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Sensor fail when camera is turned on all I get is sensor fail on screen cant turn off or go any further

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If the camera is under warranty I'd take it in to get it repaired. Could be a failed light sensor. Nothing you can fix unless you are an electrical engineer.

Posted on Nov 16, 2013

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I turn the camera on and I can't get the lcd to display or see through the view finder


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White/black/or "staticy" screens are indications that the CCD sensor has failed. It is the image sensor that the camera sees with. The camera itself may be operating just fine otherwise, but you can no longer see anything (as the camera can not) via the LCD screen (as it is relaying what the CCD sensor sees).

Unfortunately, your camera will have to be repaired. However, with a camera of that age, you may be better served by purchasing a new one, which will have more features for around the same price as a repair.

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When you turn it on it says "sensor fail" and


Ok this sounds crazy but take out the batteries and your sd memory card. Wait five seconds. Put ONLY BATTERIES back in the camera. Turn it back on. It should not show the "sensor fail" message now.

Put in the sd card while camera is on. It will say "memory full" in red letters. Ignore this.

Turn the camera off using the on/off switch. Turn the camera back on using the on/off switch.


It's been a while since you've posted, but I hope this helps! It worked for my camera anyhow :)

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Screen keeps turning purple when you turn the camera on


The image sensor has failed, the symptoms described are unmistakeable. You'll find that shots taken before the fault occurred display normally, confirming that the LCD anel is fine.

It's purely an age related issue and finally kills many digital cameras over six years old. The sensor has not failed prematurely as your camera was designed for a five year minimum lifespan. The only fix is to get the sensor professionally replaced (if available), but the cost far exceeds both the value of the camera and the cost of buying a brand new basic model which will still have a higher spec in most respects than your current model.

Your only fix is to recycle the camera and replace it.

Sep 24, 2010 | Canon PowerShot A95 Digital Camera

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Purple lines and a black screen when camera turned on?


Your camera is giving you the classic symptoms that indicate the image sensor has failed, the only fix is to replace the sensor and it's not cost effective unless the camera is under warranty.

Note that some models were fitted with sensors which failed prematurely, if this is the case then your camera may be subject a "soft" recall whereby owners who complain are offered a free repair, even if the original warranty has expired. All you do is pay for shipping.

As you haven't stated your exact model of Canon then I cannot advise you whether your sensor has failed prematurely, but it's expected to last for a minimum of five years on most Canon models.

Sep 16, 2010 | Canon Cameras

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Screen is blank when I turn on the camera.


This is caused by ether a bad backlight or a CCD sensor inside the camera has failed, the best bet here is to take it to a local camera shop for a look.

If its a backlight you will need a new lcd output screen approx $34 bucks.

If its the CCD sensor the camera will need to be repaired the cost could range from $60- $8 bucks respectivly.

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Aug 10, 2010 | Kodak Cameras

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When I turn my camera on I do not get any type of image on the fold out screen and I also just get a black screen with all the options I have chosen but I cant seem to see"through" the lens


A stuck shutter is another 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 this link for further info and a simple fix that may help.

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Dark on lcd screen when turn on. no display or picture.


A stuck shutter is another common failure mode for digital cameras, especially the S2 IS. 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 this link for further info and a simple fix that may help. Also pay attention to the blurb there about Canon possibly fixing this for free (for the S2 IS only).

May 08, 2010 | Canon PowerShot S3 IS Digital Camera

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Camera is stuck on clock set screen


This may be a firmware issue with the camera. Unfortunately, if you haven't tried removing the batteries/replacing them, it is a manufacturers defect. Check around, if the camera is out of warranty...there are plenty of repair companies that will fix your camera at a third of the cost at Sony.

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I turned my digital camera on and the LCD screen is showing the image upside down and backwards.


The auto rotate sensor is going bad. Look in your camera's menus for a selection to turn autorotate off. Actually going inside the camera and fixing the sensor is possible for those with some electronics background, but really not worth the risk of further damaging your camera. This feature is not necessary as most image processing software has this same feature if needed.

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