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Old Dec 28, 2012, 8:45 AM   #41
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Data from Photo. I only re-sized it for upload. (no Cut&Paste grrr)

Program name - Ver 1.4
Fstop - 2.1
Exp. T - 1/20sec
ISO - 200
Exp. B - 0 step
Focal L - 12mm
Max aperture - 1.7
Metering mode - spot
35mm Focal L - 55
Contrast - Normal
Exp Progm. - Normal
Saturation - Normal
Sharpness - Normal
WB - Normal
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Old Dec 28, 2012, 8:47 AM   #42
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As you see I had 2 overhead lights on and the room has 4 windows so it was not bright BUT not real low light either.
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Old Dec 28, 2012, 9:23 AM   #43
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Here is another one that is very dark. Maybe I expect to much but I wanted a photo with only tree lights. The tree has 8-100 light sets so I thought 800 lights would provide enough light for a shot with NO flash. I set the camera on my knee...no tripod.

Program name - Ver 1.4
Fstop - 2.0
Exp. T - 1/25sec
ISO - 200
Exp. B - 0 step
Focal L - 9mm
Max aperture - 1.7
Metering mode - spot
Light source - Unknown
35mm Focal L - 41
Contrast - Normal
Exp Progm. - Normal
Saturation - Normal
Sharpness - Normal
WB - Auto
Digital Zoom - 1 (this is odd??)
EXIF ver - 0221
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Old Dec 28, 2012, 5:43 PM   #44
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There clearly seems to be a focus issue here- as opposed to motion blur- even though 1/20 and 1/25th sec is pushing the boundaries of image stabilization.
Were these taken in iAuto- which should select the appropriate AF mode and area.
If these were not taken in iAuto I'd definitely be checking AF mode and area- and even try manual focusing.
I will say however, that these types of pictures can be tricky for the typical "auto" mode- difficult for AF and exposure, though there does seem to be an issue in your case.
Here's one I just took in iA mode...
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Old Dec 28, 2012, 6:51 PM   #45
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Thank you for your reply. I tried several modes and settings but iAuto most of the time. Yes I know low light is hard to focus but I expected better. Still playing.....

It does seem to be a low light problem but I thought the AF illuminator would take care of low light shots. It does turn on.

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Old Dec 29, 2012, 9:00 PM   #46
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Ummmm, there is nothing in proper focus in either of your two shots. The focus points appears to be well in front of the objects in your photos. There are 11 focus points on the camera that can either be auto selected or manually selected. Which auto focus points were selected for your shots??
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 7:38 PM   #47
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When in iAuto I assume I have no choice but in other modes I always use 1 center point.

Another odd thing is that the pictures look brighter (and better) on the camera screen then my computer LCD. I may need to calibrate my LCD?

Also the focus hunting when taking a video is bad. I knew about it but did not expect it to be so bad. I really can not use it for video. From what I have read it seems to be worse with some cameras and better with others?

I am really just trying to decide if the camera has the problem or if it is me and my high expectations(and bad picture taking).
I have complained to Olympus about it and will see if they reply. At this point I would exchange it for another, even if refurbished, if it worked better.

Thank you for your feedback.
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Using center point focus is fine- provided of course your chosen subject is in the centre of the frame and has enough contrast for the AF to lock onto.
As for video with the XZ-1... I don't even bother...it's poor... end of..!!
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Old Jan 9, 2013, 5:21 AM   #49
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I have decided to send it back for repairs. I will see what Oylmpus says and will post back here. Too bad I just can not return it time Amazon....prices are dropping.
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Old Jan 9, 2013, 12:07 PM   #50
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Let's hope Oly' find something genuinely wrong, so you can soon appreciate this camera's quality.
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