My Powershot A720 IS will not zoom, buttons don't work
My camera was dropped and it powers on and will take pictures. However none of the buttons on the back of the camera work, it will not zoom and when you go to review pictures you can only see the last one you took because again the buttons on the back don't work. Unfortunetly my kids dropped it when I first got it and I sent it in and they fixed it, however I was wondering if someone knew how to fix it....It took them less than a day to fix it so I'm assuming it's simple, I just don't really have the money to fix it right now. Any help is appreciated!
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Re: My Powershot A720 IS will not zoom, buttons don't...
Try removing the battery, and put both the camera and battery aside for 1/2 + hour. Reinsert the battery (this will set the camera back to the factory default state) setup the camera again eg date & time etc. If this doesn't fix the problem then the camera is damaged.
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The best way to download pictures from your camera to your computer involves removing the memory card from the camera and plugging it into a card reader (either built-in to the computer or connected via USB or FireWire). This is likely to be faster than connecting the camera to the computer, and won't run down your camera's batteries.
Once the card is plugged in, it will appear to your computer as a removable drive. You can use the operating system's drag&drop facility to copy pictures from the card to the computer's hard drive, the same way you copy any other files. Or you can use any photo cataloging program.
If you have recently dropped the camera you likely damaged the lens tube (housing) or jarred the zoom mechanism off of its track -- both problems that will require professional repair. If the camera has not suffered a drop, your problem may be due to weak/worn out batteries or corrosion on the
battery contacts inside the camera
which can prevent the full power of the batteries from flowing into the
camera. Try this free fix before you do anything else: remove the
batteries and wipe the camera contacts firmly with
a dry cloth (heavy corrosion may require cleaning with a wire brush,
steel wool, or sandpaper). Remove any residue that may have fallen
into the battery compartment during cleaning, then wipe both ends of
the batteries and place them back in the camera. This cleaning clears
the problem about 90% of the time. If it doesn't work for you, chances
are that your batteries need to be replaced because they're just too
worn to properly power the camera.