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When composing an image, vertical stripes appear on the viewfinder and LCD screen. However the vertical stripes are not displayed on the played back image or downloaded image on the PC.

This symptom (CCD smear) is not a camera defect. When the camera receives strong incident light on focal plane, the image signal temporally over flows internally inside the image capture device (CCD), and appear as vertical lines.

However when the shutter is released, the amount of the light coming into the image capture device is controlled by the aperture and shutter speed; Therefore the recorded image does not show vertical stripes. This problem is usually noticeable during framing or movie mode.

To see an example, please click the link below.

CCD smeartest shots.pdf