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Blank LCD works but wont display

I've had my A85 Powershot for almost two years now and the LCD screen has recently stopped working. I will turn in on and the screen will remain black. I know the camera takes pictures because when I upload them they come out fine. The display simply remains black. I've even more recently discovered that the LCD is not broken because it does in fact work while connected to the computer (Using remote shooting, ZoomBrowserEX canon photo software). The computer can turn the LCD on while connected, but when disconnect it shuts back off. Is there anyway I can fix the camera using a reset fucnction or possible reconfiguring the camera through the computer?

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  • ptharp Dec 21, 2007

    My LCD is blank and I cannot see photo's taken. It flickers light when I first turn it on, but it does not stay light enough to see. If I hold it just right under a light, I can barely see the image of the photo's I have already taken, so I know they are there. Why is the LCD so dark?

  • Anonymous Dec 22, 2007

    My camera will take pics but wont display them. The display remains blank no matter what.

  • robanob Dec 24, 2007

    Not too sure if I have exactly the same problem. My Lcd screen has recently stopped working on my powershot A85, however if I try to upload that pic, it uploads fine however the pic still remains black.

  • yellie Mar 06, 2008

    The lens moves in and out, but it will not take pictures, or display them. The older pic I took on that memory card are visible, and the flash goes off. Why can't I take pics?

  • manda-moo Apr 12, 2008

    I've had my Powershot A85 for about 4 years now. When I put it in shoot mode the screen is blank, if a take a photo is this mode and then go to view it the screen is still blank but I can view photos already on my memory card. I've just emailed Canon for advise and assistance and are now awaiting a response.

  • Anonymous Apr 14, 2008

    My A85 Digital Canon is about 2 1/2 yrs. old. Suddenly the Display screen
    does not work. . Takes pictures and can download into computer. Cannot use any menu functions as the screen is completely black.

    Metoo


  • Anonymous May 21, 2008

    I do have the same problem: blank LCD, perfect pictures. After pushing Disp, sometimes the image fades in and out for a second while some internal soft whirling can be detected. The camera had its CCD changed under the Canon advisory and since the pictures come out perfectly I seriously doubt that the CCD is at fault. Could it be the LCD backlighhting - not sure if it is CCFL or LED.

  • nmaffei Jun 17, 2008

    I've also had my A85 Powershot for almost two years now and the LCD screen has recently stopped working. I will turn in on and the screen will remain black. I know the camera takes pictures because when I upload them they come out fine.

  • susan_engbre Oct 21, 2008

    lcd screen is black but camera is working.

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    When I turn on my camera, I cannot take photos, the screen remains black.

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I have a Canon powershot A85 camera, and it works fine, but I get no picture in the LCD screen. It does take pictures and I can look at the pictures after I have taken them. I don't know if you live in Australia, if you do ring Canon on 131383. A lot of Canon camera's and also a lot of other digital camera's all have a problem with the CCD Chip. My brother has a Canon A75, he has had is for many years, and they fixed it free of charge, because it is a problem the camera has, so not something we done. Look on the internet and you will find a lot of info on it, also that it will be fixed free of charge. I also found the same information on a lot of other digital camera's, so ring Canon and find out, I hope this helps you. Kind Regards Marion

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  • Marion Van Der Weiden Oct 31, 2006

    I got this info from the internet. But I had a look at my camera, and fixed the problem, I have the Canon Powershot A85, and I had a look at my display, I had turned the display off, so when you turn the camera on, press DISP, that is inder the lcd screen, and see if that turns the display back on, if that does not fix it then get in contact with Canon.

    "Canon Announcement

    Canon Asia Advisory Notice

    A problem has been discovered in some of the CCDs used in Canon digital camera and digital video camera products that causes images to appear distorted or not to appear at all. We apologize for the considerable inconvenience this represents for our customers. Along with our respectful apology, we would like to advise our customers of the details of this issue and our policy for handling it, which are as follows.

    Affected Models
    The CCDs in question are used in the following models.

    Digital Cameras: PowerShot A60, PowerShot A70, PowerShot A75, PowerShot A300, PowerShot A310, Digital IXUS V3, Digital IXUS II, Digital IXUS IIs

    Digital Video Cameras: MV600i, MV630i, MV650i, MV700i, MV730i, MV750i, MV5i, MV5i MC, MV6i MC, ZR60, ZR65 MC, ZR70 MC, ZR80, ZR85, ZR90, Elura 40 MC, Elura 50 "

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Know this is old, but additional cameras have been added to the lists since. Canon should fix these cameras 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
Applicable cameras include:
A40, A60, A70, A75, A80, A85, A95, A300, A310, S1 IS, S60, S200, S230, S330, S400, S410, S500, SD100, SD110

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