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View screen black when on & no longer takes photo's

When on & shutter open, view screen is black. My Powershot a620 now longer takes photo's. Black or empty photo's do get stored in memory. camera has not been dropped or gotten wet.
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Sounds like a dead CCD. Contact your local Canon service center.

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A stuck shutter is another common failure mode for digital cameras, and especially for the A620. 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, sometimes with lines, 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 this link for further info and a simple fix that may help.

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