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Old Sep 23, 2005, 11:47 AM   #1
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I recently purchased a Casio EX-S500 which so far I'm very pleased with. Though I have a question about the AutoFocus. When you press the shutter button halfway for the camera to AutoFocus it makes a weird grinding like "grrrrrr" noise before autofocusing and being ready for the picture. Is this normal for this model or should I be worried?

I assume it's the lens moving however I've never heard this sound on other model digital cameras I've used when they autofocus.
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Old Sep 23, 2005, 12:54 PM   #2
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i have the same noise on mine. never though that's a problem. but now i know it's normal :G
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Old Dec 22, 2005, 10:42 PM   #3
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Mine makes the same noise. My question to you or any other reader is does the sound of your Auto Focus change? Mine sometimes sounds more sickly than others and I wonder if there is something wrong. It usually goes back to sounding normal after awhile. I have only had the camera 3 weeks, so I am wondering if making slightly different noises is normal. Of course, I may just be hyper-sensitive or crazy too.


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I recently purchased a Casio EX-S500 which so far I'm very pleased with. Though I have a question about the AutoFocus. When you press the shutter button halfway for the camera to AutoFocus it makes a weird grinding like "grrrrrr" noise before autofocusing and being ready for the picture. Is this normal for this model or should I be worried?

I assume it's the lens moving however I've never heard this sound on other model digital cameras I've used when they autofocus.
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Old Dec 22, 2005, 11:20 PM   #4
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Replying to my own post to give more information. What I have noticed is that the sound that it makes when doing the auto-focus actually changes depending upon the picture. If I have not zoomed at all, it tends to make a louder, more troublesome sounding whirr. When I zoom in a little bit, the noise changes. When I zoom in all the way, the noise is still there but it sounds less mechanical or harsh.

If I have the zoom set at the same level and focus on different objects, the sound also changes.

Has anyone else noticed this?
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Old Dec 23, 2005, 12:19 PM   #5
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Mine does the same thing slightly different sound depending on zoom and lighting. I imagine it's a function of how much the lens needs to adjust. Shortly after buying the camera (online purchase) I went to the local Circuit City to play with their display. I noticed that it made the exact same noises as did the compact Canon SD400. I also found a review from the Austrailian version of CNET.com and the review specifically mentions the weird noise during auto focus and says it's a problem common to many ultra compact cameras.

http://www.cnet.com.au/photography/c...0055742,00.htm
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Great minds must think alike. I found the same CNET article and did the same store visit thing today (though I went to Ritz Camera). While the model at Ritz Camera did not make the exact same sound, it most certainly made a similar sound. The sound also fluctuated when I zoomed or focused on different objects. So, I feel a little better now.

The shutter also makes more noise that I would have expected when it reopens after taking a picture or when you have the camera on and it moves from a window to a wall as you scan the room. Again, nothing major, but just a little more noise than I am used to.

I called Casio tech support and the one person I talked to said it should make no noise. Frankly, I do not think he understood what I was talking about because it obviously makes some noise. A second rep I talked to confirmed all the same things we have seen.

I am definitely glad to know that other people have heard these sounds too and that it is not a defect.

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Mine does the same thing slightly different sound depending on zoom and lighting. I imagine it's a function of how much the lens needs to adjust. Shortly after buying the camera (online purchase) I went to the local Circuit City to play with their display. I noticed that it made the exact same noises as did the compact Canon SD400. I also found a review from the Austrailian version of CNET.com and the review specifically mentions the weird noise during auto focus and says it's a problem common to many ultra compact cameras.

http://www.cnet.com.au/photography/c...0055742,00.htm
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