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Not taking pictures, screen is black - Canon PowerShot SD1000 Digital Camera

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  • mwilcz Apr 18, 2008

    My camera screen sporadically is just black and if I take a picture it comes out all black. It is just a sporadic problem and just started. I've had the camera about 4 years.

  • Mehrdad Sun Apr 18, 2008

    All screens are black but menus are available.

  • Anonymous Apr 20, 2008

    I can see the menu screen, but when taking a pic it is black on the LCD and when you review the pic.

  • Anonymous Apr 26, 2008

    changed the battery

  • academic Apr 29, 2008

    Screen is black and when I take pictures it does not show them.

  • daniael Apr 29, 2008

    same here. any solution for this. new firmware perhaps?

  • jbuddy May 12, 2008

    yep, same issue. exactly. no clue what the problem is.

  • Anonymous May 12, 2008

    i can view my pics i took a week ago but when trying to take pics its all black all of a sudden. i just bought this camera 2 weeks ago too..

  • Anonymous May 28, 2008

    when trying to take a picture my camera screen is black and will not turn on. Its not my camera and i need quick assistance, and i havent done anything to it i.e, drop it , drop it in water.

  • Anonymous May 28, 2008

    it does noting screen is black something's wrong with it , it hasn't been dropped or used frequently.

  • Rookie27 Jun 07, 2008

    Same problem any sugestions

  • Anonymous Jun 12, 2008

    Camera will not take pictures, other viewing functions work when looking at the memory card, when I try to take a picture the screen goes black and will not show any functions. It will not take a picture. This camera is a few weeks old, I need assistance can anyone help?

  • gutley Jun 23, 2008

    Black menu bars are there but i cant see

  • sexyscilla Jul 03, 2008

    camera is not taking pictures, screen is black.

  • Anonymous Jul 11, 2008

    When taking pictures the screen is blank. It works fine when I want to view pictures or use the menus, maybe I'm just too stupid to find the right button to switch it back on or maybe it's a problem with the camera.

  • Anonymous Jul 12, 2008

    bechcomber4444, i can't take picures, the screen is black. wen i turn t on thezoom lens comes out, but it won't take a picture. very upset and need help.

  • Anonymous Jul 29, 2008

    the screen is black. when it takes photos they photos are completely black as well (same as the screen). I can review older photos, and settings show up on LCD screen, but no new pictures!

  • Anonymous Aug 04, 2008

    Screen viewer is black / blank - picture is blank. Batteries are charged, everything in perfect working order except Olympus FE-220 is not taking picture. Appears to be a Olympus manufacturer problem - I am taking camera back to dealer.

  • grannytm Aug 05, 2008

    My daughter-in-law bought me a Canon Powershot sd750 off ebay and the screen is black. It will not take a picture either; however, if I put my camera card in, it shows the pictures that I took on another camera erfectly.

  • Anonymous Aug 12, 2008

    it is not taking the picture the screen is always black even when camra is on

  • Anonymous Aug 12, 2008

    when camera is on the screens is always black

  • cortnieb Aug 25, 2008

    not taking pictures, screen is black. I thought it was the batteries because thats what the screen says when it fires up. Took it to the geek squad,they put their batteries in it and was not that

  • missjeme Sep 03, 2008

    the screen of my camera is completely black, if i take pictures the
    pictures will be black aswell, i can view mad epictures but cannot take
    new ones

  • Sandy Sep 11, 2008

    I have same problem as "granny". The screen on my Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-T1 is completely black, before and after taking pictures. However, I can view pictures that were taken prior to this problem. Can someone offer a solution!?!?!?!?

  • Anonymous Jan 03, 2009

    I have the same problem. Blank Screen.

  • yong_hua_he Jan 03, 2009

    I have the same problem. Can see previous pictures taken but if I wanted to take picture the screen in blank. Help!

  • tnadandy Feb 15, 2009

    The screen is black and can not take pictures very upset and would like to know if it is the settings or what!

  • NicknameNick Apr 04, 2009

    I'm starting to loose faith in these canon products. I had an old SD digital that the same thing happened to. It turned out to be a defect and covered 100 by warranty. Given that the same thing (whacking it makes it work - temporarily), i'd guess this would be covered 100% too.

    Dear Canon. please field test your products more. I've only had this camera for ~1.5 years.

    BTW - i had to whack it pretty hard to get the screen to turn on. And no - i didn't drop it - it just stopped working one day in the middle of me taking pictures.

  • Anonymous Apr 04, 2009

    i cant see image when i want to get i open the camera to get pictures.only black screen appear and two dual function appears..(the camera and video function appears on the screen)pls help me solve this..thank you

  • betoela May 10, 2009

    Yup..i have this same problem with my brand new SD 1000 and the screen went black in shoot mode but would work normal in view pictures mode..

    Thus, took the advice of "whacking" it a few times and guess what sure enough it worked...gotta be kidding me, a brand new camera and this....something has got to be wrong with the aperture. Anyways thanks for the advice on giving it a few WHACKS...HAHA...have to keep this in mind!!!



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I had the same thing happen and by searching around for a solution today I came across is easy fix - give the camera a little "whack". It worked like a charm for me and several other people with the same issue. The issue was on this site but I can't find the exact one to link it. I hope it works for the rest of you - other people have paid the $100 to get it fixed, try this first!
If that doesn't work contact canon and see if they will honor your problem according to this advisory:

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For IXUS75, the problem could be fixed by assigning button fuctions. Check User manual for details.

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The display is completely black
when i try to take pictures the pictures turn out completely black.

Posted on Aug 08, 2008


Remove batery for about 10 sec and i should correct the problem, worked for me.

Posted on Aug 01, 2008


Thee nis no current solution i had the same problem and i removed te aperture by tsking the camera apart and putting it back together

Posted on Jul 30, 2008

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