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Canon Powershot sx1110 IS won't focus or take pictures when flash is raised

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  • redman823 Jul 21, 2009

    Sorry - no battery or moisture issues...

    Camera works very well & takes great pics without flash...

    Red light comes on - just the flash won't fire...

  • redman823 Jul 23, 2009

    Explains what could be the problem...(nothing I hadn't figured out myself from a quick google search) But who knows really - I guess I just need to take it in for service...



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To start ensure that this problem happens when batteries are fully charged.

If the camera had stayed in a moisty place or in same way it had received damage from liquid getting inside the camera, then that can be the problem.

If you have multiple problems, that can be due to a faulty main board or to a problem with the ribbon cables located at the front side of the camera.

Here the picture from a different camera, a powershot A70 that has bult in flash unit, your camera flash is different, but is still connected with a ribbon cable. I think the same cable controls also may control the lens, in that case that is the reason for the blurry picture.

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If the problem are the internal ribbon connector you will need to disassemble the camera. If you have no practice you may end up damaging the camera.
You can get a quote repair calling Canon support number listed on the owner manual.
You can try also one of the repair services available on the web: Advance Camera.


Posted on Jul 21, 2009

  • Ginko
    Ginko Jul 21, 2009

    In that case, it can be the flash itself. The flash has usually a small noard connected to the flash unit, in your case also a small motor to open the flash.
    something can be wron in there , a blown capacitor or a broken solder joint can cause the camera to malfunction.
    The technician must disassemble the camera and test component in that area.

    In the picture below you can see the flash pcb marked in blue on the right. The camera is a powershot SD300:

    If the connector is OK, that is the part that must be repaired or replaced on your camera.




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