I have a canon power shot A550. After i take a picture, the screen is black for quite a few seconds. It takes a long time for that to clear for me to be able to take another picture. i tried getting a new memory chip but that didnt solve anything. any ideas? it wasnt always like that.
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Re: i have a canon power shot A550. After i take a
What is the speed of the card? It should say so on the card, or list its class (look for a "C" with a number centered in the C). If it doesn't say so on the card, and if you've payed only a few dollars for it, it's likely a low speed card and can cause this problem.
This can also occur due to charging time of the flash capacitor. Try turning off your flash and see if that dramatically improves the shot turn around time. If it does, you may also want to consider higher power batteries to improve charge time. Recommend NiMH rechargeables, rated 2500 mah or better. Look on the package, it should state the power rating. If it doesn't, avoid the batteries as they are likely low power.
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Look at the little door labeled CR1220 in this picture. Pry it open with your fingernail, and take the battery down to your local drugstore to buy a replacement (should be around $3).. Note that W-mart for some reason is expensive for the common CR1220 battery compared to retail drug stores.
Since there is no shutter or aperture priority mode on the A550, the shutter speed is predetermined by the shooting mode. You can try changing the ISO speed when in a certain mode, but the camera may compensate by changing the aperture setting rather than the shutter speed. You'll have to experiment.
You can place the camera in Long Shutter Mode, however, when you want exposures times between 1 and 15 seconds. You set that by pressing the Function menu and Func. Set button when in [Camera icon]M mode, then using the < and > buttons to cycle through the long shutter settings.
Sounds like you accidentally pressed the DISP or DISPLAY button on the back of your camera. This manually turns the screen on or off to save batteries. You would then use the optical viewfinder, just like you've been doing. To turn the screen back on, press the button once more.
On most canon elph cameras you can either go through the menu and reset back to factory default and this might solve the black or white screen. If that does not work you should be able to hold the menu button down for several seconds until a reset prompt pops up. You will then click on yes for reset and this should completely reset the camera and the screen should be back to normal.
Did you accidentally press the DISP button on the back of your camera? This manually turns the screen on and off to save batteries. Try pressing this button one more time to see if it turns the screen back on.
mine just started doing the same thing a few weeks ago. I had downloaded pixes to the computer, went outside to take picture and it started acting up. strange lines appear on the screen, but the codes are all there, and you can view the pictures that are on the card. no, the card is not full, the batteries are fine. I think it has a virus built in to start trouble so we will go buy a new one!