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1. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 9y

Does anyone have any advice on this little problem.

My other half took her new nikon d40X out the other day to have a play with, and just about every picture came out blurred. Obviously, we checked and cleaned the lens, but the problem persists. It is definitely a problem with the camera, and not the laptop we looked at the photos on.

Anybody any ideas. Are we missing something obvious. We had a look inside and all looked ok, although to be fair once we had taken the lens off we weren't really sure what we were looking at. I use a Nikon and i had a go with her camera and i got the same blurred results.

Any help much appreciated.

2. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 9y

now i'm not expert, but this sounds like either:
Autofocus is turned off (although you should see this through the viewfinder),
Dust on the sensor (although you say it's new so this shouldn't apply),
If it's every photo, i'd return it to the shop as it could be an sensor fault (ok now i'm telling you to suck eggs - sorry).
without knowing what modes, lenses, light that the photo's were taken it's a bit hit or miss, and i'd say you probably have looked at most bit's already.

Sander is the Nikon man, so maybe he knows of a generic fault like this.

Good luck
Jase

3. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

My Nikon was faulty - bought new at christmas and took it to Montreal in May - one minute it was fine - the next it was really poor quality, grainy and dark. I thought it was me firstly but actually for once it wasnt!

Took it back and there and turned out there was a problem with the exposure - had to send it off to Nikon - it was away for 6 weeks - but it did come back with extended guarentee and the problem fixed!

Tell her to take it back and see what they say

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 9y

Autofocus, which Jase mentioned, is the first thing I'd check to see if it's actually working. Point the camera to something really close, press shutter halfway, listen/watch if you can hear/see the lens move. Repeat for something far away.
If this doesn't happen, check the menu to make certain the autofocus hasn't been accidentally disabled (you'd feel really sheepish if you brought it back to the store just to have them chance a single menu setting to fix it) :) - It should be located under custom settings (the red pencil) -> focus mode. AF-A/AF-S/AF-C would all do autofocus, but M means manual focusing. Also, if you don't have the default 18-55 lens on the camera, tell us the exact details of the lens that's on instead; there's a lot of older lenses (without their own internal motor) which won't autofocus on the D40.

If autofocusing does happen, check other obvious things like you aren't in manual mode with a long shutter speed. The pictures come out blurry even when taking outside in broad daylight, right?

All those things done, it is possible that the camera has developed a defect, and then the only solution would be to send it in to have it serviced.

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 28, 2007, at 10:56 AM by Sander ]

5. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 9y

ALWAYS read the instructon before use the camera.

6. Posted by jayuk1035 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

hi
i,ve a D40 no X but its great taken loads of pic.. really ease to use.. friends got the D40 X but fine it has some hic cups..

the raw pics not good.. jpeg most ok.. a few blurs.. which could be him..

theres a lot to read in the book but you will get there and its fun findind out..
:)

7. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 9y

thanks for the advice, problem has been solved because of it! Autofocus had been disabled and it had been set to manual focus. Must have done it by accident when we were messing about with the menus.

Thanks again, help is much appreciated.