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octocat Aug 15, 2003 5:12 PM

PDR 3300 ccd problem
The 3300 is my first digital camera after years of shooting 35 and 120. So far I've taken about a thousand shots and I'm really impressed with the camera. It's a bit bulky and the zoom button seems poorly designed, but that about all I can complain about...until now.
About two weeks ago I was shooting the setting sun trying to see what kind of ghosting or flares I would end up with. Sure enough, when I downloaded the pictures I saw a faint six sided mark from the 'aperture' on the oposite side of the frame from the sun. (I've since been informed these cameras don't have apertures) And now whenever I take a shot with clear sky on the part of the frame where the flare showed up originally I end up with a flare on the picture. This is regardless of whether the sun is in the picture or not. It seems as though I burnt an image of the flare into the camera's ccd.
Has anyone else experienced this strange problem? I spoke with Toshiba tech support and they had no ideas, same story with the repair center. I guess I'll send it in to have the ccd replaced, but I'm kind of worried that it's going to happen again.

William Reyes Aug 17, 2003 10:13 AM

Well, I shot the rising sun just to see how the picture would come out, ( approx. 11:00 am, so you could imagine the intensity ) so far I don't seem to have any problems with it. -- though I tried it only once.

Out of topic question: Does your camera get the color right? The white balance on mine seems to be too cold, tinting the sky purplish and bricks magenta. When I put WB on cloudy it comes out better, but not as good as the sample pictures of say a Canon G3 or Oly C50. Tried to set the "preset" white balance manually and it worked fine for that particular "preset" setting, but it does'nt seem to work in auto mode. Although I fiddle a lot with the manual settings, there are times that I am in a hurry and would want to shoot in auto mode. Just wondering if you could scale up/down the other wb presets ( ie: sunny, fluorescent, tungsten )



octocat Sep 18, 2003 1:32 AM

Well, the ghost flare seems to have left...I really dont' understand it. It was certainly there in the exact same spot several weeks after I took the original picture(s) which seem to have caused the problem. Knocking on wood and hoping for the best now given the other problems I've been reading about with this camera.

bill soper Nov 17, 2003 9:05 PM

Hidden White Balance feature...
There are several hidden features on this camera that one should know about.
White balance, manual focus!!!!, and allways on power are a few that I have discovered.
White Balance...manual WB...cursor down but hold the toggle when reaching the bottom....there you will find PRESET.
Manual Focus...same thing...toggle down in FOCUS until you see MF.
You have to hold the toggle for about 1 second for these to appear...
Always On....Hold the DISPLAY button while powering the camera up...the unit will stay on until powered off.

So far no problems with this camera...over 300 pictures taken...4 months old.

Franco Mar 12, 2004 3:35 PM

Thanks for the tips on those hidden features! I never knew that coz it wasn't printing in the user guide.

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