I am following the instructions to strip down my Canon Powershot A70 found here:
I'm having problems removing the camera housing. I can prise open the bottom of the housing, but the top bit, alongside the shutter, where the auto/video rotary dial is, just won't budge.
The pictures show removing the shutter casing. Done that. Next they show removing a small green plastic square/cube. I can't see how to do this. It appears to be soldered onto a thin metal ribbon. Some other instructions don't mention this step at all.
As an aside, the problem I am trying to fix is bent pins in the camera where the memory card attaches. If I can get in to the camera, I can try and fix or replace the part. Canon want £100+ to repair. No way!
Any help gratefully received.
Thank you, in anticipation!
The top is held in by two plastic snaps, one by the on/off button and the other beside the Canon lettering. The trick is to press down on the front half of the casing with your left thumb (on Canon logo) and use your right hand to gently twist the back half back and forth while pushing out the bottom until the snaps release. Be patient and it will eventually come apart.
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This is an old A70, but the way it's done is very similar as I don't think this has changed much over the years. It's a pin design that you have to push out with a stiff unbent paperclip. You push in on the side with the smaller hole. To access the pin you'll need to remove the front and back case covers. See the following:
This is what I found on http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&tabact=SupportDetailTabAct&fcategoryid=221&modelid=8776
Important Notice About Your Canon Product:
recently come to our attention that the vendor-supplied CCD image
sensors used in this Canon digital camera 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.
immediately, and regardless of warranty status, Canon will repair, free
of charge, products exhibiting the above-mentioned malfunction if the
malfunction is caused by the CCD image sensor. Canon will also cover
the cost of shipping and handling in connection with this repair.
If you go to canon.com they have the instructions on who to contact and how to send the camera in. I haven't done it yet but will report on when I do.
When I got my A70 I got a CD with the software. If I connect the camera with USB cable to the computer, set the little lever on the back for the camera to display whatever pictures are in it, and turn the camera on, the computer recognizes the camera, opens the software and leads me through the process. If you have some other photo software than the Canon software, it should still work.