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Not able to to take a photo

When I point the lens at any object, including a light - the picture on the display is dark with lines. My worry is that I will be told that the price to fix it will be more that the cost to by a new camera. Has anyone experience this before. My worry when I bought the camera was that with the moveable lens, that something could come loose (wire etc..) I wonder if this is the case here.

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Re: Not able to to take a photo

I found an Authorized Sony Service center and the GREAT news is that this is a KNOWN problem and Sony will service it for me. Apparantly this is until 2008. Of course when I took it to the store - the camera decided to work again! So i have to wait for the problem to occur again and bring it back?

Posted on Jan 11, 2007

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Re: Not able to to take a photo

Hello Mork, Do not worry. The problem can be the CCD unit. Please contact the nearest Authorized Sony Service for price estimate. Best regards, Arpad

Posted on Jan 11, 2007

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A line has appeared when i look through my lens and it appears on all of my pictures. Worried the camera has seen it's last day, i think my warranty is up too. Anyone have a similar problem?

What you're likely seeing it a foreign object that is on or has entered the camera lens.

If it is a dark curved line (as opposed to bright line) it may be a hair. It may appear out of focus or in focus depending on where it is and the distance to the focus point of the picture when taken.

This problem can be solved easily by a professional cleaning if you're unable to locate the source & remove it yourself (without the need to disassemble the camera). Cleanings are much less costly than repairs generally, but you should consult a reputable local camera shop and get an estimate for the work - or contact Canon technical support.

Jan 03, 2013 | Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Digital Camera


Explaining Camera Focus

Camera: Focus We've seen that a real image is formed by light moving through a convex lens. The nature of this real image varies depending on how the light travels through the lens. This light path depends on two major factors:
  • The angle of the light beam's entry into the lens
  • The structure of the lens
The angle of light entry changes when you move the object closer or farther away from the lens. You can see this in the diagram below. The light beams from the pencil point enter the lens at a sharper angle when the pencil is closer to the lens and a more obtuse angle when the pencil is farther away. But overall, the lens only bends the light beam to a certain total degree, no matter how it enters. Consequently, light beams that enter at a sharper angle will exit at a more obtuse angle, and vice versa. The total "bending angle" at any particular point on the lens remains constant. camera-diagram3.gif
As you can see, light beams from a closer point converge farther away from the lens than light beams from a point that's farther away. In other words, the real image of a closer object forms farther away from the lens than the real image from a more distant object. You can observe this phenomenon with a simple experiment. Light a candle in the dark, and hold a magnifying glass between it and the wall. You will see an upside down image of the candle on the wall. If the real image of the candle does not fall directly on the wall, it will appear somewhat blurry. The light beams from a particular point don't quite converge at this point. To focus the image, move the magnifying glass closer or farther away from the candle. camera-diagram2.gif
This is what you're doing when you turn the lens of a camera to focus it -- you're moving it closer or farther away from the film surface. As you move the lens, you can line up the focused real image of an object so it falls directly on the film surface. You now know that at any one point, a lens bends light beams to a certain total degree, no matter the light beam's angle of entry. This total "bending angle" is determined by the structure of the lens.

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on Mar 21, 2008 | Canon PowerShot A520 Digital Camera

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When I open the lens, the screen is dark and displays no image of the object I want to photograph

If you see the display information on modes - but no images of the object and the photos are black - for two reasons:
1. Defective matrix camera (CCD). Require replacement of the matrix, setting the camera after replacement - the setting is only able to engineer Sony service center.
2. Does not work in the camera shutter - to replace or repair the unit shutter in the lens. Repair is possible at any repair workshop of digital technology.
3. If you do not see any picture on the screen - the display is damaged camera - needed to be replaced.

The exact cause and complete diagnosis is possible only after the removal of the camera.

Oct 23, 2012 | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T10 Digital Camera

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All of the pictures are grainy and very dark- not usable camera at all- less than 2 years old I have re formatted the SD card, changed the batteries, and reset the camera to default settings

To fix your issue with the Canon Powershot SX110 IS Digital Camera, try cleaning the lens. A huge issue with malfunctioning pictures can be as objective as a dirty lens. If that doesn't solve the issue, try to make sure that your flash is working to its full power. If you are taking a picture in a low-light area and the flash isn't giving off a strong enough light, this will cause grainy/noisy dark photos. Lastly, try playing around the with settings on the configuration screen. Sometimes digital cameras can malfunction, even after reformatting, and will apply alternate settings from what you originally had set.

Hope this helps!

Feb 24, 2011 | Canon PowerShot SX110 IS Digital Camera

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I have a Fuji FinePix A330 camera and when I try to take a picture in the light, daylight or lamp light, lines appear through the picture. Sometimes fine lines but other times like a burst of light. This...

I have a Fuji FinePix A330 camera and when I try Problem with the Fuji FinePix A330 Digital Camera I have a Fuji FinePix A330 camera and when I try to take a picture in the light, daylight or lamp light, lines appear through the picture. Sometimes fine lines but other times like a burst of light. This just started happening recently. But when I take a picture in the dark with the flash the photo turns out fine. Any answer as to what caused this? Thanks

Dec 28, 2010 | Fuji FinePix A330 Digital Camera

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Why do my pictures look dark when i take them to my local printers or send them to printers on line

it is different, photo is RGB light, but printing use CMYK ink, never match the photo and the printing result

Sep 01, 2010 | Nikon D80 Digital Camera with 18-135mm...

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Horizontal line (similar to scan line) in all photos

Hello avatar1.jpgbaickerboy1! I was wondering if you ever figured out what was causing the horizontal line in your camera? I am having the same exact problem with my camera and am searching the web for a solution. Thanks in advance for any information you can give me.

May 05, 2010 | Canon Rebel XS / Eos 1000D Digital Camera...

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I have a Sony DSC T-90 12.1 megapixel. I often

The vertical line can be caused by a very bright object in the image like a lamp or a silver surface reflecting the flash.
The spots are caused by the flash being SO close to the lens. Any object that can reflect the flash reflects it right back at the camera. This is an image problem with most point and shoot digitals. Watch for reflective surfaces and stand at an angle to them. Turn on more lights in the room before using flash. Stand at a slight angle to the image or person you are photographing - don't shoot straight on. (I kneel down and shoot up - makes a good shot too.)
If you are shooting toward the sun, shield the lens from direct sunlight with your hand (Keep your hand out of the picture!)

Mar 31, 2010 | Sony Cybershot DSC-T77 Digital Camera

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White Screen

  1. Upon startup lens emerges but when screen appears it is white whereas it normally displays whatever the lens sees. When the shutter button is pressed the camera will focus and take a white picture which can be deleted. The camera does not flash although flash is set to automatic and photo taken in a dark room. Camera flashes (weakly) with flash set to manual on. Lens is unobstructed and appears to be perfectly normal. Camera was not dropped. Batteries have been changed.

Jan 19, 2008 | Pentax Optio E10 Digital Camera

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Les extended, screen remains black

tuen on camera then press display a few times. it sounds like the display is just turned off. the lens system should be open.

Jan 03, 2008 | Pentax Optio S50 Digital Camera

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