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Old Dec 1, 2003, 12:39 PM   #1
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Default Canon A80 and indoor focusing

Hi I just purchased a Canon A80. Before I had this camera I have always had Olympus digital cameras. With the A80 I have a very hard time focusing indoors. The camera always blinks that it has dificulty focusing when in automatic. It is worse when I use the zoom, when I do not use the zoom at all it is better but still most of the time the camera has dificulty focusing and the LCD is almost pitch black. Is there a trick to be able to use it indoors and have it focus. I did not have that problem with my Olympus. My last olympus was an Olympus D-40zoom. It is on sale on ebay. I just tested them together and the olympus has an easier time focusing indoors. Granted the Canon takes better pictures with the flash, not as washed out, but I barely can get it to focus indoors. Does anyone have any suggestions or tricks they know of to get it to focus better when indoors?
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Old Dec 1, 2003, 2:43 PM   #2
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Umm i'm assuming your a80 has a focus assist light as my a70 does. Maybe your blocking it with your finger(s)? Or maybe the exposure is so long that it seems blury and unfocused as some of my pics have done sometimes when i don't use a flash.
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Old Dec 1, 2003, 3:28 PM   #3
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Yes it has an orange focus assist light, but that does not help much.
My camera indicator says it is having dificulty focusing, this is before i even attempt to take the pic. There is an indicator light that informs you whether it has found something to focus on and if it is in focus. that light blinks indicating that the camera is having difficulty focusing, so if i take the pic with flash it is blurry. My other camera did not have as much difficulty focusing indoors. So i was wondering if there are any tricks to use in manual type modes that help out this situation? I take lots of pictures indoors and my apartment is not that dark inside.
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Old Dec 1, 2003, 3:53 PM   #4
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Very strange. My a70 works fine with some light in a room. Did you try adjusting the white balance from auto? BTW i use the P setting on my camera where you can adjust some things.
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Old Dec 2, 2003, 4:16 AM   #5
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Hi I just purchased a Canon A80. Before I had this camera I have always had Olympus digital cameras. With the A80 I have a very hard time focusing indoors. The camera always blinks that it has dificulty focusing when in automatic. It is worse when I use the zoom, when I do not use the zoom at all it is better but still most of the time the camera has dificulty focusing and the LCD is almost pitch black. Is there a trick to be able to use it indoors and have it focus. I did not have that problem with my Olympus. My last olympus was an Olympus D-40zoom. It is on sale on ebay. I just tested them together and the olympus has an easier time focusing indoors. Granted the Canon takes better pictures with the flash, not as washed out, but I barely can get it to focus indoors. Does anyone have any suggestions or tricks they know of to get it to focus better when indoors?
Don't know if this helps but, I read a post in a different forum about an A80 that had defective focus assist light. It was just too dim. Just to be sure yours is OK you might want to stop by a local camera store and check a different A80 out and do a comparison. Mine is bright enough so that I see spots when I close my eyes after looking at it for a few seconds when I hold the A80 at arms length.
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Old Dec 2, 2003, 8:32 AM   #6
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Thanks I shall check that out.
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Old Dec 4, 2003, 9:01 PM   #7
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The focus light is bright, but still having problems focusing inside. A regular point and shoot camera shoots ok inside my house. Also an SLR camera is easy to focus in my house too. So I am still wondering what is up.
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Old Dec 8, 2003, 1:44 PM   #8
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still having problems focusing inside. A regular point and shoot camera shoots ok inside my house. Also an SLR camera is easy to focus in my house too. So I am still wondering what is up.
its your house my friend, sell it and cut your losses
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Old Dec 8, 2003, 1:47 PM   #9
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I went back to the store and traded A80s, switched mine for another A80 and it seems to be working better.
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Old Dec 9, 2003, 1:59 PM   #10
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I too am having the same problem. I purchaced mine a few months ago, so I do not know if they'll let me exchange it.
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