HELP! I just got a good deal on this camera with a bunch of lenses to go with it. It i in imacculate condition- bought it from my photography professor as a back up camera. However, when I take a picture, the screen flashes black if there is any bright sunlite in the picture. It just blinks back and forth from the original color to black, and only the bright area is affected- not the rest of the picture. So, for example, if I took a picture of my kid outside, it doesnt affect him, but if there is a sidewalk in the background it causes that area to blink back and forth. Is this normal- if not what is is? Should I get it fixed- or can it be fixed? Thanks for your help! And, by the way- since I just got this camera and have not used it yet, does it still take good pictures? I have a canon 40d which I love, and I am wondering about the picture quality of thid oldie but goodie?
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Being practical, it sounds like it is time for a new digital camera as the cost for repairing your 990 would not be worth it. I saw a used one going for $65 on AMAZON A repair would probably be double that cost.
Some amazing advances in digital photography have become available since your Coolpix 990 was introduced. I can't think of a better time to be looking for a digital camera with all the "Black Friday" deals about to be revealed. Since you are a Nikon user, may I suggest the Nikon D40. I do own this camera and it works very well, and won't break the bank too much Plus you can purchase extra lenses to make it a better camera when you can afford to.
3) Camera displays “CHA” in top LCD.
The camera has detected an invalid partition type or is not working
properly. Reformatting the memory card may allow it to be used. If an
approved memory card causes the camera to display the "CHA" indicator
contact the memory cards manufacturer for assistance.
note that the default disk format used in Windows XP is FAT32 and if a
card is formatted with this setting on an XP system, a D1 series camera
will report "CHA". Reformat the card as "FAT" to use in the D1 series
Are you looking for a price of a new D80 or a kit (camera with a couple of lenses) because it's going to vary based on what you want. If you are looking for used and that's what you need prices for try some classified or online bidding sites. Reliable camera shops and stores are really your best bet if you establish a relationship with them and they understand your camera needs you will be better off in the long run, not that you can't get a good "deal" but you can get help in choosing the right camera for your needs.
There's a few things you can try to narrow down where the problem might lie. One thing you don't mention is if the green line is on the actual image, or only shows up on the LCD monitor.
If the line is in the actual image after transferring it to your computer, try formatting the memory card in the camera, or try a different card to see if the problem persists. If it only shows on the LCD, count yourself lucky because you can continue to use your camera, albeit with an annoyance to deal with.
However, it sounds to me as though you've got either a dead or hot pixel on the CCD which will cause problems in the adjacent pixels creating a "line". Take a look at this page and this page. Unfortunately, you will most likely need to send it in to Nikon for repairs.
This will sound crazy, but I just read the section under "Tips and Tricks" entitled, "Freezing". Users there recommend dropping the camera (gently) about an inch down onto your mousepad, or squeezing the casing of the camera, expecially around the battery. I squeezed the camera around the lens and Viola!, no more problem.