What is wrong with this camera?

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Jorpho
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What is wrong with this camera?

Postby Jorpho » Tue Mar 10, 2015 1:43 pm UTC

I came into possession of an old, used 7.0 MP Kodak EasyShare a while ago. It seems it has not had a good life. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves; the comparison is my 10.0 MP Canon PowerShot.
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In other words, the pictures come out as slightly reddish-purple, and they've got weird scanlines running through them. The same tint seems to show up on the LCD, so evidently it's not the red-eye reduction kicked into overdrive.

The camera seems to be functioning perfectly aside from the image quality, so if it has suffered physical trauma, it strikes me as odd that it should be failing in such a specific and limited way. Maybe it's even fixable – but before I can really go looking for a solution, I need to know more about what is happening.

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Re: What is wrong with this camera?

Postby Jorpho » Sun Mar 15, 2015 10:48 pm UTC

Jeepers, nobody?

Well, so as to avoid http://xkcd.com/979/ , I should say that a lot of cameras from around 2007 apparently had severely defective CCDs. Canon even issued a recall.
http://www.computerbob.com/canon-camera-recall/
http://www.fixya.com/support/t114938-ca ... _defective
http://www.imaging-resource.com/badccds.html

This appears to be the same problem, and there appears to be no remedy apart from replacing the CCD; United Camera (which officially handles Kodak repairs, apparently) charges $55 for the service – more than one would pay for a much nicer camera currently.


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