It’s Easy To Wreck A $20,000 Camera With Just A Couple Lasers

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 $US20,000 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 as we all know, laser beats sensor.

Fortunately the busted sensor should be replaceable at a cost less than the camera’s full $US20k, but it’s still a multi-thousand dollar screw-up, and apparently it wasn’t even the only one there that got hit. So be careful where you point, well, everything; the damage doesn’t look quite awesome enough to justify that cost. [Reddit]