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It's Dumb Easy to Wreck a $20,000 Camera with Just a Couple Lasers

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Lasers are bad for your eyes, so it shouldn't be a surprise they're bad for cameras too. This clip shows exactly how trivial it is for a laser to pop inside a $20,000 piece of equipment and totally scramble its brains.


The camera in question here is a Red EPIC—a bit more expensive than the Canon 5D we saw get taken out a while back. The cam was just minding its own business, filming the Electric Daisy Carnival 2013 in Chicago when it came face-to-face with a laser array. And laser beats sensor.


Fortunately the busted sensor should be replaceable at a cost less than the camera's full $20,000, but it's still a multi-thousand dollar screw-up, and apparently two cameras there got hit. So be careful where you point, well, everything; the damage doesn't look quite awesome enough to justify that cost. [Reddit]