Sun Damage to sensor

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phazelag
phazelag Veteran Member • Posts: 3,096
Sun Damage to sensor
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A friend of mine posted this video in our photo club site.   I am well aware of the power of magnifying glasses and the sun.   I have started fires this way as a kid.   I am baffled though about the millions of photos I have seen taken and taken myself of the sun and sunsets over the years and have never once heard of a damaged sensor.

Sun burns camera sensor.

I can see the worry of using an optical viewfinder, but I have mostly Electronic VFs.  I would only keep it there are few seconds.

Most sun photos I have seen are a much faster Shutter speed than in the video which used 6 seconds with what looks like a 600/800mm lens.   I don't hold the camera focused there longer than a few seconds.   I took this photo below with my FZ1000 at 1/4000th shutter zoomed in at 400mm.  I expect the eclipse to be similar or less in intensity.

I have taken thousands of photos of the sun over the years and have never had a sensor damaged.    So is this a case of paranoia?  Or can someone careful and prudent take a photo of the eclipse with no issues without a filter?

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