i have a couple of problem with my sony p-72:
1) i have the 2100amp battery from sony and after taking less than 10 shots, i get the change in the battery indicator from full to hal full !!! What'up wth that ?
2) I have bught a kit to add a scren protector and i followed the instruction by using the first the liquid solution on the screena and guess what the screen protector, i had to remove and i saw that my screen now has a big permanent kind of big sport of softwer color than the edge of the screen. No a problem when the screen is on but noticiable still. ? what to do ?
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Re: battery life of the P72
My P-72 battery indicator seems to work the same way. After shooting a number of pictures, it drops to 1/2. But, if the camera is off for a while, it shows full again. that is, until after many pictures. Then when it starts, it reads below full. I am getting outstanding battery charge life--at least equal to that claimed in the manual. It may be that Nimh batteries cause the indicator to work that way. As long as I am gettng such a large number of pictures off a charge, I am happy.
I can't help you with the other problem. Sounds like you should talk to the company that makes the screen protector.
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It could be that the battery isn't holding a charge anymore if you are using rechargeable batteries in you camera. Most of them have a short life to them. If you can get a hold of another one, see if that solves that problem.
You may have the red eye reduction setting set to "on"......this will flash a series of flashes to try to condition the pupils of the subjects in your photos - you can shut that off in the setup menu....Even with that off your Sony is going to send out at least 2 flashes as it send one to meter the light in the scene and then another to take the picture. Turning red eye off though will help.
Are you using rechargeable MiMH or Alakline batteries? If you are using regular alkalines then your battery meter may "wig" out on you as I beleive it is calibrated for NiMH and their voltage.
You may actually be hurting your battery life more by turning the camera on and off so much! It takes quite a bit of power for startup and you will drain the batteries faster by turning it on and off. You will be better off just leaving it on in a lot of cases.
For some reason the whole image is just a little out of focus. It's beyond "soft". Maybe there's some film on the lens or maybe you are inducing the slightest amount of camera shake. Whatever it is, it seems to sharpen up well (unlike most camera shake). Notice that even the people in the BG sharpened up nicely.
I know zero about this camera. I'd advise you to take some shots of some detailed, contrasty type subjects and see if you get better focus. If not the camera may need repair. Or, maybe both of us are expecting too much, image sharpness-wise, out of this camera.
I'm afraid the Sony P72 doesn't stand up too well at high ISO settings ISO 100 or 200 aren't bad but once you try ISO 400 you're guaranteed to get that blotchy noise. It's just the camera and you really can't do much about it except increase the light level or scale down the finished shot to make the noise less noticeable.
Experiment with lower ISO settings and slower shutter speeds.
The recycle time using flash gets worse pretty quickly if you are using the onboard flash. The delay is pretty much inversly proportional to the remaining charge in the battery. I.E. the less charge, the longer the time. This happens with any camera.
You might check the time with fresh batteries (or freshly charged) and then after maybe 20 shots or so. I would not find 5 seconds atypical, but 10 seconds sounds like you are pretty close to dead battery.
If you get 10 seconds at the start of a fresh battery, then you may have a problem. Also, capacitor charge time can vary from capacitor to capacitor and a 1-2 second variation between camera flash units, either onboard or off board is probably normal. Age of capacitor can also have an effect.