04-21-2014 03:55 AM
I have a 6 month old SX280HS which replaced a similar 3 year old Canon P&S (identity forgotten).
Both have had the same problem, which caused me to replace the first, thinking it had gone wrong and was just out of warantee.
I use these cameras for taking close up shots of antique weapons to post on my web site.
Of particular interest to viewers is the engraving which showes up beautifully crisp when taken by my steam powered Olympus but is most definately soft focus on both of these Canons.
The image appears perfect when viewed on the camera's preview screen but once downloaded to my pc is quite poor.
I have tried different image sizes to no avail.
I have been using the P setting, cancel flash and use only natural daylight. To avoid over brightness I use the +/- key.
I download direct, not using Canon software via a USB cable (which I replaced with other for the same result).
I suspect that due to my ignorance I am doing something really dumb as I can not believe that I have had two faulty cameras.
Can any one suggest a solution?
Thank you is advance,
04-21-2014 08:23 AM
I don't know that camera nor have the manual but you haven't mentioned putting into Macro Mode. Many Canon cameras require switching the focus system from regular to Macro for close up work.
04-21-2014 08:35 AM
04-21-2014 10:48 AM
Macro mode is the close focusing mode and because it's so close you may need to use a tripod for really sharp results so experiment a bit. Because I don't have very fast internet service to speed up downloading manuals here's the instructions from my G9 manual which should point you in the right direction.
04-21-2014 01:33 PM
Thank you again.
I use a tripod and delay exposure for all my closeup work.
I'll try the macro next time in comparison with normal settings and see what happens.
05/18/2023: New firmware updates are available.
EOS Rebel T100 - Version 1.1.0
EOS 5D Mark IV - Version 1.4.0
EOS 6D Mark II - Version 1.2.0
PowerShot Elph 360HS - Version 22.214.171.124
PowerShot SX420 IS - Version 126.96.36.199
PowerShot 620 HS - Version 188.8.131.52
PowerShot SX720 HS - Version 184.108.40.206
PowerShot G1X Mark III - Version 220.127.116.11
PowerShot G7X Mark II - Version 18.104.22.168
PowerShot G9X Mark II - Version 22.214.171.124
04/20/2023: New firmware version 1.4.1 is available for EOS R3
03/30/2023: New firmware updates are available.
EOS 1DX Mark III- Version 1.7.1
Speedlite EL-1 - Version 1.0.2
03/30/2023: Product Advisory for EF50 F1.2 L USM
03/30/2023: Product Advisory for EOS R10
2/07/2023: New product announcements!EOS R8 EOS R50RF-S55-210mm F5-7.1 IS STMRF24-50mm F4.5-6.3 IS STMRF15-30mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM
Canon U.S.A Inc. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without permission is prohibited.