Question about Olympus Camedia C-740 Ultra Zoom Digital Camera
I have a new problem with my C-740. The auto focus takes 2-3 seconds to lock before the shutter snaps. By that time, I've lost the shot. I'm wondering whether I set something wrong or if the camera is malfunctioning. Any help would be appreciated.
Posted by Anonymous on
There are numerous reason why this camera could be haveing lazy focusing. The C-7xx series do not have focus assistance, the focus by contrast. So if there item you are focusing does not have alot of contrast to it, the camera will search for a while to find something. In darker areas such as indoors, low light, or low contrasty areas your Olympus will also take longer to focus due to the contrast issue. Many cameras in this price range has similar issues. For fast moveing subjects you may try using the wide angle settings on the zoom, use manual focus, or study up on Hyperfocal distance an use this method.
Posted on Sep 12, 2005
Way to check settings is to take the batteries out for a while, it should revert to factory default settings. I tell a lot of People to try this, it works an amazing number of times. Auto focus looks for vertical lines, what are You shooting at? Try rotating the camera 90 degrees, if it locks better,Bingo. Subjects without much contrast are hard to lock focus on
Posted on Sep 12, 2005
SOURCE: Focus Problem
Low light focus lock can be a problem with this camera. But in normal or bright light there should be no problem with auto focus lock. If this is a new problem, you should check to see if a setting has been changed. With so many options, it is easy to accidently set something that causes unusual results (been there, done that). First ... Go to the Setup Menu and see that the "All Reset" option is selected. This will cause everything to be reset to factory default each time you power-on the camera. Turn the camera off and then turn the camera on. Then take some test photos to see if your auto-focus-lock is improved. If that works, there is no need to check the items below. If that does not work, here are some control changes to try. Remember if you turn off the camera everything gets reset. That camera uses contrast detection for auto focus and it is normally set to "Multi-Area Auto Focus". Try changing it to "Spot Auto Focus" and do some tests, including with the camera set to one of the programs or manual mode. There is another setting called "Autofocus Area", you should investigate. Check your manual to determine what you can do with this control. There is another control called something like "continuous auto focus". Check the manual for further information. If none of the above help, it is time to see about some camera repairs.
Posted on Sep 06, 2005
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