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Can a torch light damage your digital camera sensor

Webbs 4 9
24 Jan 2019 7:37AM
Hi all, I was just wondering if anyone could put my mind at rest? I accidentally shone a strong led torch light at close range at my Nikon D7200. The camera lens was off but the camera itself was turned off.
Could the light still have reached the sensor? Have I , could I have damaged the sensor?

Any advice would be appreciated , thank you.

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24 Jan 2019 8:33AM
Probably not. A laser beam probably would, or a long exposure ( with lens ) pointed at the sun. But an LED torch, and without the lens?
...Nah, stop worrying about it.
Chris_L 5 5.3k United Kingdom
24 Jan 2019 10:53AM
The camera's mirror was probably in the down position so little light should have reached the sensor.

To totally put your mind at rest consider how many of these types of things are in use.
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4050 Canada
24 Jan 2019 9:36PM
No. Not only is the mirror down, but the sensor is not powered on, and cant be affected.

Either way, when you put a lens back on it, how did the images look?
User_Removed 15 4.3k 2 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2019 9:05PM
Sensor cleaning kits come with a torch, so I doubt very much that torch light could cause damage.

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