Images are blurry or not in focus (PowerShot SX520 HS & PowerShot SX530 HS)

Article ID: ART116797 | Date published: 05/12/2015 | Date last updated: 04/26/2017


Images are blurry or not in focus (PowerShot SX530 HS & PowerShot SX530 HS)



When an image is blurry or cannot be brought into focus during shooting, please check the following.


1. Holding the Camera

You can prevent camera shake by holding the camera firmly.
When shooting, keep your arms close to your body and hold the camera securely to prevent it from moving. If you have raised the flash, do not rest your fingers on it.


2. When the Camera Shake Icon Appears

When you press the <Shutter Button> halfway in low light conditions where camera shake is likely, a blinking () icon will appear.



  • Set the [IS mode] to [Continuous].
Press the < > button, choose [IS Settings] on the [ ] tab, and then press the <> button.
Choose [IS Mode], and then choose [Continuous].



  • Set the flash to [On] ().
Lift the flash with your finger, press the <> button, and then press the <><> buttons to choose [On].



  • Increase the [ISO speed].
Press the <> button, press the <><> buttons to choose the desired [ISO speed].

The [ISO speed] can only be set in the following modes:
[ ], [ ], [ ], [ ]



  • Attach the camera to a tripod.
Additionally, you should set the [IS Mode] to [Off] when shooting with a tripod.


3. Image is blurred

  • Press the <Shutter Button> halfway to focus on the subject, then press fully to shoot.
Half-press the <Shutter Button> (press lightly to focus), and then press it fully (without releasing the <Shutter Button>, press it all the way down).



  • Shoot the subject within the Focusing Range.
For details on the shooting distances for the [Focusing Range] of your camera, please see the table at the end of the page.



  • Set the [AF-assist Beam] to [On].
Press the <> button, select the [Shooting] tab (), and then set the [AF-assist Beam] to [On].



  • Confirm that functions which you do not intend to use (macro, etc.) are not set.
Press the <Macro> button () several times to select a suitable [Focusing Range].



  • Shoot using the focus lock or AF lock
- Focus Lock
Change the composition while holding the <Shutter Button> down halfway.



- AF Lock
Keep the <Shutter Button> pressed halfway and press the <>.
  • The focus is now locked, and [ ] and the MF indicator are displayed.
  • Compose the shot and shoot.

  • After you lock the focus, the focal position will not change even when you release your finger from the shutter button.
  • With the shutter button pressed halfway, press the < > button.


4. The AF frame does not appear, and the camera does not focus

If you center on the light and dark contrasting area of the subject and push the <Shutter Button> halfway, or repeatedly push the <Shutter Button> halfway, the [AF frame] will appear and the camera will focus.

The camera may not be able to focus in some conditions.


5. Model Information PowerShot SX520 HS

Focusing Range Maximum Wide Angle ( ) Maximum Telephoto ( )
Normal 5 cm (2.0 in.) infinity 1.3 m (4.3 ft.) infinity
Macro 0 50 cm (0.0 in. - 1.6 ft.) -
Manual Focus 0 cm (0.0 in.) infinity 1.3 m (4.3 ft.) infinity




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