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Icons still there. can see pics through viewfinder and take shots but screen stays black in either picture-taking and review settings. Pictures are there but screen stays black... can use menu and other features.... what do i do? is the camera dead?

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This sounds like it might be a defective CCD imager. If so, Canon should fix this for you for free, including free shipping both ways. This is regardless of your camera's warranty status. Please check this link for more info.

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A40, A60, A70, A75, A80, A85, A95, A300, A310, S1 IS, S60, S200, S230, S330, S400, S410, S500, SD100, SD110, IXUS V2/300/400/430/500, IXY Digital 200a/300a/400/450/500

Posted on Jul 21, 2009

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