Five Suggestions to Prevent Blur

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Why do I get blurry images?

Blurry images are the result of movement of the camera during shooting (not holding it still) or the camera not being capable of choosing a fast enough shutter speed to freeze the action under the light conditions.

Pre-focus your image

Shutter Button

The easiest and most common fix for blurry images is to depress the shutter button halfway, to let the camera focus, before you actually take a shot. Simply press the shutter button until a green dot appears on the LCD, or until a beep sounds. Once you see the green dot, or hear the beep, your camera is focused and you have a much greater chance of taking an in-focus shot.

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Use the flash

Blurry images often occur when there is not enough light present. Adding more light or using the flash can result in clearer images. Press the Flash mode button to select the single lightning bolt (Fill-in) to ensure the flash fires. This works well for most typical situations such as the image below.

Boy on a tire swing

Use your camera's Image Stabilization mode

  • Depending on the model of your digital camera, you can activate Image Stabilization mode by pressing the Image Stabilization button Image Stabilization Icon, rotating the mode dial, or choosing the Image Stabilization mode from your camera's menu. Once Image Stabilization mode is active, you should see Image Stabilization Icon display on the LCD.

  • Digital Image Stabilization increases the camera's sensitivity to light and fires the flash, if necessary. If you want to preserve the natural light in the scene press the Flash mode button to select the circle with the lightning bolt (Flash Off). Because Digital Image Stabilization increases the camera’s ISO sensitivity, you’ll get the best results when taking well-lit outdoor shots.
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Use the SPORTS Scene Mode to capture action

Enter your camera's Scene Mode menu and select SPORTS Scene Mode -- found in most Olympus models -- for outdoor situations where you are trying to capture a fast moving subject. SPORTS Scene Mode will set the camera to automatically select higher ISOs.

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Position your camera on a tripod or brace yourself

Sometimes when the availability of light is very low, such as when shooting in NIGHT SCENE mode, it is necessary to take extra measures.

  • Use a tripod so your camera remains steady when shooting. Small tabletop tripods can often be found at your local dealer.

  • Try using the Self-Timer to trigger the shutter while on a tripod or steady surface to lessen any occurrence of camera shake blur. Simply press the Self-Timer button and select ON. Then press the Shutter button to have the camera wait 12 seconds before shooting the subject or scene.
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