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Constant flickering Screen flickering - when taking pictures even though screen flickering they turn out ok. When taking video though you see the flickering on the video once played back. Batteries are good - put new ones in with same problem. Took out memory card & turned on camera - still flickers.

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Re: Constant flickering

This could be early signs of imminent failure of 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 the following two links for more info:

Applicable cameras include:
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

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