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Jim Anderson Mar 23, 2012 12:20 AM

Need help with my P500 vacation pictures
Recently bought a P500 and having some luck with taking pictures. The ultra Zoom is really great. However, I just started a Hawaii vacation and everything that I'm taking is coming out over-exposed with the colours all washed out. I'm using fully automatic mode almost exclusively and have made sure everything's re-set to teh factory settings. Any thoughts out there?

kazuya Mar 23, 2012 8:28 AM

theres not a lot of info there jim, the best way you can get help is to post a problem picture which has the exif data intact, that way im sure someone will be able to help you you out.

Jim Anderson Mar 25, 2012 2:58 PM

A couple sample pics?
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Sorry for taking so long to respond... Enjoying our vacation.
Here are a couple examples of what is driving me a little crazy. Both were taken from the same spot, same time, fully auto settings.

One shows the nice blue Hawaiin water, one is "washed out".

Is this just a function of the camera not being able to deal with "glare" or might there be something else going on?

Ozzie_Traveller Mar 25, 2012 3:42 PM

G'day Jim

Nice to hear from you again - and I can well understand your being 'awol' via a beaut holiday :)

Looking at the exif data with the image, I cannot see anything 'wrong' - so it seems to me to be a camera malfunction [others here may have a better idea]

As a short-term fix, I would suggest that you play with the "+/-" button to try to create a work-around till you get back home & back to the shop

This is the button ...

Try setting it to -2/3EV for starters > maybe you'll end up using -1/3EV or -3/3EV, but try -2/3EV firstly ... it will reduce exposure a bit; it 'should' stay in place even tho the camera is being turned off/on regularly, etc etc

Hope this helps & we'll await other hints from others here
Regards, Phil

Jim Anderson Mar 26, 2012 1:35 PM

Thanks. I'll give that a try.

Bob Nichol Mar 28, 2012 8:46 AM

Was it a hazy/smoggy day? I've encountered similar problems on such a day. Atmospheric conditions can degrade image quality. Photos of closer subjects would appear better.

SIMON40 Mar 28, 2012 4:53 PM

I'd be inclined to agree with Bob... on those images it looks a little hazy- and that will be exaggerated if using the zoom.
The white boat is "burned out" simply because it only forms a small portion of the image- and unless you're using spot metering,the camera will only make a "best guess"- especially in auto.
I don't think anything is wrong- other than tricky conditions/subjects (small white boat on expanse of dark blue).
I'd switch to one of the semi-auto modes(program if nothing's moving too quickly) and dial in a bit of negative exposure compensation- it's something I always do if there are white hulled boats about...! :)

ianoop Mar 29, 2012 5:40 AM

Yup bob is right.
I suppose these picture taken on almost full zoom 20x-35x zoom.
which make lots of atmosphere is there between your subject and you which can create smoggy noise in picture.

Jim Anderson Apr 1, 2012 3:43 PM

Thanks to all for the advice.

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