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Camera problem canon A520

Camera turns on ok..but screen is black, snap picture, flash works, zoom lens doesn't work and screen stays black. can u help me, thank u so much


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Re: camera problem canon A520

Did you accidentally hit the "Disp." button (lower left corner)?

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The lens of canon a520 camera doesnt retract. My son has hardpressed it and it doesnt zoom in or zoom out.


Are you receiving an error on the LCD screen such as "Lens Error" ? If so, this camera is defective and needs to be returned to Canon or an authorized dealer for repair.

If you are not receiving any error messages, does the camera have power (turn on and off) and still not zoom? If this is the case it would also be very unusual without an error message. Either way, you are still looking at a repair for this product.

Typically, a Powershot camera of this age would cost over $100.00 to repair at most facilities. You would be better off purchasing a brand new camera (with more megapixels and features) for around the same price as a repair.

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I bet you can't solve this.

We have a Canon A520 and it was having all the symptoms noted. Searched for a resolution on numerous sites including the Canon Support site. While on the Canon Support site, I found an FAQ on "How to RESET the A520". Turn camera on, find and hold MENU button for 5+ seconds until "Reset settings to default?" screen appears. Arrow over to OK and press the SET button. When we did this the battery low indicator showed, replaced batteries with standard alkaline batteries. Everything functions properly, with no additional problems for the past 5 days. I guess the camera just lost its mind and had to be defaulted and rebooted, hope this helps.

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Dear phill523:

Unfortunately the solution is to call Canon (1-800-828-4040) and send the camera into the Service Center for repair.

Hope this helps a bit.


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I had a similar problem. Lens came out , and will not go back to off position. Will not tun on either chnaged couple of batteries with no luck.

I took the memory card out and it worked " Turned on". I formatted the memory card and it started working fine. Hope it will help few of you.

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The E18 error message relates to a problem with the zooming mechanism (lens would not retract or extended) Press the power button on and hold it down while extending and twisting the telescopic zoom lens. It might fix you problem. In any case it could not make it worse Good luck!

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