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A85 LCD stays off in all modes except "stitch"

Last night my LCD suddenly went dark, and stays that way in record and play modes, regardless of other settings, EXCEPT if I turn the mode dial to "stitch" mode recording. Then the screen suddenly lights up, until I change to any other mode.

So, it looks like the LCD hardware is capable of display, what could be causing it to stay off all the time? I tried cycling through the Disp button, and pushing every other button on the camera, but nothing helps.

Thanks for any help!!
Shimon

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  • Antonio_limo Sep 10, 2008

    Hello, I have exactly the same problem.

  • shimonl Sep 23, 2008

    Dieter,

    Thank you for writing, I have not heard of anyone else with this *exact* problem before, of ONLY seeing the screen in stitch mode. I did contact Canon, and described my problem, including the fact that in stitch mode my screen works, and they said it *does* sound to them like the CCD problem. They sent me a mailing label to send them the camera for free repair.



    When I hear more from them I will be happy to post the results here. Have you already been told by Canon Germany that this is NOT the well-known CCD problem?



    Thanks,

    Shimon

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I have the exact same problem for my Canon A85. I happen about two weeks ago. I tried Dieter's method to connect the A/V output to my TV. The image were displayed on TV.

What kind contact spay you used? I would like to try.

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Hi Toonz
I have exactly the same problem as Shimoni and Antonio with my 4 years old A85.
But sorry, its not a problem of the CCD, cause we all get a clear actual picture on the LCD but just in stitch mode! In any other shooting or playback mode the LCD is dark. So the sensor must be working well and Canon Germany doesnt repair for free. Our failure is different and we have to pay much more than the camera is worth ;-((
Dieter, Munich

Posted on Sep 23, 2008

  • putenbronner Sep 23, 2008

    Hi Shimon again,
    thanks for Your prompt answer. I just couldn't sit and wait and so I tried different tests with the A85. I used the vid/aud out cable to see whats on an external TV and it was completely OK in each mode ! So there could be no problem with the sensor. The stitch mode is the only one, which is not shown on TV and its the only one working on my LCD. So that was the solution: the jack socket was oxidized after all that years and didn't close the contact of video out to LCD. So I put some contact spray inside and plugged the jack plug about 20 times and now everything works well. As we are at least 3 people with the same problem, maybe Canon should know, if they really didn't. But I cant believe that ;-)
    Thanks again
    Dieter


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