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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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  • Neil Edwards Dec 14, 2007

    Toonz, thanks so much for taking the time to respond to this. It was indeed an old post, and I had already picked up another camera, but I still do have the original s200 in the cupboard and will definitely get it repaired - my young son will feel very proud that he has his very own digital camera now!

    One final question: I'm now in the UK (although had bought the camera in the US). Am I still able to get this fixed in the same way?

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    Viewfinder and lens fine. Suddenly solid black appearing instead of pic. Life if you left lens cover on..but I didn't!

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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.

Posted on Nov 11, 2007

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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:
http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/11/canon-digital-cameras-showing-black.html
http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=PgComSmModDisplayAct&fcategoryid=225&modelid=13390&keycode=2112&id=29819
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A40, A60, A70, A75, A80, A85, A95, A300, A310, S1 IS, S60, S200, S230, S330, S400, S410, S500, SD100, SD110

Posted on Nov 15, 2007

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    You should, as the advisory is worldwide. Here's the repair facilities in UK. Be careful in that I've noticed that some facilities are attempting a "bait and switch" in that they'll offer you an "upgrade" camera at an inflated price. If this happens, recommend turning them down as the upgrade is usually an old model camera at double the going price on ebay. Push for the free repair with free shipping on your old camera. If offered a replacement, it should also be free:



    https://self-service.canon-europe.com/uk...

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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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