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What Laser Light Can Do to Your Precious DSLR Sensor


We all know pointing your DSLR directly at the sun for extended periods of time isn’t too healthy for your sensor, but what about laser lights like the ones used at concerts? Turns out those can be even more lethal for your camera, even with very brief exposures.

Here are two videos shot with DSLR cameras that show a laser briefly passing over the camera and damaging the sensor permanently. Both were shot with Canon 5D Mark II cameras:

See the white line that appears immediately after the laser sweeps across?

It’s interesting how similar the two lines are, especially given that both people were using the same camera. Hopefully none of us ever see the “white line of death” suddenly appear on our LCDs.

(via Laughing Squid)