The Cybershot or Mavica pictures are blurry, out-of-focus or distorted
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- subject is too close to the camera lens
- insufficient lighting
- subject movement
- camera movement
- incorrect camera settings or operation
Follow the steps below to reduce blur when taking pictures on your camera. If model-specific information is required to complete any step, check your manual. Manuals are posted on your model support page.
- Set your camera to Auto Focus mode.
- Check if there's enough lighting to allow your camera to focus on the subject.
- Set the appropriate settings on your device.
- Set the zoom option to the wide-angle (W) position, for close-up or macro-type shots.
- Enable the Program AE mode with higher shutter speed (such as Sports action), for fast-moving subject.
- Set the ISO control to a higher setting.
- Enable the Steadyshot® function.
- Steadily aim the camera at the subject.
- Press the shutter button halfway down.
- A flashing green indicator will appear on the LCD or viewfinder, and your camera will focus automatically.
- The indicator will stop if your camera is already focused on the subject and ready to take the picture.
- If your device has Monitoring AF setting, set it to allow your device to focus even if you don't hold the shutter button halfway down.
- Press the shutter button all the way down to take the picture.
- Don't move, bump or shake the camera when you take a picture.
- Try to mount the camera on a tripod to reduce camera movement.
- Review the picture.
- If the steps above don't work, reset your camera to factory settings, then repeat the steps.
If the issue still occurs, repair may be required.  Go to Product Repair.