# Has this happened to your camera?

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Well, it was not fun yesterday.

I went to the zoo and when I arrived there my camera was working fine.
Then after I went to eat, I tried using it again, but could not preview the pictures I took.

I would press the preview button and the picture would show for 1 second and then flash before me, and promptly either disapear into a black screen or go dim (green and 1/5 of the original brightness- to the point of not being able to see the picture)

Started having a panic attack, sort of anyhow.

It's fine now, (I'm really relieved I didn't have to send it out for maintanance at a nikon dealer, because that would have took time) I think that this was caused by me placing it onto the railing on the outside of the seal pool that had become hot, because of the sun beating on it.

Could it have gotten overheated and become loopy for awhile and has this happened to anyone else with a digital slr camera or any other camera?

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Well, it was not fun yesterday.

I went to the zoo and when I arrived there my camera was working fine.
Then after I went to eat, I tried using it again, but could not preview the pictures I took.

I would press the preview button and the picture would show for 1 second and then flash before me, and promptly either disapear into a black screen or go dim (green and 1/5 of the original brightness- to the point of not being able to see the picture)

Started having a panic attack, sort of anyhow.

It's fine now, (I'm really relieved I didn't have to send it out for maintanance at a nikon dealer, because that would have took time) I think that this was caused by me placing it onto the railing on the outside of the seal pool that had become hot, because of the sun beating on it.

Could it have gotten overheated and become loopy for awhile and has this happened to anyone else with a digital slr camera or any other camera?
It could have been the heat. You don't want to overheat anything that's computerized.

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It could have been the heat. You don't want to overheat anything that's computerized.

but if something gets overheated, would it always get back to normal, or would it be fried for good?

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but if something gets overheated, would it always get back to normal, or would it be fried for good?
Depends on if the components become damaged.

If it gets hot enough it will be fried for good. I don't know how hot that would be. You might check your manual for operating environment requirements.

Christine, Manifacturers would define normal operating temperatures to be limited to perhaps 110 - 120 F. That is tested to be fine. No-one can really tell what will happen beyond that. You were lucky this time it seems. Of course there is a tendency to get a bit careless when familiar with the equipment. But really you should always threat that fine D40X of yours with utmost care as if it was the first time that you laid hands on it.

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Christine, Manifacturers would define normal operating temperatures to be limited to perhaps 110 - 120 F. That is tested to be fine. No-one can really tell what will happen beyond that. You were lucky this time it seems. Of course there is a tendency to get a bit careless when familiar with the equipment. But really you should always threat that fine D40X of yours with utmost care as if it was the first time that you laid hands on it.
All my electronics take a beating.

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Christine, Manifacturers would define normal operating temperatures to be limited to perhaps 110 - 120 F. That is tested to be fine. No-one can really tell what will happen beyond that. You were lucky this time it seems. Of course there is a tendency to get a bit careless when familiar with the equipment. But really you should always threat that fine D40X of yours with utmost care as if it was the first time that you laid hands on it.
:uhh: well if I threaten it with "care"...it should behave
but seriously, I always treat the camera with care, as it's an expensive piece of equipment.

Hm..well it is just fine today, and I shot a baby squirrel

tiny-tim
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Hm..well it is just fine today, and I shot a baby squirrel
hmm … obviously ok with squirrels.

Perhaps the clue is:
I think that this was caused by me placing it onto the railing on the outside of the seal pool that had become hot, because of the sun beating on it.
I think Feynman would say that the problem was … you didn't have a perfect seal.

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hmm … obviously ok with squirrels.

Perhaps the clue is:

I think Feynman would say that the problem was … you didn't have a perfect seal.
Of course..I know where the problem was..(not stupid)

Tsu
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Sometimes when I can't view anything on my screen, its because I've accidentally hit the 'display' button on the camera. If I push that button, I can see again!! It's JUST AMAZING how that works!!!! :ROFL:

Tsu
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oh yeah!! DON'T SHOOT BABY SQUIRRELS!!!
...unless you plan to eat em...

I would think it might be due to low battery...

All my electronics take a beating.
Thats probably becuase unlike your camera, hers is very, very, very expensive.

