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I am finding it very difficult to focus close up with this new camera. The manual focus is a real pain and isn't much of an improvement and using scene mode is no better at all. I get better pics with my old Coolpix 2500!!
Probably just not used to it (yet). There is a minimum distance you can focus the lens so make sure you haven't gotten past that point. If that is the case you might consider a macro lens or other add ons. Also you will have some movement focusing close using a hand held camera - consider a tripod or put the camera in burst mode and shoot many pictures and hope one comes out sharp as a tack.