Having problems with your Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Digital Camera ?

Noisy and blurry pictures

\015 I'm getting pictures that are noisier than anything I ever got with my Sony Cybershot DSC-H5, no matter what fancy setting options I try. (With the Sony, I just used the auto settings, AUTO and Sports mostly, and got crisp pictures at full zoom (12x).)With the Canon, which gets consistently higher reviews from everyone it seems, my pictures are much noisier, even at full zoom (12x).The pictures are noisier than when I first got the camera, so I'm hoping I've just hit the wrong button somewhere somehow, or maybe something's gone wrong with the camera and a replacement would do better.It doesn't focus nearly as well, either, nor does its image stabilization work as well. Is that true, or am I just doing something wrong?\015

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Try restoring to factory setting, then we can make sure that there no problem with the setting. \015\012\015\012NoisyPhotos\015\012At one time oranother, you'll probably hear people talk about "noise" in digitalphotos. Nope, this doesn't involve screaming kids, it actuallyinvolves tiny specks of random color that show up in an image. It'sbasically the digital equivalent of film grain.\015\012Noisy photo (noit doesn't look noisy from here, but look at the close-upbelow):\015\0125def720.jpg\015\012\015\012Close-up (notethe grainy look)\015\0126508e04.jpg\015\012\015\012How do you avoid it?Shoot with film (kidding). Here are a few suggestions:\015\012\015\012\015\012Shoot at thelowest possible ISO - Your ISO settingcontrols how sensitive your CCD or CMOS sensor is to light (digitalfilm speed). The higher the number, the more sensitive it is andthe less light you need to get a photo.\015\012However, the higheryou set your ISO, the more noise you pick up. So, always shoot withthe lowest setting possible. If your camera has an "auto ISO"feature, use it - this will keep the ISO as low as possible. As thelight gets brighter or darker, it adjusts your ISOautomatically.\015\012\015\012\015\012Shoot at highershutter speeds - If you stick yourcamera on a tripod and try some long exposures, you'll probablynotice a nasty increase in noise - especially if you're shooting ata higher ISO.\015\012If you need to takelong exposures, you should probably experiment with different ISO /shutter speed combinations to see what you can get away with. Youdon't want the noise to get out of control and get all wild onya.\015\012\015\012\015\012DigitalZoom - Here's yet anotherreason why not to use your digital zoom - it can add extra "noise"to your photos. Since a digital zoom is forced to create pixelswhere none exist, it can't help but add to the noiseproblem.\015\012\015\012\015\012Heat- Yup, believe it ornot, if the sensor in your camera is hot this can also add noise tothe photo. In practice, I've not really seen that much of adifference, but it may be a good idea to keep your camera at roomtemperature. You know, like off the dashboard of your car and withyou instead :-)\015\012\015\012\015\012InexpensiveSensor - I don't mean tohurt anyone's feelings here, but the higher quality the sensor inyour camera, the less noise you'll pick up in the photo. Not sayingyou need to run out and spend $4000 on a camera, just pointing outthe facts. Generally speaking, the more bucks you lay down for thecamera, the less noise you'll put up with.\015\012What if, despitedoing everything you can, you (gasp) end up with some noise in thephoto? Well, you can use your photo software to "despeckle"it!\015\012Most imagingsoftware includes either a noise reduction filter or a despecklefilter. Just run that filter and some of the noise should beeliminated (or maybe we should say, "turned down" :-). It's notperfect my any stretch, and it does soften the image a bit.However, a little help is better than none at all...\015\012noise-3.jpg\015\012Generally,pictures taken at night are the most affected by image noise. Sincedarker pictures rely on longer exposure times or higher ISO speeds,they are more susceptible to bright pixel changes. The sensorintensifies the light taken in and bright dots will appear throughoutthe image in an effort to compensate during processing. Using a flashcan prevent such noise. While most photographers would rather use anatural light source, sometimes this just is not possible. Flashes areoften cheap, inexpensive and even the most advanced photographer canbenefit from a professional flash. This will give you the light sourceyou need to take clearer, crisper pictures and avoid brighter imagenoise showing up in pictures taken at night or in other low lightsituations. Corrective filters can also be used for reducing imagenoise for movement-based photos. Different filters can have multipleaffects, reducing image noise and creating an even easier way for whatnoise might show up to be edited in a program after the fact. \015\012Imagenoise is something every photographer should be aware of. While it cancause problems, it can also be solved with a little work. Digitalcameras have settings that will reduce noise, but photos can also beedited after the fact. Image editing programs allow for you to add andreduce noise, but this does not always work. By taking steps to preventas much noise as you can before you edit the program, you willeliminate the headache of a good picture being destroyed by some formof image noise. Even if you cannot avoid it, you can prevent it fromruining your photos to the best of your ability.\015\012\015\012\015\012\015\012Good Luck.\015\012\015\012If my solution proves useful please accept it.\015\012\015\012Regards\015\012Arjun
Without seeing the picture it is difficult to say.

If pictures are blurry it can be a lens problem, with wet trapped inside the lens, for example, or most likely a lens problem getting worse in time.
This kind of cameras has a very complicate single lens mechanism.
Probably a lens has in time slightly modified its position losing its full zoom abilities.

In that case, if problem get much worse in time, only solution will require disassembling, or replacing the zoom. From description looks like disassembling the camera can risk doing more damage than helping.

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Regarding focus and image processing , I don't think there is a fault in there , or you would get bigger problem , even at short distance.
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