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Old Jan 9, 2006, 1:51 PM   #1
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I have been checking out a new S9000 and am reasonably satisfied except for the focus controls. They workas described in the manual for well lit conditions. In dim light , however, the camera seems to focus and the AF area reduces in size but green light continues to blink. According to the instruction book, the light becomes steady when in focus. Which is indication correct? The focus assist light doesn't seem to correct anything.

Manual focus seems to be a misnomer. The manual focus ring seems to adjust an automatic focus position. If I could only dial in the distance which I can estimate well by eye, I could easily beat this system in time and accuracy.

Am I missing something here or is the camera malfunctioning?

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Old Jan 9, 2006, 3:55 PM   #2
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I've heard positive comments from those who have used the manual focus. But I have not taken the opportunity to try it. But if you want the kind of features you are describing, you might well consider a dSLR.
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Old Jan 9, 2006, 10:22 PM   #3
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Try turning the focus-assist light off and see if that makes a difference. My S5200 seems to focus faster in low light conditions with the AF beam off except when it's almost completely dark. The difference isn't as dramatic as you describe, maybe half a second. Everything I've heard about the S9000 says it's a very fast camera, so I think there could be something wrong. If you can, try out another S9000 to see if that indeed is the case. Good luck.
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