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Viewfinder/lens problems hey there, i have a canon powershot a430, and am having a ton of battery problems as well as this strange problem with the viewfinder + lens. i'm going to try out the suggestions i've found here to see about the battery issues, but i havent found anyone yet with a similar viewfinder/lens problem. this is what happens: when i try taking pictures from the viewfinder (having turned the screen off to save on batteries), the picture that ends up being taken isn't what i was seeing in the viewfinder. it's shifted an inch or two up and over. so, when i'm taking a pic of a piece of jewelry, and it's nicely centered in my viewfinder, the actual picture turns out with only the bottom corner of the pendant and a whole lot of white space. as far as i know, the camera hasn't been dropped, but it has been lent to my sister on a few occasions and was working before, but now isn't. is there a fix for this? i could always work around this by using the LCD screen to preview shots before i take them, but i much prefer to preserve batteries and save myself a few bucks. any suggestions would be much appreciated. thanks!

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  • cmallam Jan 31, 2008

    Thanks t00nz - I'll give that a shot tonight. Do you think, though, that battery problems would just start up out of nowhere when previously I was at least able to take some pictures ... and then all of a sudden, I'm not even able to take one? That's the part that's worrying me, that maybe somehow something is malfunctioning in some way.

    I'll try out the NiMH batteries tonight and see if they help, and thanks for the input about the viewfinder/LCD issue - someone else had suggested maybe that was the problem which, in hindsight, makes total sense.

  • cmallam Feb 04, 2008

    t00nz, thank you so much - i've picked up a set of 2500 mah NiMH rechargeables over the weekend, gave 'em a good charge before trying them out and everything seems to be working great.

    thanks again!

  • lisn Feb 20, 2008

    cant open lens. comes up with lens error, restart camera, but the same thing happens every time i restart it.




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Alkaline batteries just don't have the power for more than a few pics in a digital camera. Digital cameras for the most part should only be used with rechargeable NiMH batteries. Walmart sells these for around $7 for a package of four (about $15-19 for the batteries with charger). Keep in mind they'll save you big bucks in the long run over alkalines, AND they'll last for at least 100 pictures per charge (and probably many many more). You'll be very pleased with their performance. Really, you'll slap yourself for not buying them sooner. When at the store, look on the package for a power rating of at least 2500 mah.

And yes, your camera's optical viewfinder is off by a couple inches from what's show in the LCD. Take a look at the front of your camera. This offest is equal to the distance between the other end of the optical viewfinder, and your camera's lens. This should only be a problem for close up pictures. Recommend leaving your LCD on and using that to center your pictures. If using rechargeables, it shouldn't be a problem.

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    Performance of alkaline batteries will vary greatly in a high drain device such as a digital camera based on quality of the battery, manufacturer, and shelf life of the battery.

    Remember, NiMH rechargeables (NOT NiCad) rated at least 2500 mah.



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