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I have a 5 yr. old Canon Power shot SI camera. It

I have a 5 yr. old Canon Power shot SI camera. It was working fine two days ago. I turned it on this morning and the view in the viewfinder and in the and on the screen are lavendar in color. And when I take a picture, the picture on the screen is blurry, lavendar in color and has streaks in it. Any idea what could be causing the problem?
Thanks in advance for any assistance you can give me.


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Hi Mike, the bad news is that your camera is beyond any hope of economic repair.Your camera displays the absolute textbook symptoms of this fault.

It has suffered a ccd failure, these often occur on cameras which are five to six years old and replacement costs far more than the camera is worth (that's if you can get the spare part, and it's not a DIY job).

Your camera has the infamous Sony 5MP ccd fitted; huge numbers of these failed prematurely due to a manufacturing defect and there was a quiet recall program whereby affected cameras were repaired for free (but only if the customer complained), usually by Sony. Apart from a couple of Sony and Nikon models this process ended last September as by then almost all affected models had pased their design life expectancy. Failures after that are therefore no longer considered to be premature.

The problem which causes ccd's to fail is now well understood and manufacturing processes were improved by all manufacturers, but you still shouldn't expect ANY digital camera to last more than five years without failing for one reason or another. Even top of the line professional Nikon models only come with a measly two year warranty: I can buy a new car for that with a seven year warranty and the car has far more which can go wrong... Sadly, late model highly electronic AF 35mm film and all digital cameras just won't last as long as simpler models.

Sorry there's no prospect of a fix, but I hope that you found my reply to be of some use. If so, please rate my answer.

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We had the same problem with our Canon and Canon covered the repair because it was a faulty part in the camera. You may want to look into contacting them about this issue.

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