We’ve got a point-and-shoot (Canon A590 IS), and it seems that the zoom function is completely useless because it is always blurry, even in broad daylight. For example, I tried to take a picture of a squirrel hanging upside-down from a tree, drinking water in the middle of a sunny day, but the picture was blurry at all three levels of zoom I tried (yes, I waited for the camera to “auto-focus”). Even without zooming, pictures of distant objects are pretty blurry when I view the photo at 1:1 resolution on a monitor.
The lens is not dirty (I have gotten some terrific—and crystal clear—macro shots). It’s almost as though the camera has myopia; like the camera needs glasses. We generally just stick to the auto mode for most photos.
I’m not certain, but I’m fairly sure that it used to work okay when the camera was still new (if I can get all of our photos on the SD cards and flash-drives organized, maybe I can find some zoomed shots from the that time).
Could the camera be having a problem or are point-and-shoots just lousy for telephoto shots?
Any tips on getting better long-distance shots with it? For example, is there a better mode to use for telephoto shots or some specific settings in manual mode that will give better results?
To address some questions, disabling the digital zoom is one of the first settings I always adjust on a camera, so I am specifically talking about optical zoom.
Also, I have tried placing it on a table to make sure that there is no shake and still have the same results.