Question about Canon PowerShot A510 Digital Camera

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Power?? My camera turns on and the lens part extends out, but the screen is totally blank. When I switch it to view previous photos, it works fine..I just have to turn it "off" and the pictures come up..But if I switch it to take a picture, it goes completely dark again...it's almost three years old and has no damage done to it...

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  • Anonymous Dec 17, 2008

    My camera turns on and the lens part extends out, but the screen is totally blank. When I switch it to view previous photos, it works fine..I just have to turn it "off" and the pictures come up..But if I switch it to take a picture, it goes completely dark again...it's almost three years old and has no damage done to it...

  • Anonymous Dec 21, 2008

    my camera tells me to change batterys when i try to take a foto.

    I can lock at previus taken fotos but when i try to take a new foto the display is black and the lins donĀ“t mov. The batterys are new.













  • Anonymous Apr 19, 2009

    I have the same problem. My A510 quit taking pictures suddenly. I'd put new batteries in it and immediatley it would say "Change the batteries."

    The lens was stuck as well.



    I purchased a new Canon SX110 IS......while I'm waiting for it to come in the mailI I'm charging batteries....just for randomness I put the rechargeables in the A510...it powers up, takes pictures, everythings great....except that I just spent $248 for an SX110 kit!!!

  • mtlmama May 05, 2009

    i have a 2005 canon powershot a510. the camera turns on and i can see the display settings on the screen, but the screen is black with no images...i can press the button to take the photo looking through the viewfinder but when i review it in playback mode it's a black screen, tho i can view the photos taken the day before the black screen problem happened. i just put in freshly charged batteries (properly, i checked several times!) and have an almost full sd card in it. is this fixable or do i need to buy a new camera?

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Had the same issue. I changed battery, I replaced Duracell by Sony rechargeable batteries. It works fine now. i think that the issue comes from battery shape. They do not have exactly the same. hope it helps.

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