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LCD screen black with white specs in picture and movie mode

Yesterday picked up the camera to take photos, but in both picture and movie mode the LCD screen is black (aside from lots of moving white specs ... the closest description is like the intro to Star Wars, but without the scrolling text). If I try to take a photo, the camera will go through the procedure, even flashing if required, but the image that comes out is completely black. When I switch the camera on and off, the lens does seem to go in and out correctly, and the lens cover successfully opens, so I don't think I have fallen into the trap of taking a photo with the lens still covered. In picture play mode, all is fine ... the LCD screen successfully shows pictures that were taken without problems a week ago. The camera was neither dropped nor immersed in water. Can anyone help?

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Re: LCD screen black with white specs in picture and...

With the power off, hold the camera in your palm and smack the front of the camera on your leg or arm. You might have to smack it a few time to get it to work. It has to do with the camera CDD lense (shuttle) being stuck. By smacking it around, it will free up the lense. Being extra gentle with it though. It worked for me. Hope this help.

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Re: LCD screen black with white specs in picture and...

Know this is an old post, but really this sounds like a defective CCD imager. You may be in luck. Canon should fix this for you for free, including free shipping both ways. Please check the following two links for more info:
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A40, A60, A70, A75, A80, A85, A95, A300, A310, S1 IS, S60, S200, S230, S330, S400, S410, S500, SD100, SD110

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Re: LCD screen black with white specs in picture and...

There's nothing really you can do besides getting it repaired. How's the warranty? My guess is that the main circuit board will have to be replaced, and that could be expensive even if you find a place that can fix it 'in shop'. Canon offcourse will charge you the usual 150$. Good luck

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