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Canon a95 pics are blurry

by pyro1972 / April 2, 2005 3:57 AM PST

I need guidance on how to use the Canon a95. I thought it was simple as abc. As a starter i used the auto mode (so let the camera set iso,auto focus, aperture, color,etc) but my pics are coming out very blurry with circles on them, the colors are not vivid. The pics are not focused, maybe because of my unsteady hand. I did set the superfine compression. Now, the video modes came out very nice. I thought this was a great camera unless i got a malfunction one. If anyone wants to chat with me. I can email you the pics and you can help me out. I will thank you..

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Canon A95
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / April 2, 2005 4:38 AM PST

If you wish to post photos on this forum, just find a place on the internet to park the photo and include the photo link (URL) in the text of your posting on this forum.

If you do not have a place to park a photo, I suggest you go to and open a free account. They permit linking and they place the photo URL immediately under the photo. Just copy the URL.


To find out if you are the cause of the problem, or the camera is the culprit:

Set the camera to take a timed photo. Set the camera on something solid, push the shutter button, step back from the camera, and wait for 10 seconds for the camera to take the photo.

There will be no camera movement.
See if the photo is nice and sharp.


It is possible that you are moving the camera as you take the photo. I have seen photos where the person tried to take a photo of a person and got a photo of his own foot instead.

There is a thing called "shutter lag" with digital cameras. The A95 shutter lag is 0.6 second.

When you take a photo, hold the camera steady, press the shutter button and silently count to three before you move from the shooting position.

To help keep your camera steady, I suggest you use the viewfinder instead of the LCD. When you hold the camera against your face, your head is steadier than your outsteatch arms.

Circles on your photos:

I have seen many samples of circles on photos and it usually happens with flash only. The circles are caused by dust particles floating in the air, near the lens when the flash goes off.


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got it
by pyro1972 / April 3, 2005 1:35 AM PST
In reply to: Canon A95

Here it is. hope it works

All of these were taken with a steady hand, or so I thought...I now see how this can make a big difference. But i noticed a big difference on the white balance feature. While was shooting in the P model, I can change the white balance as I fit. This proved a big color difference between tungsten and fluorescent. I still dont understand where fluorescent can be used. But tungsten is good enough for normal indoors lighting. All of these pics were taken with either auto mode and P mode. Dont recall which ones. The screw threads are hassle to shoot. Next time, i will use the macro mode for a closer shot. What is shutter lag? Does it help if I increased it?
The circles appeared when i shot myself thru my gym mirror. The room was brighter than the above pics, which were shot inside my house at night. I included a pic of a glass desk which didn't experience such thing.
I guess i need to learn/shoot more before I give up on this camera.. How do i make the detail properties appear on the pic? e.g. mode type, auto focus,etc..

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Snapshot, please
by pyro1972 / April 3, 2005 3:01 AM PDT
In reply to: got it

I used the zoombrowser EX software to transfer my pics to my PC, it creates this file named which I cant delete. It tells me that I can't delete it because it is being used by another person or program. Actually, i have all programs closed, unless it is saved in the zoombrowser files software. Another question is the CF cards. So many types out there, Sandisk ultra II, Lexar 40x Lexar 80X pro series, 12x speeds? How do I know if my canon is compatible with the high speeds? I guess it should, right? unless I go over 2GB

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Zoombrowser and Cards
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / April 3, 2005 9:35 AM PDT
In reply to: Snapshot, please

Not being able to delete thumbnail information is a Windows quirk.

Sometimes you can delete the files after you have rebooted.

If your camera needs high speed memory cards to meet its specifications, the User's manual will tell you that. Most cameras do not need high speed cards.

Some people put high test gasoline in an automobile that needs only regular gas.
Some people use high speed memory cards in a camera that needs only regualr speed cards.
Why? -- Only they, know the reason.

Notice that the companies that make the high speed cards never say that your camera performance will improve by the use of the high speed card.

