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LiDAR damage to camera at CES?

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David Ashton
David Ashton
1/23/2019 3:10:16 PM
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Clarification please
Steve, you said early on "A man using his new $1,198 Sony camera found that his photographs were damaged...".  Just the photographs, or was there permanent damage to the camera?

Later on you say, "The image below shows numerous laser-caused spots on an HP Photosmart 945, a 5-megapixel camera". unhappily the image does not seem to be there, could you post it?

This seems to me to be a bit of a "D'OH!" issue - you don't look at lasers, and you shouldn't point your camera at them, and you do point this out: "Avoid beams which are coming straight into your lens".

Another caveat. "Typically Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) users are not at risk while the shutter is closed or mirror is down, so you are only at risk for the fraction of a second that you are taking the photo. "  But if you are on telephoto zoom and point your camera at a laser, that light is delivered directly, optically, to your eye, so be very careful!  This won't happen if you're looking at a viewfinder on lesser cameras, even if the laser damages the sensor.

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