I have been taking close up pictures for a while with no problem. I think I may have done something with the settings, because all of a sudden my closeups are distorted (wide). I have a sony cyber shot. I've gone through all the settings, but just can't figure out what I did. Help please.

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    \$\begingroup\$ could you post some 'before and after' shots? \$\endgroup\$ Dec 20, 2011 at 10:53
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    \$\begingroup\$ Could you elaborate on what you mean by "wide" or better still, post a sample image? \$\endgroup\$
    – Matt Grum
    Dec 20, 2011 at 10:55
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    \$\begingroup\$ Is there a factory reset option? The manual may be of help. \$\endgroup\$
    – user7226
    Dec 20, 2011 at 10:59
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    \$\begingroup\$ @donna you can edit your post and then press the little rectangle with a landscape on it, the one to the right of the curly brackets {}, then select the picture you want to show and upload it, then repeat the process for as many pictures you want to upload, in this case I think just 2. \$\endgroup\$
    – Nuno
    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:20
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    \$\begingroup\$ She can't post pics until she has 11 reputation. I'm voting the post up in good faith. \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:23

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Depending of the focal length of the lens e.g. 28mm, 55mm, 100mm etc. images can look distorted. As the sample below shows that an image taken with a wider angle lens with a same crop may look wider.

So a wide angle lens from a close range widens, while a longer does not.

The left is taken with a 28mm lens and the right with a 70mm lens.

I think the zoom factor of your sony cyber shot causes a close up might look wider. Perhaps you turned digital/software zoom on or off?


Left is taken with a 28mm lens, the right with 80mm, the nose is clearly wider on the left

Try to take more distance and zoom in more to get the same crop.


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