HS50 first day out

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DickyAus
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HS50 first day out
Apr 27, 2013

My first impressions of the HS50 out of the box were quite positive, I took a few shots around the house and yard and was generally quite pleased. I set up the camera using Lloydy's settings. After my first day out I think I have bought a lemon. I have all sorts of issues with focus; 50% of 'point and shoot' photos are totally out of focus. The shots were taken in EXR and P modes (at least according to the dial). This first photo isn't too bad considering it's quite a warm day and there is a fair bit of heat haze.

The next five shots look like this:

Long zoom hand held at a distance of about 15 feet (in quite poor light to be fair) took several attempts to lock focus onto this:

Macro shots were also hard to focus even in quite good light; the intended target here was the ant tending its crop to the left of the main flowers. Close but no cigar.

Full zoom hand held  was also inconsistent, I was quite happy with this

But same swamp hen and camera settings and either she has just let a big one go or the image processing has gone awry in the area around her.

The same ghost effect can be seen to a lesser extent in this next photo. Just to the left of the dark figure on the right. You will need to view it at 100% to see the fuzzy area. Fiddling with the RAW image gave a lot more detail but the 'ghost' is still there:

The blur in the centre of the frame is smoke from a burn off.

The camera has the latest firmware update and, yes, the vertical motion panorama still works OK.

If anyone thinks I have stuffed up in some way please give me a few clues.

Dicky.

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