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My videos are fuzzy with lines in them. Only when I film outdoors, which is what I am using the camera for. Any hints?

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  • and_u May 27, 2008

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    That is the link for the video. In comparison to this photo. The quality is quite different.

  • Jason Adlard May 11, 2010

    Message me with your email address and I will supply mine so you can send me a short clip, also which camera is it exactly?


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Its fairly massively over exposed, the vertical lines are a product of that.

4 things I can think of it may be, not knowing which camera you have..

1)the camera could be in night mode - switch to normal or outdoor

2)the exposure compensation is turned up - reduce the setting

3)the camera has crashed, remove main (and backup battery if it has one) and leave for a few hours (you will know if you left it long enough as the settings in the menu will return to default and the clock will reset) and/or check the manual for a reset/return to factory defaults option.

4) The aperture is stuck, this is a surprisingly common fault, in many situations it goes unnoticed as the camera will simply use a higher shutter speed to compensate but often the video modes have fewer shutter speeds available - There is some risk in this it depends how annoying the problem is, how attached you are to the camera (though I've cured many like this, and when suggested to others, many reports of sucsess) and if the warranty has expired.
In video mode maybe outside or with a very bright light shining down the lens, using some thick carpet on a solid surface, give the camera a few sharp bangs against the side near the lens and bottom. What happens is if the camera has got damp at some point, maybe brought in from the cold outside to a warm house, condensation can build up in the lens, the aperture and shutter are made of PTFE film which is a very thin plastic and this can cause either to get stuck, causing under or over exposure or simply a black screen.

Beyond this it needs a service center

Posted on May 27, 2008

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