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Black spot in center of macro shots

In the center of the photo there is a black circle dead center of the photos, the lens is clean. As far as we can access it. We loved the camera until a month ago it is not that old and well taken care of. Is this an inherint problem with this model? What can we do? Everything we buy is Sony, DVDrecorder, stereos, tvs, etc.I have a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W100 that I love. Lately I have two gray spots that show up on light backgrounds on my photos. I have taken photos of sunsets, but have been careful not to focus directly at the sun. Now I'm looking for a reasonable, reliable place to send it for repair. Any suggestions???

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  • montevista Apr 27, 2009

    It looks like you combined two posts. Mine starts with "I have a Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W100etc." I would like to know how to open the camera and fix the dust particles. Thank you!



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I think it would be dust particles on CCD Imager of camera. This is not common problem of Sony DSC-W100 cameras

CCD Imager can be cleaned if you can open camera. I will assist you to clean CCD Imager.
It would be fine if you post an image of camera showing problem. That will help to find solution.

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Posted on Apr 22, 2009

  • Shahid Electronics
    Shahid Electronics Apr 27, 2009

    It looks like you combined two posts. Mine starts with "I have a Sony
    Cyber-Shot DSC-W100etc." I would like to know how to open the camera
    and fix the dust particles. Thank you!

    OK, Camera has screws on each sides and 2 screws at bottom. Please open all screws and apart front and back cover. You will get main chassis of camera that has lens assembly, main circuit board, LCD panel etc.
    Now check 2 flesible wires connecting juts near with Lens Assembly, flip black strip lock of both connectors and pull out flexible wires, one wire is lens assembly and other is CCD Imager, take out lens assembly from camera.
    Open 2 screws of CCD Imager board mounted at back of lens assembly and pick that board. Be careful about small glass filter between ccd imager board and lens assembly.
    Find any dust particels and clean them with good quality cotton bud, do not touch ccd imager or glass filter with fingers to avoid any finger prints.
    Put back all things in revers order, insert flexible wires in connectors and flip down lock strip, put font and back cover of camera and tight all screws.

    Below are few images of disassembly of this camera that will help you..

    Let me know if you need further help/ info



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