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Zoom in, zoom out

My a520 will either zoom all the way in or all the way out.. no in-between. there is also alot of "play" in the lever for the zooming.. my daughter swears she didnt drop/ etc the camera...

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Well something is wrong dropped or not. Try the Tech help website at Canon first. If you have a Warranty[guarantee] take it back to the store I suspect independent repair shop will want charge almost the value of the item.

Posted on May 14, 2007


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How do i save the picture once i zoom it in? i have a canon powershot a520

You can't do that in the camera. You need to import the picture into an editing program and crop the picture.

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I bet you can't solve this.

We have a Canon A520 and it was having all the symptoms noted. Searched for a resolution on numerous sites including the Canon Support site. While on the Canon Support site, I found an FAQ on "How to RESET the A520". Turn camera on, find and hold MENU button for 5+ seconds until "Reset settings to default?" screen appears. Arrow over to OK and press the SET button. When we did this the battery low indicator showed, replaced batteries with standard alkaline batteries. Everything functions properly, with no additional problems for the past 5 days. I guess the camera just lost its mind and had to be defaulted and rebooted, hope this helps.

Oct 01, 2008 | Canon PowerShot A520 Digital Camera

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Shutter Opens Partially

This is a common problem for the A520 (it happens on mine sometimes). Recommend trying only the simple fixes listed on the following web page, but do not recommend opening the front cover which is also listed here. The A520 is a little tricky getting back together.

May 17, 2008 | Canon PowerShot A520 Digital Camera

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Dear wwgirl:

Your problem initially sounded like a simple lens error (and was). However you now seem to have alsao developed a possible image sensor issue as well. Contact Canon Tech Support at 1-800-828-4040 to set up a repair of the camera.

Hope this helps.


Mar 21, 2008 | Canon PowerShot A520 Digital Camera

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Zoom broke

Solution: Procedure for setting Digital Zoom PowerShot A520

Digital Zoom When the LCD monitor is on, images can be zoomed with the combined optical and digital zoom functions as follows (figures are approximate): 5.7 times, 7.1 times, 8.9 times, 11 times, and 14 times 1. Press the <DISP.> button to turn the LCD monitor on.
2. Turn the shooting mode dial to any Shooting mode except for stitch_assist_icon_a70.gifor movie_icon_a70.gif.
3. In the [ rec_icon.gif(Rec.)] menu, select digital_zoom_icon_a70.gif(Digital Zoom).
digital_zoom_menu.gif 4. Select [On] using the left_arrow.gifor right_arrow.gifbutton and press the <MENU> button.
5. Press the zoom lever toward tele_icon_a70.gifand hold it.
  • The lens will zoom to the maximum optical telephoto setting and stop. Release the lever and press it toward tele_icon_a70.gifagain to further zoom the image digitally.
  • Press the lever toward wide_icon_a70.gifto zoom back out.
digital_zoom_lcd_a70.gif 6. Shoot the image.
  • Shooting procedures are the same as for the auto_mode_icon_a70.gifmode.
  • The digital zoom cannot be used when the LCD monitor is off.
  • images become coarser the more they are digitally zoomed.
  • Since camera shake may become a factor when using the digital zoom, the use of a tripod is recommended.
  • Digital Zoom is disabled when the [Postcard Print Mode] is selected as a image quality setting.
IF this fails, your camera is in need of service.

Dec 30, 2007 | Canon PowerShot A520 Digital Camera

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Flaky zoom

Are you are sure that the problem is in the lever?

If it is so, I have a solution!

We used to play that trick on the old Machine of 80-90s. Just put 1-2 drop of kerosin oil into the contact of the lever after opening that for a while.

Thats all.

Play that lever for number of times before turn that on.

You will get benefit for at least 1 year!

You can use non lubricated machine oil instade of kerosin oil also!

Hope for the best!

Ekram, from Bangladesh

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E18 Message - Beeping.

The E18 error message relates to a problem with the zooming mechanism (lens would not retract or extended) Press the power button on and hold it down while extending and twisting the telescopic zoom lens. It might fix your problem. In any case it could not make it worse Good luck!

Sep 13, 2007 | Canon PowerShot A520 Digital Camera

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look for a small pinhole, then insert a pin with batteries in to reset the camera

May 28, 2007 | Canon PowerShot A520 Digital Camera

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