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PIX Oct 23, 2006 1:57 PM

hello all, i hope i came to the right place.

i have this old Olympus D-490Z camera that still works. however, it will shoot bright photos (almost completely white, that is) at daylight, but works fine with night or indoor photos. I'm guessing it's something to do with the CCD sensor, somehow broken and stuck on it's brightest setting. however, how can it handle all sorts of low-light situations and absolutely NONE of daylight environments?

any insights on that?

i can post some sample pictures this Friday. thanks,

mguergov Oct 23, 2006 2:37 PM

Post some pictures. I hope that there is something written in the EXIF data.

PIX Oct 27, 2006 8:43 AM

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that's from my window using the olympus:

PIX Oct 27, 2006 8:45 AM

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same spot, using my Canon. any ideas?

JimC Oct 27, 2006 11:48 AM

I don't see anything obviously wrong with your camera settings (i.e, Exposure Compensation, Metering Mode, or some other setting that might be causing it).

So, it's more likely a hardware issue.

Try resetting your camera settings back to factory defaults anyway.

You'll find a RESET menu choice in your camera's menus designed for that purpose.

Also, try a known good, freshly charged set of batteries. Sometimes, a defective battery can cause incorrect voltage resulting in strange symptoms. Make sure you don't have a bit of oxidation built up on the battery contacts, too (I'd use a pencil eraser, a q-tip with a touch of alcohol, or specialized contact cleaner that won't harm plastic and make sure it's dry if you use alcohol (store bought alcohol has a high water content and isn't ideal for this purpose).

If those suggestions don't help, you probably have a component failure of some type (sensor, or supporting chipset).

mguergov Oct 28, 2006 3:07 AM

The EXIF of the photo is rather short. It does not give any info about White Balance (WB), Contrast, Saturation or Sharpness. Check these settings in your camera. Try to change them (specially WB and Contrast) and see what happens. Try to shoot also in Super High JPG and TIFF format.
I have once used this camera and I like the photos taken with it.
Good luck!

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