I just bought the Pentax S4. This camera is great, but I have this one problem.
Whenever I turn off the flash manually and try to take the picture, the shutter speed is set very low. This turns in blurry pictures unless the camera is hold still. This doesn't happen when the flash is set to auto. How do you fix this? This happens on indoors.
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Re: Pentax S4 no flash problem
Well this camera has no manual controls so it's merely compensating for the lack of available light by lowering the shutter speed. I don't think there's very much you can do about it -- maybe you can try to lower the EV -/+ setting (I forget what it's called, it makes your image darker or brighter).
If the camera didn't lower the shutter speed you would simply get dark pictures where you can't see anything
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Consider NOT connecting your camera to your computer.
The best way to download pictures from your camera to your computer involves removing the memory card from the camera and plugging it into a card reader (either built-in to the computer or connected via USB or FireWire). This is likely to be faster than connecting the camera to the computer, and won't run down your camera's batteries.
Once the card is plugged in, it will appear to your computer as a removable drive. You can use the operating system's drag&drop facility to copy pictures from the card to the computer's hard drive, the same way you copy any other files. Or you can use any photo cataloging program such as Picasa.
Where the OK button is there is a circle around it. On the left side there is a pic of a flash. You have to turn on camera then turn off flash by pressing the button on the left (flash) til your display shows a flash with a circle around it in the top left corner. Now the flash will not come on.
Check the settings and be sure you have sufficient power.
If you want to test the camera for defaults, remove the batter from the camera for a day or so, then replace it. This will set its defaults. If the flash continues to not work, then I suggest calling Pentax and having it serviced.
have you turned the camera ON after connecting the cables? Next, does this USB port on the computer work with other USB devices such as memory sticks?
My O555 has a USB socket that feels really "fragile" and I fear I will damage the socket with improper insertion (alignment seems touchy). I bought an external USB card reader and am really happy with that. You don't use up battery power transferring your files. Much better solution, IMO.