This is what happens when you point your camera at the sun

James Marshall
August 21, 2017

But there's one thing we've been hearing a lot of - which is that taking a photograph of the eclipse with your iPhone could fry the camera.

"We made this video to make people aware of the damage they can cause to their camera by pointing it at the sun without a solar filter", Every Photo Store tells PetaPixel.

USA Today reported that some have warned photographers attempting to take images of the eclipse to buy special solar filters for cameras. With an old Canon T2i attached to what looks like a 400mm lens, you can clearly see just how the lens magnifies the suns rays into the camera's sensor melting it in under a minute. (Some cameras allow light in during various preview or live view modes.) And yes, that's a huge, expensive lens, and it's pointed directly at the sun instead of a wide-angle landscape. And if you're using the glasses to protect your eyes, make sure it's a legit pair that will actually protect you. Even within seconds of placing the camera on the lens, you can start to see smoke coming from the camera.

In Bloomington-Normal, just 93 percent of the sun will be covered, meaning solar glasses should be worn during the entire event.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER