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I have a Canon Power Shot A 60 digital camera. The screen is showing a bunched up set of moving horizontal lines...take a photo and it stores that exact image as screen. What is the problem and is it able to be repaired or is it shot? Thanks!! I'll look forward to your reply.

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Sorry to confirm your worst suspicions, but it's definitely shot. The ccd image sensor has failed, this is a very common and almost inevitable fault just waiting to happen on digital cameras which are over five years old but it often occurs sooner.

Your camera is now about seven years old so has lasted well. The failure certainly isn't premature in any way so there is no free repair option. In any case, 2MP sensors of the size you need simply aren't that common any more and old stock examples will also be subject to the same problem. Sensor replacement is definitely not a DIY job so even if you could find a perfect unused and guaranteed example, it would cost less to buy another camera. Even the cheapest and most basic digital compact models now far exceed the performance of your current unit in almost every way except maybe build quality and ergonomics.

There is nothing you have done to cause the fault or to prevent it. The causes of the fault are well understood these days and manufacturing and materials have improved, but because the same sized sensors are now having to work typically about six times harder the lifespan of ccd units has not improved.

Digital cameras offer many advantages over 35mm film models, but a long service life is not one of them. I hope that my reply has still been of use and that you're able to spend a moment to rate my answer.

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This sounds like it might be a defective CCD imager, and is a known defect for your particular model camera.. If so, Canon should fix this for you for free if you live in the US, Canada, and a select few other countries. If you live outside the US, contact Canon support for your country to see if they'll still honor the advisory (some still will, especially if you stress you knowledge that this is a known defect of the camera). They may also include free shipping both ways (free shipping varies with countries). This is regardless of your camera's warranty status. Please see this link for more info. http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/11/canon-digital-cameras-showing-black.html
Affected cameras with this problem include: A60, A70, A75, A80, A85, A95, A300, A310, S1 IS, S60, S400, S410, S500, SD100, SD110, IXUS V2/V3/300/400/430/500/II/IIs, IXY Digital 200a/300a/320/400/450/500/30/30a

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