My Canon A560 worked great one afternoon- changed the batteries and now it will not focus???? I'm sure it was not dropped or any other trauma. I've taken out the batteries and replaced them with new ones.
Any ideas before I send it to Canon to get it fixed?
Camera just stopped focusing properly!! when you use the zoom you can see the focus is good but as soon as you stop zooming one way or the other the picture goes blurry.
One more thing when i switch it on the first picture i take is almost in focus and gets worse from there on. could it be the auto focus is out of alignment? have tried a factory reset and messed with settings to no avail. Any help greatly appreciated as i gave the camera to my mum as a present and this started a few weeks later.
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This lens does´nt have an internal focus motor, this only works with an in-camera focus motor. So, if it is stuck after drop, there is a bend over the focus barrel. This means the manual focus will not work neither. If manual focus works normally, there an electronic problem at the PCB (broken element).
This might be a problem with the lens, I'm not exactly sure but I will get you in the right direction. There's a great site that just specializes in these Canon Powershot problems and they're terrific to say the least. If you go to camerasandparts.com you'll see your exact problem there for the canon powershot sd780is model. That should get you in the right direction to fix this problem. I really hope you can get help with this.
Lens errors are fairly common. Usually it's sand or grit interfering with the lens extension mechanism. Or the camera's been dropped with the lens extended. Or the camera has been powered on, but the lens had been blocked preventing its extension. Or the battery ran down with the lens extended ...
Here's some things that you can do to try to correct it. They only seem to work for less than 50% of the lens errors, but if the camera is out of warranty, they're worth a try:
There is no battery in the lens. The lens receives power from the camera. Whether or not the lens is getting power, though, you should be able to focus manually.
When you say you can't focus manually, do you mean that you can't turn the focusing ring on the lens, or that when you turn the ring the image does not come into focus?
If you decide the lens needs to be repaired, I recommend sending it to Canon. You can go to their website (canonusa.com if you're in the US), click on support, and follow the links.
First make sure contacts on lens are clean ( see enclosed pic #2 ) . If this does not solve the problem the ultrasonic motor may be faulty pic #1.( sometimes switching on but sometimes not , will have to be replaced , unless there is a bad connection between the motor and lens pc board ) #1 #2