Help! There's someting wrong with my Nikon!

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  1. JustMcCollum

    JustMcCollum TPF Noob!

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    Hello there,

    my name is Justin and not even a year ago, I purchased a Nikon Coolpix P90 in September and it has been working or in this case looking great until now. The problem is that there is this line that shows up in my pictures. It's a vertical line that appears on the left side of my pictures. It is especially visible when taking black and white photos. I can see it when it's on color too. It's not a scratch on the lens because we checked the lens in my bright studio lights and there is not a scratch to be seen. I use my lens cam all the time once I'm done taking pictures. It is too perfectly straight to be a scratch. You can also see it through the monitor of the camera and through the viewfinder as well.

    My neighbor is a photographer and she said try changing the battery and the memory card and see what happens. Well, when the camera has no memory card in it, I can still see the line. I tried changing the battery and it is still there. So, the memory card or the battery has nothing to do with it. I'm thinking it is something scratched up or broken inside the camera. Here is some examples of the line that's in my pictures.

    Note: You may have to zoom in in order to see the line clearly. It is on the left side, almost towards the center.

    http://img715.imageshack.us/img715/1936/dscn4511.jpg
    http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/8414/dscn4538y.jpg
    http://img715.imageshack.us/img715/5999/dscn4537q.jpg
    http://img683.imageshack.us/img683/9643/dscn4521.jpg

    It's not the noise level on my camera either. I tried adjusting the amount of noise/grain in my camera and it still appears. It must be something inside that is doing this. We tried cleaning the lens, changing the battery, the memory card, I let the camera rest for a whole day, I switched the camera to all modes, and it still appears. This is a point-and-shoot camera, so I can't replace the lens if it is a scratch. What could the problem be? Please help me! I take care of this camera very well, and I don't know what this is. Please help me figure out what the problem is!

    Thank you for your time,

    Justin
     
  2. Overread

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    Hmm if its not some sort of scratch it could be a line of dead pixels - I assume the viewfinder on your camera is electronic (ie its a liveview output) and that would explain why you can see it in images and the viewfinder, but when there is no physical scratch visable on the lens itself.
    Or it could be an internal scratch on the lens glass which might not be showing up when you study the surface of the lens.

    Either way I am thinking that it is some internal problem - most likley not due to the memory storage since those tend to show up more defined (wider) and far more random (though often will appear in slightly the same place).

    As the camera is under a year old you should be able to get this repaired under warrenty without too much fuss
     
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    Try changing the card. Its either that or the sensor. Just my IMO.
     
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    +1 what Overread said. It's not the memory card for sure.

    Actually, I think it's a bad amplifier circuit in the image sensor rather than a line of dead pixels but that results in about the same thing, but you need to get it sent in for warranty work ASAP.
     

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