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My camera will only take pictures of a purple screen

My camera worked perfectly up until recently. Last time i turned it on the display screen is purple with black and white lines al over it, when ever i take a picture or try to make a film it only saves an image of the purple with white and black lines. This doesnt appear to be a display problem as these are the images that come up when i load the card into my computer.

I have reformatted the memory card and changed the batteries and am now at a loss.

Any ideas?

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Re: My camera will only take pictures of a purple screen

Sounds like a defective CCD imager. You may be in luck. Canon should fix this for you for free, including free shipping both ways. Please check the following two links for more info:
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