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WASHINGTON – A picture may be worth a thousand words but experts with the Consumer Product Safety Commission say you should put down the camera.

The agency says people should stop using certain Canon Power Shots SX50 HS digital cameras.

Officials say a chemical used in the rubber part of the viewfinder can cause users to have an allergic reaction.

Authorities say the chemical has caused some customers to have a skin reaction and irritation to their eye.

The cameras involved in the recall have serial numbers beginning with 69, 70, 71 and have 1 as the sixth digit.

The cameras were sold from October 2013 through January 2014 at several major retailers.

The recall affects about 14,000 devices.

Customers who have the camera should contact Canon to arrange for a free repair.