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The Image Shows Yellow Horizontal Lines or Banding Effects

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Horizontal lines or banding may be recorded on still and video images if the subject is recorded in artificial lighting or if a flash with High Speed Sync is used together with a fast shutter speed.

Note: The camera settings discussed in this solution may not be available on your unit. Check your manual for model-specific information.

  • Horizontal yellow banding effects may be recorded on images shot under fluorescent, sodium-vapor, mercury-vapor, or incandescent lighting. These effects are called flicker. You may be able to reduce flicker by adjusting the following camera settings:
    • Adjust the shutter speed. Set the shutter speed to 1/50 in regions where the power supply frequency is 50 cycles per second (Hz), and 1/60 in regions where the power supply is 60 Hz.
    • If available, adjust the e-Front Curtain Shutter, select OFF.
    • If you can set the Shutter Type, select Mechanical Shut.
    • Set the Anti-flicker Shoot function to ON.

    Shutter Speed

    Image

    1/200s

    flicker 1

    1/50s

    flicker 2

  • Horizontal lines may be recorded on a still image when a flash with High Speed Sync (HSS) is combined with a fast shutter speed. This is due to the tiny fluctuations in the amount of light emitted by the flash during the exposure period. If you experience this, try the following settings:
    • Use a slower shutter speed.
    • If available, adjust the e-Front Curtain Shutter, select OFF.
    • If you can set the Shutter Type, select Mechanical Shut.

    Shutter Speed

    e-Front Curtain Shut.

    Image

    1/8000s

    ON

    HSS Image 1

    1/1000s

    ON

    HSS Image 2

    1/8000s

    OFF

    HSS Image 3

  • Horizontal lines may also show up if you use an LED light on a video recording due to high-frequency flickering. To avoid this, use a light specifically designed for video.