20 Most Recent Canon PowerShot A510 Digital Camera Questions & Answers


Camera beeps when switched on and displays 'E18' on screen (not operating). Can you help?

Can you tell us what camera brand and model it is?
10/27/2016 10:50:28 PM • Canon PowerShot... • Answered on Oct 27, 2016

My camera wont turn on and the batteries are in it and everything im supost to do is done but it wont work

This happens because there is a break in the electric/ electronic circuits of the camera. If you are confident of yourself, you might want to start checking the power on/off switch mechanism, the contacts of the battery poles and/ or further investigate the electronics and wirings inside. Other wise it would be best to leave it to the experts.
11/6/2015 1:01:23 AM • Canon PowerShot... • Answered on Nov 06, 2015

I have a Cannon Powershot A510 when I turn it on only a picture of a bird comes up and then screen goes off I cant get to a blank scream to take a picture or lens don't open

Have you removed the battery an waited about 30 or more to reset camera? Sometimes this works. If there is a backup battery in camera remove it also. Generally this means a service for this camera is needed. If you want to send it to Canon, they may charge a lot. IF you can find a local shop that would even look at it make sure you get a price for looking at it. Sometimes it as simple as cleaning off the electronics, or putting the pinion on the drive again for the lens. but most of the time the elecrtronics have failed. Dont ever leave a camera in storage, hot car, attic, boxed up again wth batteries in it. Cameras dont take heat or dust well. Good luck
2/1/2015 11:45:27 AM • Canon PowerShot... • Answered on Feb 01, 2015

Memory card error in a510

Try reformatting the card. If it won't reformat in the camera, use a PC and set it for FAT or FAT32 not NTFS
8/22/2014 1:01:55 PM • Canon PowerShot... • Answered on Aug 22, 2014

Date and time reset at power-on

Canon point and shoot cameras have an internal backup battery (a very small watch battery sized cell). Look under your battery door - do you see a small tab that has "CR1220" or something like that marked on it? If so - this is your backup cell. Just replace it and you will be good to go. If you do not see this, then the backup battery is buried deep inside the camera and would require full disassembly to replace. David Millier Advance Camera Repair
12/29/2013 12:33:58 PM • Canon PowerShot... • Answered on Dec 29, 2013

Date and time won't stay set

Had the same problem. The problem is a small button cell that needs to be replaced. From Canon's support page:http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/support/consumer/digital_cameras/powershot_a_series/powershot_a510?CMD=MIXED_SEARCH&mName=PowerShot+A510&mType=PowerShot+A+Series&pageKeyCode=ekbresults&searchString=date+and+time+wont+stay&BASIC_SEARCH_CURRENT_TOPIC_ID=1236&BASIC_SEARCH_CURRENT_TOPIC_TYPE=0&RESULTS=RELEVANCE&RELEVANCE_START=1&RELEVANCE_COUNT=25&CONFIGURATION=1011&PARTITION_ID=1&TIMEZONE_OFFSET=null&USERTYPE=1&isSecure=false
7/23/2013 9:35:14 PM • Canon PowerShot... • Answered on Jul 23, 2013

The date and time is

Have you set the date and time? If so then your camera's date battery is probably dead and needs to be replaced. First get yourself a CR1220 battery, most often found at your local Radio Shack or online at amazon. Then open the camera's terminal cover (where your USB is) and using your fingernail. Open the battery holder, remove the old battery, and replace with the new one. Reinsert the holder with new battery in your camera and turn on your unit. set the date and time and you should be all set. For further information see your instruction manual or download from Canon at:


The instructions for changing the date battery start on page 137.

Hope this helps!

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2/27/2013 6:40:47 AM • Canon PowerShot... • Answered on Feb 27, 2013

Where can I get a manual for my PowerShot A510 canon camera

You may download the manual and more from here.
1/8/2013 9:27:06 PM • Canon PowerShot... • Answered on Jan 08, 2013

How to get a manual for a canon PowerShot A510 camera

You may download the manual and more from the Canon website here.
1/8/2013 9:26:48 PM • Canon PowerShot... • Answered on Jan 08, 2013

Canon Powershot A510 - lens covers stuck

A stuck lens cover is a fairly common problem, but it is normally easy to fix. A single grain of sand jamming the cover mechanism is normally the culprit, and you want to try to dislodge it. There are many non-invasive techniques that people have come up with to accomplish this. Some may be seen on this blog article. You can also open the lens barrel up to fix the covers, but only as a very last resort. The article also gives examples for this type of procedure.

10/6/2012 8:12:03 AM • Canon PowerShot... • Answered on Oct 06, 2012

My photo shot button fell out that takes photos

Avoid camera shake. Watch your shutter speed. As a general rule, you should not allow this to fall to a speed slower than the reciprocal of your 35mm equivalent focal length. However, if you're using digital (or are willing to use your film up a bit quicker), you can try taking several shots in succession and hopefully one will have a satisfying level of sharpness. Turn on vibration reduction (also called "image stabilization", depending on the manufacturer), if you have it. When VR/IS is on, the lens element(s) or image sensor move so that the image stays in place when projected onto the sensor. As a result, camera motion is less likely to affect the sharpness of your photographs. Turn it on whenever the lighting conditions makes getting a sharp picture difficult. Keep it off when you're shooting on a tripod; it isn't needed and actually makes your photographs less sharp.Use a shorter lens (or zoom out) and get closer. Remember that, according to the reciprocal rule of photography, reducing your focal length will give you less camera shake at any given shutter speed. Additionally, when you're using a variable-aperture zoom, you can often use a larger aperture with shorter focal lengths. Furthermore, getting closer might force you to be more creative when framing the picture.Use a tripod or a monopod If you're using an SLR and find yourself with so little light that you have no choice but to use long exposures, you might want to invest in a remote release cable. If your camera has a mirror lock-up (also called exposure delay mode), use it; this will stop the vibration from the mirror from affecting your images. Check your camera's manual to see what it's called. Mirror lock-up has two definitions; the other definition refers to when the mirrors and shutters move out of the way after you click the shutter button so that you can clean the image sensor without the sensor being active. If your camera doesn't have mirror lock-up, you can use the self timer.
7/28/2012 5:50:05 AM • Canon PowerShot... • Answered on Jul 28, 2012
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