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Powershot sd1000- W Flash off, display bright but image dark

by ianinak / August 31, 2007 7:47 AM PDT

I have a Cannon PowerShot SD1000 and I love it to death.

I did have one question that i was hoping to get an answer to though.

When I am in a dimly lit area (not night scene) and I turn off my flash the screen shows my subject with ample lighting, but as soon as I press the focus button it gets really dark. When I take the picture it resembles the darker version that I see on screen. Is there any way for the camera to focus with no flash, but not reduce the lighting? I just want to keep the light value (or whatever the techie term is) that I see on the display screen before I focus it.

Does anybody know if this is possible or how to do it? Sometimes I don't want the bright flash, but I do want to be able to see my subject.

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Dim light without flash...
by Papa Echo / August 31, 2007 10:18 AM PDT

You got the dark image when you pressed the shutter button because that was the monent the camera focused and adjusted the exposure. You cannot use the picture to make your judgement before that. Try:

? Increase the ISO setting, or try Auto.
? Adjust exposure compensation to +1...+2....
? Try Spot metering, experiment with others...
? You probably need to use a tripod, since camera shake will be a problem, with shutter speed probably at 1/15, or 1/8....

Experiment to get the best settings.

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Dim Light
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / August 31, 2007 11:43 AM PDT

If the camera were in Auto mode, I would expect you to get a properly lit photo, but a blurred photo.

Which makes me wonder about the camera settings.

More information would help.

Do This:

Choose one of the dark photos and copy it from the camera to your computer.

Now, using Windows Explorer or My Computer
find that photo and right click on the file name.
Then click on "Properties"
Then click on the Summary Tab
If you see no data........click the "Advanced" button.

What you are looking at then is the EXIF information that is embedded in the photo.

I would like to know the following:
Shutter speed
f-stop (aperture setting)
ISO speed (if available - Canon does not always give this information)

...
..
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