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Cry for Help!

by waji03 / January 16, 2006 8:46 PM PST

Hi every one

I have recently purchased Canon Powershot A620 and have so far ONLY used it indoor. Since I don't know the tricks of the trade, I am mostly using it on Auto, occasionally turning the dial to preset scenes and a couple of times on Manual mode.

The problem, however, in each case is that the photos are not Sharp and are rather on the darker side. Assuming I am making some mistake on manual mode etc, in AUTO mode, there should not be any problem. But about 90 per cent of the pics that I have shot are on the darker side and are less sharp, with less vibrant colours. I was really sad when I got 32 printouts from a local photo kiosk, nearly all on the darker side and they were sharper neither.

So am I handling it all wrong or is there some problem with my cam?

Secondly, I have bought the canon battery charger with the camera (ensuring it is compatible) but cannon AA rechargeable batteries are rather difficult to have everywhere. SO I was wondering if I could use some other make of 2500 mAp (or higher) rechargeable batteries in that charger, will it be OK? I am confused about which ones to buy, some forums suggest energizer is excellent. Any suggestions.

But I am more concerned about the dark and (less vibrant colours and less and less sharp images (printouts) and that too even on AUTO mode. So please help because I have 14 days time to go back to the shopper and replace or return it. Desperately looking forward to your help guys.

very best


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Canon A620
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / January 17, 2006 12:35 AM PST
In reply to: Cry for Help!

I assume that the photos are too dark when displayed on the screen as well as photos? If not, try a different photo kiosk.


Since you have only taken inside shots, I would suggest that you immediately try outside shots in Auto mode.

If they turn out too dark, I would suspect a camera problem. But I think you will find that they turn out properly.

For your inside shots (without flash), leave the camera in Auto and take photos with the camera setting on a solid surface, like a tabletop. See if that solves your dark photo problem and your soft focus problem.

If you are using a flash for your inside shots and they are too dark, it usually indicates that the subject is too far from the camera. The A620 flash is rated at 13.7 feet with no optical zoom. So try some test shots where your subjects are less than 13 feet away and you are not using any optical zoom. They should be perfectly exposed.

Post back with the results of your outside shots, and your camera on the tabletop shots, and your flash shots.

Then we will better know, how to advise you.


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Hope this helps!
by vicki2314 / January 17, 2006 1:55 AM PST
In reply to: Cry for Help!

here are two links to the canon forums at that answer your question:

As for the batteries, I too, own an A620 and I bought the Energizer compact rechargeable battery/charger kit and am very happy. These 2500 NiMh batteries have lasted forever!!!! It's $25 at BestBuy right now, I've seen it at Walmart for $18 and I ended up purchasing mine on sale at Target for only $15. Good luck!

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Oops! Forgot the other link!!
by vicki2314 / January 17, 2006 1:59 AM PST
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