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PowerShot A610 Lens malfunction

Canon PowerShot A610 Digital Camera: On power up in "take picture mode" no image is displayed on my LCD. However when I switch back to View mode I can see all menu functions all older pictures but any new shots are black. I have three memry cards and all three cards do the same thing. If I have older images on the memory card they can be viewed. Limited warranty on the product states 90 days to one year. Service estimated repair $300.00 might as well buy new. Canon was extremly poor in handling this issue. Buyer beware.

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As Jul 28, 2007 Guest stated, this could very well be a stuck shutter. But don't fret, there are simple fixes that may bring it back to life, albeit it may be temporary. A stuck shutter is a 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

Posted on Jun 21, 2009

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This has happened to me. Canon service centre locally in Sydney Australia say it is a faulty shutter and will cost me almost the price of the camera to get it repaired. Camera is just 18 months old - very poor I think for this to have failed already - shame as good little camera.

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It has faulty CCD chip. When nothing displays in camera mode but playback works ok, the image chip is bad. Repair should cost you arond $125-175. Check Canon's website and see if this model is serviced at free at Canon for CCD chip service advisory. Company updates service advisory list time and time. Good luck.

Posted on Mar 18, 2007

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