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Old May 19, 2005, 7:20 AM   #1
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The following response from cybershotnut (in a recent thread about W1 and blurry shots) prompted me to explore...."what are people's manual settings?" for their Sony point-and-shoot (P and W series especially). I have things set pretty much the same way except I use center AF. So, "what's your M mode?"

"One last thing for you to try: Set the camera to the M position, press the center button and set the shutter speed to 1/100. (says 100 on the display) Next press the menu button and set the focus to 3.0M, set the ISO to 200 and set the flash to +. Leave all other settings at default. Stand about 10 feet away from the subject you're taking a picture of and shoot away! "
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Old May 20, 2005, 12:05 PM   #2
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Although I'm always searching for the ultimate setting, I most often use "P" mode with:
Focus=Center AF
Metering Mode=Spot
White Balance=Auto
ISO=Auto or it depends on situation
Flash= Normal or -or+

I also read about blurry pictures and Cybershotnut's advise on settings. So I guess I'm game for whatever looks good and is easy to use on this camera. IMO, it's basically a very nice P&S that I can depend on for spur of the moment shooting. I'll use my FZ20 for more demanding things.
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Old May 20, 2005, 6:04 PM   #3
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That depends the situations, but generaly I use these setting:

Metering Mode=Multi
White Balance=Auto
ISO=Auto or 200 in low light when flash is not sufficient
Flash= Normal or -or+
Contrast=-1 (a bit more details appear in too dark and too bright areas)
Sharpness=Normal (I think +1 only adds artificial sharpness and then slightly damage the original picture. May be good for print, but not good if you want to retouch)

In P mode: EV=-0.3 or -0.7 (I found that decrease washed color and details in overexposed areas, and also increase the shutter speed in P mode and then that decrease the blurr due to shake)
(In M mode I increase the speed until the EV on the display reach -0.3 or -0.7)
Of course the result may somtimes be a bit too dark, but it is much easier to correct this with P.Shop than blurr or washed details.
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