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Old Jun 28, 2006, 5:34 PM   #1
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I've heard recently that one can burn their camera's CCD by taking pictures of very light objects (the sun).

So I was wondering, if you're NOT taking a picture, but just looking at the camera (viewing the LCD screen maybe) and your lens is pointed at the Sun, could that damage your camera? Or is it only when you actually take the picture that your CCD is at risk?
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Old Jun 29, 2006, 1:04 PM   #2
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if you're NOT taking a picture, but just looking at the camera (viewing the LCD screen maybe) and your lens is pointed at the Sun, could that damage your camera? Or is it only when you actually take the picture that your CCD is at risk?
Definitely yes. When the optics are focused at infinite, the lens is like a magnifier you use to burn a piece of paper. In both case, the sun image become a spot on the CCD/paper and all the local surface will heat up rapidly.

(Same for your eyes)
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Old Jun 29, 2006, 1:52 PM   #3
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Okay, luckily I haven't had any problems yet, I'll have to remember that, thanks.
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