Hello. My camera is working pretty well except the DIgital Zoom is not working. It appears in the screen, the zoom motor moves and works (sounds a bit sluggish and slow, though). I fear i exposed it to too much moisture. I wonder if i can lubricate it in a simple, safe way.
Hope someone can assist me with this issue.
Thank you very much.
Check the camera's "shooting mode". By default "digital" zoom is NOT on. Instead, according to the manual, you actually have to set it on as part of the camera's shooting mode setting. It's accessed from the main menu (Ok button), choose right arrow, then up and right to choose the "camera" settings. You should see the setting for "digital" and you may see it's OFF, in which case just turn it ON.
There is also a group portrait mode shooting program that can set the optical zoom to WIDE only. This is accessed by hitting the left arrow when you turn the camera on (the circle with the dots). By default it should be "P" for auto program, but if it's set to the icon with 2 people in it, that appears to set wide angle only.
Alas, I checked this last thing on mine and it just seems the lens is stuck (I hear a short whir and that's it, and it is set on "P"). Any suggestions for a mechanical repair?
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I had a similar problem on a Kodak Easyshare camera. The gear merchanism for the Zoom had jammed. I know it sounds drastic, but I fixed it by pushing in on the lens assembly until is snapped back in place. It could be a bad motor or bad motor driver circuit too.
Hi, Most common problem in al the digital camera's. Slide motor start malfunction and the massage appears"Turn off the power and on again". In this situation you have to replace slide motor or lens block assembly, And your camera work fine again. Thanks for using fixya.
I took the camera apart, painstakingly removing all the screws. Within the zoom area were two small loose pieces, one appeared to be a lens, the other a thin metal cover. I placed the parts back into their place, and put all the screws back, except for the case. When I did a test to see if everything would work..... Eureka !!! No, sorry, Darn! The camera appears to be at the same status, turns on long enough to see the "For Service...." message pop on the screen,
then the camera powers off. I will be taking the camera apart again, and will use a meter to check connections. Will report back if there is further progress on this situation.
Your zoom probably does not come out all the way and therefore you get some blurry shots. Had the same problem on a Panasonic camera. Solution: replace zoom motor and gears. Results=expensive. Goes beyond the value of the camera. You might want to buy another used A85 or newer digital camera.
Digital zoom is in the menu and must be turned on to activate it. When you use the zoom it takes 2 opperations to function. First opperation is to zoom all the way in then the camera should stop. This is the limit of the optical zoom. Then you let off the zoom button, and hit it again and then the digital zoom will start.
Digital zoom is just a gimic if you learn how it works its not doing anything different then you can do in photoshop.
All digital zoom is doing is like cropping.
In addition to the optical zoom, this camera is equipped with a super zoom and digital zoom for taking telephoto and wide-angle shots. The super zoom and digital zoom cannot be used at the same time. Super zoom is used to extend the optical zoom up to 14× magnification. However, the resolution is automatically fixed at 1600 ×1200.
Digital Zoom is used to extend the maximum optical zoom to approximately 40x. However, pictures taken with the digital zoom may appear grainy.
Camera shake is likely to occur at these higher magnifications, please see “camera shake” question for further details on this.