I am very unhappy with the quality of the pictures- variable exposure (often overexposed), lack of sharpness and detail. sometimes excellent but these pics. tend to be indoor flash pictures taken at less than 10 feet. Also, white pinhead dot in the middle of the LCD. See little difference between HQ and SHQ except for memory used. From the nature of the reviews and the comments posted on this forum, I think I got a camera with a problem. Any ideas before I pack it up an ship it back? Also, what do you think, replace it with another 2100UZ or buy something else. This is my first digital camera but I am getting better results from my cheap ($90) scanner. If I should purchase something else, what do you suggest. Truly want to begin to move from film photography to digital, or at least expand my photographic options.
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Re: Unhappy with the quality of the pictures
Is the white dot in the viewfinder? I could see that getting very annoying so I'd probably send it back.
The shots I've taken indoors with the flash on the c2100 have not had any problems with over exposure. There are both exposure and flash compensation settings in the camera, make sure you haven't changed them by accident.
If this is your first digital you have to get used to the way the images look, it's not the same as film. At first digial images look "soft" and more grainy, more so if you look at them at 1:1. I usually view them so they are about 8" wide on the screen, or about 1:2.
As the number of pixels goes up the difference between different compression levels becomes less noticable. If you shoot in 640x480 mode you'll see a difference between high and normal. At full resolution on some shots you'll get better color on SHQ over HQ. And TIFF is rarely any better than SHQ.
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I was just reviewing the specifications on this particular model and I see that it is a 720P unit. If you already have HDTV's and they are 1080P units then you are definetly going to notice a difference. Also keep in mind if this is your first venture into HDTV older programming that is not in HD will not look good on an HD set. Try and find a HD channel and see how it looks if you havent tried this already.
Do not be unhappy with your machine. Believe me, many brands that cost much more than the Fisher & Paykel have circut boards go out on them as well. First of all you machine is still in warranty if it is only one and a half years old since the machine has a two year warranty. Other manufacturers only have one year even if they cost much more to purchase. Be thankful that you are entitled to a repair at NO Charge! I have sold appliances for 34 years and sell multible brand names. I can assure you that based on the lack of quality manufacturers have been delivering to the public over the last ten years you have made the best desicion when you purchased your Fisher & Paykel. Most washers have between 350 and 400 parts in them to create a potential of failure. the Fisher & Paykel has only around 70 parts total. We have sold them for over ten years and it is the best product in our store bar none! Remember, you are still in warranty so your repair will cost you nothing!
I haven't solved the light problem, but I have found a pretty good program that allows me to enhance my scanned slides-pics into nearly slide-projector quality pics: XnView. I have found that it is best to not try to use the enhance program in PhotoStudio 5.5 (the driver-program for the Canonscan 4400F).