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Old Dec 10, 2002, 9:05 PM   #1
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Default U20 having a problem... >_<

i have my u20 for a few days...
and some of my flash photos are having some 'white dots' on it.
the dots appear in random locations and size.
i checked the lens, there were no dust or fingerprints.

i have no idea what caused that...
but the dots look like it is some kind of reflection...

this happen occassionally only in 'flash' photos...
and with moderate amount of light...
and perhaps at certain angles...

is this a known problem?
or it is just me... =(
could it be the flash too close to the lens?
could it be an internal reflection from inside the camera?
is it a limitation for all 'tiny' digicam?

i have read one thread from another forum...
and one person claimed that he has the same problem with his u20...
and he tried out several u10 as well and experienced the same problem.

anybody else is having the same problem with their u20?
any info. about this issue is appreciated...

i don't know if i should try out another unit or simply return it...
i really like the cam but not if it has some kind of defects...


here is a few samples:

niteghost - Cybershot DSC-F717/U20
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Old Dec 11, 2002, 7:39 PM   #2
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I too have experienced the same white dot phenomena with my U20.

I read in a forum elsewhere (in a Canon S230 thread) that the white dot problem is quite common among sub miniature cameras such as the U20 due, as you have hinted, to the flash being almost collinear with the lens. Supposedly, white spots are reflections from airborne dust particles within the range of focus for a particular shot, thus accounting for the more or less random occurrence.

The only advice that I have read as to how to over come the problem is to take a couple of shots when using flash.

The U20's convenience and generally good image quality out weigh this particular issue for my uses.
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