Stuck pixel fixed, thanks Nikon :-)

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Paul van Andel, Aug 1, 2003.

  1. Lately my trusted Coolpix 990 (out of warranty) did show a stuck pixel, at
    the center of the CCD, where else ;-)
    First I contacted my supplier, they told me that it would cost me between
    125 Euro (for a used CCD) and 250 Euro (for a new CCD) to fix it.

    Hmm, then I contacted Nikon (represented by Inca BV) in the Netherlands
    (that's where I live), they told me that they would fix it for free.
    I brought the camera to Nikon and it took only about 15 minutes to fix it,
    they disabled the stuck pixel and even some hot pixels witch were present at
    extreme long shutter speeds. I took some test images and dicovered, the CCD
    is as new, and even slightly better at long shutterspeeds :)

    I don't think that my supplier did try to rip me off (I hope), but maybe
    just wasn't aware of the possibility to disable stuck and hot pixels like
    Nikon did.

    Anyway, Nikon thanks, that's service.

    Paul
     
    Paul van Andel, Aug 1, 2003
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  2. Paul van Andel

    Alan Browne Guest

    It strikes me as odd that if a stuck or hot pixel can be "fixed" by
    software that it is not a camera self maintenance feature in first
    place. A self test function could easilly detect stuck/hot pixels and
    do what ever it needs to do to fix them (assuming it is true that they
    can be fixed by s/w). It might require that the user put on a lens cap
    to detect hot pixels, and then point (sans cap) at a white piece of
    paper to detect stuck off pixels...

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, Aug 1, 2003
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