If you have bucks to burn, get the high speed card.
Sandisk and Lexar are, both, good manufactureres.

As far as the maximum capacity (1GB, 2GB, etc) that a particular camera can handle, don't assume that it can handle any size. Before buying a large capacity memory card, get verification that your camera can handle that size.

You usually have to contact the manufacturer to get that information. They never put it in the specifications.


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A95 focus
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / April 3, 2005 9:19 AM PDT
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The photos are a big help.

They show that you did not mention something important --- You are doing "table top photography".

When doing table top photography you should always use a tripod to be able to properly focus the camera.

Your camera has some manual controls to choose what type of focusing you are doing. Read up on that part of the user's manual. You want to be able to focus on a particular spot (not the scene as a whole).

When shooting at something this close, you will see the effects of "depth of field".


Notice in this example that the focus was on the front door of the car. You will see the focus start to soften as you look to the far side of the car. The rocks are really out of focus. This is normal.

The area of focus is small when you are close and using a wide open f-stop.

Your photo 0026 was focused to the rear of the scene and things in the foreground are out of focus. Depth of Field is the area that is in-focus.

I used software to sharpen the overall photo.

Photo 0047 responded well to just a software sharpening.

And you should try to avoid flash for table top work.
The flash can be too bright and sometimes the camera can not compensate. If you are really close, the flash is elevated above the main target and does not illuminate the subject well.

For expensive SLR cameras, there are expensive circular flash units that fit around the lens. These are used for flash macro photography.

For table top shooting, get a pair of gooseneck lamps and position them to illuminated the subject.

Your photo 0073 was not properly illuminated for a good result.

I used software to sharpen the photo and did a color correction.

The circle shown in the mirror shot is a classic dust circle. A particle of dust floating near the lens was illuminated by the flash.


Shutter Lag:
is the time from when you press down the shutter until the photo is captured. Most of this time if due to the camera autofocus. Using flash will increase the shutter lag. It is not adjustable, it is the design of the camera.


"How do i make the detail properties appear on the pic? e.g. mode type, auto focus,etc.."

I assume you mean the EXIF information that is embedded in the photo file. Some (not all) photo software programs will let you see the EXIF information.

You can download the free Irfanview software:

When running Irfanview, click:
Image/Information/and then click the EXIF button at the bottom of that window.
Some software programs will strip away EXIF information. If there is no EXIF information, the EXIF button will not appear.
The shots you posted on Photobucket all had EXIF information.

Most of your shots were taken at 1/60th of a second with the aperture at maximum. The focal length shows that most were taken at full zoom and some at half zoom.


The specs for your camera show that you can:
close focus from 1.5 feet to infinity
Macro focus from 2 inches to 1.5 feet (no zoom)
Macro focus from 9.8 inches to 1.5 feet (full zoom)
You should use no zoom for macro shots with the A95.


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Depth of Field (DOF)
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / April 4, 2005 1:15 AM PDT
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DOF is the area of a photo that will be in sharp focus.

Two things affect DOF:

1. Aperture Setting
2. Focal Length

The aperture setting controls the amount of light that will be in the photo.

A small aperture number (f2.8) will let in the most light.
A large aperture number (F8.0) will let in the least light.

A small aperture number will result in a shallow DOF.
A large aperture number will result in a deeper DOF.

With digital cameras we can think of optical zoom as being focal length.

No optical zoom will result in a deeper DOF
An optical zoom of 3X will result in a shallower DOF.


For Table-Top Photography:

To have the maximum DOF:
Use a large number aperture setting (f8.0) and no optical zoom.

To have a shallow DOF:
Use a small number aperture setting (f2.8) and maximum optical zoom.



Always focus on the exact spot that should be in sharp focus. The DOF will extend to the front and rear of that spot of focus.


The camera was set for a shallow DOF, with the dashboard of this 3 inch long model car being the spot of focus.


Table Top Photography

Here is a link to a light hearted story of how to build a table top studio:


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