My pocket camera is a piece of junk.

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LOL, I wouldn't let some dumbass touch my camera (an Olympus E-500) and it only cost $800 with the two lens kit. JasonRox Homework Helper Gold Member Thats probably becuase unlike your camera, hers is very, very, very expensive. My pocket camera is a piece of junk. Nah, my cellphone isn't anywhere near junk. The new Sony Ericson phone with the nice camera and all. Most people are surprised it's still working. Or my iPod! I don't put a case on it. Putting a case on it is dumb. If it can't take a fall to the ground, it's garbage. Anyways, I was walking and then being careless with my iPod, it ended up smashing into the ground. I just picked it and continued walking like nothing happen. A lady stopped me and was like... "How can you not freak out!? Is it broken? OMG, you don't even have a case on it!" ... just an iPod come on. Last edited: Gold Member I would think it might be due to low battery... no, it had 3 bars...which is the total it can have. Thats probably becuase unlike your camera, hers is very, very, very expensive. yes it is... LOL, I wouldn't let some dumbass touch my camera (an Olympus E-500) and it only cost$800 with the two lens kit.
My Nikon was 800 something with 2 lens' as well. But adding my 70-300mm which is more than half that ammount is painful to the pocket.

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Yeah I wanna get a telephoto. Olympus 4/3 mounting effectively doubles my zoom, so a 50-150 for example is the same as a 100-300 on a 35mm. They're sooo expensive though

no, it had 3 bars...which is the total it can have.

yes it is...

My Nikon was 800 something with 2 lens' as well. But adding my 70-300mm which is more than half that ammount is painful to the pocket.
In life, you get what you pay for. You have one damn nice camera!

Id love to have a camera like that just becuase the images are so sharp. But its WAY to big to be used as an everyday pocket camera. HOWEVER, a few friends of mine have these new pocket cameras that take AMAZING pictures! I couldnt believe it.

Nah, my cellphone isn't anywhere near junk. The new Sony Ericson phone with the nice camera and all.

Most people are surprised it's still working.

Or my iPod! I don't put a case on it. Putting a case on it is dumb. If it can't take a fall to the ground, it's garbage. Anyways, I was walking and then being careless with my iPod, it ended up smashing into the ground. I just picked it and continued walking like nothing happen. A lady stopped me and was like... "How can you not freak out!? Is it broken? OMG, you don't even have a case on it!" ... just an iPod come on.
I got my ipod for free, and I dont use a case either. I like it exactly for the fact that its small. The case makes it so bulky its pointless in buying a thin device! BUT, it does cost something like \$250 bucks, so Im not going to let it smash against anything. (I have a black 30G Ipod video). You should take better care of things you own.

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In life, you get what you pay for. You have one damn nice camera!

Id love to have a camera like that just becuase the images are so sharp. But its WAY to big to be used as an everyday pocket camera. HOWEVER, a few friends of mine have these new pocket cameras that take AMAZING pictures! I couldnt believe it.
I guess so, but I have to say that my camera is considered one of the "cheapest" of the high end cameras (slr's).

I have a normal everyday camera that I use because my other one really can't fit in my pocket/pocketbook etc, and it's a pentax.

I would also like to mention that where I live, people are thieves...or potential thieves. EVERY time I take my camera to the zoo people look at me and then look around to see if anyone is with me.:uhh:...is it because I look like I belong in highschool??

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Here's the trick christina. Keep your stuff in a ratty bag, then its less likely to get stolen while in the case. And seriously, when your using, no one is gonna come up and steal it from you. LOL

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Here's the trick christina. Keep your stuff in a ratty bag, then its less likely to get stolen while in the case. And seriously, when your using, no one is gonna come up and steal it from you. LOL
Ya, funny...nooot. They see it when I use the camera in the first place and I seriously got more looks when I have my 70-300mm lens on my camera...

Maybe you should stop taking random pictures of peoples kids at the zoo then, creep.

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Maybe you should stop taking random pictures of peoples kids at the zoo then, creep.
maybe I will stop shooting people's kids...

but seriously who takes pictures of people's kids when you go to a "zoo."