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I've a Sony DSC-F828. Every time I use the camera, I get the following problem after several shots. I get either:

  • A striped image which is overexposed even if I use a very short exposure time (ref. image 1) Image 1:A roe deer with a damaged camera


  • A predominant black image with strange colors, as if a "neon filter" is applied: Young man planting radicchi in the garden with damaged camera.

I don't understand the cause and the origin of this problem. These are the main observations I've done:

  • It appears after use
  • Shutting down the camera doesn't solve the problem but after some days it works again
  • After taking a photo the image shown in the LCD is affected by this problem (so that excludes a problem related to the CF).
  • The first time it appeared was some time after I shot the sun through some leaves.
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Have you tried manually setting the exposure (shutter, aperture, and ISO)? It appears the exposure meter might not be operating correctly. – Michael Clark Aug 25 '13 at 23:25
I concur that the first shot looks kind of like a metering problem, but the second is really screwed up. I've never seen anything like it. May very well be damage from the high intensity light getting focused onto the sensor. It's generally not a good idea to focus the camera directly into the sun, though if it was just a small part of the image, or was mostly obscured I wouldn't expect it to have caused serious problems. It seems like it may be one where the best bet is to send it in for service. Whatever it is, I doubt it is going to be user serviceable. – AJ Henderson Aug 26 '13 at 0:25
When you power Off your camera, have you also removed the battery? If not, take the battery out and leave it for half an hour. Then install battery and power On your camera. Fixed? – Esa Paulasto Aug 26 '13 at 12:40
@MichaelClark yes but don't solve the problem. – G M Aug 26 '13 at 19:14
@Aj Henderson I think it will cost more than the camera... – G M Aug 26 '13 at 19:15

The first one isn't a setting/exposure issue as there are stripes/lines across the picture.

From my technical experience, I'm willing to bet it's a faulty image sensor. If you Google images "faulty ccd", you can see very similar results.

This fault isn't necessarily caused by damage to the camera but just simply due to the image sensor failing.

Although I have seen a faulty shutter produce lines across the screen, this definitely looks like a CCD issue.

This also might be an interesting read.

EDIT: Sorry, I just realised that it's intermittent? Well, I would say that the sensor is over heating. The only thing that will fix it will be to replace the CCD.

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this is what I meant in another question that if the camera is broken you wont be in doubt. if you had a known name you could sell pics like the second one as "Art" but if not, you need to weigh repair costs vs getting a new camera. I think it will point towards getting a new camera.

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