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Old Aug 7, 2006, 10:05 AM   #1
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Hi. I have had my A620 for just a couple of months and have been primarily using it in Auto mode. I have recently started messing with the other modes (primarily "P", as it is the only one that i understand right now and I just wanted to be able to control the focus target).

When i take pictures in lowish light in "P" mode, I notice that the shutter is very slow and all pictures come out blurry, even if i use a tripod. If i use the timer on the tripod, they are OK. So I guess even my pressing of the button is enough to shake? What is odd though is that all of the options (ISO, etc) are still set on AUTO.

When I switch back to "Auto" mode, the pics are OK. Same subject, same light conditions.

Does this make any sense? Am I misunderstanding "P" mode? Is there a better manual mode to use when I want everything to be auto except the focus target?

Also, I noticed that the battery level indicator no longer appears on screen. Any idea why?

Lastly, can anyone recommend a "third party" book that explains the options on this camera a little better for beginners than the Canon manuals?

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PK

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Old Aug 9, 2006, 9:15 AM   #2
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Hi PK,

You have to increase the ISO in "P" when taking pics in low light with no flash, otherwise the camera will compensate for the low light with a long shutter, which is very tough when holding the camera by hand. Also make sure that you initially hold the shutter button down about halfway in order to allow the camera to focus.

I don't know of any 3rd party books on the A620. A basic guide to photography should be able to explain things like ISO, aperture, etc. You also can check out Steve's "Digicam Dictionary" and the Glossary at DPReview for an explanation of photographyjargon.

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Old Aug 9, 2006, 11:33 AM   #3
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The flash is firing in every case.



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