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Old Nov 19, 2002, 5:30 PM   #1
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Default overexposure- very bad- c3040z

i have an olympus C3040z.... never fully figured out how to make it take that perfect photo. even tweaking with it for a half hour cannot yield acceptable photos. in low light, it can take decent photographs when put in 4 second shutter and such, but in flash mode it is very dark around the subject, all white objects are SEVERELY overexposed, to the point of just being a blob on the image. how can i configure this camera to take normal shots? it just will not find a happy medium. either dark and pale, or contrasty and overexposed. i have a few nice ones from outdoor zoom shots, but once i take a full scene in (sky, ground, etc) it is unacceptable, being darker in the dark areas and way too bright in the white areas. i have heard it overexposes, but mine seems to take it to a whole new level.
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Old Nov 19, 2002, 5:43 PM   #2
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Are you using auto or manual mode? If you are using auto mode, press the shutter button halfway, you will see a green or amber light displayed when the camera is focused. Press the shutter button all the way. If you are using the manual mode, are you using a tripod?
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Old Nov 19, 2002, 5:48 PM   #3
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i've tried all values.... auto and manual, and everything in manual. (or so i would hope) i have done 16" to 1/800" shutter, -2.0 to +2.0 exposure, aperture 1.8 to 10.0, all different flash settings, white balance, macro, spot, the list goes on.... i am looking through this manual of theirs and all it says for overexposure is "lower exposure value" or "take from a different angle". i would be very disappointed if i could not take a standard outdoor shot of my backyard without it overexposing.....

oh, and yes i use a tripod.
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Old Nov 19, 2002, 5:54 PM   #4
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It sounds to me you may have tried that I know to try. Is the camera still under warranty? Do you have a different smart media card that you have tried?
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Old Nov 19, 2002, 6:09 PM   #5
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yessir.... i have tried two. one actually made grainy photos, it was the one that came with the camera... bought a new one from circuit city (yes, mock me if you will... but i did not have the time to order one online.)

i do not know if it is still under warranty, but i almost want a new camera to take better photos. i look at people's photos posted on the internet with standard cameras and they blow mine away! im stuck here fiddling with white balance and such. if i leave it on auto, it comes out yellow or blue... depending if i turn on flash. turn on flash, it comes out bluish or just extremely overexposed. turn off flash, and the entire photo is amber; that is unless i first set the white level for that shot. it sure would be nice to just get a minolta or something....
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Old Nov 19, 2002, 6:59 PM   #6
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Seems to me you might have a defective camera. I would take it back to the store where you bought it and ask them to check it out - assuming you didn't buy it online which might pose a problem.
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Old Nov 19, 2002, 8:08 PM   #7
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You can send the camera to Olympus for a cost of repair if it is not under warranty. If it is under warranty, whatever method you ship to Olmpus is the same method they will ship it back.
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Take the batteries out and leave them out overnight. Then put them back in. Turn the camera on, set to P (Program) mode, and it should work fine. Put the manual away for a little while, and don't open any menus and change anything.
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