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Canon A610 Lens problem

Problem - there appears to be condensation or something similar on the inside of the lens which effects every picture taken. Is it difficult to dismantle the lens and clean? I contacted a camera repairer in Australia and they charge around $150 to repair. I could go looking for a new camera instead.
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Unless you have prior experience dismantling a digital camera, it could be quite tricky.
HERE is a service manual that should help. Its not the A610, but they are similar.
If your camera has a plastic ring around the lens, then it should be quite simple. Use a jeweler's screwdriver and try to pry out the ring. Once that is done, it should be easy enough to remove the lens barrels.
However, like I said, if you are not too familiar with this, it is best that you get it done by a pro. If it costs too much, then try giving it a shot yourself (nothing to lose anyways), and if you should screw up, there is always the option of buying a new camera :)

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