Olympus E-PM1: Very blurry night portrait :(

Started Aug 6, 2012 | Discussions thread
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urcindalo New Member • Posts: 13
Olympus E-PM1: Very blurry night portrait :(

Hi everyone and thanks for helping me!

I just bought an Olympus E-PM1. I come from the compact world, having owned previously a Finepix F30 and a Panny DMC-ZS7.

I used the camera for the first time at a home party this weekend and tried to take some night portraits. So I set the E-PM1 both to iAuto and "night portrait" Scene modes, upped the flash and shot. Unfortunately, to my surprise, the camera always tried to collect light for a few seconds whilst the ISO was automatically set at 200, so the pictures ended up very blurry for both modes. I include a sample photo.

I discovered this would happen whenever the camera automatically detected and focused on people's faces. If no face is recognized in advance, like focusing on a bottle, the picture is OK.

So, two questions:
1) Is my camera faulty and should I return it? (I don't think so)

2) How am I supposed to take a "night portrait" and not ending up with an extremely blurred image?

Thanks in advance.

 urcindalo's gear list:urcindalo's gear list
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm 1:4-5.6 R
Olympus PEN E-PM1
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