steady, even with OIS, especially when using slow shutter speeds.

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