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Black screen, not capturing photos

Cannon SD1000: Have only used it a few time, but suddenly it's stopped capturing pictures. i.e while in shot mode the display is black and not showing and capturing the image, but able to access all the menus while in preview mode able to view the images already taken.

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  • Nail-er Aug 13, 2008

    I was taking pictures , switched setting to night mode, took two pictures then screen went black. Can veiw pictures already taken but through the lens veiw is not working I tried taking another picture but the pictures come out blank. Cannon was aware of this problem in 2006 and fixed it for free. Apperantly it is still an issue but instead of fixing the problem at the source the want to charge $100 to fix it.

    I've bought three digital cameras and non have lasted more than a year. I'm going back to my twenty year old 35MM !!!

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Have the same problem...
it happened about a month ago and i pressed the display button and it worked, but now that doesn't work either!

Posted on Aug 13, 2008

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SOURCE: Canon SD1000 display is black while the camera in shot mode

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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SOURCE: i have a cannon sd1000 , bought 1 month back.

Stop! While you may find a fix... any camera that goes bad within 30 days be just be a sign of future problems. canon will be the first to admit that one in every few hundred cameras produced are bad and therefore customers should exercise their warranty. Return it!

Posted on Jul 21, 2009

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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.

If you need further help, contact me via email y a j y e e (at) h o t m a i l (dot) com

Yee Yang
Canon PowerShot SD1000

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