20 Most Recent Canon PowerShot A300 Digital Camera Questions & Answers


That battery keeps the clock running when the main battery runs down or is not in the camera (as when you take it out to charge it). It simply keeps you from having to reenter the date and time each time you change/charge the battery.

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Apr 15, 2014


One of the most common causes of the E32 is that there is an issue with the lens alignment. It make be stuck in place. Does your lens work in and out when you power up and down your camera? If so, there may be a hardware error causing the issue. If you are fortunate enough to have an authorized Canon dealer/shop in our area, you could take it to them and let them look at it.

Otherwise, if there is a local camera shop or a camera club nearby, you could seek additional help there as well. As a last case scenario, you could take it to a Wolf Camera or Ritz Camera which is a big-box camera store if there is one nearby.

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Nov 19, 2013


Does it save a file to the card? If so copy it to your PC and try to open it. If it is black, then something is wrong with the camera shutter or sensor. It is not worth fixing. Buy another camera used on craigslist. You should be able to get one as good or better for less than $50

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Nov 12, 2013


Press the MENU button, select the wrench icon, then select the "Time Zone and Date" command. See pages 16 and 17 of this manual: http://www.nikonusa.com/pdf/manuals/coolpix/L810_EN.pdf

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Sep 19, 2013


It sounds like the imaging sensor has gone given the age of the camera I would highly recommend replacing it.You can get a camera that is quite a deal better for around 60-80$.
thank you,
Lee

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Jun 15, 2011


I presume that you're using the optical viewfinder and taking close-up photos.

If so, then your camera is fine but you are making a simple mistake. What's happening is called "parallax error". The viewfinder lens does not see exactly the same view as the camera lens because it's slightly higher and off to one side. For most subjects greater than a few feet away the error is insignificant, but for close ups it becomes a problem. Many optical viewfinders of your type will include framing lines. These show the approximate image which will be taken at distances of more than a few feet, and may have a second set of stubby lines to show where the image will be cut off during close-ups.

Your fix is to simply be aware of parallax error and allow for it when composing your images.

I hope that this has answered your question; if so then please take a moment to rate my reply. If it hasn't then please add a comment with any additional detail you think will help and I'll try again when I'm next online.

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Mar 10, 2011


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 cameras, 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 Mar 01, 2011


Maybe it is having trouble with the size of the memory. Memory cards have grown enormously in capacity in the last couple of years, and even relatively new cameras may not be able to cope with the memory size of the newest cards.

SD and SDHC cards fit the same slots, but many cameras won't work with the SDHC (high capacity) cards. SDHC is not backwards compatible.

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Nov 03, 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 Oct 29, 2010


go to canon retailer and buy a new battery

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


In my opinion, this older model is probably not worth trying to fix. Perhaps someone may want it for the LCD if that is still in good shape. Check out ebay and look at what is being offered these days. You can often get a real bargain on a digital camera (probably several steps up from your model) for less than $50 including extra batteries and memory cards.

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Jun 25, 2010


Take a look inside your camera's CF card slot. I suspect that you may have a bent pin in there. If so, don't fret. Although professional repair would be more costly than the value of the camera, there is a very good chance that you can repair this yourself. Please see this link.

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on May 28, 2010


This sounds like it might be a defective CCD imager. If so, Canon should fix this for you for free worldwide, and may also include free shipping both ways (free shipping varies with countries). This is regardless of your camera's warranty status. Please check this link for more info.

Applicable cameras include: A60, A70, A75, A80, A85, A95, A300, A310, S1 IS, S60, S230, 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 Apr 11, 2010


This sounds like it might be a defective CCD imager. If so, Canon should fix this for you for free worldwide, and may also include free shipping both ways (free shipping varies with countries). This is regardless of your camera's warranty status. Please check this link for more info.
Applicable cameras include:
A40, A60, A70, A75, A80, A85, A95, A300, A310, S1 IS, S60, S200, S230, S330, 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 Mar 12, 2010

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