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Out of focus image in viewfinder

Camera: Canon powerShot S1lS
Wife's grandfather fiddled with camera (he has alzheimers) and pushed every button and moved anything that would move. Camera now displays blurry out of focus image in either the viewfinder, or the flip out LCD monitor. I just can't figure out how to get it back to normal.

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I wouldn't blame your wife's grandfather. This might be a defective CCD imager. If so, Canon should fix this for you for free, including free shipping both ways. This is regardless of your camera's warranty status. Please check the following two links for more info:
http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/11/canon-digital-cameras-showing-black.html

http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=PgComSmModDisplayAct&fcategoryid=225&modelid=13390&keycode=2112&id=29819

Applicable cameras include:
A40, A60, A70, A75, A80, A85, A95, A300, A310, S1 IS, S60, S200, S230, S330, S400, S410, S500, SD100, SD110, IXUS V2/300/400/430/500, IXY Digital 200a/300a/400/450/500

Posted on Apr 27, 2008

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