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Old Nov 12, 2003, 1:40 PM   #1
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Default [b]Nightshots using Optio S4[/b]


Has anyone tried taking nightscene shots using this camera? I seem to keep getting blurry pictures and unlike my Canon S230, this won't let me change the shutter time. (Canon let me select a shorter shutter time to capture good nightscene shots without the prolonged 4 sec shutter time that exaggerates any camera shaking.) Pentax told me that there's nothing I can do except to use a tripod.

To me it seems ridiculous to lug around a tripod that's heavier than the camera itself! I've seen some nice shots on www.dpreview.com but don't know what settings are being used to capture such clear shots.

Any suggestions?

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Old Dec 16, 2003, 6:48 PM   #2
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Hi Annie. In fact, there is no solution for this. You can try to focus manually while setting the metering to spot. This will ensure that you can have a clear focus and get the meter from a light source to reduce exposure time.

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Old Jan 4, 2004, 3:13 AM   #3
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Hi, I've got the same problem with my optio s4, surely there must be a solution for this???
I mean im not looking for photo perfect shots using night mode, but at the moment the night mode is absolutely useless. When I take a picture with it, the colours are all blurred.

Any help would be veryyyyyyyy appreciated

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Old Jan 27, 2004, 9:32 AM   #4
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Use tripod people! Or at least some sort of camera support. In Night Mode S4 can easily select a 1sec shutter. No wonder if hand-held you get blurry pictures because of hand shake. Choosing shutter timer also helps to avoid additional jolt when shutter button is pressed. The old rule of thumb - anything slower that 1/60-1/30 shouldn't be hand held. This applies to any camera film or digital and esepcially to such a small and light one as S/S4.

When used properly S4 can take decent to good night pictures. Just check sample from Steve's review on this site or other reviews like Megapixel.Net.
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