Oly C-725 superzoom... HELP!

Discussion in 'Digital Point & Shoot Camera' started by Paul Heslop, Jul 5, 2005.

  1. Paul Heslop

    Paul Heslop Guest

    For my sins I recently purchased this cam in a sale BEFORE I read some
    user's reports that it had a few flaws. It can take some beautiful
    pics but too many have things wrong. I wanted the convenience of a
    point and shoot but with some setting I could start to use myself,
    having previously owned and been happy with a smaller but fully auto
    c-220. I was also attracted by that 8X zoom!

    So, I heard about the awful chromatic aberration, but wasn't prepared
    for just how bad it can be sometimes. But it's those blurry shots. any
    movement at all is likely to cause blurring and as I have quite bad
    shakes the movement can often be me. Oh yeah, the flash is too damned
    powerful too, which can be a real pain.

    Anyway, what I have, basically, is a camera which doesn't like auto
    settings, often causing over-exposure aswell as the blurring, so I am
    trying hard to get the hang of using the manual settings. Sometimes i
    get it spot on, but often I just don't have the time to experiment
    and/or am just too tired and muddle headed.

    What I would really like, if anyone can be so kind, are some pointers
    of reasonable settings for certain conditions. I've tried books but
    the few I have tried seem to assume some knowledge, or they point to
    settings this camera just doesn't want to do. BTW, the focus is full
    auto! :O(
    Cam has 1/2.5" CCD

    Lens is 6.4mm to 51.22mm f2.8 to 3.4

    ISO 100 200 & 400 (2 and 4 hundred VERY noisy)

    Has esp or spot meter but the spot seems to be linked to the focus
    lock... There is an AE lock, plus exposure compensation +/-2.0 in 1/3

    aperture W f2.8 to f7.1
    T f3.4 to f7.1

    shutter speed 1/2 to 1/1000 sex
    M mode 8 to 1000 or when night flash is used 2 to 1/1000
    so, if someone could help with useful settings (I know they might not
    be precise, I would just like a guide) for

    Indoor family pics (kids playing etc)

    outdoor family pics (sunny and gloomy, I live in England!)

    outdoor lansdscape/buildings etc (has a lot of trouble focusing on
    clouds, specially in low light)

    and lastly low light or even night time photography. (Once again it
    really doesn't seem to like this, focusing is hard)

    Apart from the bad shakes I recently bought a monopod only to find
    that my body kind of jerks, or even judders. It might only be a small
    movement but obviously isn't good if I can see it happening on the
    monopod. I have a tripod but obviously that's not much good in
    situations like kids at play, though it will come in useful for set
    pieces or night shots.

    As you can see, I need a lot of help and if I could afford it I'd love
    to dump the thing in the bin and buy something more friendly, but I
    can't, so any small pointers people can give, I'd be most grateful...

    thanks so much.
    Paul Heslop, Jul 5, 2005
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