When I turn on my digital camera (Canon SD600), it is stuck on the video and it won't let me view my photos or take photos. I can't even record. When I move my buttons around or try to get to the menu, it still won't work. I'm not sure what I need to do! I've only had it for 2 and a half years and I absolutely had no problems with it until now! It's irritating!
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Things to check first for a camera that won't turn on are battery contact points, and micro switches that are located on the battery and memory card doors. Troubleshooting tips on other things that need to be checked may be seen here. These tips won't work for every case, but they're worth a try.
I had the exact problem with my SD600, which I had purchased in Jan 2007 (needless to say it was beyond it's warranty). I called Canon and it would cost me $99 just to have it looked at, and then any additional $$ for pars, shipping and taxes. It was suggested to take it to a local Canon Service Center, which I found in Irvine (through http://www.yelp.com/biz/canon-factory-service-center-irvine). They were able to repair my camera free of charge and would've sent it free of charge, but I was close enough to pick it up. And it only took 4 days for them to repair it. Please pass along this info!
I followed the directions contained in http://www.avh.dds.nl/Fix-Canon-SD600-Lens-Error/ and by disassembling the camera and turning the rotor just a little bit (page 4 of the instructions), it freed up the lens and it is now working perfectly! The camera had been put down on the lens as the lens was retracting and I assume that jammed the retract mechanism. While the camera was open, I blew out whatever dust/dirt was there (didn't see much). The fix took me probably 20-30 minutes, and I am very pleased with myself!