Hello everyone, I just got a new 550d/T2i today, my first DSLR and went out to shoot some simple test images and video. Unfortunately my fun didn't last no more than a few moments when I noticed a small, almost pixel sized and somewhat "pulsating" white dot on all the images and through Live view. It didn't appear while looking through the viewfinder and was still visible with other lenses, so I'm thinking it's a mark or possible dead area on the sensor.
Here's a 1:1 region crop of an automatic photo test, there you can see the suspiciously looking white dot.
Here's a grab of it while recording 1080p video- once again, a small cropped region within the frame is presented here at 1:1, and with video it appears to slightly grow in size/softness in the darker areas to about the size of four pixels and sometimes larger. It also pulsates to more light and is very obvious. You can't see it very well in the highlight areas though.
Unless I'm wrong somewhere (I wish/hope I am) I'll be returning it either tomorrow or the next day for a new one, which means a long wait for shipping, re-reimbursement, etc, but I'm wondering if this has ever happened to anyone else and if what I'm thinking it is- dead sensor "pixel" or area on it being DoA is about right. It may be somewhat hard to notice and certainly isn't hard to edit out of photos, but considering I bought this very largely due to its video capabilities this is definitely unacceptable and has to go back.
My battery is fully charged but it won't allow me to enter manual cleaning mode to just look closely at the sensor area and I don't have the special AC adapter either so I can't access it. What do you guys think?