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There was a recall for this camera, but I don't know if it is still on. Here's THE LINK

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Nov 22, 2010


If the drop years ago caused no problem in all this time, it therefore did not contribute to your lcd problem.

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Oct 31, 2010


This sounds like the known CCD failure problem with Canon A85s. Canon advise that you contact one of their repair centers for a FREE repair.

see this link

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Oct 19, 2010


This camera takes ordinary AA batteries. You can use alkaline ones, which are mostly not rechargeable, or you can use a set of AA size NiMH rechargeable ones, which will last longer per charge than a set of alkalines. You will need a separate charger for the batteries, they won't charge in the camera. You can buy a charger complete with a set of batteries cheaply online or in shops. Get ones marked 2300 mAH or 2700 mAH if you can- they will last longer than ones with lower ratings.

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Oct 18, 2010


check your camera setting.like auto mode,flash on,focus setting. After adjust setting picture will come fine.If still not good then there is problem with focus motor which is replaced with hole lens assy.

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Oct 18, 2010


Yes. The camera doesn't care what computer you have when it's taking photos. And working with photos is probably easier on a Mac than on a PC.

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Oct 13, 2010


i think your camera is having ccd problem Is the colour of lines is of pink or magenta

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Oct 04, 2010


This sounds like it might be a defective CCD imager, and is a known defect for your particular model camera.. If so, Canon should fix this for you for free if you live in the US, Canada, and a select few other countries. If you live outside the US, contact Canon support for your country to see if they'll still honor the advisory (some still will, especially if you stress you knowledge that this is a known defect of the camera). They may also include free shipping both ways (free shipping varies with countries). This is regardless of your camera's warranty status. Please see this link for more info.

Affected cameras with this problem include: A60, A70, A75, A80, A85, A95, A300, A310, S1 IS, S60, S400, S410, S500, SD100, SD110, IXUS V2/V3/300/400/430/500/II/IIs, IXY Digital 200a/300a/320/400/450/500/30/30a

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Sep 30, 2010


Lens errors (E18 Errors on older Canons) are fairly common. Usually it's sand or grit interfering with the lens extension mechanism. Or the camera's been dropped with the lens extended. Or the camera has been powered on, but the lens had been blocked preventing its extension. Or the battery ran down with the lens extended ...

Here are some things that you can do to try to correct it. They only seem to work for less than 50% of the lens errors, but if the camera is out of warranty, they're worth a try.

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Sep 27, 2010


Hi,

You can download and print the instruction manual in PDF format by clicking this link.

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Hope this solves your problem. Thanks for using FixYa.

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Sep 21, 2010


This is a known manufacturing defect and Canon will fix it for free. Look for the notice and instructions on the Canon website.

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Sep 18, 2010


Your LCD display has failed and might need a replacement unless it can a relative fault in the powersupply section of the camera.
You will need to remove the covers to get access which is most difffcult and sensitive part. So ONLY if equipped try this out to open carefully and check the voltages of the LCD panel . If no voltage check supply, if present then the LCD is faulty.
You might need assistance to get the part from Canon service or spares.
Hence in the first place decide if you can get an estimate straight from Canon service support . With limited spares we cannot conclude a job.

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Sep 17, 2010


Happened both my Canon cameras. Not buying another.
Oddly, the camera still works without the screen and I can copy pictures to my computer and look at them.
Hopefully you can get it serviced under warranty.

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Sep 11, 2010


look on canon web site ;this model have recall adviser
they supposed to fix free and all shipping fee
canon.com/customer/ support,when your in site choose your model number it should be on the list advisor.
or it cant be the lcd it self.
hope that will help you
regards Allan

