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muzicmaken Aug 16, 2006 12:49 PM

I bought this camera based on a few reviews I had seen. I have read the manual tried all the manual settings and every setting on the camera and every picture basically turns out like crap.

Took my daughter to the Wiggles concert and the pictures were so dark, blury, fuzzy everything. Even to just take her picture outside 90% of the time the pictures are fuzzy and blury.......

I was using a Fuji Finepix 3800 that took beautiful pictures just point and shoot....(It didn't take good pics in the dark as weel or when the sun was going down but it did take great pictures) The Kodak however doen't even do that for me...I know it's a more advanced camera than the Fuji Finepix 3800 but come on it should take simple point and shoot pics....

And I have no doubt that it could be me as well...I'm not a camera guru as so any help would be greatly and I mean greatly appriciated:)


En121 Aug 16, 2006 1:03 PM

What settings were you using? How much zoom were you using? We might be able to help you. Don't give up! :D

muzicmaken Aug 16, 2006 1:23 PM

I tried the Portrait, Auto and all the other settings.

I've never take the zoom pass the half way mark.

I"ve even played with the control stick to adjust the light as well..Sometimes I would get a pretty picture 1 out of about 50 shots taken. I'm really disappointed. IT's kind of hard to take pictures of the baby if ya got to play with the settings for 20 minutes to try to get the picture you needed 20 minutes

thanks for reponding I hope you all can help me:)


Boily Aug 16, 2006 1:26 PM

Try using the sport mode with the flash, if you don't get clear pictures then the problem is with the camera...

Please try to post one picture you took...


domang Aug 16, 2006 1:56 PM

Hi, muzik.

Any pictures of mine you see in this forum are with the Z650. Could be you got a dud and should return it. Before doing so you might want to do a reset (in the menus) to make sure you are starting from scratch with the best settings.

Good luck.

En121 Aug 16, 2006 2:39 PM

Hmm.... Well, you probably got a defective camera. Maybe something with the auto focus. Do you half press the shutter? Or do you just push it down all the way? I'm not really sure as to what it could be. Other than its defective. We just have to figure out what's wrong.... :-)


muzicmaken Aug 16, 2006 3:03 PM

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yea I have also reset the settings to default as well,

Now I do have to say t has taken a couple pictures that was absolutely beautiful but I do say a couple...

and yes it does seem like it takes a few secs for it to focus and when it does focus the brackets move to another object sometimes.

as you can see the grass is

En121 Aug 16, 2006 3:07 PM

Hmm.... That looks like a focus issue. Try going into program mode and setting the auto focus center zone. And then put your subject in the middle of the scene! :D Then, when your subject is in focus half-press the the shutter button and then you can recompose your picture. :D I hope this helps.

Goodluck! ^_______^


muzicmaken Aug 16, 2006 3:15 PM

is that the continuos "AF" selection?

thanks for everyone's help

En121 Aug 16, 2006 4:06 PM

No... It should be something like "AF zone" in the menus. Then select center zone. Goodluck! :)

En121 Aug 16, 2006 4:10 PM

Correction, it will say focus zone in the menu. and, it should be avilable in auto mode. So, you don't have to use 'P' mode.

domang Aug 16, 2006 4:24 PM

I leave mine on Single AF (AutoFocus), Center-Zone for focus and Center-Spot for exposure.

I suppose that other settings might be better for some scenes but I've been happy with the settings above.

From what I see in your picture, En121 is right. Center-Zone focus would have zeroed in on the child.

I also think you'll come to prefer Single AF over Continuous AF. With the latter the camera is constantly adjusting to where it happens to be pointed. IMO, that does nothing butdrain the battery.

I hope this works for you. If it does then you'll probably come to like the camera.

muzicmaken Aug 16, 2006 9:27 PM

thanks everyone for your help that did help it a lot and was just taking pictures around the house and the pictures are much better. I'll know much more Saturday when we have a horse show and take pics all day..

I'll proabably have more questions:) but thanks for pointing me in the right direction:)


domang Aug 16, 2006 9:44 PM

Enjoy the horse show.

muzicmaken Aug 17, 2006 8:33 PM

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still having problems...I was taking pictures this evening at dusk still very lightful outside but still my pictures are dark....

Here is one of my wife riding her horse this evening but it looks like it was takin' in the dead of night...

sorry for my lack of knowledge, I have played with the settings and the joy stick making it lighter and darker in the screen but still didn't help...

shooting_rubber Aug 17, 2006 8:58 PM

[align=left]If you had it in auto mode, maybe it didn't sense the shutter speed right, or if you were in maual mode you had the shutter speed set way to fast... For action shots at night you should maybe do 1/80 and try to Pan with her... If that doesn't work, just try faster shutter speeds and if it gets to dark, because of shutter speeds, then you should maybe learn how to Pan-Blur......... You could also try, higher ISO speeds, but then you might get some digital noise. Also, try an F8!!!!!!!!!!:-)[/align]

[align=left]Tell me if this helps:G[/align]


shooting_rubber Aug 17, 2006 10:58 PM

Or you could try and call Eastman Kodak Co. and they will help you, or tell you to send it in, and they will fix the problem with the camera..... Maybe even send you a new one..... Eastman Kodak Co.. there customer service is really nice....:-)


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