Saturday, October 19, 2019

"Haunted" Camera Takes 300 Photos by Itself

Photo date: October 18, 2019. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The video below shows a most astonishing and inexplicable occurrence. While I was photographing falling water drops, I suddenly observed my Sony A6000 camera taking a very large number of photos, when no one was touching the camera.  The camera took about 300 photos by itself, without anyone touching it.  These photos occurred in 13 separate bursts, with about 8 or 9 seconds between most of these bursts.  The camera was in "Sports Action" mode, a "burst" mode that allows multiple pictures to be taken by holding down the shutter button.  Because there were 13 separate photo bursts, it was as if some invisible spirit was holding down the shutter button 13 separate times.

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There are no possible camera settings that can cause this camera to perform in such a way.  There was no way that this could have been some "delayed action" effect produced by some self-timer setting. When the Sony A6000 is in "Sports Action" mode (also called "burst" mode), it is physically impossible to choose any of the "delayed action" or "self-timer" options offered by the camera (which cannot take more than 3 photos at a time when such options are chosen).

The "Remote Control" setting on the camera (which I have never changed) was "Off."  Some people operate Sony A6000 cameras by remote control, by either plugging in a remote control cable into the left side of the camera, or by downloading a smartphone app allowing a degree of remote control. I have never bought such a cable, or downloaded such an app, and have never made any use of any remote control feature or wi-fi feature with this camera. You can see in the video that there is no cable plugged into either side of the camera, which proves that a cable remote-control was not used.  As for the remote control smartphone app,  according to the link here it is not possible for the Sony A6000 camera to use "burst mode" (as we see here) with such an app.  User LeButler tells us that the smartphone remote control app allows "1 shot every 2 seconds at best from what I've seen" and is "single-shot only." User benmao says "it is not possible" to use burst-mode with the smartphone remote control app.

This occurred while I was in the middle of photographing water drops falling in front of a black background. Looking at the photos stored on the camera, I saw that about 300 consecutive photos were taken showing only the black background, matching the 300 or so times you see a flash occurring in this video.  I never manually take photos of only the black background.

What we see in this video is a very dramatic manifestation similar to the equally inexplicable manifestation shown in this video, where we see the camera repeatedly changing its setting screens when no was touching it. I have also seen the same camera repeatedly take single-shot photos by itself, when I was three meters away from it (and no "delayed action" or "self-timer" setting was in effect).

I will not be enormously surprised if I one day see this Sony A6000 camera levitating, as such a thing would be no more wondrous and inexplicable than what is shown in these videos, and in the series of 130+ photo posts here, most of which  show photos taken with this camera.  Very many of the photos in that series seem to show a mysterious and incredibly precise control over matter that I find far more impressive than it would be if a camera were to simply rise up in the air.

Postscript:  There was nothing wrong with the shutter button or anything else on the camera in question, which worked without any problem during hour-long photography sessions on more than fifty different days between the date of this video (October 18, 2019) and December 31, 2019.

The photo below shows the connection slots of the Sony A6000 camera, which are on the left side of the camera. It is very clear from the video above that no cable was plugged into such a slot. There are no slots on the right side of the Sony A6000.

An interesting question is: if you held the shutter button on the Sony A6000, would it produce results like that in my video? My Sony A6000 finally failed in January 2020 for a reason unrelated to the shutter button. I didn't try testing holding down the shutter button for two straight minutes with this camera. But I did try such a test with a very similar model, the Sony A6000's successor, the Sony A6100. When I held down the shutter button in burst mode (the same mode used in the video above), the camera never stopped shooting. It just slowed down markedly after about 20 seconds, the slowdown caused by the camera needing to catch up on disk storage. So the behavior shown in the video above (with 13 distinct bursts of photo taking, each separated by 7 or more seconds of no photos being taken) is apparently NOT what we would get if you held down the camera's shutter button for a minute or more, or if the shutter button was somehow stuck in a down position.  The camera's behavior can only be explained by 13 separate presses of the shutter button, none of which I did myself.

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