Burning the sensor?

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  1. N1C0L3

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    Gizmodo, the Gadget Guide

    So my Dad sent me this link a few months back, it shows a sensor on a DSLR that got burned from taking video at a laser light show. I was shocked because I had never really thought about the fact that a sensor could become ruined in that manor. Last weekend I was shooting video outside with my 5D Mark II, right into the sun.. all of the sudden my heart stopped as I remembered this video clip. Is there any risk of burning a sensor from shooting video right into the sun? My camera ended up being fine, but I'd like to know for next time..
     
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    Taking pictures directly at the sun can burn the sensor, and locking the mirror up for cleaning in direct sunlight can damage the sensor, so I would very likely imagine shooting video would do the same thing.
     
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    Depending on your camera, aiming right at the sun could also burn your shutter curtains...
     
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    How exactly does it get "burned"? It's not like the heat from the sun is really all that hotter when you're pointing your lens at it, right?
     
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    Ekk! I take pictures into the sun ALL THE TIME. I think someone told me that as long as you don't focus on the sun while you take the picture you'll be ok.. So far I HAVE been ok, but if it's a real risk I might try to be more careful
     
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    Have you ever burned ants with a magnifying glass? Same thing.
     
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    I still haven't heard of anyone's sensor getting burned because of the sun, its more durable than you think. you could do damage to the mirror, viewfinder, exposure meter, and most importantly, your eyes if you are using a long telephoto lens that will magnify the intensity of the sunlight. And your sensor is blocked from the sun until you press down that shutter, and you mostly be using fast shutter speeds so the sensor would get exposed to real tiny amounts of direct light.
     
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    I would be more worried about the shutter curtains than the mirror, IMO. They are generally very thin, and I wouldn't want to tempt fate. :lol:
     
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    Im just saying, you prob wont be exposing the camera to the sun more than a min or so and that's not enough time to burn that up even with how thin it is, there's more of a risk burning your cornea :lol:. I usually can't stand more than 5-10 Seconds looking at the sun with my Camera
     
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    Well, it all depends on your specific camera. That's why I said "depending on your camera". Some mirrors pass more light than others, some cameras don't even have a mirror - so all light goes straight to the curtain.

    Also, shutters are made of a pretty wide range of materials - everything from silk to titanium.
     
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    It is not easy to be damaged by the sun but it is not advisable as it will wear off the sensor quicker than normal
     
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    Lenses magnify the sun's light (and therefore, heat) to incredible levels.

    (This is a mirror, but it magnifies the sun in the same way)
     
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