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Optio X visual defects

I was dismayed to discover that my new Optio X makes visual defects in many photos: they look like small, white, semi-transparent orbs floating in the air. I have only noticed this problem with flash photography so far. This something I've seen in digital photos before, but out of 30 photos that I took at a party last night, at least hald of them exhibited this problem. Another very strange thing I noticed on only a few pictures: small, hard, white specks on the image that look as the way dust appears on a color print from a negative. A couple of the pictures I took last night actually look like they have dust on them! (and yes, I checked, it's not specks on my monitor) I am totally baffled. I wanted to upload an example into this post but it seems that images have to be hosted on the web somewhere and I don't have time to deal with that, so I hope my descriptions suffice for someone to tell me if this is "normal" or not.

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You are seeing either the reflection of airborne dust as noted or perhaps lens flares. This is very normal and all cameras do it to one degree or other.

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I've not seen any such defects on my Optio X, although I don't use flash much. The some-300 photos I've taken so far are completely clean. Sounds like dust on the CCD. Might warrant a return to Pentax.

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