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Pink pictures the other day.... I was using my camera and it started showing lines through the image, the image quality was getting worse and worse.  I figured needs new batteries.  So I put new batteries in it and now it takes pink pictures!  How strange my evergreen pictures look in fushia color!   I tried and tried for a couple of weeks, I checked all the settings, even took the batteries out and restarted, but still pink!  all shades of pink!  Here's where it really gets odd, I got my camera just now and I'm back to normal.  Is this a sign of impending doom?  Do I have something getting ready to go out?  and if so... is it something that will cost nearly as much as buying a new camera?  Thanks!

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  • Flipip Jan 10, 2008

    My PS 945 only takes dim distorted pink pictures with lines - they appear this way on the LCD and through the viewfinder. Previously taken pictures appear normally. It's not the SD card - something's gone wrong inside. Can I fix it?

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2008


    I have the same problem with my HP 945 camera. I tried everything, but it still takes pictures with pink lines through them. Any ideas on how to fix this problem?

  • Anonymous May 25, 2008

    Pretty much the same problem - pink pictures wiyh horizontal line through them - except that I also notice that it takes a long time, relative to before, for the camera to ready itself for a shot.

    I have tried removing the batteries for at least an hour and used the Reset settings option of the Reset Menu. Neither had any effect.


  • Anonymous May 27, 2008

    YES I HAVE GREEN AND PURPLE PEOPLE ALSO, I AM NOT A HAPPY CAMPER RIGHT NOW.



    BOB, STATEN ISLAND NY



    RMATH15829@AOL.COM

  • ohvulca461 May 11, 2010

    If someone has the pictures ,would you please send them to me at ohiovulcan@yahoo.com
    Thanks Steve


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Hi all -- This is a physical problem with the way the lens is seated. I didn't figure this out myself; I was told it by a camera repair shop guy who also owned a 945 and had the same problem. Basicly, you adjust the lens, relative to the body, by doing _slight_ rocking and twisting; gripping the lens in one hand and the body in the other. I know the description sounds, and the actions looks, like you are trying to break off the lens, but you do it only as much as it takes to change the image back to normal. Restart and see if it works, if not shut down and 'adjust' it again. Kinda like a chiropractor for your camera -- all it needs is a little manipulation....

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How can i see those pitures of the Camera back eletronic board
I recently had the same problem with my camera... pink red color screen
but i cannot see the picture so if someone could send them at joel_mallais@hotmail.com

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Solution to pink or rainbow image; pink pictures - icon_exclaim.gif Warning: By opening your camera there is a risk from electrical shock – be sure that your camera has had the batteries removed for at least 24 hours for the capacitor that charges the flash to discharge. While generally not capable of injury or death, it will definitely get your attention if you touch the wrong part of the camera if it has been recently operated. I’m not responsible if you electrocute yourself. YOU DO THIS ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Caution: The procedure that is mentioned here WILL violate your warrantee. The HP850 & HP945 cameras are not designed for the average user to disassemble and repair. These cameras are quite fragile on the inside. If you elect to do this procedure, you do this completely AT YOUR OWN RISK. If you take proper precautions and have good eyes and a steady hand, you can reasonably expect to complete this repair with success – however, NO guarantees are made and/or implied.

Note: This procedure was not developed by me. I am not an electronics guru by any stretch of the imagination even though I am quite capable of doing this procedure having assembled several electronic kits (if anyone remembers those Heath Kit short-wave radios among other projects). A friend, who shall remain anonymous, and is very good with electronics, owns a 945 and compared it to the 850 which is very similar on the inside and was successful in fixing it.

This “rainbow” condition can affect both the 850 & 945 cameras. I personally suspect it will occur more frequently as these series of cameras get older in age and the cameras fatigue with age. The cause of the “rainbow” coloring is actually caused by a micro-fracture in a solder connection on a connector strip inside the camera.

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Tools required:
1 set of micro-screwdrivers (Philips and Flat-Blade)
1 soldering pencil, with the finest point you can find with stand and cleaning sponge (unless you happen to have a microscopic soldering station then use it instead)
1 tube/can solder flux
1 small tube/jar of rubber cement
1 set of watch-maker’s magnifying glasses or a stand mounted magnifying lens
2 small trays for small parts, especially the small screws


Step 1

Remove all removable items
1. Batteries – do this 24 hrs in advance to prevent electric shock
2. Memory Card
3. Rubber Eye Piece – this falls off many cameras, it is held on by rubber cement, just peel it off.
4. Open battery door and data/power door (leave open).
5. Unscrew all Philips screws around the back of the case.


Step 2

Gently pry off the back cover using flat blade screw drivers – kind of like opening a can.


Step 3

Once the back cover is off, remove the board assembly that holds the LCD (it has several screws holding it to the main board). The problem connector is directly under the LCD board. There are two types connectors used. The connectors are relatively robust but do use care when opening and closing-lifting the little bar (brown) in the photo [one type] and sliding the brown bar up along the cable [on the other type]. Release the connector on the LCD board cable. Release the connector on the lens cable, push the cable aside and you are ready for the re-soldering.

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Step 4

Once you have located the connector assembly (indicated in yellow), The easiest method to resolder and probably the only way to fix this is to flux all the connections on a side then reflow each joint by heating each lead in turn across the connector while gently pressing on each of the contacts to close any microfracture (the cause of the problem). Let it cool completely, repeat on the other side. Take your time, as you will be applying a lot of heat to this small area of the board -- allow plenty of time to cool between each lead.


Step 5

Once the board has cooled to the touch reassemble by reversing (Steps 3 through Step 1) the process of disassembly, carefully making sure that the two connectors are seated correctly, and all screws are correctly placed. One of the final steps is to glue the rubber eyepiece back on with a very small amount of cement – take care not to add too much or get any on the eye piece lens. Insert batteries and card, and hopefully you will have a working camera.

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  • gazza425 Jan 10, 2011

    Can you send me the photos of the Circuit board so that I can effect this repair
    Regards Gazza425

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If you're lucky, it might be a memory card problem. Use another memory card, or format this one and try again. You could try to clean the memory card contacts too (with a dry fabric)

If you're unlucky, the camera has a fault and need repaid

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You did mention checking the settings, but make sure, again, that you haven't changed the white balance into something that could produce the pink cast.

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