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Old Mar 29, 2004, 2:08 AM   #1
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Default Kodak 6490 Camera Users - HELP!

I would VERY much appreciate it if those of you who own and use the Kodak 6490 Camera could help me out.

1. The Burst feature that should take 6 pics (3 per second as per what the manual says) however it usually will take 1 or 2, something 3 or 4 pictures at a time and very rarely takes all 6 at once. I press and hold the button down all the way and don't release it or move my finger at all. Why won't it take all 6 pics? I don't move the camera as well either.

2. I have a MAJOR problem with BLURRY images. I purchased it for over $800 Canadian over 3 months ago and I believe it is an AMAZING camera however I have yet to understand how to properly use it because all I get it blurry images no matter what I do.

I attend car shows and take pictures of the vehicles and can't get the camera to take good, sharp quality pictures. 80% of the time they LOOK sharp on the viewer (either viewfinder or the LCD screen only to discover they are USELESS when I view them on the computer full size. I have tried all types of settings and just can't seem to figure out what I need to do to fix this. I cannot see this camera REQUIRING a TRIPOD for each and EVERY time you take a picture.

I attended a local car show today and took over 450 pictures, out of them, perhaps 50 or so came out. The rest of the pictures were blurry. http://www.camarosource.ca/car_show_awful/ ALL of these were taken with the size quality of " ** Better"

I realize that the slightest camera shake would cause this however just pushing the shutter button SLOWLY and VERY CAREFULLY is enough to apparently shake the camera.

Like I said, I cannot see you buying an $800 camera and having to use the TRIPOD for each and every picture just to prevent it from being blurry. I even had it rest on the ground with it set on TIMER (that way I do not have any possibility of camera shake since the camera would take the picture on its own without me having to touch it) and at times it too came out with unsharpen edges. I tried the Landscape feature, Camera mode, Pasm mode, Sport Mode, Night Mode, and even Portrait Mode and they all seem to result it unsharp, unclear images. I was watching others with VERY less expensive digital camera's taking pictures and walking away without any problems. Heck, even those with camera-phones were having no problems where as me with the $800 Kodak's TOP OF THE LINE camera is having nothing but problems.

I will be attending another car show but this is rediculous if I have to set the camera on a tripod anytime I want to take a picture. Obviously this is not right and there is SOMETHING I am doing wrong but I don't know what that can be.

Let's see for example I want to take a picture of a car at the show. What settings would I use? Do I HAVE to use a tripod?

I had a CHEAPER ($400+ cdn) Sony-DSC Cybershot S50 (2.1 Megapixels) http://www.steves-digicams.com/s50.html and I had NEVER had ANY blurry issues with that camera like I do with this one, this one that costs TWICE as much!

So if you own this camera and can help, please I would very much appreciate any and all help anyone here can share with me.

Thank you VERY much for your help.
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Old Mar 29, 2004, 3:18 AM   #2
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Downloaded a few of the pics to check the EXIF data and the shutter speed is definately the problem. As you are shooting in auto mode and considering what the apeture is at the only possible explanation is you camera has a hardware/software issue. You could probably work around it shooting in manual mode but otherwise you'll need to make use of the warranty.
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Old Mar 29, 2004, 3:23 AM   #3
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Downloaded a few of the pics to check the EXIF data and the shutter speed is definately the problem. As you are shooting in auto mode and considering what the apeture is at the only possible explanation is you camera has a hardware/software issue. You could probably work around it shooting in manual mode but otherwise you'll need to make use of the warranty.
EXIF? But it is my understanding that you can only change the shutter speed with the PASM mode correct? Which means I need to use the PASM mode and change its settings? If so, which? P, A, S or M and which settings would work best.

My aim is not to use a tripod each time I want to take a picture. When you have a car show there are 1000's of people that don't allow you to set up a tripod for each picture.

Is there anyway to find out for sure that there is actually something wrong with the camera itself ?
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Old Mar 29, 2004, 3:38 AM   #4
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Ok, I found out what the EXIF is and download Photo-Brush to view each of the image settings.

So my settings look correct for the images and suroundings type? If so, does this prove that with those exact settigs (according to the EXIF) that it should NOT have resulted in pictures like this and proving that there is something wrong with the camera itself and I some how need to return it and get a new one?
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Old Mar 29, 2004, 7:09 AM   #5
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I also looked at sampling of your EXIF data. Your pictures are being shot as slow 1/4 of a second. Sorry but unless you shoot wide angle and really stablilize you are going to get blurry pictures.

Suggestions...

(Best)
Get a good external flash (like a Sunpak 383). Run the
camera in full manual mode (the flash tells you the settings).
A snap on softbox will keep it from giving you a reflection back.

(Better)
Get a monopod ... Can be set up without being obnoxious.


(Good)
Switch to PASM mode then go into menu and set to ASA 200
Shoot in "A" mode lock it to f2.8 and try for 1/focal length when hand held (this means 1/30 sec in wide angle and 1/400 when fully zoomed). Neatimage can be used to reduce the noise afterwards.


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Switch to sports mode (the little running man) for 3FPS mode
but this assumes a decent shutter speed.

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I don't think anything is wrong with the camera. The pictures are not out of focus they are shaky and all are exposed properly. It's just too dark to shoot where you were.
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