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Focus and LCD display problems

I have a brand new camera and have only used it once. Went to use it again and the LCD screen has gone all fuzzy and pixely. It is also very slow to use the digital zoom and I cant focus in this mode. I have to hold the zoom button for quite a while to get it to switch over to zoom.Unfortunately it doesnt say anything about troubleshooting this in the manual. What should I do as I am at a bit of a loss as to how to solve this problem. Any help would be very much appreciated. Regards Sally

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Re: Focus and LCD display problems

There is a fully comprehensive manual in PDF format on the CD. However this does seem to be a fault Canon Customer support will advise on the next course of action depending on the age of the camera

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My canon powershot sd 10000 all of a sudden is showing fuzzy focus on the lcd screen. When I zoom in all the way it corrects itself and when zoom back out it gets fuzzy again. This problem just started.


The problem is that the lens has become stuck in the barrel after dropping it. There are some DIY solutions you could try, but the probability is that you will have to get it fixed by a professional.

Use these at own risk as it may further damage the camera.

Firstly , try connecting your ac adapter or usb cable.

Try holding the shutter button while switching on the camera.

Look at the lens , and if some of the lens 'circles' is misaligned or not concentric then try wiggling it (while holding camera lens down).

Try gently pushing or pulling the lens when it extends but this is risky as it may cause the lens barrel to slip out of its guidance system.

Another way to do this is to place the camera lens down on a hard surface and then power it up. Be sure to use a soft cloth or something similar as to not scratch your lens or casing. Let the lens push the camera up and down a few times and sometimes the little resistance provided by the camera is enough to get things going again.

Try hitting your camera near the lens on the body with the soft tissue on the palm of your hand.

Other than that , I would take the camera to a repair center for a evaluation to see if it would cost more to repair than to replace the camera.

If it is still under warranty I would suggest you take it in before trying any of these steps and remove any off-brand batteries or accessories as some stores are really fussy about warranty repairs on camera's with non-brand accessories.

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This may help you, try using the Preview feature on the LCD screen.
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Complete information is lacking.
By viewfinder, are you talking about the LCD or the view finder on the camera?
Something is out of focus in the internal adjustments.
You can try to go to the menus and set all to factory defaults.
Then try it.
If this continues, the camera needs repair.
Here is a link for Canon Repair call the 800 number and ask for the repair dept.
Also Canon has a trade-in program for re-furbished cameras for a reasonable price when you trade in your broken camera.

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Hey jess99,
It sounds to me like you have damaged your LCD screen by dropping the camera. Even though you could have your camera looked at by an authorized service technician, with digital camera repairs it is often more expensive to fix the camera than to replace it.

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