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Sep 01, 2010


Fixing a Lens Error on a Digital Camera

This has to be THE most common failure mode for a digital camera. Some common error messages that might show up on the LCD's of cameras with this problem include “E18 lens error”, or “lens error, restart camera”. Some cameras might show nothing at all, but merely make a beeping noise as the lens goes out, then in, then the camera shuts off. Sometimes the lens won't even move.
The problem is actually quite common throughout all camera brands. Usually it's sand or grit interfering with the lens extension mechanism. Or the camera's been dropped with the lens extended. Or the camera has been powered on, but the lens had been blocked preventing its extension. Or the battery ran down with the lens extended. Believe it or not, one BIG contributor to lens errors is using a camera case. Sand, gunk, case fibers, etc... accumulate at the bottom of the case. These materials love to cling to the camera by electrostatic build-up from the camera rubbing against the side of the case (especially those cases with soft fibrous intreriors). Once these materials work their way into the lens mechanism, that's all she wrote. I have many Canon's, and NEVER use a case for this very reason.
A camera owner that suffers this problem may have no recourse for having the camera repaired. Many camera makers will not honor repairing this problem under warranty as they claim it is due to impact damage to the camera, or sand or debris getting into the lens gearing mechanism (neither of which is covered under warranty). The quoted repair cost is usually close to or more than what the camera is actually worth.
Fortunately, about half the cameras that suffer this failure can easily be fixed by one of the following methods. None of these methods involve opening the camera, although some have potential to cause other damage to the camera if excessively done. If the camera is still under warranty, before trying any of these, please please first contact your camera's maker to see if they'll cover the repair, or to determine how much they'll charge for the repair. Who knows, you might get lucky. But if they quote you a number that's higher than the value of your camera, you may want to consider the following methods.
The methods are listed in the order of risk of damaging your camera. Thus make sure you try them in the listed order. And remember, these fixes (especially #6 and 7) should only be considered for a camera that's out of warranty, who's cost of repair would be excessive, and would otherwise be considered for disposal if unrepaired:
Fix #1: Remove the batteries from the camera, wait a few minutes. Put a fresh set of batteries back in (preferably rechargeable NiMH 2500mah or better) and turn the camera on. If that didn't work, try pressing and holding the Function or OK button while turning the camera on.
Fix #2: Remove the batteries, then remove the memory card. Then install new batteries, and turn on the camera. If you get an Error E30, it means you don't have a memory card installed, so turn it off, slip in the memory card and turn it on one last time.
Fix #3: Insert the cameras Audio/Video (AV) cable, and turn the camera on. Inserting this cable ensures that the camera's LCD screen remains off during the start process. Thus extra battery power is available to the camera's lens motor during startup. This extra power can be useful in overcoming grit or sand particals that may be jamming the lens. If the AV cable doesn't fix the lens error by itself, consider keeping this cable installed while trying fixes 4, 5, and 7 as a means to provide extra help to these fixes. But note that I DON'T recommend keeping the cable installed during Fix 6 as you may damage the AV port while tapping the camera. Reinsert the cable only AFTER tapping the camera.
Fix #4: Place the camera flat on its back on a table, pointed at the ceiling. Press and hold the shutter button down, and at the same time press the power-on button. The idea is that the camera will try to autofocus while the lens is extending, hopefully seating the lens barrel guide pins in their slots.
Fix #5: Blow compressed air in the gaps around the lens barrels with the idea of blowing out any sand or grit that may be in there jamming the lens. Other variations include blowing with a hair dryer in “no heat” setting, or sucking the gaps with a vacuum (careful with this one).
Now we're entering into the realm of potentially damaging your camera in conducting the fix. There is definitely some risk here, so take care when conducting the following two fixes.
Fix #6: Repeatedly tap the padded/rubber usb cover on a hard surface with the intent of dislodging any particles that may be jamming the lens. Other variations include hitting a side of the camera against the palm of your hand. A lot of people have reported success with this method. HOWEVER, there is also some potential for damaging or dislodging internal components with this method, such as unseating ribbon cables, or cracking LCD screens.
Fix #7: Try forcing the lens. More people have reported success with this method than with any of the other methods. HOWEVER, there's obviously some potential for damaging your camera by using this method. Variations include gently pulling, rotating, and/or twisting the lens barrel while hitting the power button. Attempt to gently straighten or align the barrel if it's crooked or twisted. Another variation includes looking for uneven gaps around the lens barrel, and then pushing on the side of the lens barrel that has the largest gap (note pushing the lens barrel all the way in is NOT recommended as it may become stuck there). While doing any of the above, listen for a click that indicates that the lens barrel guide pins may have reseated in their guide slots. If you hear this click, immediately stop and try the camera.

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Aug 29, 2010


Check Canon Technical Support- to see if there is a recall on that model. Otherwise replace the camera

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Aug 15, 2010


I have same problem... I disassemble the camera and service using CR3 Contact Cleaner (Near CCD connector)

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Aug 12, 2010


CCD damaged. Replace the CCD & use the camera like before.

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Aug 10, 2010


You could try a different USB port if you have one available but the real solution to your problem is to use a card reader instead of the camera.

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Aug 03, 2010


Recommend a room with good ambient, non-direct, lighting. Also place the camera in "Portrait" mode (the dial selection with the lady's profile). Also turn off the flash by pressing the lightning bolt button repeatedly until you get the icon with the slash through the lightning. Next put it in close-up macro mode by pressing the little flower button. Next use the timer to take the shot, by pressing Func Set, then scrolling down to the mode selection, and then scrolling right to select the 2 second option.

The camera is now set for such a closeup. Recommend using a tripod to keep the camera extra steady during the shot. If no tripod is available, recommend bracing the camera against another object, such as a chair to help keep it steady. Aim and zoom at the piece of jewelry, push the shutter halfway down to focus on the jewelry (should see a green box). Once you get the green box indicating focus, press the shutter all the way down to start the timer. Hold the camera extra steady until about a second after the shot.

Good Luck!

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Jul 18, 2010

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