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DARK RECORDING!!!!! my camera is recording footage but everything is extremely dark. Except for the things that are very bright (light bulbs, computer screen) i need help so bad please respond!!! PLEASE!!!!

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  • MilotisX Aug 15, 2007

    before committing to repairs ; ... what?



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Your iris is probably stuck - a cleaning here ( puerto rico ) starts at $ 50 so get an estimate before committing to repairs ;

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