Question about Canon PowerShot A610 Digital Camera

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LCD screen stays dark

My camera powers up and the screen shows which mode its in, it displays the menu, and it will playback the memory card...but it wont do anything else. I cant see the image that i am tryin to take a pic of. I used the peephole to snap some pics but the the saved pic on the memory card was just of a plain black screen. Is this a lcd problem or is there something wrong with my shutter or something entirely different?

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  • markvl Aug 02, 2008

    I have the exact same problem with my camera. Powers up, shows previously taken pictures and menu options but won't show the subject of new pictures in the LCD screen and records black pictures when you try to take a picture.

  • Expletive Aug 08, 2008

    Exact same problem. Turned the camera on, LCD screen is black with only the settings showing. Turned it on and off a couple of times and it worked briefly and now doesn't work at all. Thought that if I just used the viewer it would still take pictures, but they're all black. Have tried everything (new batteries, new memory card, changed all the settings using every possible combination, but no luck.

  • Anonymous Aug 09, 2008

    Same problem Canon won't fix it for free, they want $87. I told them to stick it, Class action time. 


    Anyone know of a way to repair ccd yourself?

  • kackland Sep 15, 2008

    We have the same problem - extremely frustrating. This is the second Canon Camera we've purchased in 4 years. Won't do it again.

  • sbjeepgirl Oct 04, 2008

    Same problem. Displays menu options and icons for camera options but black when trying to take picture. There are way too many of us with this problem, something should be done.

  • ejohnk Oct 12, 2008

    I am having the same problem. The background stays black as do the pictures/ video I take. I can see all the settings on the LCD, just not the normal camera view I used to see.

  • Anonymous Dec 04, 2008

    I have the same problem too. Canon should fix this since they are doing so on other models.

  • ljayzee Dec 16, 2008

    I am having this same problem and I am very disappointed to find so many others are having the same problem and Canon will not handle this.

  • jiom dog Jan 26, 2009

    I have the same/A610 as a Fire Chief I need a camera that will work all the time I will not buy Canon again. should be a recall.....

  • Anonymous Feb 15, 2009

    I have the blank screen problem tooooooooo

  • rcy001 Feb 24, 2009

    Another victim here in Surinam, South America. Canon makes people angry all over the world...So much for my painfully earned US Dollars!

  • Anonymous Apr 07, 2009

    My camera powers up and the screen shows which mode its in, it displays the menu, and it will playback the memory card...but it wont do anything else. I cant see the image that i am tryin to take a pic of. I used the peephole to snap some pics but the the saved pic on the memory card was just of a plain black screen. Is this a lcd problem or is there something wrong with my shutter or something entirely different?

  • marc46 Apr 11, 2009

    Same with my camera it has worked well but now is just starting to do same thing whats the point if you cant see what your focusing on..... Quite frustrating.... time for a new camera and it wont be a Canon

  • Frank Swain
    Frank Swain Mar 19, 2012

    Hi, I think this is a problem with the Sony CCD,s fitted to many cameras. I had a Minolta CCD replaced by Konica Minolta at Sony's expense. Now I have this issue with my Panasonic!

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I have the same problem and very frustrating! The camera turns on by won't show anything (totally black) in the camera mode. The menu still works. If I take a picture the display is black and shows black for it in the display mode model as well. Tried everything that I can think of but nothing helped. (Taking out the batteries and reinstalling, switching the mode from display to camera and back, stepping through each mode option, stepping through each menu options). The last option worked once but won't work later on. From this forum this seems to be a common problem with this camera. Guess won't buy another camera from Canon any more. I bought a camera (non-digitals SLR) from Canon before and was very happy with it for over 20 years. Thought Canon had the right thing in camera. This problem made me think twice when I buy another camera in the future. Perhap Canon is not as good as I thought. By not fixing the known problem, they are ruining their reputation.

Posted on Oct 27, 2008

Canon should replace all the users of a610 with some sort of replacement i to have the same problem and nobody can really fix it it just costs and costs to look at it can canon comment before i take this to the latest technology editorials about failures to communicate on this issue

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Have the same problem with my A610 and have been told by a local service center (in western Australia) that its not the CCD but the shutter, apparently the A610 did not have the CCD that has a problem and that the shutter problem displays the same symptoms.

not sure who to believe at the moment, might have to have a look at the camera myself first.

Posted on Sep 09, 2008

Users over at C|Net are suggesting that the CCD used in these cameras were the same ones Canon purchased from Sony which were prone to failure in a few models. The A610 was not listed as one but the symptoms were very much the same. The only solution is to repair the CCD or to purchase a new camera.

Posted on Aug 11, 2008

I have the exact same problem with my camera. Powers up, shows previously taken pictures and menu options but won't show the subject of new pictures in the LCD screen a

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