I have a 2 month old Fuji E550, at first the photo's were good, other than outdoor photo's which are continually overexposed no matter what combination I try to solve the bright light issue. After about 250 photo's some began to have lines, striations like finger prints once the images were transferred to the computer or taken to a Kiosk for development. They look fine on the LCD screen. It had been more random, but I just took 80 photo's of my son's 4th birthday and 75 have this problem, it's awful. Don't know what to do, the Fuji site and manual don't mention this problem. Could the xd card have gone bad? Does the camera need some repair? It's new! I have no experience with digital photography, but this is odd. I don't know whether to send it off for repair, or what to do as we have another baby due in a few weeks and I need a camera. I would appreciate any information, if anyone has had a similar issue, or suggestions for something I could be doing incorrectly to cause the problem. Thanks
A-500 FINE PIX OWNER HERE (MY THIRD)... DURING VACATION LAST SUMMER AT THE BEACH CAMERA STARTED DOING THE SAME THING... RANDOM AT FIRST ,THEN ACTUALLY SHOWING LINES ON THE LCD SCREEN AFTER A PHOTO WAS TAKEN... YOU STILL HAVE WARRANTY IN EFFECT ... SEARCH ON-LINE FOR THE AUTHORIZED SERVICE CENTERS.. IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY , THERE ARE 2 OF THEM. EAST AND WEST... ONE SOMEWHERE IN ARIZONA OR NEW MEXICO SOMEWHERE, ANYWAY... CALLED AND THE COST OF JUST THE ESTIMATE WAS QUOTED AT AROUND A HUNDRED BUCKS OR SO... THAT'S WITHOUT A WARRANTY...THEN LOOKING AT A TURN-AROUND TIME FRAME ANYWHERE FROM 8 TO 16 WEEKS IF REPAIR WAS AUTHORIZED.... I JUST STARTED SHOPPING "BEST BUY" AND OTHER ON-LINE ORDER SITES FOR CLOSE-OUTS AND CLEARENCES... HOPE THAT THIS IS OF SOME HELP...
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Have you checked what ISO you have selected here? Graininess and over exposure can be caused by selecting the wrong ISO ( which in film days was ASA ( film speed) The average ISO should be 100 some early models allowed ISO 64 or similar. Having it set at 400 -800 ISO can also have the pics come out grainy. But not nescessarily overexposed unless you point directly at the light source as these ratings are for low light/movement situations. The video mode usually sets itself up differently to picture mode. The fact that you say your video is OK says there is nothing wrong with the lens or sensor, just the settings you have initially chosen to have autoed.
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No, Fuji did not give a discount on my replacement camera, but i believe i found it on sale somewhere for less than I paid for the same model the year before..looking at my Fuji Finepix A500 (#2) here at the desk as I'm typing this.. 2 years old and no problems... $149.00..........
I believe the problem with the first camera was due to an over exposure to sand and salt air during a two week vacation in Florida... The lines started the last night there.... its death was noted by the lens failing to retract fully when turned off... then no movement at all...... hope this helped..... buy one that takes decent pictures, inexpensive, keep it clean, and just replace it if it breaks!!!!!
In both the situations the problem is with the apperture control mechanism of the camera. 1). sometimes the flexible ribbion cable carrying signal to the lense assembly get worn out, replacing the same will resolve the problem. 2) in some cases the leaf blades of the apperture gets sticky, cleaning of the same solves the problem. 3). If you happen to drop the camera then the alignment of the motor moving the blades get disturbed.
In all the cases only a good repair man can fix the problem .
You really don't need the Fuji download program to download everything from your camera. Any number of programs in Windows XP or Vista or from other cameras should work as well as Finepix. I have an E550 and usually download with Windows Photo Gallery--the compatible programs pop us as soon as you connect your camera with a cable, or put the xD memory chip into the computer chip reader. Still, if you want the original, you can download it all at http://www.fujifilm.com/products/digital/download/index.html and choose the right one for your OS. I'm sure Fuji will have a download of the instruction manual, as well.
Try this to isolate the problem.
Switch on the camera in auto and put it into full optical zoom. Now turn the camera to face you and angle it so that you can see into the lens without reflection. On full zoom the internal lens will be right up to the outer lens. Now press the button to take a picture. You should be able to see the shutter cover the inside lens and then open again. Did it completely cover the lens? It should do. If not then you will get an over exposed picture or a picture with lines across it.
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