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by gamergirl0218 / March 1, 2007 7:43 AM PST

My dad bought me a new digital camera for my birthday. It's a Polaroid a520M and every picture I take is to bright, I tried changing the exposure to the negative numbers and it doesnt really seem to make a difference. I'm going to a concert next month and really want the pictures to come out good. I hope there is something I can do to fix this, any help and advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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polaroid a520m
by dickdc1 / March 1, 2007 8:20 AM PST
In reply to: Overexposed

If I were you, I would RUN, not walk right back to the store where it was purchased.Aside from being able to set the iso on this camera, there is no other way to adjust pictures for brightness. For just a few dollars more, you can get TWICE the camera..Do'nt make the mistake of thinking the more pixels, the better. A 3.2 pixels is more than enough to satisfy your needs. There are too many drawbacks to this particular camera

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Polaroid A520M
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / March 1, 2007 11:07 AM PST
In reply to: Overexposed

If you followed the instructions on page 28 of the User Guide and set the camera to -2.0 EV and it does not help, there is nothing you can do to correct the problem.

If possible....return the camera for a refund.
If not Polaroid to have camera fixed or replaced under warranty.

Polaroid is not the company it used to be.
Polaroid was bought out by a company that specializes in finding foreign partners for American companies.
Polaroid is now just a marketing company.
They do not manufacture the cameras they sell.

The A520m is a bare bones camera.
A Kodak C533 costs about the same and is a much better camera.

A word about concerts:
I assume you mean a rock concert.
Few small cameras do well at rock concerts.
There is usually not enough light and too much movement.
To squeeze out all that a camera can produce, be sure to turn off the flash. The flash is too weak to do any good and it will confuse the camera electronics into setting the shutter speed too fast (1/60th of a second) for the situation.


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Take It Back
by nfsmusic / March 1, 2007 3:43 PM PST
In reply to: Overexposed

I was given a cheap $100 digital Polaroid (one that hangs w/ a see-through flimsy, plastic window) around 1999-2000 as a gift. The pictures weren't very impressive.

Now I am looking at reviews on CNET for mostly Canon, Nikon and a few Kodak models.

Thanks to the Internet (and CNET), before I buy any product now, I have to make sure it has an acceptable review. If there was no Internet, I would probably still be buying any ole digital camera "that looked cool."

I would take it back and get a nicer digital camera that has been reviewed well.

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by gamergirl0218 / March 2, 2007 5:49 AM PST
In reply to: Overexposed

Yeah this isn't the camera I would have bought for myself, I like to do research and read reviews before I buy something like this. But since he bought it for me I wanted to try to see if there was anything I could do. ( I want to take lots of pictures at Grad Bash when I go in April) Thanks for the help. =)

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