Question about Pentax Optio S50 Digital Camera
Hi, When the camera is turned on, the LCD diaplay screen is blank (dark) and just displays various information icons for batterly level, megapixels, quality, flash-on, etc. When I try to take pictures, the same is not possible as LCD screen does not display anything. However, it does click and take pictures - which are nothing but black squares. However, the LCD screen works fine when used in preview mode for the pictures taken before the problem started. Thanks for your response. Zarir Shroff
I reformatted the memory card and the problem was solved
Posted on Nov 23, 2009
I tried this and it worked
Posted on Mar 11, 2008
I tried this and it worked
Posted on Mar 11, 2008
Canon's web site says:
Service Notice: CCD Image Sensor Advisory (Updated 10/31/2006)
This Service Notice will update Canon U.S.A., Inc.'s previous CCD Image Sensor Advisory, dated October 6, 2005.
It has come to our attention that the vendor-supplied CCD image sensor used in certain Canon digital cameras and digital video camcorders may cause the following malfunction: When the product is used in recording or playback mode, the LCD screen and/or electronic viewfinder may exhibit either a distorted image or no image at all. While reports of this malfunction have been rare in the United States, we have determined that it may occur if the product is exposed to hot and humid environments.
Notice of Additional Affected Products:
As a result of our continuing investigation of this malfunction, we have determined that the 11 models listed below, in addition to the 16 models listed in our Service Notice concerning this malfunction, dated October 6, 2005, may be affected.
- Camcorders: ZR60, ZR65 MC, ZR70 MC, ZR80, ZR85, ZR90, ELURA 40 MC, ELURA 50
- Digital Cameras A60, A70, A75, A300, A310, S230, SD100, SD110, A40(*), A80(*), A85(*), A95(*), S1 IS(*), S60(*), S200(*), S330(*), S400(*), S410(*), S500(*)
*Models added as of Oct.31, 2006
It has been confirmed that the connecting parts of the internal wiring of the CCD used in affected products may become disconnected, especially if the affected products are stored or used in high-temperature and high-humidity environments. If this occurs, the signal is not output from the CCD normally in Shooting Mode, which may cause a distorted image or the absence of an image. This malfunction can be confirmed on the LCD monitor screen during shooting. The same malfunction also appears on the recorded image.
Effective immediately, and regardless of warranty status, Canon will repair, free of charge, the products listed above exhibiting the above-mentioned malfunction if Canon determines that the malfunction is caused by the CCD image sensor. Canon will also cover the cost of shipping and handling in connection with this repair.
U.S. residents are kindly directed to contact the Canon Customer Support Center for further assistance at 1-800-828-4040. Support hours are Monday thru Friday - 8:00 AM to 12:00 midnight; and Saturday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM (all times EST). Alternatively, if electronic support is preferred, please send your email to [email protected]
This information is for residents of the United States of America and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused by this issue, and appreciate your understanding in this matter. Thank you for your support and patronage of Canon products.
Posted on Nov 05, 2007
Its the shutter. its stuck. look through the lens. try turning you cam on and off and observe the lens. i guess its bound to go to the service center.
Posted on May 31, 2007
Found solution - fault with CCD chip! Contact Sony call centre for free repair - 08705 143 480 Have a look at:-http://www.livingroom.org.au/photolog/news/sony_canon_and_nikon_advise_users_of_digital_camera_problems.php
Posted on Aug 04, 2006
Sorry not a solution for this but I have the same camera with with same problem. When trying to take a photo the shutter is open but the LCD just shows black, anypicture you take is black but the LCD will show the menu options and previous photos I have taken. I did try sending the camera to Fuji for a quote to repair it but they wanted £99 so I asked for the camera back.
Posted on Jul 01, 2006
Did anybody find a new solution for this? I have the same problem on my FX9 camera that is only a couple weeks old. I purchased my camera approxamately one month ago to bring with me on a trip too Europe. I tested it and it worked fine, however now when I turn it on all I get is a black screen? All functions and menus seem too work fine and it even acts like it takes a picture but it also comes out black on the screen. I have pulled the battery out for over 10 minutes to try and discharge anything in the camera and this did not work additionally, I have changed memory sticks. Also this did not have any effect. I can view pictures that I have previously taken, I just can't seem too take any more.
Posted on May 06, 2006
Try reseating the mem card, and look for any bent pins in there. It's a long shot, but who knows? ;]
Posted on May 04, 2006
When the camera is in the record mode can you see the lens in the front? There is a little shutter looking thing that opens and closes to protect the lens but can sometimes bind up and not open. If it is opening make sure its set to "AUTO" mode. If its set to somthing else it may not be set to let in enough light and your images are being take so under exsposed they look black. Hold the camera to the bright light VERY close and see if anything changes. There may be a CCD problem with this camera but try those things first to trouble shoot the problem. A blank LCD could be a few different things so before you decide try these things. LCD could be switch off also, some cameras have buttons that get bumped easy and settings could be changed by accedent
Posted on May 06, 2006
The LCD can be turned off simply by pressing the display button when in picture taking mode. It has 5 different states, one of which is completely black. Try cycling the display button.
Posted on Sep 08, 2005
SOURCE: Pentax istD won't take pictures
I have recently had a similar problem and had tried everything I could until I realised the camera will not trigger if you have it set to manual focus and a manual lens.
Posted on Nov 14, 2009
SOURCE: Display went white
your screen is broken, pentax made this lcds really shity, I changed 2 lcds, looks like they broke itself. I worn my camera in jacket, pull it out to make a great shot, and then - wtf is this? Oh God. I brought a camera to service, they took 100$. Then again. camera was in my bag on some cloth. opened a bag to make a nice shot, but WTF it cant be. Brought it to service, again 100$. I said no more. Gave a camera to my sister for a trip. when she come back, and mentioned a camera, I just knew what happened. AGAIN lcd broken. I hate pentax, service and this shity lcds. you don't have to agree with me, but they are ****. There's other problem with this camera, optio a40. It's great actually, but auto-zoom is the worst I ever seen. So many times I found great shot, ready, click, then camera focused on some **** and not on my beloved scene. to make a conclusion, this camera sucks. there are better models like panasonic lumix. I think that I'll buy one soon.
Posted on Jan 15, 2010
Tips for a great answer:
The display being blank can be due to failure of the LCD or the CCD which is the optical sensor of the camera. So to confirm check the older picture to be seen on the display. Confirm this by checking the card on your PC. If the images/picture is seen to be of good quality, then the LCD can be faulty, fault on the linking cable or the control board.since you are able to seen the ICONS the LCD is good , Now if the picture taken are seen well the CCD is also OK and the fault seems to be a digital logic gate failure as there is no switching of the circuit .
This might require a probe and it might be a relative issue in the motherboard circuit or the processsor. Remove battery , press down all buttons to drain off voltage and see if the camera resets.
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