Question about Canon PowerShot A60 Digital Camera
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.
Posted on Sep 29, 2010
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.
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
Posted on Nov 25, 2010
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
New users get to try the service completely Free afterwhich it costs $6 per call and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Tips for a great answer:
Jul 03, 2014 | Canon PowerShot A470 Digital Camera
Jul 01, 2011 | Canon PowerShot A470 Digital Camera
Jan 25, 2011 | Canon PowerShot A470 Digital Camera
Oct 18, 2010 | Canon Cameras
May 14, 2010 | Canon PowerShot A95 Digital Camera
Mar 26, 2010 | Canon PowerShot A95 Digital Camera
Dec 18, 2007 | Canon PowerShot A70 Digital Camera
Oct 12, 2007 | Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2 Digital Camera
Oct 05, 2009 | Canon PowerShot A60 Digital Camera
591 people viewed this question
Usually answered in minutes!