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    Default Can a CCD get 'burned'?

    For pretty shots I often shoot into the sun.
    Can this damage the CCDs in the camera? How carefull do you have to be if it is possible?

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    Probably every camcorder user's manual says you shouldn't point the lens directly into the sun, except in low-light situation (at dusk, for instance). Otherwise the CCD can (and I'm sure it does) get damaged. Thank God it never happenned to me.

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    Well, yes, but every time the sun gets mentioned people always drone on about that, I thought perhaps this was more blithering rahter then a genuine caution against CCD damage. Just trying to find out for sure.

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    Many sites say it 'could' damage the ccd, then i find this http://www.fourmilab.ch/images/eclipse99/movies.html

    On a tripod pointing at the eclipse and sony say safe.... confused now.

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    Anyway I'm not taking my chances.

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    I've shot loads of sunset pics with CCD cameras and never had a problem - just switch on your ND filter and set the aperture (if you can override the auto exposure) to a big number (f11 or f16) then gradually open it up till you get the image you want - just don't let the disk of the sun get too bright or you risk damage!.

    On the other hand, many years ago I accidentally pointed an old tube camera at the sun for a millisecond and it took 2 months for the green streak to fade - and I was lucky that it did.

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    Hmm, I have done lots of pretty sunny type shots and I cant see any dead pixels yet, I am interested in a definitive answer from an expert, but I havent found anything yet.

    Tube camers are well known for being damaged by bright lights.

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