Images are blurry or not in focus (PowerShot SX400 IS / PowerShot SX410 IS)

Article ID: ART117220 | Date published: 05/12/2015 | Date last updated: 09/21/2015


Images are blurry or not in focus (PowerShot SX400 IS / PowerShot SX410 IS)


Images are blurry or not in focus (PowerShot SX400 IS / PowerShot SX410 IS)
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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.]
Keep your arms tight against your body while holding the camera firmly by the sides. Be sure that your fingers do not block the <flash>.


2. When the Camera Shake Icon Appears

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



  • Set the [IS mode] to [Continuous].
Press [ ] button -> [Shooting] tab () -> [IS Settings], and then select [Continuous] for the [IS Mode].



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



  • Increase the [ISO speed].
Press the < FUNC./SET> button, then select [ ] from the menu and choose the desired [ISO Speed].

It is only possible to set the [ISO Speed] in the following shooting modes.
[Program AE] (), [Long Shutter] ().*
*[ ] cannot be set in [Long Shutter] mode.



  • 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
With the shutter button pressed halfway, press the [ ] button.
The focus is now locked, and [ ] is displayed.

  • This example shows the procedure when the cameras shooting mode has been set to [Program AE] ().
  • After you lock the focus, the focal position will not change even when you release your finger from the shutter button.
  • To unlock the focus, release the shutter button and press the [ ] button again. In this case, [ ] is no longer displayed.


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 SX400 IS / PowerShot SX410 IS

Focusing Range Maximum Wide Angle Maximum Telephoto
[Normal] 5 cm (2.0 in.) infinity 1.4 m (4.6 ft.) infinity
[Macro] 0 50 cm (0.0 in. 1.6 ft.) -
[Telephoto] 3 m (9.8 ft.) infinity 3 m (9.8 ft.) infinity



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