auto-focus problem with night / low-light shots (Fuji Finepix S3000)

Discussion in 'Fuji' started by Amit, Aug 18, 2004.

  1. Amit

    Amit Guest

    Hi,

    I sometimes face this problem of not getting my shot auto-focused
    while attempting night shots or low-light shots. I would be taking the
    shot at F2.8 or "Night Shot" mode where shutter speed would be slow
    enough hence the result indeed is always brightly illuminated. But
    since my Fuji S3000 tries to auto-focus before actually shooting the
    frame - the light level at that time won't be adequate for the camera
    sensor to auto-focus.

    I have this work-around which works 70% of time - where I take the
    first shot with full flash and hence the lens focal-lenght & aperture
    is atleast autoset to nearest optimum level. And my second shot
    without flash comes a bit satisfactory. However I still see this as a
    laymen workaround. :)

    Anyway to workout this problem. Shouldn't this problem occuring for
    all digital cameras with no-manual focus & poor in-built low-light
    auto-focus?

    Thanks in advance.
    Amit
     
    Amit, Aug 18, 2004
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  2. Yes
     
    Steve Maudsley, Aug 18, 2004
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  3. Amit

    D.R. Guest

    My Coolpix 4300 is the same. Only on "night portrait" will the pics come out
    sharp. The other option is to shine a torch on you subject while it focuses -
    not always an option. Actually my SLR (Nikon F80) although it has auto-focus
    assist beam, still struggles if subject is not real close.
     
    D.R., Aug 19, 2004
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