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When I turn my camera on the LCD and viewfinder are black. Everything else works fine. Please help!

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Re: When I turn my camera on the LCD and viewfinder are...

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 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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This is a known issue. Canon is fixing this problem even if the warranty has expired.

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