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Powershot A460. PC1226 Picture looks good on screen. When

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Powershot A460. PC1226
Picture looks good on screen.
When picture taken and viewed on screen everything is very bright.
Hi, thank you for contacting My name is Russell. I will do my best to provide the right answer to your question.

The white balance setting (or perhaps aperture, etc.) is off, causing overexposure.

The viewfinder or 'preview' of the picture will look pretty much the way it looks to you, in most lighting at any rate, but the picture as actually stored will depend upon settings.

What white balance and aperture settings are used, depends upon what Mode the camera is in. I advise trying it in Auto mode, which should automatically set such things correctly.

Try that at least as a test, and if the picture(s) come out OK, then you have a matter of settings being in need of adjusting, rather than of a 'broken camera'.
If the pictures still don't come out OK, check as to whether the lighting or the angle is unusual.

How old is the camera? in months or years since you bought it.

Has the camera been dropped or otherwise subjected to mechanical shock(s) in its lifetime?
Has the camera been operated in or subjected to, temperatures below 32 degrees F (freezing point) or above about 100 degrees F ?
Has it ever been subjected to a humidity higher than 85 % ?

Let me know. Thanks.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

The camera is fairly old and has done me very well. 2007.

I only use it in the SCN setting and vary the Func setting between Foliage, Snow, etc. No it has not been under or overheated. I think I dropped it onto a carpet a year or so ago with no apparent effect.

It seems to have very faint horizontal lines across the recorded picture.

I think I don't understand 'trying it in Auto'.


Auto Mode might be a remedy for some of the problems you are asking about.

But at the most basic level, your camera is about 6 years old, and has been dropped. The effects of that will make themselves evident over time.

You would be well advised to consider as to whether you would prefer to have the camera repaired, or to have it replaced on the other hand.
Owing to its age, it might (even after repair) have another problem come out soon after. That is something to consider in such a decision.

And be sure to see whether setting the camera's operating mode to Auto or Automatic instead of SCN, helps with the apparent overexposed picture issue.

The Auto mode is set by (after the camera is turned On) turning the dial to select [camera icon] as shown:


and the page with the entirety of the details of the Auto Mode setting, and the details of usage for that mode, are here: shot_a_series/powershot_a460?CMD=MIXED_SEARCH&mName=PowerShot+A460&mType=PowerShot+A+Series&pageKeyCode=ekbresults&searchString=Auto+mode&BASIC_SEARCH_CURRENT_TOPIC_ID=3036&BASIC_SEARCH_CURRENT_TOPIC_TYPE=0&RESULTS=RELEVANCE&RELEVANCE_START=1&RELEVANCE_COUNT=25&CONFIGURATION=1011&PARTITION_ID=1&TIMEZONE_OFFSET=null&USERTYPE=1&isSecure=false

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I think you are saying that if the Auto bit doesn't work then bin it.

OK, fair enough.

Thank you very much for trying.

Happy Christmas.

Well... if you wish to dispose of the camera, please consider having it recycled, which is always a good idea.

Since you deserve a second opinion on the matter free of any added charge, I have Opted Out, opening the case to other Experts in this category. Thanks, Dave.