All photos taken come out washed out (appear overexposed) and have striping pattern accross the screen (Same as an injet printer with some failed or blocked noxxles.
Does not change when flash is used or not.
Does not change if used outside in bright light.
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Sounds like the shutter has been damaged and is stuck open, which overexposes photos and gives a 'venition blind' effect - the shutter and/or lens unit would need to be replaced. Probably marginal given low replacement costs.
Lines appear on your photo's because the shutter is either stuck or is not firing completely over the lens when you take a shot. You will either get overexposed pictures (white out) or these lines like it is taken through a blind.
The most common cause for this is moisture residue building up on the shutter leafs over a period of time.
An easy way to verify this is to use the video function. It should be perfectly fine as this function does not use the shutter. This will also eliminate the sensor as the cause of the problem.
No, it's not a software problem. The problem is that the shutter
doesn't work so it can't control the amount of light taken so the
pictures are very bright with horizontal lines. There are usualy two
causes - a broken shutter cable inside the lens or the shuuter blades
are stuck - may happen if the lens get wet or something adhesive gets
in it. It's a hardware problem so I suggest you contact local Canon or
other camera service center. It is considered a hard repair so it could
get expensive. I don't think it's worth it, so I would suggest you get
When you are shooting a subject that has a fine regular pattern such as stripes or plaids, a ripple that does not exist on the subject sometimes appears in the image.
An example of this can be seen in the pictures below.
The photo on the left shows the fine plaids pattern on the shirt. The photo on the right is a distance shot of the same shirt. In this photo, you can see a ripple that is not visible in the photo on the left.
This effect is called the Moire effect.
Why does the Moire effect occur?
Digital cameras and camcorders are equipped with imaging devices such as CCD sensors and CMOS sensors that have pixels that are finely aligned horizontally and vertically that convert light into electronic signals. When the pixels and the pattern on the subject overlap slightly misaligned, an interference pattern occurs and a ripple that does not exist on the actual subject may appear. This is the Moire effect.
Look at the image above. This image shows red cross-stripes and black cross-stripes overlapped slightly misaligned. When you look at the entire image, you find a ripple that differs from either of the patterns. This is the same principle that causes the Moire effect.
Preventing the Moire effect
You can reduce this effect by changing the distance, zoom setting or the angle of the image. If you are using a camera with manual focusing, the Moire effect can be reduced by simply changing the focus slightly.
You may find another Moire effect displayed on the LCD of the camera. As this is caused by the aligned pixels on the LCD, this effect does not necessarily appear in pictures you have taken.