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My Canon Powershot SD880 is emitting smoke.

Sometimes when I take a picture, it flashes, and smoke emits from the camera.

Why is it doing this? This is troublesome!

And, the flash is very bright, according to some of my friends! Is this normal? :\

I'm really worried about it! I just got this camera for Christmas/Birthday in 2008, so yeah! I hope it's not like permanent!

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This appears to be a common problem with Canon SD series cameras and especially common with the SD880. Canon must be aware of the problem, and since they have not recalled the cameras they must think it is not a fire/injury hazard. Distribution of the SD880 was suddenly stopped despite excellent reviews. If enough of us tell Canon we want these cameras fixed or replaced, even if they are out of warranty, maybe they will FixUs!

Posted on Jun 13, 2010

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I just fixed a camera with this exact problem. the problem was caused by impact (drop most likely). when i took the camera apart the flash worked perfectly fine. when the camera was re-assembled, (putting pressure on the flash unit) it popped, smoked, sometimes under-exposed sometimes over-exposed.
I wrapped the flash unit and the inside of the aluminum body with cellophane tape and completely cured the problem. there must have been some form of arcing going on from the flash unit to the body of the camera caused by a misalignment due to impact damage.
I got shocked about 5 times during the repair. there is (IMHO) a design flaw that puts the high voltage too close to the body of the camera, that a small misalignment caused by impact introduces arcing and sparking (and managed to shock myself with a fully enclosed flash unit).
it was only about 'level 5' difficulty to disassemble and repair this unit; about 8 screws involved. be careful for shocks! and the main power plug lifts UP off the ckt board it doesn't slide in, and the control ckt power there is a flip-up black lever to release.
-awr

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  • Andrew Wynn Rouse Jun 16, 2010

    Just bought a replacement on eBay; before i put it in i'll be adding some of my own insulation 'in the right places' (i will autopsy the old one to figure those out).

    there is a design DEFECT that causes this problem; too tight of tolerances in the flash; one tough bump, not enough to cause visible damage and the flash will start shorting out internally!

    SD880 flash -slave

    that was my search on eBay; found two; bought one.

    the ebay item# 270589293407 if you'd like to see exactly what we are talking about. I can post a step-by-step when i get the part.

    -awr


  • Paul D. Garmon Jul 16, 2010

    Ah, I'd been wondering about this issue myself. Don't use the flash much, so it's not a huge issue for me, though it doesn't seem to cause any problems, other than a tiny bit of smoke as it burns something at the edge of the camera? Of course, it may be causing longer term damage, but, by then, I might have upgraded to something else (though the 3" screen and general controls on this camera are quite good -- bought it used, trying not to overpay for it, after seeing a review on Ken Rockwell's web site!).

  • Melissa03 Sep 20, 2010

    9/20/2010 - I've had my Canon SD880 for less than 2 yrs and it also smokes!!! There really should be a recall on this camera - I paid too much for it to SMOKE like it does...

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Holy cow! That sounds like a short circuit in the flash control. It can't be good. I'd get it into Canon or a repair shop, along with some proof-of-purchase (receipt is best) to see if it can be fixed under warranty. Good luck. I would also remove the battery when it's not in use, just to minimize any chance of fire.

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I just got my SD880 returned from Canon yesterday. I sent it in for smoke from the flash. They said that they replaced the flash, as it was under 1 year old. However they said the smoke is from dust/dirt that gets into and on the front of the flash. Canon recommended keeping the flash as clean as possible. It only took two weeks to get the camera back as well. Over all pretty satisfied, a new camera would have been nice, but I thought it was a fair deal.

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  • When using the flash, be careful not to cover it with your fingers or clothing. This could result in burns or damage to the flash.
  • In regular use, small amounts of smoke may be emitted from the flash. This is due to the high intensity of the flash burning dust and foreign materials stuck to the front of the unit. Please use a cotton swab to remove dirt, dust or other foreign matter from the flash to prevent heat build-up and damage to the unit.
-This is from the Canon SD 880 IS support page

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My son's SD880IS camera also emits smoke from the flash. Unfortanately, it is past the 1 year warranty period.

We love the camera otherwise.

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I purchased my sd880 in feb of 2009. By June mine was emitting smoke from flash also. I finally sent it in for repair in August (too many events, needed the camera until then). The said they replaced an inoperable flash unit. Came back with no smoke issues. But now my pictures all had red-eye. Even with the red-eye correction and red-eye lamp on. Returned for repair a second time. Upon return, seemed to work better. Still some red-eye, but not as bad as was. Now, today, about 6 weeks left of warranty and the smoke started coming from the flash again!! Be the third time in 5 mos it was in for repairs... they better replace it!!

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I got the same exact problem with the flash... but i bought the camera in the States and Im living in Europe right now and the warranty is not valid... Did you get your camera repaired?

Posted on Dec 05, 2009

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Sometimes this is just a result of a little dust getting in there and it burning off with the heat from the flash. I've seen this go away after a few shots and the cameras work fine. If it doesn't after like a day of using the flash on and off then I would contact a Canon authorized service center for repairs. Also, I recommend that the camera not be stored/carried in a dirty environment like a pocket or a dirty case. All that lint and dust is likely to make it's way into your flash, lens, etc. Hope this helps!

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