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Old Feb 1, 2007, 6:38 AM   #1
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My 21 month old pentax optio sv has just started misbehaving.

First symptom was that it froze taking a shot - no shot taken or recorded, also camera then refused to respond to any button etc (reasonable internal light - previous shots in series had taken less than a second). Was using 2sec delay(tripod mounted). Eventually withdrew/replaced battery, after which camera powered up properly.

Every shot since then had been faulty - overly bright (colors washed out) with horizontal banding, clear enough to be seen on the lcd display. On downloading pics to pc, banding still present (ie not a fault on camera LCD) and is seen most clearly on zooming. See attachment of part of pic (internal shot, P setting, plain background with white/black picture on right).

Have tried resetting user settings, then installed Ver1.01 firmware, all to no avail. Like others on this forum, cannot get to the secret menu using the Menu+FLASH+ON sequence - assume it has been changed in 5V version. Thus cannot run any tests.

It is looking like a hardware problem. Any thoughts/experiences?

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