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Old Jan 5, 2011, 8:34 AM   #1
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I just received my FZ40, and am not happy with the image quality. I've tried shooting off a heavy monopod, yet I don't feel I'm getting the images I should... even closer up pictures- say, 3 ft. away are not sharp- seem to somewhat blurry if I magnify them on preview. I have shot images of a lighthouse about 1/2 mile away, and when I blow it up on the camera, the image is not sharp. In the tools menu, for OIS, there is an auto, a mode 1 and 2. It's on auto. Any suggestions??? I have not opened the software instruction package, as I'm not certain I want to stay with this camera, or at least exchange it.
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Old Jan 5, 2011, 8:57 AM   #2
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Mode 2 Wes...set camera to P...go to menu set pict adjust to
Contrast - 0 or +1
Sharpness - +2
Saturation - 0 or -1
NR - -2
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Thanks so much for your reply. Dialed in the settings you recommended, results perhaps a bit better, image blur still seems to be an issue. I'll take some photos and post when I get off work.... (just playing with the camera here at work right now!)
When I see the results you and others get out of this camera, I'm certain the camera's got the potential... and I'm aware of the issues that frequently cause blurry pictures, such as pushing the shutter button too hard or quickly, inadequate camera support, etc. I would think that the stabilization would give better results than I'm seeing right now.
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Old Jan 5, 2011, 9:30 AM   #4
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Wes-

A few more issues to look at:

(1) Get a confirmed focus indication before released the shutter.

(2) Please stay out of the IA Mode

(3) As you focus in the "P" Mode, actually read the shutter speed that will be used and for now be sure it is 1/40th or faster.

I have hand held with my FZ40 at 1/13th with no problems. At the outset you may have to exchange the camera.

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Old Jan 5, 2011, 10:49 AM   #5
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Thanks for the input also. I have now simply been working in P with LTZ470's settings, ASA 100, ensuring shutter speeds over 1/100... Shooting off a heavy monopod, some using the timer. I shot some images, all at 24x zoom, will post them at lunchtime.
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4 crops from full size images at 24x zoom...
Opinions please? Thanks!
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Not bad Wes keep shooting!!!! try 24X Zoom on something off tripod approx 30 feet away and see what details are available...
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When I blow this chain link fence up to 100%, this is a crop from it... this fence was about 25 ft away from me. Just seems to be a softer image than I'd expect to see, in comparison to what I see on here. Are my expectations unrealistic at 24x??
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BTW, I had a Hoya Pro1 Digital UV filter on the camera. Intend to leave it on there to protect the lens, unless I have a polarizer or close-up lens on it.
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No it looks fine for a crop...NR will clear it up easily...better lighting will help also shoot this same photo with NR set at -1 and Sharpness +1 and see if that is better as the lighting doesn't look optimal...
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