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Old May 8, 2005, 4:16 PM   #1
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Been trying to get a picture of a robin feeding her young, and it's a real high contrast situation. After trying this for a couple of hours, I all of a sudden have a stuck pixel(s) in the EVF. It's bright blue, and is most noticeable in darker environments.

Is this common, to have a stuck pixel in the EVF? I've only had the camera about a week, and have taken only 40 pictures so far. If this is not common, maybe I should consider exchanging it, since it has a 30 day money back guarantee. If it is common, I don't want to return it, and get one that would be worse.

Sorry if "stuck pixel" is not the correct term... only thing I can think of to call it.

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Old May 8, 2005, 8:14 PM   #2
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I have an S5500 and have a stuck pixel in my LCD, though it doesn't seem to affect the pictures in any way.I'm not sure if it shows up the in the EVF or not, I'll switch to the EVF next time I see it and have a look. Mine appearedafter I took a succession of shots in low light. Like yours, mine isn't visible all the time, only in some low light situations. I'm also unsure of what to do about it - maybe some more experienced S5500 users could add their thoughts here?
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Old May 8, 2005, 9:08 PM   #3
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I have one in my S5100 EVF, too. Mine is white. It also shows up in the LCD and in pictures. Mine is only visible in the EVF when working in extremely low light situations, particularly when taking videos. No one has ever noticed the pixel in any of my photos. I can only find it if I really enlarge the pic, and then only because I know exactly where it is.

I also have a faint blue one that only shows in the EVF, when working in extremely low light situations. It does not appear in any of my photos.

From what I've read on the subject, an authorized repair station can shut the pixel off for you, but that leaves a dead spot there, instead. There are some programs available on the net for doing the same thing, but they are somewhat camera specific, and may not work for yours. Of course, they may also make things a lot worse.

Supposedly, the more pixels you have, the more chance for having stuck pixels. Should prove interesting as cameras keep coming out with more MP's.

If it bothers you, get it fixed...especially if your camera is still under warranty.

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Old May 8, 2005, 10:34 PM   #4
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I have one in my S5100 EVF, too. Mine is white. It also shows up in the LCD and in pictures....

If you can see the dead pixel in the pics then its on the CCD, I had a hot pixel and a dead one. I had it fixed under warranty.
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Old May 9, 2005, 3:59 AM   #5
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Did you have to send it to Fuji or a local shop? How long were you without the camera?

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Old May 9, 2005, 4:28 AM   #6
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Thanks for the feedback everyone.

Sounds like a common problem then. Mine only shows up in the EVF, not on the LCD, and it's not the CCD.

Since it has a 30 day money back on it, I guess I could take a chance, and exchange it for another one. But, it seems that there is no guarantee that the next one would be any better... or there is always that possibility it could be worse. Oh, well, I have a couple of weeks left to decide.

Thanks again.
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Old May 11, 2005, 10:42 AM   #7
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Well, I guess I was wrong... the stuck pixel is on the CCD. It shows up on both the EVF and the LCD. I took a couple of pictures with the lens cap on, and it shows up on the "black" photos as well. It doesn't seem to show up on any other pictures though, for some reason.

Now, I just have to decide if I'm going to live with it, or return it for a new one, and take the chance that I won't get one that is worse.
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Old May 12, 2005, 7:28 AM   #8
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is this a problem specific to the 5100, Fuji? Or is it just as apt to occur with any digital camera?
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My S5000 had one in the EVF and it did not hinder photos outcome at all.
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Old May 13, 2005, 8:14 PM   #10
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Goofas - can't help but notice that you now havea Sony cam in your avatar...
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