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Old Dec 19, 2011, 4:10 PM   #11
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I just got my HS20 this past Friday and I think I like it but I am not sure... I was able to go online and find a manual to print... its 136 pages but I needed it... I do have a few questions for those of you who are very familiar with the HS20... is there a way to set up the flash where it pops up automatically or do you have to manually do it? I have a 9 month old little boy and I was trying to take some pics of him in front of a Christmas tree and as you all probably know, a 9mth old doesnt sit still very long... I couldnt get the camera to focus fast enough to get a pic so needless to say I dont have a pic of him in front of the pretty Christmas tree... can someone give me some suggestions? It seems to be having a hard time to focus... I can hold it up and everything is blurry and it seems to take a bit of time to get into focus... I like to shoot weddings and I dont have time to sit there and let it takes it time to focus... Anyone have this problem or can you tell me what I am doing wrong... I havent had alot of time to sit down and play with all the functions and I am working on that but is there any quick tips for me just to get me thru Christmas and then maybe I will have time to sit down and play with it? Thank you for your help...
No. The flash will not pop up automatically. If you bought the camera mainly for kid photos, you've bought the wrong camera unless you're outside and have good light. The onboard flash will work but, as you've experienced, it's going to take a while to focus in that light. Try putting it in EXR-DRange or EXR-HighISO & LowNoise mode. That will probably help you a bit. You can purchase the EF-42 flash for the hotshoe and that will give you the best results. It's specifically designed for the HS-20 and does a really good job.
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Try switching the focus area to centre- so it doesn't have to hunt around,only lock on to the subject in the centre of the frame. Also make sure the low light focus illuminator lamp is switched on- it will help focus speed in lower light quite a bit at close range- say up to 10 feet or so.
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... is there a way to set up the flash where it pops up automatically or do you have to manually do it?

No, yes. When up, you can set the flash to Auto and it will only fire if the camera thinks it is needed.

I have a 9 month old little boy and I was trying to take some pics of him in front of a Christmas tree and as you all probably know, a 9mth old doesnt sit still very long... I couldnt get the camera to focus fast enough to get a pic so needless to say I dont have a pic of him in front of the pretty Christmas tree... can someone give me some suggestions?

Focus on something static the same distance away, then while holding the shutter button half down, recompose the frame with your child and take the shot.

It seems to be having a hard time to focus... I can hold it up and everything is blurry and it seems to take a bit of time to get into focus... I like to shoot weddings and I dont have time to sit there and let it takes it time to focus... Anyone have this problem or can you tell me what I am doing wrong...

Set the camera to continuous focus.


I havent had alot of time to sit down and play with all the functions and I am working on that but is there any quick tips for me just to get me thru Christmas and then maybe I will have time to sit down and play with it? Thank you for your help...

Start by using the camera in EXR mode and set to EXR Auto in the menu. That should get you through Christmas. Then start learning about photography and the camera.
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Also, I notice sometimes when I grip the camera I block the focus illuminator light with my right hand. Be careful how you grasp the camera with your right hand to be sure your don't block the illuminator. That would cause the camera to take longer than it should to focus in dim light.
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