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Is Your Canon Digital Cameras Showing Black Images or Distorted Images?

May 30th, 2008 · No Comments

This article is contributed by http://camerarepair.blogspot.com

This problem may be corrected by Canon for free if you suffer the above symptoms. But before reading further, first verify that you didn’t just accidentally turn off the LCD. To check, turn the camera on and press the “DISPLAY” or “DISP” button once. If this didn’t help, then continue reading.

Potential symptoms may also include purple scratchy lines showing up on the LCD monitor and the camera’s pictures. Other reported symptoms may be extremely distorted images (one reader likened them to the movie “Grudge”). Or blank or black pictures or black videos with good sound being recorded on the camera’s flash card. You may suspect that the camera’s shutter is not opening, but this is not the case. Note that the camera’s menu functions should show up without any problem.

A large batch of potentially faulty CCD image sensors (from another vendor who shall remain nameless) were installed on a large number of Canon cameras over the space of a few years. The sensors may go bad prematurely with time, especially if you live in humid areas. A big thumbs up to Canon in that they recognized this problem, and are willing to fix your camera for free if it is experiencing CCD problem symptoms, especially for the free shipping and handling both ways :-). Under the recall advisory this is regardless of the cameras warranty status! I recently got an old A300 fixed this way. They are not going to ask for receipts or any of that.

Please note that your camera must be experiencing these symptoms due to a faulty CCD, and not due to other problems. If the problem is due to your dropping the camera, you might be out of luck. Note that they’re going to look for dings and dents. They also are not going to repair your camera just to change out the sensor. If your camera is working fine, they don’t need to (and won’t) fix it.

The list of problem digital still cameras include:
A40, A60, A70, A75, A80, A85, A95, A300, A310, S1 IS, S60, S200, S230, S330, S400, S410, S500, SD100, SD110 (A610 owners, continue to the bottom of this post)

Canon’s advisory listing the program’s details may be found at:
http://www.usa.canon.com/

You will be directed to call 1-800-828-4040 for further assistance. Make sure you print out the above advisory and have it in hand when speaking to the customer service representative. State the problem you’re experiencing with the camera. If for any reason it starts to sound like they want you to pay for shipping or repairs, MAKE SURE that you let them know that you are aware of the advisory for your camera, and quote the following paragraph from the advisory:

“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.”

You should receive several emails from Canon. One includes a short repair evaluation form that you’ll need to include with the camera, along with a free UPS shipping label that you’ll print out and tape to the camera’s shipping box. In addition to Canon’s repair form, make sure you print out a copy of the advisory and include it in the package. Also include a short note stating that you’re aware of the advisory, and that you’re submitting the camera for free repair as per the advisory. Just drop the box off at any UPS drop off point.

If instead of the above you receive an email that infers that it’s your responsibility to arrange shipping and/or pay for the repair, REPLY BACK IMMEDIATELY again quoting the above paragraph from the advisory, and also include the above link to the advisory in your email.

Now for you A610 owners. Yep, it seems there’s a lot of you out there with the same problem. Unfortunately, your camera’s not on the official advisory list (yet). BUT check out the following CNET forum, paying particular attention to the latest posts at the bottom (if you got time, read as many as you can to prep yourself for the phone call with customer service):

http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7593_102-0.html?forumID=58&threadID=243034&start=75

One final important note. Some readers have been reporting that Canon had offered them as a replacement a refurbished “upgrade” camera, BUT at an inflated price. Not sure what this is about, but if this happens, recommend turning them down. The upgrades that have been reported seem to be older model cameras at much higher prices than the going price on ebay. Recommend pushing for and demanding the advisory dictated free repair with free shipping on your old camera. If offered a replacement, it should also be free.

Hope this helps some of you out there. Canon really does make quality cameras and stand behind their products. Please remember to come back and leave a comment below on how things went. We’re all curious, and your feedback may help others!

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