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s60 Focus Tests
I noticed my s60 has problems focusing in wide angle mode. TEST 1 (wide angle focus) Set camera to AUTO, and half depress trigger button on subject 2-10 metres away in good light. Multiple green focus boxes should appear. If they don't, then use a little zoom and see how likely they are to appear, now. My camera will typically not produce green boxes in wide angle in AUTO. TEST 2 (distance reporting) Put camera in P mode, and focus on subject 5-10m away, when central green box is achieved, then push MF (manual focus) button on left of camera, and see what distance the camera reports focusing at.

This makes it difficult to know what setting to use when at parties in low light. TEST 3 (photos at parties) Does your camera focus in low light conditions at parties? Have you ever been able to set the distance manually?..

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Chris, I returned my S70 mainly because it could not focus well in low light (images also had soft corners and a lot of purple fringing at wide-angle). I got a Sony P150 instead, which can focus better without enabling the AF assist beam than the S70 could with the aid of the AF assist beam! The S70's AF performance in low light got worse the more the lens was zoomed, and I didn't find the manual focus feature all that useful since the LCD resolution isn't high enough to discern focus accurately, especially in low light. I had no problems in good lighting. Maxx..

Comment #1

Thanks. One thing I find the s60 does really well is macro shots. You manually adjust the lens to 3.8cm and then save it in custom mode. Then you sneek up on unsuspecting creatures and place your lens exactly 3.8cm away from the subject. Works quite well, but other than that it's near impossible to focus on a moving target in macro...

Comment #2

Both the S70 and P150 do well with macro shots, although the S70's flash has trouble throttling down. Here are a couple of test pics I did. Left is P150, right is S70. I had trouble getting the S70's picture properly exposed with the flash (had to dial in a lot of negative exposure compensation and reduce the flash output to avoid the overexposure seen in this shot). Attachments:.

P150_s70_macro.jpg..

Comment #3

The s60 does a strange thing when you do macro flash. Everything goes warm. (one picture of a bull ant should suffice) Attachments:.

Bull ant 8.jpg..

Comment #4

Chris, Surely that's not a full frame with the S60's lens in macro mode (unless the ant is almost 6cm long!). Heavily cropped? How far away was the flash from the ant? I found I was able to get slightly higher magnification with my P150 than my S70, and the P150's flash was able to throttle down so that flash exposures at the closest distance were properly exposed (unlike the S70's). Maxx..

Comment #5

It's cropped pixel for pixel. The ant is 2.5cm long. The lens is 3.8cm away from the ant. The flash is further away, and the lens casts a shadow over the right. I prefer shots where there is no flash. The s60 has poor flash control, though. You can't say I'd like a little less infill...

Comment #6

Chris, Here's a pic of a bumble bee I took with the P150. As you can see, the shadow from the sun is still visible. The P150's flash does a good job at throttling down in macro mode. Maxx Attachments:.

Bumble_bee.jpg..

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