Question about Canon PowerShot A420 Digital Camera
Camera: Canon Powershot A420 (4.0 MegaPixels) I got a troubleshooter that has to do with my LCD screen & lens, atleast that's what I think. Once I turn on this camera, my LCD screen is BLACK (I can only see pixels, gray/black). Althought this camera comes with the feature that you can push a "DISP" (display) button, to change de view on the LCD screen from "standard" to "detailed" & "None" (the energie saver!). Although my camera has the option to view NOTHING on my LCD screen, I got the problem that the screen stay's black, although my camera is set to "standard" or "detailed" view. Once on "detailed" view. The LCD screen does provide the detailed information like "type of foto", "redeye reduction" etc. But I just don't get anything visual on the LCD screen (atleast not when I want to make a photo). Once I make a foto, while I have no visual on the LCD screen, I make a COMPLETE BLACK foto! Because this camera is 3/4 years old I maybe thought the litium battery was finished (but the camera, doesn't show me this info) So I think maybe my lens is broken?and iam unable to create folderalso
A stuck shutter is another common failure mode for digital cameras. The symptoms of a stuck or "sticky" shutter are very similar to CCD image sensor failure. The camera may take black pictures (for shutter stuck closed), or the pictures may be very bright and overexposed, especially when taken outdoors (for shutter stuck open).
To confirm a stuck shutter, put the camera in any mode other than "Auto", and turn the flash OFF (you don't want to blind yourself for the next step). Next look down the lens and take a picture. You should see a tiny flicker in the center of the lens as the shutter opens and closes. If no movement is seen, then you likely have a stuck shutter. If so, please see this link for further info and a simple fix that may help.
Note that your camera will not be able to take 15 second exposures, as per the above "fix". Instead, place the camera in manual mode, turn off the flash, and take the exposures in a darkened room. This should give you a couple seconds, just enough time to open the battery door while the red and yellow lights are flashing.
Posted on Sep 22, 2009
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