I have a problem with the focus not working on this camera. We are on our second camera and both have had the focus stop working. This camera has taken great pictures so far, but if it is going to be problem prone then I need to find something else.
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Re: Optio 30 Focus Problem
Please be informed that the [Firmware Version 1.01 for Optio30] has been released.
Changes of the Version 1.01
In very rare case, the Auto-focus system may be malfunctioned at the [Flower], [Food] and [Pet] mode.
This has now been corrected.
This does not apply to the ther capture modes.
Follow link below for more information and to download the firmware.
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Switch to macro mode. Press cursor-up (marked with a flower) then select Macro (the flower icon). This mode is used for close-up photography. For full details, see "Setting Focus" on page 28 of this manual.
Your camera has the option for manual focus. This option allows you to focus the camera to capture what you want, rather than the auto-focus feature.
This will be indicated by a MF in the top center of your camera screen. You should be able to change this by finding record mode and changing your AF settings. Change your MF to the [ ] option and you should be on auto-focus settings.
remove the batteries first'
pull the memory stick put it back in
put good (proper milliAmpere hours) new batteries in the camera
If that does not work \turn off the camera
remove the memory stick
Repeat power up
My english isn't great but i'll try anyway. My camera is making strange noises too at start up Like there is sand in the machinery that focuses the lense. This wasn't a problem until a few day's ago when it wouldn't focus anymore. Now, my entire family is using the camera so somehow the settings must have been changed. The stupid thing is I don't know what I did but somehow I solved the problem by adjusting someting in the menu. So it was/is a menu probem instead of a lense problem and it's working fine now. Good luck and don't give up because it's a wonderfull camera.
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.