Blurry photos

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  1. Jessica

    Jessica Well-Known Member

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    my friend has a canon A520 and most of his photos come out blurry.
    What metering mode should we set the camera to?

    we find pics are blurry even in good lighting as well as dim.
    Also If the object moves slightly, its blurred.

    We notice that when trying to focus, the little square on the screen goes where it wants to, and not in the middle of the screen.
     
  2. camerashy

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    Do you think it could be from holding it? Maybe try using a tripod. Sometimes the blur can be caused from hand shake.
     
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    Shutter speeds and different modes also affect the picture results. With the a520, you have a bunch of modes. There's even a manual one if you want to set most of the options yourself.
     
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    Sometimes using a built-in flash, even in bright light, will help the program select a consistent shutter speed. Generally, even on cameras that only have the picture icon modes (no capability of actually selecting the shutter speed, which is often shown on Canon cameras as Tv), choosing the "running human" will get a faster shutter speed and reduce the effects of shake and motion. Some people can hand-hold at slower speeds (e.g.: 1/60s), but most cannot get consistent results at less than 1/125s. Another alternative, especially easy with digital, is to increase the ISO up to 200 or even 400 or 800 if the image quality doesn't suffer too much. Taking hand-held at ISO 100 or less is difficult at best, even with an SLR when slower shutter speeds are set.
     
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    If photographer holds camera with one hand this wouldbe my guess too...set the camera down solidly as suggested. No blur? time to practice hand holding...

    I've used Nikon F2, F3 and Leica equipment for years. Not every camera is easy to hold, and one that's good for me may be bad for you.

    Dave
     
  6. Jessica

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    camerashy and dlynch - the camera has stabilization features so its not from camera shake.
    Its not completely blurred but its not sharp either.

    camdig - what mode do you recommend to be used?
     
  7. dlynch

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    Thanks Jessica!
     
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    I have a Canon sd700is and IIRC the image stabil feature only works in landscape mode; does not work in portrait mode.

    Hope this helps...
    DaveL
    Toronto
     
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    the canon A520 does not have any form of active image stabilization according to the user manual

    Taking pictures in bright light or with the flash should be fine though, but taking pictures in a dark could be a problem without using the flash.

    A steady hand or using a tripod will help.
     
  10. gglassmeyer

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    One other possibility..... smudged lens. Check to be sure there isn't a big greasy fingerprint on the lens.
     
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