Question about Canon PowerShot A85 Digital Camera

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Is it dead?

My camera has suddenly stopped taking pictures. The LCD is fine--I can view the pictures I've already taken and all the functions and settings. But when I switch it to any photo mode (including video) the screen goes black. If I take a picture, the flash goes off and the display says 1/60 F2.8, no matter the lighting conditions. When I switch to the viewing mode, it shows me the completely black picture I just took.

Should I just start looking for a new camera or can something be done?

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  • tlc4 Jul 15, 2008

    Yes!! I have the same problem that just started. I thought I must have said "set" and shouldn't have and of course I can't put my hand on my little book.

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SOURCE: canon powershot SD 100 - I can't see anything but a black screen

This problem is caused by a stuck shutter assembly. Normally the shutter is open which allows light to enter the image sensor and show you the live preview you see on the screen. When you take a picture the shutter closes which allows the image sensor to record what was seen at the exact moment the shutter closed. The shutter is stuck closed, causing the image sensor to always be in the dark. These shutter assemblies are extremely small and delicate. The miniature parts can become jammed with just the slightest bit of oil or contaminant, or the slightest misalignment of components. The problem can sometimes be fixed by gentle tapping of the camera on a solid surface. If you are going to try this be VERY careful, and do not tap the camera on the buttons, lens, or battery door. If this does not solve your problem then the camera is going to have to be taken apart and the shutter cleaned and reset to allow free movement. This repair costs $125 to $145.

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SOURCE: EOS 40D, LCD Won't view only displays taken images and menu

here is Canon's answer;


Issue:
The LCD/Electronic Viewfinder will not display an image or the image is distorted.
Solution: If all troubleshooting steps have failed, please have your EOS 40D serviced.

Details: [ Hide ] Unfortunately, the issue you describe seems to indicate that your product requires repair service. Canon has excellent service options and we are eager to provide any assistance you may need. Links to the service options that are available for your product are listed below:
Request a Repair Online You can conveniently pre-arrange repair service with a Canon Factory Service Center through Canon's website. Find a Service Location Search to locate a repair service center and obtain further instructions. If you still have questions about the issue you are experiencing, a Technical Support Representative will be happy to answer any question you may have. You can contact us through the email link or phone numbers listed below.

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Posted on Apr 27, 2008

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SOURCE: How do I view all the pictures and videos that I've taken?

Check your manual, the playback button usually has a small -> (arrow) on it. put it in that mode and use the toggle (round area around menu button) to view all the photos.

Posted on Apr 15, 2009

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SOURCE: Canon PowerShot A60~~~Viewing screen black/fuzzy won't take pict.

Its known problem of ccd imager in Canon A60 camera and Canon will repair it free of cost.
Click Canon CCD Imager Advisory for details.

Posted on Jul 24, 2009

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SOURCE: How do do view pictures taken?

press the little sideways arrow button. You then move to the next or previous image using the left/right side of the command dial on the back.

Posted on Sep 03, 2009

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