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    Sand in Compact Camera Lens

    Well I took my Sony DSC-H3 camera to the beach the other day and it turns out that there was a little sand in my bag on the way home. I went to take a photo today and noticed the problem. The sand seems to be resting omn the top of the lens though that is all I can see.

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    Now my images turn out like this. I can make out what it is look at but I don't like the look of the images! I am hoping it is only a focus problem because of the sand and it hasn't got inside the camera.



    Is the camera now rubbish or should I get it cleaned?
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    Sand shouldn't cause that issue, unless it was damp sand and a lot of it.

    It would be worth taking it to a camera clinic and getting their opinion on it.
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    yeah i agree with rick

    but it makes a nice abstract effect

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    Mongo agrees with Rick
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    Quote Originally Posted by ricktas View Post
    Sand shouldn't cause that issue, unless it was damp sand and a lot of it.

    It would be worth taking it to a camera clinic and getting their opinion on it.
    Thanks, I probably will today. Any clue what it actually is though, what would be causing the image?

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    Turns out the camera can be fixed but a part (I think he said it was called the CRT) needs to be replaced and it would cost as much as the camera itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesse24 View Post
    Turns out the camera can be fixed but a part (I think he said it was called the CRT) needs to be replaced and it would cost as much as the camera itself.
    I think you might mean the CCD?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pgbphotographytas View Post
    I think you might mean the CCD?
    haha that would be it. It is faulty that is why it has gone all pink. He was not sure if the sand would have caused it though.

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    Price of a CCD for this model is $233.31 which is cheaper than I thought but still a lot!

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    Yes I'm afraid with compact all in one camera if something goes amiss, it's geberally throw in the bin solution.....this does appear to be moisture on the sensor as already suggested. Me thinks that apart from sand in the lens there has been some moisture in the bag as well, either from condensation, a drink bottle or moisture on the outside of the bag ...maybe wet sand.

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    I'm considering if I should get it repaired since I love the camera. Newer models have gone up by around $200 from what I paid and the CCD is cheaper that what I paid for the camera. However I'm expecting a few problems so the cost will probably be the same. I paid $350. If I get it fully repaired, I will think of it as buying a new camera.

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    dont bin it, pull it apart and build an IR cam, if the ccd is still working
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesse24 View Post
    Price of a CCD for this model is $233.31 which is cheaper than I thought but still a lot!
    Does that price include the sensor, and it's installation as well as general clean especially to get rh sand out of the lens and wherever else it will of lodged.......reason I ask is that repair price seems rather cheap. The $233.31 seems too much of an exact figure and I'm suspecting that may simply be the price of the part, not the installation...I reckon ad another $300.00 on the price if that is the case...might pay to ask further.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seesee View Post
    Does that price include the sensor, and it's installation as well as general clean especially to get rh sand out of the lens and wherever else it will of lodged.......reason I ask is that repair price seems rather cheap. The $233.31 seems too much of an exact figure and I'm suspecting that may simply be the price of the part, not the installation...I reckon ad another $300.00 on the price if that is the case...might pay to ask further.
    That was just the part, I am going to go in and pay for a quote tomorrow. If ends up being over $400 I'll get a new camera. Only a cheap one because I am still planning to get a SLR. I'll probably have to get a Sony again in the compact as I have the batteries, memory card etc.
    Last edited by Jesse24; 10-08-2009 at 11:49pm.

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    Yes $800 altogether for the repair. Turns out a lot was wrong. I've decided that I will buy the small Panasonic Lumix FS42 while still saving for the DSLR. I'll try and sell the Sony batteries.

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