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Old 02-13-2010, 08:25 PM
 
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Default Camera problem (details inside)

Just seeing if anybody could tell me what's going on, and why. I really don't expect it to be fixed, whatever it is, nor am I going to spend anything on fixing a four-year-old point and shoot. (Nikon Coolpix L4)



See the dark spots? If you can't, let me circle them...



I've noticed them when I shoot something at full zoom (3x). Going back I can see them in a lot of shots I've taken in the last year or so. First I thought my lens needed cleaning, but I did that and they're still there. I notice they don't show when I'm zoomed out. Is something warped in there?

Thanks for any input...
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Old 02-13-2010, 09:09 PM
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Maybe your lens is a little dusty inside?
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Old 02-13-2010, 09:15 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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I agree. It looks like your camera has swallowed some dust that is now either on the inside of the lens, or directly on the camera's sensor.
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Old 02-13-2010, 09:19 PM
 
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Thanks. Kind of what I figured. Now is there any real chance of me getting inside there without breaking it?
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Old 02-13-2010, 09:35 PM
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Friend tried and didn't succeed...
and if you blow with the air, you will just move it from one spot to another...
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Old 02-14-2010, 02:22 AM
 
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with digital that is almost a normal thing. its dust...

i use the gito rocket blower all the time and have always had success with most of the dust but there are 1 or 2 spots like yours that will require wet cleaning to remove. i wont do that myself.

most good editing software has a healing brush that will cover those spots in the blink of an eye so they never appear in my photos.

in fact nikon capture nx2 software and nikon dslr's can actually map the effected pixels and automatically remove the spots from your photos by cloning out the marks
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Old 02-14-2010, 06:32 AM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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with digital that is almost a normal thing.
It's not really normal with a point-and-shoot, which the OP's camera is.
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Old 02-14-2010, 06:38 AM
 
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yeah, not common for a point and shoot... for most of us serious photographers we have software that deals with it very easily but you generally have to buy it.
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Old 02-14-2010, 07:30 AM
 
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I was reading a photography book that talked about parts of a sensor going bad causing dead spots in the picture frame. Anyone think that could be the case ?
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Old 02-14-2010, 07:32 AM
 
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you never know but it does look more like stubborn dust, i have the same marks in my d80 and d300
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