Cannon powershot A70 unreliable
I purchase an A70 and as luck would have it the factory warranty expired and now the camera is not working. The image in the LCD has lines across the screen and when I shake it I can get it to work sometimes. This camera was not abused. The factory contact offered little help, I could get a referbished model for $150 plus my old camera, or spend upwards of, their estimate $100 to get it fixed and have it gone for two weeks. I know electronics, I am an electrical engineer by trade and this is a defect that should not have happened. I need to replace the camera, which is used daily in my work and have no intentions of of buying another cannon product again.

What do you suggest that I purchase next that has similar functions, size and price range that is not junk in a little over a year ?

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Canon A70 LCD problem: (Search under this phrase also)I have been succsessful in having Canon admit there is a fault with their product and they are taking a second look at my camera. I wrote to the Ottawa Citizen, Action Line, Ottawa, On, Canada, K2C 3M4, and it was printed in the paper. Needless to say, there was another big article in tonight's paper, with the Action Line Column stating that ALL manufacturer's are admitting to this problem. Folks we did it, by posting & sharing information and the POWER OF THE INTERNET we are going to have our cameras repaired free of charge even if the warranties have expired. Thanks Mike (Mike Pasini [] for giving me your support during this ordeal. Happy photo taking to all!..

Comment #1

Debbie, Some specific Sony CCDs (sensors) are failing due to a moisture getting into the CCD package over time and causing malfunctions. Only cameras using specific Sony CCDs are affected, not "ALL manufacturers" or models. It may seem like "all" since Sony is the number one CCD manufacturer, but Panasonics for instance are not. Panasonic makes their own CCDs. And you will notice the list of models is not nearly the entire lineup of each manufacturer. Cameras affected include: Canon: PowerShot A60/70/75/300/310, S230, SD100/110.

Fuji: FinePix A303, F410, F700.

Minolta: DiMAGE 7/7Hi, A1, Xi/Xt/X20, S414, F300.

Sony: DSC-F717, DSC-P2/7/8/10/12/31/32/51/52/71/72/92, DSC-U10/20/30/60, DSC-V1, MVC-CD250/400/500, MVC-FD100/200.

Olympus: C-5050, C-730.

Ricoh: Capilo RR30, 300G, G3/G3-M/G3-S/ProG3, G4, 400G, RX.

Nikon: COOLPIX 3100, 5700, SQ Sony is doing the right thing and picking up the tab for all these repairs. It's going to cost them a fortune. I doubt it has anything to do with folks posting about problems on the internet or letters to the editor. It's similar to an automotive recall. Repairs won't be performed free if it's not related to the CCD (the LCD can fail to work for other reasons). Maxx..

Comment #2

I disagree with you regarding the announcement that the CCD's are faulty as a scheduled "recall". I wrote to the President of Canon and he directed my letter to Patricia Sawyers, Manager, Customer Relations & Administration, Customer Information Centre. I was told that I would have to pay $172.50 cdn to have my camera repaired as there was no record of any manufacturer's defect with the CCD. I also enclosed 20 pages of exerts from the net detailing the exact problem I was experiencing. Canon completely ignored this, to them it was a non issue. It's just too much of a coincidence that after the letter was posted in the paper and the involvement with this site that the companies came forward and admitted there was a problem.

The affected companies were exposed, that's the reason this recall has been put in motion...

Comment #3

Has anyone experienced problems with the Powershot S400 encountering the CCD problems that other cameras have been experiencing? Here's a link to a description of that problem: It appears that my Powershot S400 has this CCD issue. Everything is working on the camera with the exception of the image on the lcd being black. From some extensive diagnosing (including working with Canon via email), it appears the problem is with the CCD. Canon is saying the Powershot S400 is not experiencing the issue with the CCD that a number of it's other cameras are. It just seems very suspicious to me that this Camera (which was lovingly taken care of) is now exhibiting the CCD problem and I'm interested to know if this is something others are encountering with the S400...

Comment #4

FYI.... I'm in the process of returning my Canon A70 to their repair center for the 2nd time in 3 months. In January, the repair sheet said they replaced the CCD connector. I could squeeze the case and I would see the display again. Now (Apr. 06) the display shows weird colors.

I have to say Canon is trying to satisfy their customers...

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