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Old Jan 28, 2003, 11:42 PM   #1
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Default Sunset Damage

Can't the sunset or direct viewing of the sun itself fry the CCD? Think about it. Remember frying bugs with a magnifying glass? It would seem to me that the camera lens, by focusing the subject on the CCD would kill it, if the subject were the sun.

I shot a sunset with my C-700UZ and the viewfinder would go weird when I looked at the sun. A bright white vertical stripe -- kinda like a fluorescent tube in my viewfinder. But it didn't show up in the picture.

Seems like the camera lost some picture quality after that.

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Old Jan 29, 2003, 1:09 PM   #2
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I've taken sunsets loads of times with an Oly 3020 and 730 and had no problems.
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Did you point the camera directly at the sun and for how long? The ccd is subject to damage just as the eye could be damaged. I have taken pleny of sunset shots but always avoid direct pictures of the sun. I have had no problems.
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the sun may affect the ccd, but i dont think that it is strong enough at sunset to do this. I have also taken lots os shots without problems. The ccd may be like a spot light meter, where excessive light will only shut it off.
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I have asked Olympus tech support this question and will post their reply here if and when I get it.
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Old Jan 29, 2003, 9:08 PM   #6
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Did you point the camera directly at the sun and for how long?
It doesn't matter now. This happened last summer and believe it or not, the store took the cam back last week (since they still stock it) and exchanged me for a C-4000.

I like the 4000 a lot, but I miss the powerful zoom for sneaky pics of barefoot girls in the summertime.
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Old Jan 30, 2003, 1:49 PM   #7
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Here is what Olympus had to say about this question:

"The sun should never be photographed directly. If the sun is low on the horizon, care should be taken if you choose to take a picture under this situation. Direct sunlight can have an adverse effect on the CCD as it would on the human eye."

Frankly, this does not tell me much. I am going to ask what they mean by "care should be taken".
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I wouldn't have expected anything other than an ambiguous reply from Olympus--enough wiggle room to give them plausible deniability in case something goes wrong with your camera! :lol:

Here's my take on the subject: sunset pictures are some of my favorites to take, and I plan on keep on taking them. I also plan on running periodic hot/dead pixel test on my camera to see if there are any signs of damage. Hopefully nothing will go wrong, but if it does within the warranty period, I'll send it back to get repaired.
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Good advice! Is this the pixel mapping function mentioned in the manual?
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For the C-4000, it's on page 164 of the PDF Reference Manual.
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