Having problems with your Nikon COOLPIX P5100 Digital Camera ?

I have a Nikon Coolpix P5100. I use it to photograph my paintings

\015 Results are quite poor. I tried several settings, I take the pictures with natural light. What setting do you recomend.\015\012Before I had a Sony and had no problem. Please advise. I am dying to get something else, probably a Sony but I am strap for money.\015

Answers :

There could be a number of reasons.

First, Have you tried it in P mode and are the results the same? Then, have you tried taking images in M mode and set the exposure yourself? Do you have the same result?

Second, If you are shooting in P or normal mode the Exposure compensation might have been incorrectly set. On the Navigation control to the right of the OK button is where you can set Exposure compensation. Press it there and you will see some information appear at the bottom and left side of your LCD. The bar on the left will consist of a series of white graduations with the centre one yellow. If you have yellow bars above the centre one then your image will appear lighter as if over exposed while if you have yellow bars that extend below the centre one your image will appear darker as if under exposed. To reset it use the navigation control to scroll either up or down then press OK once it is where you need it.
Last, if that doesn't work, try checking the ISO. With the camera on in P mode press and hold the Fn button at the top left of the LCD. Scroll to Auto using the command dial next to the shutter release and release the button. If it was already on auto you could try setting it on 2000 and seeing what the result are like then. Don't leave it on 2000 as you will get grainy images but you should get lighter shots as it will allow the camera to cope with poor light conditions. Reset the ISO to Auto and if it still isn't working properly you will probably need to get it serviced.
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