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Horrible Photo Quality with 1 day old camera

I just bought a 7.2 Megapixel Casio Exilim EX-Z77. I had a EX-Z600 before it, and the picture quality was just fine.
With this new camera:

extreme noise in every picture, no matter what resolution or flash on/off

All pictures fuzzy-they seem like they aren't focused.

Dim, muted colors.

No pics are sharp or bright.


I have taken about 30 pics so far. Do I need to "break in" the camera? Will quality get better?
Thanks in advance.
-jpr

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New Camera

In reply to: Horrible Photo Quality with 1 day old camera

There is already a review available on the Casio Z77.
There is no mention in the review of any problem with picture quality.

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2007_reviews/ex-z77.html

No....you do not have to break-in the camera.

Quality will only improve if you do something to to change it.

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First thing to check:
Look closely at the front of the lens (glass).
See if you find any fingerprints or smudges on the lens.
If you find something on the lens, clean with a clean soft cotton lint free cloth.

Make sure that you have the camera set to 7 megapixels and the best .jpg quality setting.
If your camera has a factory reset, use it.
That will put all the settings to normal.

It would be nice to see the EXIF information from a photo.
All digital cameras have camera (EXIF) information stored in the photo.

You can see this info if you download the photo to your computer.
RIGHT click on the photo file name.
Then click on "Properties"
Then click the "Summary" tab.
If you don't see a lot of data..........click the "Advanced" button.

What you see, if the EXIF information that in embedded into the photo.

Tell us know what you find for:

ISO setting
F-Number (aperture setting)
Exposure Number (shutter speed)

You can check this on several photos.

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thanks

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I have already tried to clean the lens with a microfibre cloth, I've already reset the camera, and I made sure it was on 7MP FINE. Thanks for the tips though. I am not on a PC, so I can't check photo details, but I know the ISO wasn't over 400 (even though it seems like ISO related noise)
The camera does perform much better in very bright sunlight. But in normal light, or indoors, it is still messed up.
Thanks for the tips.

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ISO

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The review on that camera indicated that noise was there at ISO 200.
That means ISO 400 may be very noticeable.
Not uncommon for small cameras.

If you are shooting indoors with no flash, you will be shooting with a slow shutter speed.

When you do check the EXIF information, see if the shutter speed is below 1/60th of a second.
When the shutter speed is slower than 1/60th of a second, the chances of blurring due to camera movement is very high.

Try an indoor shot with the camera setting on a solid surface, like a table. That should produce a sharp photo.

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