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MISSING SHUTTER BUTTON ON SURESHOTA520

I HAVE SOMEHOW LOST THE SHUTTER BUTTON ON CAMERA AND WANT TO REPLACE IT. {BUTTON THAT TAKES THE PHOTO}

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Dear mitzi:

Unless you are capable of doing a digital camera repair yourself, you will need to call Canon Tech Support at 1-800-828-4040 to send the unit in for service.

Though the repair seems simple enough, and you can indeed simply order parts from Canon, these parts come without any instructions or tech support, which effectively leaves you on your own in figuring out how to do the repair.

Your camera may qualify for the Canon Loyalty Program which would allow you to upgrade to a higher refurbished model (usually a camera such as the A560 in this case) at a cost that may be lower than the repair. Depending on the age of your camera it may be a worthwhile option to consider since the upgrade comes with a 6 month replacement warranty.

I hope this helps.

Sincerely,
HeavyDLB

Posted on Jun 01, 2008

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