My Pentax E10 can't focus in dark places (such as night parties). I've pushed the button halfway and I've tried adjusting the focus (macro and standard, but nothing seems to work. It just won't focus in dark places, neither in places with dicroic lamps. The target just gets red, never green, and my photos always out of focus.
But that doesn't happen in sunlight, for instance.
Am I making any mistakes? Is my camera damaged? Or is it just a bad camera? (I must confess I never thought there would be a camera so dumb that wouldn't take pictures in the dark even with a flash)
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Re: E10 can't focus in dark places
The focus mechanizm does nee to 'see' what it is looking at.
Check you manual see if there is a setting for fixing the focus so thatr the camara can shoot from near- about 2m to infinity without the focus operating.
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This is a common situation with many compact point&shoot cameras. This is because before the camera can take the picture it must focus, meter the light to set the exposure, and more. Bigger, more expensive cameras have more hardware to help eliminate this "shutter lag."
You can anticipate the action. Press the shutter button halfway to focus and meter. Hold the shutter button there until the peak of the action and then press it the rest of the way. This will eliminate much of the shutter lag.
If your artwork is behind glass, make sure you are not using flash. The best way is probably to set it on a tripod, put it in TV mode and slow the shutter speed down a bit to let more light in to compensate for not using flash. You will want to lock the exposure and focus on the art and not the glass by pushing shutter halfway down first, establishing focus and then continuing to push the shutter all the way down.
If you are less than a foot and a half away, try the macro mode which is the little flower button. If you are more than a foot and a half, do not use macro, leave it in normal.
You may be beyond (up to close) the focal capability of the lens. Even though there is a macro setting, the lens may not have the capability to focus on an object that close (without adding an external macro lens). The specification on the minimal distance for focus should be listed in the owner's manual.
Has this has a knock or been dropped?
Whether it is fixed lens or motor Zoom only such treatment would make the lens shift out of the focal plane
Try technical support of the makers website.
If it is failry new there may be an exchange option.