I've had the Powershot SD400 for quite a while with no problems, until about two days ago. I can't turn it on at all! No message, no noise, no nothing. Battery is fully charged, never dropped it, never been wet, never even been shaken. PLEASE help, I am desperate.
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Your older camera can only work with 2GB or smaller standard SD cards. It is not capable of recognizing the newer format 4GB or higher SDHC cards. Fortunately, old format 2GB SD cards are relatively inexpensive these days, and may be purchased on Amazon if your local store no longer carries them.
Really!....you've dropped your camera "countless" other times and now you're concerned because this time, it won't turn on!!! You're not sure what else to do?!!! How about not dropping your camera. How about using the wrist strap. Your dropping luck has run out...your camera does not have nine lives.
There are several possible causes for "memory card locked", "memory card error", or "no memory card". Some include trying to use a 4GB SDHC card with an older camera made before SDHC format came out. Others include problems with the tiny slide switch on the side of the card, or the electrical contact switch internal to the camera. The problem may also arise from simple formatting problems if the card has never been formatted in the camera (note that this will also erase the card). Troubleshooting tips for this problem may be found at this link. By the way, if you're using 4GB or larger SDHC cards, they won't work with the SD400 as that camera was made before SDHC came out. Consider 2GB or less standard SD cards only. They're very inexpensive these days on Amazon..
You have to unlock your memory card. All memory cards have this small lock mechanism on the side.
Make sure that the slider is on the UNLOCK position. If it's already on the UNLOCK position and you are still getting the same error message, try to set it to LOCK, then set it back to UNLOCK position.
I read a part solution on your web site about my Canon sd400 failing to start. The message gave a few free words about a micro swith in the cover. I couldnt find it! I called Canon tech and they said there was jo such switch. I packed up the camera and sent it off for a fix and a free firmware update. Probably going to cost $80. But I think it was the right thing to do!! Ian
Unfortunately the lens assemblies in these compact digital cameras are quite delicate. The drop probably knocked the barrels of the lens out of alignment preventing it from moving.
You can try to GENTLY twist the lens back and forth, you may be able to click it back into alignment allowing it to function normally.
If the gentle manipulation fails to fix the problem you will need to get the camera serviced by a professional. There are quality repair services on the web who will work on your camera.
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