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Canon A80 CCD problem or something else?

My Canon A80 recently developed a problem that was at first intermittent and has now become constant--the image in the display is distorted, blurred, and fuzzy.  That sounds like the CCD problem that's often mentioned here and I've seen the instructions for getting it repaired by Canon.  What I don't understand, however, is that when I take pictures while the display is blurred, they come out fine, both in preview mode and when I upload them to my PC.  If the CCD was malfunctioning I would expect the picture to be blurred also, since as I understand it, it's acquiring both the displayed image and the photo.  Is this indeed the CCD problem or is it something else?  Thanks!

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  • chris7000 Mar 26, 2008

    I am experiencing the same problem on my PowerShot A80.  Please advise what solutions are available.  I am currently on vacation in the Caribbean and don't think there are any Digital Camera shops on the island.




    Chris

  • Anonymous Apr 13, 2008

    Same Problem here.
    It started with short "blackouts" some time after i dropped my camera.
    At the beginning switching the cam. off and on again solved the problem but now it is permanent. I dismantled the camera but i could not find any mechanical problem. Sometimes when i switch on the camera the preview image is okay for about one second and than this strange pink blur appears.
    the photos are okay but the autofocus not.

  • Anonymous Apr 13, 2008

    Same Problem here.

    It started with short "blackouts" some time after i dropped my camera.

    At the beginning switching the cam. off and on again solved the problem
    but now it is permanent. I dismantled the camera but i could not find
    any mechanical problem. Sometimes when i switch on the camera the
    preview image is okay for about one second and than this strange pink
    blur appears.

    the photos are okay but the autofocus not.

  • shakerb May 16, 2008

    Identical LCD/CCD screen pinked and purpled out. Initially intermittent, it's pretty much permanent now.

  • Evokateur Jun 30, 2008

    My LCD is blurry when I try to use it to take pictures. I can take pictures fine without the LCD and the LCD works perfectly when I review pictures, it is just when I am in picture-taking mode (doesn't matter which one) that I have this problem. It first occurred when I was shooting in moving mode and I switched from horizontal to vertical quickly - everything went blurry. I switched it off and it worked fine later. The next time this happened I was doing the same thing. Now it is doing it all the time and I can't use the LCD at all except to review pictures.

  • allesklar Aug 02, 2008

    My Powershot A80 was bought in late 2003, and performed well until a few months ago, when I first noticed a tendency for the LCD screen to flicker, sometimes showing horizontal streaks which travelled across the screen, only when in recording mode.  More recently, the flickering worsened, now manifesting as a tendency to stay dark, only dimly showing the subject, but occasionally flashing brighter. At other times, the LCD suddenly shows a distorted image.  The extreme right and left edges of the LCD still show the photo subject, but all the rest of the display is overlaid with a distorted melting pink effect, as if the image has dissolved in a pink liquid and run off down to the bottom of the LCD.  If I go ahead and take the shot, the resulting image seems more or less OK, although sometimes the exposure and/or white balance seems a bit off.  Certainly, the pink melting effect does not show up in the recorded image, and the LCD shows no sign of the problem when replaying the recorded images.
    I initially wondered if the problem could be due to condensation in the camera, hence tried removing batteries and keeping the camera in a warm environment (approx 45 deg. C) for a few hours.  This did get rid of the pink melting effect for a while, but despite care to avoid humid and cold environments, the problem has recurred intermittently.  I now suspect the problem is caused by poor electrical contacts of some kind.

  • allesklar Aug 02, 2008



    Camera bought late 2003, no problems until this year.
    Initiallly, the LCD showed a tendency to flicker, with occasional horizontal lines
    travelling across the display. More recently this has got worse, now manifesting
    as a dark display, in which the subject matter is shown only dimly, with occasional
    flashes showing the image as it should be.  At other times the LCD will suddenly
    show a distorted image.  The subject is still visible at the extreme left and right
    of the LCD, but the rest of the display shows a melting distortion, as if the image
    has dissolved in a pink liquid and run down to the bottom of the screen.
    Despite these display problems, the camera still records images more or less
    correctly, although sometimes colour balance and/or exposure seems to be
    affected.
    I initially thought the problems might be due to condensation in the camera,
    and tried removing the batteries and keeping the camera warm (approx 40
    degrees C) for a few hours.  However, the problem has returned intermittently,
    despite care to avoid humid and/or cold environments.  I now think the cause
    must be a poor electrical contact of some kind.





  • Anonymous Sep 02, 2008

    LCD screen on my A80 now four years old is sometimes blurry, lines going across or very distorted with colors running across screen, like wet paint. The pictures come out the same. Othertimes the screen is fine and pictures come out fine. Now the screen is fine and the pictures have lines regardless. Anyone know what may be causing this? And does Canon repair without charge if out of warranty, heard they will for some LCD related problems, such as a sensor? Don't know much about it, if anyone has info, would appreciate; thanks!

  • Anonymous Sep 02, 2008

    LCD screen on my A80 now four years old is sometimes blurry, lines going across or very distorted with colors running across screen, like wet paint. The pictures come out the same. Othertimes the screen is fine and pictures come out fine. Now the screen is fine and the pictures have lines regardless. Anyone know what may be causing this? And does Canon repair without charge if out of warranty, heard they will for some LCD related problems, such as a sensor? Don't know much about it, if anyone has info, would appreciate; thanks!

  • wakitu Sep 03, 2008

    After several years and many thousands of photos, I would occasionally get the dark, smeary screen others have mentioned. Sometimes the photos were saved as "ink smears" - sometimes "review" showed the image was captured clearly (and proved the lcd itself was working fine). Just as suddenly, it would be OK again...but now it seems to have given up. Everything else is working, it seems; I hate to lose my precious A80 if it can be saved!

  • bmethrail Sep 09, 2008

    Same discription as john

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Open the camera, look at the Flat-cable going from the CCD to the 'camera HW', there is a small connector where the latch mecanism is open,-meaning it does not put pressure on the commenctors and if you touch the flat-cable you can see the flicker/lines, simply use a pen tip to lock the connector latch again, or apply som glue to fix the connector.

Posted on Aug 05, 2008

Open the camera, look at the Flat-cable going from the CCD to the 'camera HW', there is a small connector where the latch mecanism is open,-meaning it does not put pressure on the commenctors and if you touch the flat-cable you can see the flicker/lines, simply use a pen tip to lock the connector latch again, or apply som glue to fix the connector.

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