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Old Jan 28, 2008, 8:25 AM   #1
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I have the A720IS and I've been having problems taking sharp indoor photos without the flash. I don't want to use a tripod. I've been using P mode, continuous IS, and setting the ISO at 400, but I still get the flashing red hand and often my pictures are blurry. Would I be better off using one of the scene modes? Turning up the ISO? Putting the camera into aperture or shutter priority?

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Old Jan 28, 2008, 8:40 AM   #2
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Found an answer in previous posts. How does this sound.

1. Put the camera into manual mode.
2. Set the aperture to its widest setting 2.8
3. Set the ISO to 400
4. Set the shutter speed to 1/10

The shots come out pretty nice, with little blur (despite the flashing red hand).

If anyone has any advice in this area, I'd be grateful.
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Old Feb 28, 2008, 9:59 AM   #3
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I'm afraid you have done all you can do.

You do want shutter prioritybut that only goes so far, once the aperture is maxed out. On many Canon models, scene modes imply aperture priority or shutter priority among other things. The mode for action shots is a shutter priority mode.

I cannot hold a camera steady for 1/10'th second, so I would need a tripod or take a chance on more graininess on a higher ISO.

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Old Mar 4, 2008, 5:58 PM   #4
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if you can hold it steady long enough. you could try a monopod
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Old Mar 9, 2008, 2:55 PM   #5
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Use a makeshift or make do tripod, such as a bar, a table, a ledge, a wall, a door jamb, or the like. It is actually quite effective. Be sure to turn off the IS, if your camera is IS equipped.

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Old Mar 9, 2008, 10:47 PM   #6
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Thanks. After trying different things, I learned how to take nice indoor photos without the flash. I really appreciate the manual controls of the A720.
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Old Mar 13, 2008, 12:38 PM   #7
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Why should the IS be turned off?


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Old Mar 13, 2008, 12:56 PM   #8
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Turn off the IS because the when the camera is on a tripod, or even a makeshift tripod, you will get better photos. Here is a sample for you. Because it was not a night photo, it could easily be hand held. This photo was taken with a Sony H-3 camera. The exposure data is F 4.0 at 1/10, no flash, handheld, ISO 400.

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Old Mar 23, 2008, 12:23 AM   #9
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Thanks Sarah. I am doing some trial and error andreached the same conclusion

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Old Apr 10, 2008, 8:36 PM   #10
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Hand held shots using slow shutter, wider aperture and high iso (like iso 400) without flash might be good for some indoor shots. But if things don't work out, then it's probably time to bring the tripod in.
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