Question about Canon PowerShot A510 Digital Camera
Can't get the little bird to go off the lens to take a pic.
Have you removed the battery an waited about 30 or more to reset camera? Sometimes this works. If there is a backup battery in camera remove it also. Generally this means a service for this camera is needed. If you want to send it to Canon, they may charge a lot. IF you can find a local shop that would even look at it make sure you get a price for looking at it. Sometimes it as simple as cleaning off the electronics, or putting the pinion on the drive again for the lens. but most of the time the elecrtronics have failed. Dont ever leave a camera in storage, hot car, attic, boxed up again wth batteries in it. Cameras dont take heat or dust well. Good luck
Posted on Feb 01, 2015
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Though there may be an alternate reason, It sounds as though you may be experiencing a failed CCD image sensor with your camera.
Try pressing the display (DISP) button on the back of your camera several times to see if your image returns at any time. One of the three display modes is "off" to preserve battery life. Your problem may be as simple as inadvertently pressing this button into the off mode.
If that doesn't work, try doing a reset and then removing your batteries from the camera for a few minutes, reinstalling them and turning the camera on to test the LCD screen.
If your screen is still black, but you can clearly see pictures taken previous to the problem, and you can clearly see the menu system when you press the MENU button, then you likely have the CCD sensor problem. Contact Canon Tech Support at 1-800-828-4040 to have the camera repaired.
Hope this helps.
Posted on Jun 01, 2008
SOURCE: lens cap stuck
I was messing around with this today, ended up where it seemed in was working.
Power up, let lens out, then take out batteries. Pry off silver band patiently using fingernails. Then pry off overlying black plastic piece. There are four units underneath, pay attention to how these are put on, mine popped off, but it wasn't too hard to figure out how to put back together. There are pins and holes and kind of fits like a jigsaw. Once off clean with alcohol where you can.
Put batteries back in and open and close a few times. This will help understand movement where pins of lens cover pieces go. When putting these back on make sure camera is in off position.
The lens cover pieces need to be put on so that the pin portion has some resistance. Move one so that it drops in then push up to get other in place. Let them come together and hold these in place.
The two smaller pieces will close the cover. Put the hole of the closer piece over the pin. Then move slightly so you can retract spring with a small instrument and subsequently engages pin on closer. Place top black piece back on, then silver.
This worked for me, hope it does you also! Good luck.
Posted on Mar 16, 2009
SOURCE: lens problem
you should have dropped your cam down to the floor or you should have forcibly tried to put your lens inside when the servomotor lens tried to bring the lens out..take your camera to the nearest service centre..you should not try to open the cam since the parts used in it are very small and even a slight modification might be responsible for huge change in the calibration.so my best advice is to take it to the nearest service centre available..
Posted on May 26, 2009
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 the following for further info and a simple fix that may help:
Posted on Jun 20, 2009
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