Hi! I recently purchased the Sony W70 because my Canon Powershot G5 was getting a little out of date! I also own the Canon 10D. I can use a camera, but with the Sony W70 - I'm having problems. I'd say about 75% of my photos are out of focus, and that's just a ridiculous statistic! Either I am doing something wrong (all of these photos are in automatic mode and in several different lighting situations) or something is wrong with my camera. Do you have any suggestions? I've never had a problem like this before . . . I'd appreciate it. Thanks.
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Re: Out of Focus
There are some possible reasons for this. First one could be that the lens assembly isn't focusing corectly because the lens aren't aligned properly. This is a common problem with digital cameras and is happening due to some shocks received by the camera. Sometimes it can happen without any obvious reason because of some small parts in the lens mechanism that get out of position and jams other components preventing them to move the lens properly. In your case, there could be a more minor defect because if the lens assembly fails the camera will display error messages or "turn off then back on" kind of messages.
I've seen cameras that take blurry pictures because of temperature variations that happen quickly resulting in moisture or condensation over the lens. Altrought this probably isn't your case, be carefull with any camera, not to expose it to hight temperature variations (from cold to hot places especially).
If your camera is still in warranty contact an authorised service to have the camera checked out. Problems can range from lens assembly damage, firmware corruption, processor to ccd sensor imperfect contacts and so on. They will run a special diagnostic mode on the camera and tell you for shure.
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Open your battery door. See this picture. Notice the little door saying CR1220? Pry it open with your fingernail. The enclosed CR1220 battery is the camera's "watch" battery for time and date. Sounds like it may be "time" for a replacement. Take the battery to your local drugstore to purchase a replacement. Don't know why, but drugstores seem to have this battery at a more reasonable price (~$3) than W-Mart or other retail store (~$7).
If this is occurring in "Auto" as you say, then the particular camera that you have is defective. If a recent purchase, return it for exchange or refund. If that's not possible, call 1-800-OK-CANON for warranty repair. The SX100 IS actually is a VERY nice camera, and this is very uncommon for a Canon camera. Unfortunately, it sounds like you somehow got one that slipped through the cracks.
I have not yet heard of yellow pictures on the DSC-W70 and I know this camera very well.
It might be that you have a white-balance impurity problem causing the yellow glow?
Try to reset the software back to factory settings:
1. Put the camera selection knob to the `green` camera.
Now press the `menu` button.
Use the right arrow to move all the way to the little toolbox picture.
Once in the setup menu, use the arrow pointing down to move to the little toolbox with a `1`
Now press the right arrow again and then the right arrow when you have highlighted `Initialize`
Now press the `middle` button on the arrow control keys.
Camera wants to know are you sure - select OK again.
You will now have to input the date and time again.
Check to see if the photos come out correctly now.
If not.... it might be a faulty CCD unit and you will have to contact Sony for service information
Take out the battery and put it back and than recharge again. Some times in case of G5 it happens that the camera battery is not properly charged and the indicator shows that its fully charged (i.e. Green light) In such cases battery need to be taken out and than put back again and recharged
The G5 has a rather short shutter lag and a rather lengthy focus lag. So if you half depress the shutter release to focus, and then moments later fully depress the shutter release I expect you will find very little lag. But I would not expect a prosumer model to focus fast.
hope this helps,