Douglas Alpenstock wrote:Oooh, watch out. That's what you might get if a UFO suffered partial loss of power to its cloaking device. And it keeps showing up? Yikes. Anything else you've noticed that's not quite right? (Bad joke. I kid.)
It might be dust or some minor damage to the lens. It might also be a bad pixel in the CCD sensor. What happens to the artifact when you zoom in or out?
Anyway, I'm not sure you can disassemble those little cameras. Outside of a clean room, you might just introduce more weird artifacts. In our house, that would be dog fur.
Phil Gardener wrote:Since the spots are moving as you zoom, the problem is a speck of something on one of the lens surfaces (most likely internal, since you cleaned the external one) rather than an issue with the sensor. In a way, that is good.
If you didn't try cleaning the front of the lens with a Q-tip and some isopropanol (rubbing alcohol) that might be worth a shot, in case a little solvent helps the process. Good luck!