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04-28-2013, 03:20 PM   #1
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Failing K-5 Sensor

It looks like my k-5's sensor is failing somehow. It is random, but to me it looks like readout is somehow failing as the green bars appear in random places. The k-5 is still under warranty, but I'm reluctant to send into CRIS because it has some scuffs on the bottom plate, especially one in the corner and the LCD cover is looking pretty rough. Something in the processing isn't working right. I don't think I could have caused this. What's CRIS's stance on damage to the body and warranty repairs? A $400 repair is going make the camera useless to me for some time. :/

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If it's still covered under warranty, I'd send it in. They probably won't replace your plate, but if the issue is with the internals, then that should be covered.

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Have you tried using different memory cards?
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QuoteOriginally posted by RollsUp Quote
Have you tried using different memory cards?
+!. Before I'd send it in I'd try several different cards and make certain that A) the firmware is up-to-date, and B) the card was formatted in camera.

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QuoteOriginally posted by RollsUp Quote
Have you tried using different memory cards?
+2, other than the card, send the puppy in for service.
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I used to get those bars in JPG's from time to time. It could've been the card, I never really figured it out.

I guess I'm just responding because you say you're 'Somewhere'... I have a friend who lives not too far away from that pic.
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My first guess would be a dud card. Other options may include: overheating? Battery/power level fluctuations at image write time due to a dying battery? Strong EM interference from somewhere [HAARP , mobile phone tower or WiFi, microwave oven]?

Also do these green bars appear just in JPGs or also in your RAWs once you process them?
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I looked through some RAWs this morning. Yeah, its coming off the sensor before it hits the jpeg engine like that. Tried 3 different cards, 3 different batteries and a different lens. That was the first few things I tried. Same results. It's looking like its going back. All I can do is hope that they will help me. In the meantime, my trusty k-7 will work for the time being. I'll just have to expose more carefully now...

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QuoteOriginally posted by zosxavius Quote
I looked through some RAWs this morning. Yeah, its coming off the sensor before it hits the jpeg engine like that. Tried 3 different cards, 3 different batteries and a different lens. That was the first few things I tried. Same results. It's looking like its going back. All I can do is hope that they will help me. In the meantime, my trusty k-7 will work for the time being. I'll just have to expose more carefully now...
It was worth asking, sorry it's the camera.
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It was worth asking, sorry it's the camera.
Yeah, definitely worth asking because many people get a bad card and assume the camera is dying. That was my first suspicion. Too bad I was wrong.
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