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Re: camera turns on but shutter does not open. green...
You mean SD400 camera doesn't show any error sign and it just doesn't have live view to shoot picture? If yes, its problem of bad CCD imager and Canon will provide free of cost repair facility for SD400 camera. Click Canon CCD Advisory for details.
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A stuck shutter is another common failure mode for digital cameras. The symptoms of a stuck or "sticky" shutter are very similar to CCD image sensor failure. The camera may take black pictures (for shutter stuck closed), or the pictures may be very bright and overexposed, especially when taken outdoors (for shutter stuck open).
To confirm a stuck shutter, put the camera in any mode other than "Auto", and turn the flash OFF (you don't want to blind yourself for the next step). Next look down the lens and take a picture. You should see a tiny flicker in the center of the lens as the shutter opens and closes. If no movement is seen, then you likely have a stuck shutter. If so, please see the following for further info and a simple fix that may help: http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2009/05/simple-fix-for-stuck-shutter.html
If you check page 45 in the manual, you'll see that the orange light during the half press indicates that the flash is turned on. A single beep means that the camera is having difficulty getting a "focus lock" (usually when shooting in low light conditions). See page 100 of the manual for suggestions on how to improve the chances for getting a well-focused picture.
The following blog outlines some simple repair options for a lens error. But please first try the listed Fix #2. I heard that fix particularly works well for a camera who's battery had run down with the lens open. Please post back here with a follow up comment if any of the fixes work:
In this mode, all you have to do is press the shutter button and let the camera do everything else.
1. Turn the camera on.
2. Turn the shooting mode dial to .
3. Aim the camera at the subject.
4. Use the zoom lever to achieve the desired composition (relative subject size in the viewfinder).
The angle of view can be adjusted within the 45 to 100 mm range, in 35mm film equivalent.
When the LCD monitor is on, the combined use of the digital zoom and optical zoom enables magnified shooting up to approx. 7x.
5. Press the shutter button halfway.
beeps will sound when the camera has finished metering, and the
indicator will light green or orange. If the LCD monitor is on, the AF
frame will appear green.
The yellow indicator will blink and the beep will sound one time if the subject is difficult to focus on.
6. Press the shutter button all the way.
You will hear the sound of the shutter when the shutter activates.
The picture appears for two seconds on the LCD monitor, if it is on.
The indicator next to the viewfinder blinks green while data is recorded onto the SD card.
It's probably in PC mode.
It still thinks that it's connected to the computer via the USB.
It should be somewhere in the set up configuration.
If you can't get it to switch back to normal, disconnect it from all power sources(including internal memory button battery if present) in order to reset it.
make sure you turn off the camera before disconnecting it from the USB.
I just discovered that the real problem is a STICKY SHUTTER BUTTON, staying down after taking a picture. This prevents the green ready light from coming on until I jiggle the shutter button. It has actually started to be hard to press, making a definite clicking sound as it goes down. I can even feel it catch on something. If I move it around a bit, it will eventually come up, allowing the ready light to reset. Can this be cleaned? How about adding a drop of WD40 or something? Anybody ever take one of these apart? Any tips as to how to do it safely???