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Thread: Nightshot at bright place -> camcorder broken?

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    Default Nightshot at bright place -> camcorder broken?

    hey, i have a Sony DCH-HC17 camcorder. in the manual they say that you shouldn't use Nightshot (10 feet infrared light) at bright places else it may cause a malfunction. what is this malfunction? just an overbright recorded picture or can components of the camera (e.g. the CCD) be damaged? :( thanks for answers

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    This kind of operation (using Nightshot or fully opening the iris in already bright conditions) can and probably will damage your CCD permanently, allowing more light to enter the optics than they can handle.
    You don't want a new camcorder, do you?

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    i have done some research on this and found my answer on http://www.kaya-optics.com/devices/sony_nightshot.shtml

    with nightshot enabled, UV light won't be filtered out -> when you use the cam in bright daylight, UV light will reach the ccd and slightly damage it, sony has just agreed on this via email. that's why i went to my vendor and changed my cam for a fresh one for even $20 less

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