Over exposure of pictures in daylight or bright conditions
This may be the same problem as posted by Rhubarbie on 10/07/06, but I thought I'd make a new post to see if there are any udates to this kind og problem with the DiMAGE G400.
After nearly 3 years and 1000's of trouble free pictures I have suddenly started to get "white out" on pictures taken in daylight or bright conditions.
The LCD displays the shot perfectly before caputre, but after depressing the shutter release the image that is captured in these conditions is a complete white wash.
I have tried resetting the camera to its default settings and have also tried to manually adjust the shutter speed and aperture, but neither of these has changed the outcome.
Optimistically I'm hoping that this is a software/firmware issue. I have noticed that there is a firmware update (Ver 1.16 A) for G400's in a range of serial numbers into which my camera falls. Is it worth finding the relevant file to download and update the camera's firmware? Or would I be wasting my time? Does anyone know of a reliable site to obtain this firmware download from as the Konica/Minolta site seems not to be linking correctly to the download facility?
On the other hand, amd I looking at a rather expensive repair bill, or even more depressingly am I now in the market for a new digital camera to replace my trusty G400?
Any advice would be most welcome.
Re: Over exposure of pictures in daylight or bright...
It happened also to me -the problem is caused by a broken flat cable, which is connecting aperture/shutter coils from inside of the lenses to controller board - it is poorly manufactured probably too short (extra stress at endo of zoom). I tried to repair it - by soldering to repair damaged part, see some photos there:
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Your camera is setting its exposure to your subject, which if it's darker than the background will cause the background to over expose. You need to set the exposure to the background which then will cause your background to be properly exposed and your foreground or subject to be darker. With a point n shoot camera, accomplishing this might be a difficult task. But if you expose to the background and use the fill flash, you should then get your properly exposed image.
ISO400 is too high of a sensitivity to use in full day light. Set the ISO outdoors to ISO100 and learn how to use your exposure compensation. The meter in the camera is easily fooled in bright contrasty conditions, so if you are getting consistantly darker shots outdoors increase the exposure compensation a stop or two. Another way is to learn how to use the camera in manual mode and you find you will have better control over the exposure.
try the Exposure button [+/-] will generally be disabled in auto mode
try changing mode to 'P' (Program) mode and then change the exposure by pressing the +/- button and then you would generally see a scale on the LCD now press the left button to decrease the exposure
better more is to reset the camera to the default settings this would set the aperture, shutter, Exposure, LCD brightness and otehr settings to defaults and this would save from any unwanted changes than required
Your shutter is not closing correctly. only solution is to strip it down and clean the shutter. The lines are due to over exposure. pictures in daylight will appear too bright. The video function should work ok as it does not use the shutter.
I don't know if you stil have the camera in question, since this is a fairly old post.
I've just tried to make this happen with my MPVR and even turning LCD brightness and Exposure all the way up doesn't result in this unless I'm pointing the camera out a window at bright daylight. If you aren't able to access your menus I'd say something's gone wrong with your camera.
You could try posting at http://forums.steves-digicams.com/forums/view_forum.php?id=92 to see if anyone there has heard of this.
1. If the camera can not focus on a subject, or can not determine the appropriate exposure setting, the camera will beep and disable the shutter button. This is to avoid improper processing of the image. This is usually due to either poor lighting conditions or movement.
2. The camera Flash Element requires ten seconds to recharge between images. Although the camera is ready to continue capturing images almost immediately in bright (daylight) settings, if you are using Flash photography the Flash element will need to charge between shots. If you try to take a picture before the Flash is charged, the camera will beep and disable the shutter button. Once the Flash unit is fully charged (10 seconds), the camera is ready to continue.
3. The batteries may be running low. LCD Display, Flash, and Playback use much more power than taking pictures. It is possible to quickly consume battery power, even if you are not taking many pictures. Try turning the Mode Dial to the OFF position to recycle power. If the camera beeps and will not take a picture under normal conditions, you may need to change batteries.