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Old Jul 26, 2008, 5:11 AM   #1
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I know that dust inside the lens is normal and usually doesn't show up in pictures. But when my DSC-W100 is zoomed out to 3X, I see about half a dozen dark spots in the center and one on the top left. Everything is fine when not zoomed. Everything is fine when zoomed out and taking an outdoor shot. But when zoomed out and taking a shot with a uniform, light colored background (such as an interior wall), the spots are noticeable. Also, when zoomed out and recording a video, the spots are very noticeable. When not zoomed out and recording a video, I don't see any spots.

I'm thinking it is the dust on the inside of the lens. I have tried cleaning the outside of the lens and am sure it is clean. I'm thinking it isn't dust on the CCD or I would see spots regardless of whether I'm using the zoom. Right?

Sony wants a flat $121 to repair. I paid just a little more than that for the camera so I don't think it is worth it.

Has anyone tried taking it apart and trying to clean the lens from the inside? I noticed someone is selling the service manual on ebay for $7. Worth a try?

Or should I live with the problem until my next upgrade?

Any opinions? Thanks.
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Old Jul 26, 2008, 6:18 PM   #2
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Try usingthevacuum cleaner method that CyberShotNut posted about 2 years ago. It worked on my W-1. Basically, run the vacuum with the hose over the lens and zoom in and out. It took me two tries - I saw no point in sending in for cleaningas cost was too high and dust problem could reappear.

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Old Jul 31, 2008, 4:27 PM   #3
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Thank you for suggesting to tap, zoom and vacuum. It never occurred to me to try this. It actually removed some of the dust at the center! But I still have some dust on the top left and at the bottom. I guess I'll have to live with it until the next upgrade.
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Old Aug 1, 2008, 4:42 AM   #4
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As I said, it took me two tries to get the dust out. I was very suprised with the sucessafter the second try. I was ready to give it the "heave". Although I upgraded to the H-5 (and really like it) befor the second vacuuming, the W-1 still serves as a good second camera.
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