Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digital Cameras (Point and Shoot) > Sony

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Mar 3, 2006, 8:29 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 2

Hey all,

I got a Sony DSC-M1 for Christmas and I love it, but it seems as though every single picture I take is blurry. If I am taking a picture and I move just slightly or what I am taking a picture of moves......the picture turns out blurry. It has been doing that more often too, so if you all have any ideas what might be causing this, please please let me know....

stang03 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Mar 3, 2006, 8:44 PM   #2
Senior Member
CyberShotNut's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 673

Make sure the flash is on for indoor shots.
CyberShotNut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 3, 2006, 9:01 PM   #3
Junior Member
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 2

Yeah most of the time the flash is on.....now that I think about it that could have been the problem, but I am not sure??
stang03 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 4, 2006, 4:04 AM   #4
Senior Member
pagerboy's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Canada
Posts: 483

Are you using the lcd or viewfinder ro take the pics?

Using the viewfinder usually cuts down on some shaking.
pagerboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 4, 2006, 7:43 AM   #5
Senior Member
kenmck15's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 2,568

blurry photos are the result of slow shutter speeds.

the reason the cam reduces the shutter speed is because the photo you are composing is often poorly lit and by reducing the shutter speed this allows the cam to capture more light. Now because the shutter is opened longer this means that you the user and the subject have to stay stil longer. any movement in the cam of the subject will result in motion blurring.

now some ways to minimise blur, or in other words maximise possible shutter speeds.

1) Increase you iso level. Now by increasing your iso level this increases the sensitivity of the ccd. This means tht the ccd needs less time to capture the equivalent amount of light. therefore reducing your shutter time therefore increasing shutter speed therefore minimising the chances of blur. now the flipside is the higher you run your iso level the more noise will be present in your images. So hi iso means higher shutter speeds, meaning less motion blur BUT higher noise in overall image. ofcourse this can be easily remidied as long your shot isnt too noisey by using the likes of noise ninja (part of pp) or neat image which are both downloadable.

2) Use widest f stop (lowest number) Most cams offer an fstop as low as 2.8. use the lowest number possible. this means that the actual opening of the lense is larger thereofre letting more light into the cam and increasing shutter speeds blah bla bla. The flipside to wide aptre is you get a very limited depth of field. meaning that only you main subject and maybe only a slight portion of your background wil be in focus. so this woud no be recomended if you were taking a family shot down a long diner table as only the first couple of ppl will be in focus.

3) Enable the flash. By defalut most cams will increase the shutter speed to around 1/30 when in flash mode. This is usually a fast enought shutter to avoid any blurring issues.

4) Try to atleast make the cams life a little easier by taking photos in wel lit areas preferably with natural light as ths responds well with the ccd.

5) Steady posture and using view finder wen taking photos. Using the view finder will often give you better posture when holding the ccam and you can rest it against your face too. try leaning against a wall to give more stablity.

6) A combination of the above and you will be sorted. I mean just with the correct posture i can take clean clear and sharp photos at shutter speeds as low as 1/6.

Make sure you are not in a manual mode as you migt be forcing the cam to run at a lo shutter speed and also make sure you are not in Shutter priority as you might also be forcing the cam to run ata low speed. this could also be the case if you are in app priority and you are forcing the cam to run in a narrow fstop.

Just run the cam in "P" mode at a hi iso (iso 400+) and see how tht goes. if stil no luck try higher iso (if available on your model cam) or kick in the flash

hope this helps


kenmck15 is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:09 AM.