My older brother is using a Canon point and shoot camera, and asked me what the problem with it is lately. It will take several normal pictures, but fairly often now it will take a half-blurry or overexposed pictures, and I have no idea what the problem is.
Most of the problem images have the problem as seen here; a blurred portion of the photo with a wavy line-like pattern covering 3/4 of the image, but a few have just the right side blurred or the bottom half only. The problem pictures are in all sorts of lighting situations, so I don't think it's a glare problem, and I doubt it's a fingerprint or something, because in different lighting, the different apertures will 'blur' out imperfections (unless this particular camera has no aperture like several P&S cameras have). Is the problem sensor related? Does it need to be sent in? What is the problem? Thanks!
Boy, I've never seen (or heard of) anything quite like this. My first thoughts were either a sensor issue or bad memory card. Then it occurred to me that it could also be the routine, software, or even the cable used to transfer the files from the memory card to the computer. So, for some additional troubleshooting, I would suggest trying a different memory card and, if that doesn't have any effect, try a different way to get the files into the computer - make sure to use a known-good cable and a different card reader.
If the problem still persists after these added tests, I suspect it may be the sensor. If somebody has better information I hope they will chime in.
There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs. -Ansel Adams
What model camera and how old is it?
What exposure mode is the camera in when the problem occurs?
Does the problem appear only after transferring the images to the computer, or does it appear on the camera monitor? (Hint: Zoom in on the image after shooting.) This will help eliminate the theory that it is a corruption during the transfer process.
Can you post examples of the other types of corruption you're getting? (the 'right-side only' and 'bottom-half only')
This information can help us determine if there's a problem worth fixing or if you just have a very old camera at the end of its life. Be aware, though, that few point-and-shoots are worth the price of repair.
Last edited by NJMurphy; 07-30-2012 at 12:30 PM.
Looks like the focusing screen is superimposed on the image. How, why, if, this is the case I no not.pith
"Outside of everything, there's no evidence of anything."
The Exif for this image says it is a canon A1200. I don't believe it is worth sending it in to Canon, as the repair may be more than the price of this camera, new.
Nothing lasts for ever.
However heed NJM's advice and determine , whether the problem is in the camera or the program you use, to view the pictures on the computer.
My daughter had very good images as seen on the LCD screen of her Nikon D40, but when she opened them in Picasa, they were fractured incomplete images.
The problem wasn't solved until she got a new computer.
ars longa vita brevis
That said, the successor to it, the A1300, is only a hundred bucks at B&H, has a longer zoom range, and is 16MP.