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Old Mar 9, 2004, 7:50 PM   #1
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Default Canon S400 has NO manual focus??!!!

I see people talking great things about the S400. But for me it seems the camera is very slow, it has a high shutter lag.
Many times it's because of the auto focus. But there is no way to set manual focus for this camera.
Any opinions about that? This camera was in my to-buy list.

Thanks a lot
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Old Mar 10, 2004, 6:18 AM   #2
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I have an S400, and had problems with this for awhile.

What solves the problem is turning the LCD screen off. When you focus with the screen on, it has to show you in real-time, but turning it off makes it incredibly fast. I keep mine off by default to capture impromptu snapshots, and for framing a real photo, I turn it back on.

Also, turning the 9-point AiAF off speeds it up slightly.

I don't think you'll find a high-resolution, pocket-sized digicam with a manual focus, sorry!

Hope this helps!
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Old Mar 10, 2004, 12:47 PM   #3
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As far as I know you can change Exposure -2EV to +2EV and Aperture F2.8 - F5.6 .
And you can also choose 4 or 5 focus ranges.
Am I wrong?
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Old Mar 10, 2004, 7:29 PM   #4
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I think you are wrong, sorry!

The f stop is automatic, even though it does range from f2.8-f5.6. You can't manually control it (but you can control the shutter speed, to some degree). You can change the exposure compensation (EV).

Focusing is automatic, but you can choose between macro, infinite, and just normal. The digital Elphs have a solid reputation for pretty weak macro modes, though. You have to be a good distance away from your subject for it to work :roll: I'm concidering getting some aftermarket macro lenses for it. I believe the SD10 has a good macro though.

Good luck!
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Old Mar 10, 2004, 7:32 PM   #5
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I was talking about the P10. You can set Focus to diffetent distances, 0.5m, 3m, 7m, etc..
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