DP Merrill LCD Heat Sensitive?

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Human Elements
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DP Merrill LCD Heat Sensitive?

I was out shooting with my new-used DP1 Merrill in the desert the other day. It wasn't super hot (75F) but the sun in New Mexico is powerfully direct. I had the camera on a tripod with the LCD facing sunwards (it was late afternoon) for maybe five minutes while I was waiting for the clouds to move across the scene. And after the shot, I realized that the spot where the AF/MF mode is shown had a series of dark lines across it, with a washed-out pixel zone surrounding it! As if I'd dropped it on that spot.

I suspected the sun plus the camera's internal heat since the zone got slightly over time. Leaving it in the bag didn't seem to help but it didn't get bigger after a certain point. Fortunately, when I got home and the camera had a few hours to cool, the spot became insignificant and was entirely gone by evening.

Is this a normal thing?

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