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SPOTS ON IMAGES IMAGES APPEAR GRAINY

I HAVE HAD THIS CAMERA SINCE 2004 AND USED IT ALMOST DAILY
IT NOW HAS DEVELOPED LIGHT SPOTS ON THE IMAGES. THESE SPOTS LOOK ALMOST LIKE WATER SPOTS ON THE LENS, BUT LENS IS CLEAN. THE IMAGES ARE ALSO VERY GRAINY
THEY APPEAR IF I USE THE INTERNAL MEMORY OR A MEDIA CARD.
I HAVE EVEN CHANGED THE MEDIA CARD STILL GET THE SPOTS
ANY HELP PLEASE

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