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Old Sep 3, 2010, 12:35 PM   #21
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The reason you can't take the picture is not because of the ISO value but the fact that the camera can't focus due to the low light conditions (that's what the blinking green dot is telling you). The camera will take a night shot whether the ISO is set to 100 or 3200. The difference is in picture quality (noise, blurriness, etc. depending on the ISO value). Make sure you have your camera's AF assist light turned ON. It will help it focus in extreme low light situations.
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Old Sep 3, 2010, 3:45 PM   #22
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Default E-PL1 Focusing at Night

I just got the same camera last night. Tried using it out from the box and it won't focus. Admittedly the room was very dark and hardly any contrast to activate the camera's focus sensor.

The first thing I did was look for the focus assist lamp which is present in the 2003 Olympus C5060 advanced compact camera. The PL1 doesn't have this lamp.

What I did was illuminate the area with a flashlight and I got focus. I tried also with a table lamp and it worked as well.

I took the some pictures but all came out with a warm color cast from the lamp. I then used the flash and the picture came out normal.

The internal flash won't come automatically. On the top left side of the camera you will see a black slider. Push it to the right and the flash will come out.

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You're right...the EPL1 does not have an AF assist light (you see, it cost too much for Olympus to add one and they wouldn't be able to sell it for $500!).

The warm color cast is caused by an incorrect White Balance setting. Most cameras can't handle tungsten light correctly in auto WB. So, you should always set the WB according to the type of light you are shooting under. Now, the camera knows how to handle flash light, reason why the colors are OK.
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