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Canon powershot a520 problem

When camera is in picture mode....lcd screen is black....I can play back images bit cannot snap pictures......when i press button just gives me a sound like a lightbulb burnt out...very strange....but again it will let me view past images in playback mode....but once switched to camera mode...then lcd becomes black.......please help!

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  • isophinelaws Aug 03, 2008

    the shutter will not open all of the way ... once I tap the lens it opens .... have to do that each time .

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There are two reasons for this problem.
1) if the flex ribbion cable carrying signal to shutter and appartuer motor gets damaged it does not opens the shutter. In result you get only black screen and no picture.

2) another reason is defective CCD.

both the problems can't be fixed by the user itself. You have to show it to a repair man










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Try to see if you can connect the cable to a TV and see if it will do the same thing.

Example: camera - cable plug - to Input of TV.

Posted on Jul 24, 2008

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