Could someone let me know if I'm doing something wrong with my Sony camera? My pictures are shakey. I really have to make sure the camera is held solidly or the pics are not clear. I would use it more if I didn't have to worry about this as it's a nice small camera with a large viewing area.
My Olympus D510 2 mp takes very clear pictures without even thinking about holding it still.
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Re: Sony Cybershot W-5 mp ???
This has been a complaint on all of the Sony ''W'' series of cameras.
They seem to do very well outdoors.
Indoors is another matter.
Under low light and flash conditions, the camera selects a slow shutter speed. This means you must hold the camera very steady or use a tripod.
Here are some things to try:
1. Take a photo and instead of looking at the LCD, look at the body of the camera and your forefinger.
Make sure that you are not causing the camera to dip downward on the right side with you press the shutter button.
You should squeeze the shutter button between you forefinger and thumb.
2. Under low light and flash conditions always use the viewfinder instead of the LCD to frame your subjects.
When holding the camera to your eye, make sure it is lightly touching your face.
You head is steadier than two outstretched arms.
If you can lean against a wall or something solid, do that too.
3. Under all conditions, use the two step shutter press.
Press the shutter button half way down, then reframe your subject. Then press the shutter button the rest of the way down. That how the pros do it.
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5 megapixels or more. In general, unless you're really tight on space or know you're not going to need the resolution, set your camera to its highest resolution (8 megapixels in your case) and leave it there. You can always make a large picture smaller; you can't make a small picture larger. See page 13 of the Cyber-shot handbook: http://www.docs.sony.com/release/DSCT70_handbook.pdf
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.
I have a Sony Cybershot DSC T70 and it keeps saying "Reinsert memory stick" whenever I turn on the camera or slide down the camera lid. Also, whenever I try to view the pictures on my laptop it shows "Please reinsert the memory stick" something along those lines. As I have been researching for the solution, I would have to format the memory card. However, I wouldn't want to lose the pictures as I just took many as from the holiday last week. The only problem is the memory card, I tried using another memory card and it works fine with the camera. There is nothing wrong with the camera.\r\nCan someone please help me how to solve the memory stick problem? It would be great. Ty.
Since camera model number is not mentioned in question, there are 2 ways to view pictures in Sony camera. Either you will find Play Back symbol in mode dial on camera, rotate mode dial until playback is selected or camera has Play Back button near LCD which need to be pressed so camera will shift to playback and you can view pictures in memory.
You may already be doing this, I don't know, but on most newer cameras, you have to push the "take picture" button down half way to let it focus then press it the rest of the way to take the picture. It wouldn't hurt trying to see if that works.
The Sony P72 should produce excellent photos.
You stated that you had just purchased the camera which may be a clue to the problem.
With a film camera, you push the shutter button and bang you have a picture.
With a digital camera you push the shutter button and about 1.5 seconds later the focus locks and then 0.2 seconds still later the picture is captured.
Since you are not accustomed to that shutter delay, you are probably moving the camera.
Most digital cameras will let you push the shutter button down half-way to achieve focus lock. Then press the button the rest of the way down to take the photo (remembering there is a 0.2 second delay).
When you plan to snap that picture, be prepared to be perfectly still for 3 to 4 seconds.
Try taking some pictures with your camera sitting on something solid (or a tripod) and see if the photo quality doesn't improve.
There is a good 9 page review of the P72 camera at:
One of the pages contains sample photos.
Select one of the photos and click on it.
When the photo finishes loading (large file), then RIGHT click on the photo and click "Save photo as".
Save it to your hard drive.
Print that photo on your printer. That will give you the chance to see how a known good photo, will print on your printer.