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I have a Sony a230, with three different lenses. I am not

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I have a Sony a230, with three different lenses. I am not happy with the shots I am getting. I need to have someone experienced with Sony to give me some tips. Is it my camera, or is it just me? Help!!
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Expert:  Russell H. replied 1 year ago.

Hi, thank you for contacting My name is Russell. I will do my best to provide the right answer to your question.

Please tell me what problem shows up in the shots you are getting; whether they are outdoor or indoor, close or far, and what sort of lens you use(d) for each type of shot.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
My usual lens is a 3.5-5.6/18-55, and I usually shoot in Aperture. My pictures are just not as sharp and clear as I think they should be. This is for indoor or outdoor. I know about ISO, f stop, etc.
Expert:  Russell H. replied 1 year ago.

Is the whole picture not sharp and clear, or only some of it? (With some F-stop values, the 'field of focus' can be so shallow as to be sharply upon whatever is focused in, and nothing else.)

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Just overall not as clear as I think they should be. Someone told me it was the Sony camera which is inferior.
Expert:  Russell H. replied 1 year ago.

Have you enabled the Super Steady Shot feature? (anti-shake or anti-vibration, or camera steadier.)

The MegaPixels rating for this Sony camera is 10 Mpx. Compare an undoubtedly well-regarded camera, the Canon 5D Mark III: it has 12.8 Mpx effectively.

Admittedly this Sony camera model is not rated highest for flexible customization, and lack the Live View feature... but it's a good-enough DSLR. It's some feature you haven't enabled, that may be the problem. That's why I advise you to try

A: enabling the Super SteadyShot feature, and also try

B: placing the camera on a solid base e.g. a brick wall, and try photographing from there. Or, on a very steady tripod. See if tripod, or brick-wall, shots come out clearer! after focusing carefully.