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Camera problem When you try to take pics or video, all that comes up in the viewer is a split black and white screen. The menu and features work fine, playback works fine as well, but if you try to take pics or video all you get is the split black and white screen.

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  • trufordgye Aug 31, 2007

    Thank you for your knowledge! Sounds like you know your stuff! How would I go about getting canon to warrenty it? I have had the camera about 2 years now. Thanks again

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CCD sensor faulty and has to be replaced. Manufacturer will probably repair free of charge even if the camera is out of warranty. Worst case insist on paying only labor to have new CCD block installed ( not expensive : +- 1 hour for trained technician ).

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