I am using a Nikon d5500 with Nikor 18-55 br lens. I was able to get some great photos outside during one set of shots. I noticed since then, when I use the zoom magnifying feature on the lcd, all of my photos are not sharp and blurred when I review. Ive taken them into photoshop and at 100% 300 dpi at roughly 10x14" they aren't sharp. I've tried different setting and am reading about user error but is there a way to test the camera with a still shot? I am using vr on and af on the lens, also tried different settings raw, raw +jpg, large, and fine settings.
To test your camera with a still shot, you should:
- Mount the camera on a tripod
- Make sure that VR is off
- Pick a well-lit subject (so that it is easier to focus and check the pictures)
- Ensure the subject is in focus
- Use the mirror lock-up feature of your camera (see manual)
When checking the shot later, ensure that you are checking in an area that is in focus.
While this should help and answer the question, I would like to add that the question is not relevant at all for general purpose photography in my opinion. Unless you are doing scientific stuff with these shots on the pixel level (which you would not do with that camera), the sharpness of single pixels does not matter.