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    Default [Newbie Qn] Does a camera sensor degrade over time?

    Please see b/m photo. My old S3 IS does not seem to be able to capture nice photos anymore. I think it is pretty obvious that the left portion of the pic is blurry. Almost all pics i took recently have this blurry portion on the left side. My lens are clean on the external.

    Anybody able to answer my query?


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    Default [Newbie Qn on Canon S3 IS] Does a camera sensor degrade over time?

    Please see b/m photo. My old S3 IS does not seem to be able to capture nice photos anymore. I think it is pretty obvious that the left portion of the pic is blurry. Almost all pics i took recently have this blurry portion on the left side. My lens are clean on the external.

    Anybody able to answer my query?

    Ok i just found out the possible cause. It's due to the lens not being aligned over-time.

    http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/28317682


    Last edited by Salonpas; 31st August 2013 at 02:15 PM.

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    Default Re: [Newbie Qn on Canon S3 IS] Does a camera sensor degrade over time?

    The simple answer is 'YES' camera sensors will degrade over time but the mechanical components (like the shutter mechanism) will degrade far more quickly than a non-moving component like the sensor. I would eliminate all other possibilities before concluding that the sensor is at fault.

    Have you had your sensor cleaned lately? Dust or some other alien artifacts could be causing the blurriness on the left side of your photos. Taking your camera to CSC for a $25 cleaning may solve your issue.
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    Default Re: [Newbie Qn on Canon S3 IS] Does a camera sensor degrade over time?

    Quote Originally Posted by raydio View Post
    The simple answer is 'YES' camera sensors will degrade over time but the mechanical components (like the shutter mechanism) will degrade far more quickly than a non-moving component like the sensor. I would eliminate all other possibilities before concluding that the sensor is at fault.

    Have you had your sensor cleaned lately? Dust or some other alien artifacts could be causing the blurriness on the left side of your photos. Taking your camera to CSC for a $25 cleaning may solve your issue.
    Thank you for the reply.

    I will heed your advice and prolly make a trip to CSC very soon. If the quotation is reasonable etc, i will go with it.

    Just took some shots and this looks just as bad.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Salonpas View Post
    Thank you for the reply.

    I will heed your advice and prolly make a trip to CSC very soon. If the quotation is reasonable etc, i will go with it.

    Just took some shots and this looks just as bad.
    Be sure to mention the issue to the counter staff as the reason you're bringing the camera to CSC for cleaning. Having a photo in hand to 'show the evidence' will also be helpful. If the cleaning does not 'clear up' the problem, ask the technician to provide a quote for repair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raydio View Post
    Be sure to mention the issue to the counter staff as the reason you're bringing the camera to CSC for cleaning. Having a photo in hand to 'show the evidence' will also be helpful. If the cleaning does not 'clear up' the problem, ask the technician to provide a quote for repair.
    Yah. I edited my first post. Seems like lens alignment issue.

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    Default Re: [Newbie Qn on Canon S3 IS] Does a camera sensor degrade over time?

    Just a few more thoughts....

    Another reason for this issue may be the result of a de-centred lens which commonly causes blurriness on one side of the lens.

    An option to CSC is to contact one of our very own ClubSnappers called "Fatigue". He has lot's of experience in repairing cameras, is very reliable and his charges are lower than CSC.

    Hope this helps. Good luck.
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    Default Re: [Newbie Qn on Canon S3 IS] Does a camera sensor degrade over time?

    Quote Originally Posted by Salonpas View Post
    Yah. I edited my first post. Seems like lens alignment issue.
    Sorry my bad... I didn't reread your original post.
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    Might be a lens misalignment or fungus on the internal lens elements/sensor. Looks more like lens misalignment.

    As for the sensor degrading over time, this has been asked and discussed about 20 times already. Searching helps. :-)
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    Default Re: [Newbie Qn on Canon S3 IS] Does a camera sensor degrade over time?

    Quote Originally Posted by raydio View Post
    Just a few more thoughts....

    Another reason for this issue may be the result of a de-centred lens which commonly causes blurriness on one side of the lens.

    An option to CSC is to contact one of our very own ClubSnappers called "Fatigue". He has lot's of experience in repairing cameras, is very reliable and his charges are lower than CSC.

    Hope this helps. Good luck.
    Thank you shifu, you have been nothing short of very, very helpful.

    I will find "Fatigue" before heading to CSC.

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    Default Re: [Newbie Qn on Canon S3 IS] Does a camera sensor degrade over time?

    Lens do not really get de-centered over time, especially so badly decentered. Was the camera dropped, or did the lens sustained a heavy knock?

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    Default Re: [Newbie Qn on Canon S3 IS] Does a camera sensor degrade over time?

    Repair cost for an old camera may not be justified. Why not take the opportunity and consider a replacement or "upgrade" to a newer camera?

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    Default Re: [Newbie Qn on Canon S3 IS] Does a camera sensor degrade over time?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    Might be a lens misalignment or fungus on the internal lens elements/sensor. Looks more like lens misalignment.

    As for the sensor degrading over time, this has been asked and discussed about 20 times already. Searching helps. :-)
    Hi Lao Jiao forummer,

    Sorry la, i've only been here just more than 10 years and with not many posts like you. Pardon my inexperience. Give chance ok? I know you lao jiao with 18, 798 postings.

    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    Lens do not really get de-centered over time, especially so badly decentered. Was the camera dropped, or did the lens sustained a heavy knock?
    Not that i can remember dropping it. Was working fine previously.

    Quote Originally Posted by shierwin View Post
    Repair cost for an old camera may not be justified. Why not take the opportunity and consider a replacement or "upgrade" to a newer camera?
    I am considering the 255HS for now. Let me give it further thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salonpas View Post

    I am considering the 255HS for now. Let me give it further thought.
    Recommend u try out sony rx100 mk ii or if u can look for a used rx100 (1st version) from bns.

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    Default Re: [Newbie Qn] Does a camera sensor degrade over time?

    Quote Originally Posted by Salonpas View Post
    XXX XXXX forummer became so defensive. Aiyoh. Nvr give chance one.
    Vulgarities are not tolerated in this forum.

    Infraction served. and offending posts deleted.
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    Default Re: [Newbie Qn] Does a camera sensor degrade over time?

    A strong reminder to everyone to stay civil. And remember this is posted in Newbies Corner and remember what that means... If you forgot you can read it again here:
    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1091136

    And to TS, if you are not happy with some of the posts, you can report them. But resorting to vulgarities is not acceptable. As for your camera problem, bring it to the service center or 3rd party repair shop to get it looked at. If worth it to repair, then repair. If not worth it, junk it and buy a new cam. Closing this thread.
    Last edited by daredevil123; 1st September 2013 at 09:10 PM.

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