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ParrotSquawk Jun 6, 2004 7:36 PM

As a new user of this camera, I was taken by its form factor, 10x optical zoom and large LCD for viewing. After living with it for a week, I may be having 2nd thoughts.

This camera can take a while to focus indoors and often never does focus correctly.
I have tried PASM with center spot but focusing is still a "1/2 press, go get a beer" proposition until it stops its dance.

Any helpful hints on getting sharp pics from an otherwise great camera?

CastleDude Jun 6, 2004 10:33 PM

The only times I have trouble focusing in low light is when I am really zoomed in. The focusing uses contrast so you need to zoom out to a point of contrast.

I have seen a few people recently that have DSLRs using the continuous lights that are for camcorders. They make some really small ones and if you need to get a focus across the room can be handy.

Robb Jun 10, 2004 10:20 PM

ParrotSquawk wrote:

Any helpful hints on getting sharp pics from an otherwise great camera?
Mine seems to favor the upper half, or maybe even the upper third of the area between the focus brackets. Focus is still inconsistent, but I think I have better luck when the focus target is close to the top of the bracketed area.

Your camera may be different. I suggest some experiments to find your focus 'sweet spot'.

nbaker Jul 17, 2004 6:21 PM

I am also very disappointed with the auto focus feature of this camera. I have had mine for about 2 weeks now and I think I am going to sell it and put a bit more cash down to get something better.

I can hardly ever get the damn thing to focus properly and if it does focus (green indicator) pics are not always in correct focus.

I took 70 pics last weekend and only 20 are in proper focus, the ones that are OK are pretty amazing quality but I just can't put up with the hassle.


brianhare Jul 17, 2004 6:55 PM

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Maybe a defect,,,all mine come out perfectly focused,,unless i move,,,,,if you zoom in on something i`ve found,,even though at 5 feet or so,,,and it fills the frame,,,the closeup mode will really help...


pixeljuicer Jul 18, 2004 12:35 PM

great picture , brian, thanks for posting it!

ade-67 Jul 24, 2004 10:22 AM

Are you certain it was the focusing that was at fault and not insufficient light causing a slow shutter speed and therefore camera shake? Were you shooting indoors? That sounds like an awful lot of duff pictures to me, when my camera shows focused it really is, so either you need to keep an eye on the shutter speed or you may have a fault. The 6490 does need a fair amount of light but then it does have a very big lens!

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