Mr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2787 posts, RR: 8 Posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2477 times:
I was on vacation at the begining of October & decided to head up North to take photos. I drove into Quebec to go visit a few airports I'd never been to, and I was lucky to find some nice aircraft. The weather wasn't that good while in Quebec - mostly wind & rain - but I was having fun being on the road.
Then it happened. While driving back toward Ontario, I arrived at Rouyn-Noranda Airport (CYUY) at nightime and stopped to look around before finding a hotel. There was a King Air parked on a ramp near the fence & I decided to take a few shots of it with my small back-up camera just to document the visit. I've had this small HP Photosmart R707 camera for 2.5 years and it's always taken great quality shots of landscapes, family, and small GA airplanes if they're parked on my foot!
Well this camera started taking very strange images that were all psychedelic looking. Then when I looked at my photos in playback mode, I noticed that the problem actually started 1.5 hours earlier when I took a few night shots of the main street in Amos Quebec that's farther North. So now this small camera is fried!
Of the several shots I took while the camera was malfunctioning, here are three to check out. The first shot was taken in Amos Quebec when the problem first started. The next two were at Rouyn-Noranda Airport & you can see that my quick self portrait only shows part of my face. Then all the images were just a dark purple colour with a circle patern.
So what do you guys think? Can this problem be fixed? What do you think has caused this to happen? The only info I can provide is what the camera said when it analyzed the bad shots & among all the detailed info which I don't quite understand yet, it stated that "the camera was hot when the photos were taken".
I haven't contacted HP yet because I've been using my Cannon PowerShot S3 to take photos. I know it's time to buy a much better camera for myself, but I'd still like to get the little HP photosmart camera fixed if I can.
Any thoughts on what may be the cause of this camera malfunction?
>> IngemarE, yeah I think that's highly likely. I hope I can get it fixed - at a reasonable price. Although I must admit that I have mixed emotions now about fixing it because I just tried it for the first time in a month & it's taking some pretty funky photos. I think my HP camera is possessed! Here's a shot I just took of my cat REX. Psychedelic!
I think my camera is curently high on "Lysergic Acid Diethylamide"
Quoting IngemarE (Reply 1): Could be the sensor, but most likely the circuits taking care of the picture-processing, before the pic gets sent to the memory card.
Well it seems like one of these internal parts has suffered from heat damage, otherwise the camera operates just fine.
Question, I was charging the camera's Lithium-ion batteries with a mobile power supply while driving. Do you think that could have over heated the camera? I've used the supply unit many times before while on road trips without any problems.
Do any of you guys charge your Lithium-ion batteries while they're in the camera while driving? Maybe that was a BIG mistake. I've been wondering if it was that, or if the camera just got old quickly!