I have had this camera for a month now and had no problem on in door and out door pictures. But yesterday when I took it to my daughter's dance performance, I had a lot of problem with the flash.
I took some picture of her about 3 to 5 feet away. I can see the flash was on since it is very dark in side. But about half of the picture came out as if the flash is not on. The other half looks like the flash is on. That's when the flash setting is on 'auto' mode. Change it to 'flash on' mode does not make any difference. It look like to me that the flash is on too early or too late about 50% of the time. Is there anyone else has this problem?
Is there settings I should try?
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Re: optio s - flash problem in low light
Read the photo data (EXIF) and confirm what setting the flash was in. It may have been set to off by mistake. For close indoor shots I usually don't depend on the Auto setting, just manually force the flash on to get proper lighting. If you use the Auto setting take into consideration the white balance and the type of indoor lighting you are using.
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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
I noted that situation, but was my fault because i've been using Bulb or tungsten in outdoor pictures...!!! AWB works fine most of the cases except in some indoors where i have to use manual WB.
Please be aware that if you have enough indoor light could be a good idea to disable the flash, try and error......
Thanks for posting the photos.....they tell a lot.
You need to return that camera and get a refund.
The camera is defective.
The first two photos were taken under good lighting conditions and you should have gotten good shots.
The last two were taken at low light and the camera was using 1/30th of a second shutter speeds which could account for some blurring due to camera movement.
The last one appeared to be a flash shot and it selected 1/30th second. Not a good thing for the camera to do.
But all photos have the appearance that you are shooting through a fog.
And all photos were shot with an ISO setting of 200.
There is something wrong with this camera for that to happen on the first two shots.
I checked the EXIF data that is embedded in the photos. That gives you the shutter speed, aperture setting and focal length, ISO settings, and other information.
I have not seen a review of the Pentax Optio 50. But the older S50 did not get good reviews.
If I were you, I would look for a different brand of camera.
For a few dollars more you can get a Nikon 5600.