I find that most of the time I try to take a picture I get the "shutter jiggle" icon onscreen. If I continue to take the picture, it seems fine. In bright light in the house, this icon goes away.
Is this "jiggle icon" telling me I need more light to take my pictures?
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Re: "Shutter jiggle" icon
It's just telling that under the current conditions (zoom, light, etc.) that it would be best to use a tripod or a very steady hand when taking the picture. This is NOT a sensor in the camera that is telling you that you're shaking the camera too much -- that's a common misconception. You are on the right track when you say that you need more light to take your pictures -- at least more light to take hand-held pictures. If you're getting good results anyway, it just means you have a steady hand!
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If I remember correctly, for that camera, you need to turn the dial to the Sport setting, it's the icon that looks like a man running. That is the only setting that will take continuous pictures as long as the shutter button is held down.
To fix that problem, they have a specific service package at this place: www.camerasandparts.com They just specialize in servicing the Canons and that's where a lot of people go for help with these. Through them, it's $89 for the repair with parts, and they service up the camera at the same time. The best part, they do exceptional work on the Powershots, that's where a lot of people go for help with these models. Best of luck with it.
Using the self-timer Use the self-timer when you want to be included in a picture, or to ensure a steady Shutter button press. Place the camera on a tripod or flat surface. 1 In any picture-taking mode, press the Info button to turn on the shortcut icons. 2 Press to highlight the self-timer icon. Press to choose a setting: 10 seconds- A picture is taken after a 10-second delay (so you have time to get into the scene). 2 seconds- A picture is taken after a 2-second delay (for a steady, shutter release on a tripod). 2 shot- The first picture is taken after a 10-second delay. A second picture is taken 8 seconds later. 3 Compose the scene. Press the Shutter button halfway, then completely down. The camera takes the picture/pictures after the delay. Use the same procedure to take a 2- or 10-second self-timer video, but press the Shutter button completely down.
A stuck shutter is another common failure mode for digital cameras. The symptoms of a stuck or "sticky" shutter are very similar to CCD image sensor failure. The camera may take black pictures (for shutter stuck closed), or the pictures may be very bright and overexposed, sometimes with lines, especially when taken outdoors (for shutter stuck open).
To confirm a stuck shutter, put the camera in any mode other than "Auto", and turn the flash OFF (you don't want to blind yourself for the next step). Next look down the lens and take a picture. You should see a tiny flicker in the center of the lens as the shutter opens and closes. If no movement is seen, then you likely have a stuck shutter. If so, please see this link for further info and a simple fix that may help.
Your shutter may be stuck open... this will give the appearance of the shutter not opening as well as no image when you look through the viewfinder.
Open the back of the camera, as if you were replacing the film, and look to see if the shutter is open. If it is, you can probably see light coming through the lens when looking from the back of the camera.
If this is the case, you will need to find out why the shutter is stuck open.
Some cameras use a battery to activate the shutter, some cameras have a "bulb" setting that keeps the shutter open for long exposures.
Whatever you do, do NOT force the shutter... I might jiggle it a little bit to see if it will close, but I wouldn't recommend more than a slight jiggle.
While you have camera open, inspect the mirror. If the shutter is closed but the mirror is stuck "up" (to allow light to reach the shutter/firm), there is a chance that you would not be able to activate the shutter.
This is "shutter lag," the delay between pressing the shutter release button and the camera actually taking a picture. This is a common situation with many compact cameras. The camera has to focus on the subject, meter the exposure, and switch the circuitry from displaying on the screen to recording the image and saving it in memory. More sophisticated (and expensive) DSLRs eliminate this shutter lag by having more dedicated hardware for this.
With a compact camera, you can reduce the shutter lag by anticipating the shot. Press the shutter release button halfway to focus and meter the exposure. Continue to hold the shutter release button halfway until the right time, then press it the rest of the way.
Check to make sure that you don't have it set on continuous. Check the lcd display and see if the shutter icon showing a mulitple as opposed to single frame image. You should be able to choose between single, mulitiple and timed shutter releases...
A stuck shutter is another common failure mode for digital cameras. The symptoms of a stuck or "sticky" shutter are very similar to CCD image sensor failure. The camera may take black pictures (for shutter stuck closed), or the pictures may be very bright and overexposed, especially when taken outdoors (for shutter stuck open).
To confirm a stuck shutter, put the camera in any mode other than "Auto", and turn the flash OFF (you don't want to blind yourself for the next step). Next look down the lens and take a picture. You should see a tiny flicker in the center of the lens as the shutter opens and closes. If no movement is seen, then you likely have a stuck shutter. If so, please see the following for further info and a simple fix that may help:
as you already know the shutter button has two parts or clicks to it. the first click will allow the lens to autofocus and automatically select the right exposure, and/or calculate shutter time for the picture. when you see the hand signal, it means that the camera calculated that the shutter will stay open longer then usual to take the picture. so if you move while you take the picture it my come out blurry. all that happends during the first click, which means that your shutter button isn't making contact with the second click. it should be an easy fix at any camera shop. if its still under warranty the manufacturer should have no problem fixing that.