Originally Posted by teerout
I have my HDR setting to AUTO. Which is the default I think? I dont really like the wrist flip thing to launch the camera.
Yes, auto is the default. HDR has nothing to do with the gesture to launch the camera. It stands for high dynamic range imaging. Usually it's used to enhance photos in tough light. Traditionally a photo is taken with three images, one with normal exposure, one overexposed and one underexposed. The overexposed shot can show highlights in shadows, and the underexposed shot can show details in bright backgrounds. The three images are merged and can show details where you usually can't see them.
I don't know if the Ultra/Mini/Maxx actually takes three quick shots or if they are just using a filter, but I do know that having the HDR mode on can make the camera take longer to find focus - which is why I suggested turning it off.