Images are blurry or not in focus (PowerShot SX270 HS / PowerShot SX280 HS)

Article ID: ART141103 | Date published: 05/13/2015 | Date last updated: 08/17/2015


Images are blurry or not in focus (PowerShot SX270 HS / PowerShot SX280 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.
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] (
Press the <flash> button (
) a few times to set to [On] (

  • Increase the [ISO speed].
Press the <FUNC./SET> (
) button, and then press the <
> buttons to choose the desired ISO speed.

For details on the setting screen that appears on your camera or the [Shooting Modes] in which the [ISO Speed] can be set, see the table at the end of the page.

  • 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 distance.
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.

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. Information on different models

ModelShooting modes in which the ISO speed setting can be made
PowerShot SX280 HS
PowerShot SX270 HS

ModelFocusing zone
Figures in the upper line: [Normal]

Figures in the bottom line : [Macro]

PowerShot SX280 HS
PowerShot SX270 HS
[Normal] 5 cm (2.0 in.) infinity (W) / 1 m (3.3 ft.) infinity
[Macro] 5cm (2.0 in.) - 50cm (1.6 ft.) (W)
* (W): When turning the < Zoom lever > toward (
) to the maximum wide angle side (Max. wide angle).
** (T): When turning the < Zoom lever > toward (

) to the maximum telephoto side (Max. telephoto).



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