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Why do straight lines in my images appear to be distorted?

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Re: Why do straight lines in my images appear to be...

Lens characteristics can cause straight lines to appear bent. This phenomenon, which is called "lens distortion," is normal and does not indicate malfunction of the camera. Such distortion tends to be more pronounced when the camera is at an angle when you point it at the subject.

Posted on Aug 29, 2005

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Lines appear in picture


Sound like a problem with the CCD sensor; this isn't a job that you could solve yourself. Some symptoms of a defective CCD (Charge Coupled Device) include distorted images or abnormal colors, scratchy purple lines, blank or black pictures, and/or black videos with good sound being recorded on the camera's flash card.

When a picture is taken, the CCD is struck by light coming through the camera's lens. Each of the thousands or millions of tiny pixels that make up the CCD convert this light into electrons. The number of electrons, usually described as the pixel's accumulated charge, is measured, then converted to a digital value.

If this defect occurs, the signal is not output from the CCD correctly when in shooting mode, which results in symptoms like the following in captured images. These symptoms can be confirmed on the LCD monitor. The same symptoms may also occur in recorded images.
* images do not appear
* images appear distorted

I suggest check THIS LINK for additional details in this previous solutions for an Defective CCD (Charge Coupled Device) and next contact your Sony service. I strongly suggest (taking into consideration the age of your camera) to evaluate the cost of repair versus the cost of a new camera with similar features, before making a final desicion.

Good luck.

Sep 16, 2011 | Sony Digital Cameras

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All of a sudden, my pictures have a pink splotch running vertically across the center of the picture. This is happening more often than not, and I can also see the splotch on the image display when I am...


Some symptoms of a defective CCD include distorted images or abnormal colors, scratchy purple lines, blank or black pictures, and/or black videos with good sound being recorded on the camera's flash card. A problem has been discovered in some of the CCDs used in Panasonic, Fuji, Sony and Canon digital camera and digital video camera products that causes images to appear distorted or not to appear at all. And the says apologize for the considerable inconvenience this represents for your customers. Along with our respectful apology, we would like to advise our customers of the details of this issue and our policy for handling it, which are as follows.

The Malfunction:
Among the CCDs used in the affected products listed above, it has been confirmed that, especially under high-temperature/high-humidity environments, the internal wiring may come undone in some places.

If this defect occurs, the signal is not output from the CCD correctly when in shooting mode, which results in symptoms like the following in captured images. These symptoms can be confirmed on the LCD monitor. The same symptoms may also occur in recorded images:
* images do not appear
* images appear distorted

In order to correct this issue, the repair facility needs to replace the CCD. This is not something you may do on your own; this, isn't a good new, but hope helps to solve it.

Jun 14, 2011 | Panasonic Digital Cameras

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Lines and distortion across screen when on. If picture is taken it shows those lines and distortion


Hi,
It is known problem of ccd imager chip failure in Canon A60 camera and ccd imager chip will be replaced to fix this issue.
Canon offers ccd imager chip replacement free of cost, click Canon CCD Imager Advisory for details.
Thanks.

Apr 17, 2010 | Canon PowerShot A60 Digital Camera

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Distorted purple image when camera is switched on


That is weird, maybe try to reset it by taking the batteries out and then putting them back in and starting it from scratch. Electronic problems....yikes.

Dec 09, 2009 | Fuji FinePix S5000 Digital Camera

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Horizontal lines appear in newly saved images


the only thing i can think of is the sensor being misconnected or kaput. are you viewing them on the camera screen or a pc? it could also be camara screen...

Jul 05, 2009 | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S730 Digital Camera

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CCd failure


This is a good blog on CCD failure; http://www.teleplancamerarepair.com/camera-repair-blog/post/images-apear-to-be-distorted-e28093-images-do-not-apear-e28093-Might-be-the-CCD.aspx

Goes into the distorted images you describe, explains why it fails, what it looks like and how to fix it.
While the images actually look cool it's a real drag when it happens to your camera!
Other things that happen is the images do not appear, or show with a magenta hue, or green tint.

Mar 31, 2009 | HP Photosmart 945 Digital Camera

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LCD screen purple and distorted in Shooting mode


There is recall on this model for this problem, Go to Canon USA web site, Look up Service advisory, CCD malfunction N/C to repair.

Feb 24, 2009 | Canon PowerShot A80 Digital Camera

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Problems in A85


It appears the CCD image sensor is going bad. Both these cameras are specified in Canon's technical notice regarding this issue. If Canon determines that this is the problem (and almost certainly it is), they will repair your cameras at no cost, regardless of warranty status. If you're not in the US, contact your regional Canon service facility.

Dec 09, 2008 | Canon PowerShot S410 / IXUS 430 Digital...

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Camera showing/taking distorted images


According to many respected sources with far more expertise than myself, the symptoms you are describing also fall within the realm of Canon CCD failure. In Canon's Service Notice: CCD Image Sensor Advisory, they outline the most common symptoms (distorted images, LCD showing only a black screen, etc.). They have conveniently limited the description to the bare minimum. More symptoms of the failing CCD include: pictures appearing on LCD show up with severe color variations (pink-purplish or green tint), colored "streaks" or "lines" throughout pictures, and wavy distortions in image. Most of these symptoms include the color variations, but not always. The lines or waves can appear in any direction and with varying degrees of severity. Some LCDs do not go black, but turn totally purple. Here is a link to a very informative article that should clear up any questions you might have.
Digital Camera Repair Blog

If nothing else, call the Canon Customer Support Center at 1-800-828-4040. They will ask questions to identify whether or not you are having the same symptoms as described in the Product Advisory. I have been through this twice, and both times they were very nice and very helpful. Even if you don't qualify for the free repair, it didn't cost a thing to find out.
I hope this has been helpful.

Nov 20, 2007 | Canon PowerShot S1 IS Digital Camera

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