Okay, I have a few question's. I'm going to be taking a bunch of pictures at concerts and will probly have to use the flash. how long does that battery last if you use a flash with every pic? also if i take my CD400 to france will it still charge through an adapter for the power outlet (in the wall). any answers would be so nice! I want ot buy this camera in the next few days but these are serious answers i need! thanks! molly p
Re: In need of SERIOUS help with CD400 Battery, etc.
I don't know how long the battery lasts if you use the flash with every picture, but I do know that the CD400's battery charger can take 110 or 220 volts so you will be able to charge it in France with only a plug adapter.
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I'm going to go out on a limb here and put the blame on you. It's entirely possible that during the loud music, you do not realize that you move the camera when you press the shutter button...plus, add in the fact that most concerts take place in the evening in darker environments that cause your camera to use slower shutter speeds and you end up with blurry pics.
A few settings: Set the ISO to 400. Set the light balance to TUNGSTEN... that will make the colors accurate. and then set the dial to P and turn your flash OFF. then when taking photos, be sure to hold the camera VERY STILL. movements are magnified while zooming so be patient. Also take alot of pictures ... it's better to take alot and then be able to pick the real good ones and toss out the lousy ones.. Also, be nice to those nearby by turning the MUTE to ON in the menu...this turns off the beeps and clicks... You can also turn off REVIEW... and keep the display closed. This will make taking pictures quicker because you're not waiting for the display to review each shot.
Just got a brand new camera. Played around with it a few nights to learn all the parts and buttons. Went to a concert tonite. While waiting for the show I took many test shots to see how the camera would work under these contiditions. Used a 75 to 300 Cannon lens. I had just got the settings about right when the show started. All of a sudden the display went dark and "busy" flashed in the view finder. But it would not take any more pictures. Taking the battery out and removing the sd card did not help. The auto focus and flash still worked but nothing else. This camera is going back to the store if I can't get some help. PLEASE............. vj
I think you have to Finalize the disc before you put it into your computer. After you save all the pictures to your computer, if it's a CD-RW, you can format it -which will erase all pictures on the disc. Then you can use it over and over again. If you haven't already bought a bunch of cheep CD-R discs, I recommend getting a package of 3 or 4 CD-RW discs instead. They are more expensive but they last longer and you can be way more organized with them. I hope this helps.
Here is a link that really helped me out with my Mavica,
A few times over the last several years, having shot thousands of images with my CD-400, I discovered that VERY rarely a bump/jar, etc. can cause a bad write, or the same thing when finalizing. In the car with a friend one day, I was needing to finalize for him and got the message of death. That's the only thing I can offer; mine has worked like Sony intended.
I've come across a few infolithium batteries which show empty but they have been fully charged. It turned out to be the circuitry in the battery which is supposed to tell you how much power is left being faulty. Both were replaced under warranty.
When the fault occured in a Sony 505V the battery was still fully useable apart from the icon flashing flat battery.
On p. 100 in the manual it states that the zoom does not work when shooting a movie with the cd400 only.
The cd400 has quite a few more features,for example the higher resolution and the Carl Zeiss lens, compared to the cd250, thereby justifying the higher price. It has more functions as a still digital camera, more manual settings, etc., so I guess you have to sacrifice that one function. No digital still camera will replace a camcorder - the fact that you can record a movie as long as the cd allows is a lot better than most other still cameras. So you and your friend have the best of all worlds together, you just have to share!
I have taken thousands of pictures with my cd400, and the picture quality and the cheap storage are great. Happy shooting!
The 72 ppi figure is merely an arbitrary starting point used by most image editing software. I've known others to use 300 as a default, e.g. Paint Shop Pro last time I looked at it. Why it should have changed I can't tell at this point, unless you've changed your software; but it's not important.
The figure is meaningless until you want to *print* your images, and even then it's best to just set print size *without* resampling the image, and let the resolution look after itself until you have a need for very large prints.
To see what your camera is capturing, the essential figure you need to be interested in is the images' *pixel dimensions*; and in the case of the CD400 they should be 2272 x 1704 at the camera's full res. setting. (Actually, "resolution" is an unfortunate term, in its popular usage. Resolution really describes how thinly or densely the same pixel count is mapped over the intended physical output size.)
Changing the print size *without* resampling the image will cause the resolution figure (72, 300 or whatever else it might be) to change inversely with the print dimensions, but will not change the overall pixel dimensions of 2272 x 1704.