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Optio S - low light autofocus problem

My Optio S cannot autofocus at low light. i know it's a well known problem. did anyone solve it in any way ? I REALLY LOVE this camera and the only "bug" is the low light focus.

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Re: Optio S - low light autofocus problem

Using "spot" focusing area insted of "multiple" works best in low light (and I guess it gives you the best results in any situation).

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