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Canon Powershot A95 LCD problems
Hi. I recently purchased a Powershot A95. In the first couple of times I used it, it worked great. Then within 2 weeks the LCD started doing something odd. A new feature with the A95 is the flip screen. When you first get the camera, the lcd screen is facing the inside of the camera and the Canon logo is facing you.

The whole time you can see an image on the lcd screen and when you flip it you can see the image flip too which puts everything back into it's right perspective. Ok here's where things are going haywire. In the first position as you flip it away from the camera everything is great no problems whatsoever no matter what kind of lighting. Once you flip it back into the camera housing, or position #2, with the LCD facing you is when everything goes goofy. Now keep in mind these conditions are indoor lighting...like normal 60 watt or 300 watt bulb lighting.

However, what I get is a really poor contrast ratio. It's like coming up on a laptop from the side view how the image becomes all black and grey almost washing out the image. This is how it looks as you looking at it right in front of you. Now what I'm getting from Canon is that this is a glitch with all the A95's. I'm wondering if anyone has heard of this? I have read reviews from different websites including Consumer Report's ranking this as a #1 camera and a best buy.

I have also read individual's reviews but there is no mentioning of this problem. Another thing too is it worked fine the first couple of times I used it, so how can this be a glitch that "suddenly" comes on? So I'm just wondering if anyone else is experiencing this problem? Thanks in advance...

Comments (8)

Hi Teresa,.

The A95 is my third Powershot camera.

Referring to your low color & contrast issue in indoor lighting conditions, I have just the same trouble. As you say, pulling the LCD display from the cam's body sometimes helps out, but only sometimes !.

Same a you, I'm also quite upset because the otherwise excellent A95 camera becomes completely unusable in these operating conditions.

Hi Dave, with all respect and admiration of your professional work, could you please help us out to get a consistent recommendation from Canon people ? Would be nice.

Thanks and good luck to us...

Comment #1

Tom: Dave writes: __ Clicking Tom Hi Teresa, the A95 is my third Powershot camera. Referring to your low color & contrast issue in indoor lighting conditions, I have just the same trouble. As you say, pulling the LCD display from the cam's body sometimes helps out, but only sometimes ! Same a you, I'm also quite upset because the otherwise excellent A95 camera becomes completely unusable in these operating conditions. Hi Dave, with all respect and admiration of your professional work, could you please help us out to get a consistent recommendation from Canon people ? Would be nice. Thanks and good luck to us. Sorry for the *slow* response, I've been buried lately.

I'm sorry, I'm just "dropping in" here, don't get the gist of what the request is. What's the issue you're asking about, and how does pulling the LCD away from the camera's body help the condition? Dave __ Hope this helps. Forum Admin..

Comment #2

I am to buy A95 and have read a lot of reviews for weeks. Never heard anything like this. Could you explain again the LCD problem? The problem exist only in one position???.

Thanks...

Comment #3

I'm not sure exactly what these folks are referring to, but in my limited experience, the LCD seems extremely difficult to use outdoors. It seems really washed out. But the weird thing is that after you take a picture, the exposed image on the LCD comes out just fine. Another problem I have had is with the flash. It seems to take forever for the picture to take (even after you pre-focus), to the point that the picture you were trying to take has gone away. Is there some way to speed this up?..

Comment #4

I think that more powerful batteries could help... but not sure.....

Comment #5

Dear Dave,.

Now who apologizes is myself, because I haven't seen your message for a long time. Sorry !.

Despite that I like the PS A95 quite a lot, in low lit scenes (e.g. a birthday party with weak illumination) I almost don't manage to read my LCD screen anymore, because I can only see some outlines on an almost black screen. Weardly enough, when I flip the LCD screen out, the image (sometimes) becomes better! I had brought the camera to the offical Canon service shop in So Paulo with exactly this complaint, but after their examination they returned it to me saying that everything was fine! Now recently I contacted the Canon US User Help Service and they also never heard of any complaint like this. My actual tentative conclusion: Possibly there is an electrical contact problem between my camera and the LCD.

Anyway: If anybody can tell more about this, please let us know in this forum. Thank you - and thank you Dave, again !..

Comment #6

Clicking Tom: Dave writes: __ Wow, that's really bizarre, I've never heard of something like that on a camera before. It does sound like some sort of intermittent electrical contact problem in the LCD assembly. The key to getting it fixed would be to come up with a way to get it to happen reliably (maybe some particular LCD position, pressing (gently!) on a part of the assembly, etc), so you could tell the service folks just how to duplicate the problem. Intermittent problems are extremely difficult for repair people to find, Murphy's Law dictates that the device will work fine when you bring it into the service center! Dave __ Hope this helps. Forum Admin..

Comment #7

Hi, I have an around 1.5 year old Powershot A95 camera. It was working fine till now. However, recently when I took it out the LCD screen is coming completely blank. I am able to see the old pics on the memory card in the screen but if I try to take new pics they also come blank. Has anybody faced this problem? And are there any solutions which anybody has come across? Pls let me know. rgds,.

Aman..

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