Recently I was playing with my Sony α6000 camera, taking some shots of birds in the morning and also the sun. It was after taking the shots that I stumbled upon the fact on the internet that sun shots could damage the camera sensor. I was shooting the sun with the Sony 55-210 kit zoom lens at around 135 mm with my exposure time of 1/13s (I was in shutter priority) and a selected camera aperture of f/29. I did take around about 8-9 shots with some chimping in between.
Since I was completely oblivious to the fact of sensor damage from the sun before that, I quickly asked around in photography forums and from the advices online I checked for damage to the bayer filter of the sensor by shooting against a white background and was relieved to find no splotches or signs of sun damage to the sun.
However, now I am witnessing unusual amounts of increase in noise than previously found before the above mentioned incident.
I never used to care about the noise previously, even at high ISOs since they were never detrimental to my eye. But now this slight increase in noise has made me worried about my camera. Now my question is whether damage to the sensor elevates the noise levels and is there any way to properly test the sensor for any damage from my side? Since it is a two month old camera I can send it to Sony service and have them look. But before I do that I would definitely like to have my doubts cleared.
Here are a set of images first one taken before the sun shooting incident happened http://www.mediafire.com/convkey/d365/vyvs5d6re569n7izg.jpg And here are the one taken after that incident http://www.mediafire.com/convkey/8a9f/66t51grw4d2d3lzzg.jpg both images are shot in raw and then exported to jpeg without any global adjustments.Both were shot at 6400 ISO,f/5.6 and 1/60 s.s.I can see a slight amount of noise increase in the after images.