Question about Canon PowerShot SD1000 Digital Camera
I have a cannon sd1000 , bought 1 month back. suddenly its stopped capturing pictures. i.e while in shot mode the display is black and not showing and capturing the image.but able to access al the menus. while in preview mode able to view the images already taken.
After some inspecting of the camera it seen the issue lies with the lens, not the camera itself so don't go banging the camera up or you might damage some other part and the camera will be broken for real. Inside the lens is a closer which block the internal system from capturing image. The closer look just like the one you see before turning on your camera but it's smaller and it's inside the lens way in the far back. Look carefully and you'll see it - you will see the closer if your screen is black while in capture mode otherwise you will see a nice round glass (the internal lens for capturing image/video).
Think of if like this, imagine an eyeball with its eyelid close. That's what happened when the screen is black while in capturing mode.
HOW TO FIX IT: In order to fix the black screen while in capture mode and cost as little damage to your camera as possible, simply turn on the camera in either picture or video mode and look inside your lens, there should be a closer in the far back end. Gently hit the lens a few times until you don't see the closer no more and only a round glass and your camera should begins capturing image and video again.
Good luck to you all. And remember don't use anger to force your camera to works or you will regret it.
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Canon PowerShot SD1000
Posted on Jun 20, 2009
I just tried the whack solution, it really worked!!!
I smacked the side of the camera to my palm twice while being skeptical, but the display screen light up when I turn on the camera. Wow... what do you know... I just hope I didn't damage anything else...
Posted on Sep 12, 2008
Hey i had the same problem, just push the DISP. button just to the right of the display... goodluck, HTH
Posted on Jun 03, 2008
I have had the same exact problem, and have found that the best way to fix it is to constantly turn the camera on and off. Be patient, and eventually it should come back to normal.
Posted on Jul 23, 2008
I am amazed after spending hours browsing the internet and trying all kinds of troubleshooting what fixed my sony a330 was a 30 sec simple solution...thanks for posting the solution
Posted on Jun 29, 2013
Your screen goes blank? sure is ****, whack it a few times on a table, it will work. I was just holding mine and it went blank, i thought it was spanked for sure but after reading peoples comments about this problem i did just that. Whacked it and now the stupid camera works again. What a relief !
Posted on Mar 23, 2010
Worked with me too, a few whacks against the palm of my hand. Amazing how something that is used as slapstick comedy can actually work.
Posted on Dec 19, 2009
Unreal. After reading several responses to this problem I thought what have I got to lose? So I smacked it and like magic my screen image reappeared. Thanks everybody'
Posted on Oct 22, 2009
That is utterly ridiculous, but it totally works. I had been able to push the display button and utilize a different setting for about a week before ALL display modes went black. After that, smacking the camera on my palm is the only thing that has worked.
Shame on Canon for this though. These are expensive cameras and we all have to give them a good whack to get them to work.
Posted on Oct 07, 2009
Hi, I just followed all the post. just hit the camera against a wall slightly and tried it..did not start. tried it 2-3 times and then it worked. i think the lens cover was creating the problem. thanks all it works now.
Posted on May 11, 2009
Had the same problem as all you guys, So I wacked the camera one time on the front and power on again I was able to take pictures again.
Posted on Mar 31, 2009
Having the same problem, Ive tried clicking display button and banging a bit but it doesn't work so I turn on and off quickly then back on - it works! I guess the problem is the retracting len that got stuck when it was turned on and off quickly.
Posted on Sep 08, 2008
I had the same problem and slightly banged on a piece of wood, it came back on.............
Posted on Sep 04, 2008
I had the same problem, i literally smacked the sides of it (after reading possible solutions on this page) and i turned it on and off repeatedly and i was surprised when i saw it working again! Give it a try, it worked for me
Posted on Sep 02, 2008
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