No on the manual, yes on the macro mode. I can get decent shots outdoors or with larger critters, but have not had much luck with shrimp of fish. I have a better (albeit older) camera that I got pretty good with in manual mode, but I lost the memory card. I need to buy a new one for it, but I don't even know what it's called. It's not your standard SD shape.
What type of camera is it? Amazon or Fleabay will have it for cheap, most likely.
I think I have a poltergeist. I haven't been able to find that stick since we moved a year ago and today it's laying right in the drawer where I keep the camera. I'll post the pic I was able to get before the battery died in my 12g journal in a few minutes.