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Nikon D3200/18-55mm Lens

by have?? / January 20, 2014 2:37 AM PST

Just got this camera for Christmas and just now trying it out. On Auto to start (point and shoot) The picture looks fine to the eye, but when I use the + to zoom in on the picture to see the details it's blurry. The only time it's not blurry when I enlarge is when I shoot really close to a object flower etc. Same goes when I use my other 55-300mm lens andI do hold the button half way to focus.

I have used a Kodak Z612 for a few years and loved it.
I could zoom in and crop a picture without any problems if the picture was good it was also sharp when I cropped it. Anyone have any suggestions?

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Where is this + button?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 20, 2014 2:50 AM PST

If on the camera, I switch to manual focus. If on some computer I try not not go past 2 to 1 zoom. Otherwise I'm just going to see the pixels.

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Nikon D3200/18-55mm Lens
by have?? / January 20, 2014 5:43 AM PST

Bob, It's on the camera after you take the picture and want to view and enlarge it to see it very close up.
Can I switch to manual on the camera and still have the dial turn on "Auto"?

Thanks for working with me Happy

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I read some great advice below.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 21, 2014 1:36 AM PST

I carry a mini-tripod and on the road a mono-pod. To get the best shots we do have to do a little work so first my answer is no to the question. If it's on Manual, it's on that and if you want Auto you try that. Sorry if that's unclear but a steady camera and manual focus tends to be best.

In parting, I've yet to see any photoshop add sharpness worth a dime.

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Sounds to me like camera shake.
by MarkatNite / January 20, 2014 3:40 PM PST

Should be easy to test: take a pic handheld, then take a pic using the self-timer with the camera on something stabe. (A tripod would be ideal, but a table should suffice.) If the first pic is blurry and second pic isn't, then it's camera shake.

If it is camera shake, you could use a faster shutter speed and/or use image stabilization and/or use a tripod/monopod and/or use better haldheld technique.


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Nikon D3200/18-55mm Lens
by have?? / January 21, 2014 1:17 AM PST

Thanks Mark...Maybe this camera isn't for me if I have to worry about camera shake all the time. The picture
look clear for distant, it's when I want to crop which I find I do a lot of 5x7's 4x6's. The picture is not sharp I been reading up on the Nikon D3200 seems it takes pictures a little on the soft side have to take it to
Photoshop or any other program to add sharpness or set the camera for sharper image don't think you should have to do that for the price you paid. I rather go to a high end point and shoot camera which is more versatile for up close and distant pictures and is great for cropping.

Thanks so much for your reply Happy

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