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Sony Cybershot DSC-P200

by bford9 / November 15, 2006 8:35 PM PST

I recently purchased the Sony P200 and I'm having the hardest time figuring out how to take good, consistent shots in low light. My wife and I just had twins and the boys are still in the hospital, so I'm taking shots in a very dimly lit NICU. I have the AF illuminator turned on, with a flash, and half the time the pictures come out completely dark, other times I notice the flash is considerably "bigger" and then I either get a completely white screen, or sometimes the shots are good. Bottom line is the shot are very inconsistent, with the majority of them being completely black. Can someone help me figure this out? I know it must be something I'm doing because both my mom and sister aren't having any difficulties with their cameras.

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Sony P200
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / November 15, 2006 10:03 PM PST

Make sure that you have the camera in Auto mode.
The icon of a camera on the mode dial is the Auto position.

Check the ISO setting and make sure it is set to Auto.

Make sure that your fingers are not blocking any of the small holes on the front of the camera.

Make sure the battery is fully charged.

The camera flash will not illuminate a whole room, but should do fine if you are within 12 feet of the subject.

If you are taking photos through a glass window, put the front of the lens in contact with the glass to keep the flash from bouncing back into the lens.

If the above does not solve the problem, it is time to contact Sony repair.


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Poor shots in the dark
by bford9 / November 27, 2006 5:55 AM PST
In reply to: Sony P200

I'm not sure what else I need to change...I've played around with all the settings I know, however I feel I should be able to turn the camera on the main setting - Turn the flash on, and even in a dimly lit room get excellent shots, however that's not the case. Both my mom's and sister's cameras are working fine with the lighting, however my DSC-P200 is taking completely dark shots. What step in the menu setup am I missing? You mentioned to change the ISO setting, but this option is only offered in the "M" manual setting. I figured a more advanced 7.2 megamixel Sony would be dummy proof??

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Sony P200 Flash
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / November 27, 2006 11:12 AM PST
In reply to: Poor shots in the dark

I have not heard of the P200 taking dark or black flash shots.

The flash is not strong enough to light-up a room, but if the subject is within 11 feet of the camera you should get a well lit picture.

If the camera is still under warranty you should contact Sony about warrant repairs for the camera.

If it is not under warranty, call Sony and see what the approximate cost is for repairs.


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Sony upgrade?
by Judesman / November 28, 2006 3:42 AM PST
In reply to: Poor shots in the dark

I have a Sony DSC W7. Generally I am satisfied with the results, however I have serious problems with pictures taken in low light using the AF Illuminator. I find it very difficult to get the subject(people or a group of people) in focus. The problem is that the result, viewed on the LCD Screen,does not give any indication of a problem. It isn't until you view the picture on a computer that you realise that the picture is out of focus. Think carefully before upgrading to Sony.

I am thinking of starting a new thread on this subject but will have another look through the settings options in the manual first.


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