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The image turned very colorfull and grainy

I was dinning with some friends and i was recording the moment, and that time the camera was fine. I turned it off and put it into my bag that was in the floor. The camera was fine, it was between my foots, but at the moment i turned it on again (5 minutes after) the image (on lcd screen & viewfinder) was very colorfull and grainy, like if the exposure was on it maximun, and the infrared on all the time. I pushed all the buttons on the camera trying to restore the image to where it was, i even tried reseting the camera and nothing happened. The image was like red, blue, green, and grainy. I think it's a problem with the lense or something. I'll apreciatte any help from you guys, because honestly, I don't know what to do anymore. Thanks, Mibsan Espejo

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Re: The image turned very colorfull and grainy

The problem of your camera is the ccd image sensor...better go to the sony service center for replacing the image sensor

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