Hi, thank you for contacting JustAnswer.com. My name isXXXXX will do my best to provide the right answer to your question.Offhand I would say, try for a Focus Lock and recompose. Focus Lock (on this camera, says the manual) is when you press the shutter button half-way and the frame around the center of the field of view turns green... keep holding the shutter button halfway down, and then recompose the shot, that is, move the camera until the focus is accurate on the subject you want to stay focused upon.E.g. you could put a card out of the field of view of what you ultimately will shoot, and then Focus Lock on that (if it were at the same distance as the ultimate flower or other subject), then when Focus is Locked, move the camera to point at the actual subject, which with the Focus Locked should be in focus and stay that way when you push the shutter button all the way down.
Another suggestion is to disable Macro in your settings. I don't know if this would apply to be appropriate.Let me know whether that would help with the problem, in your opinion. I may have more advice to offer on this matter.
Hi Russell, yes I figured that out already and tried it as a work-around, and it does work but it's a bit hit & miss, and shouldn't really be necessary. I really want a more reliable solution, so that the camera functions as advertised... Is there a way to narrow the central field to get a more accurate auto-focus, for example ?
It's the focus (not the exposure) that's the problem, and anyway the A1300 doesn't have a touch-sensitive screen...
Russell: I have tried using tracking AF and that doesn't work either. It just refuses to focus on the central object (a flower) when there is a detailed background (grass). Basically the Centre weighting doesn't work. Actually it doesn't work for the exposure either: when I use a light grey card for a background, the shots come out very under exposed (so it's seeing too much of the background). I think there must be a bug in the software so that it's seeing the whole frame all the time, more or less, for both focus and exposure... Is there a firmware update that I could get ?
Unfortunately the A1300 doesn't provide a manual focus option (which would be really useful). I gather that loading CHDK might provide that: would that be worth trying, do you think ?
Ho, hum, I guess I'll have to complain to Canon. Thanks for trying anyway.