Having problems with your Canon PowerShot A85 Digital Camera ?

When taking a picture the LCD display flashes with different coulered lines all over. then when you view picture its either the coulered lines with no picture or the picture but covered in the lines? any ideas?



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Thanks for the information.

A failed sensor is a terminal failure and very common on older digicams. Your model was designed to last about five to six years, and should be about seven years old this year, so the failure cannot be described as being premature.

Repair is simply not cost effective: it has to be done professionally and the cost of the part alone will now exceed the residual value of your camera. There was an issue in the past with premature failure of the Sony manufactured 5MP sensor which was used by many manufacturers including Canon and there was a quiet program to offer free repairs to those customers who complained, even up to five years outside of the original warranty. Your camera has the 4MP sensor though so is nothing to do with that, but I have heard that in the USA at least Canon *might* have extended the offer to cover any sensor failures on their models. So if you live Stateside there's no harm in asking.

If you cannot get a free repair then the only option is to recycle and replace your model.

Sensor failure is now a well-understood process and manufacturing techniques have improved, but it still occurs regularly although far more rarely than in the past. It's a point to consider when replacing your digicam: even a top of the line umpty-thousand dollar pro-spec Nikon dSLR only has a two year manufacturer warranty and that's currently the best you can get. For the same price you can buy a brand new car with a seven year warranty and it's far more complex than any digicam.

Digicams simply aren't built to last.
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