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    Default unexpected Canon failures

    My wife had a Canon A95 which she loved. It failed, by producing lines across images, at an important moment during my 70th birthday sailing cruise in June 2009. Our second daughter bought an A 95 on our recommendation it failed in a similar way. My wife replaced her A95 with an SX200IS, which failed three days ago with a 'lens error restart camera' message that proved impossible to obey. My youngest daughter'sSX200IS failed last year with a lens retraction problem after less than two years use.

    My own Canon Powershot S31S has worked well for the past five years, though my brother-in-law's failed with a lense retraction problem after about four years use.

    Are we an especially unlucky family? Or are these wonderful cameras too clever to last?
    Canon have always scored high on What Digital Camera's comparison lists and it was precisely because of those recommendations that we purchased the various cameras we have bought in the past few years.

    You could say that the common factor is the family. However, we live in different places and have different personalities. I would consider myself to be the clumsiest and most careless, though my camera continues to function normally.

    It is disappointing. My old Canon SLR film camera will no doubt continue to work perfectly, but film is so much more difficult nowadays.

    Do other people have similar experiences? Should we expect our kit to fail after two or three years? It's not that cheap.

    Will Taylor
    Last edited by WBTaylor; 29-07-12 at 11:43 AM.

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    Hi and welcome.

    What can you say! I've never had a problem with Canon in the past. Sounds like you've been unlucky.

    I remember driving my new car home from the showroom and it broke down!

    However, I always carry two cameras on trips, just in case LOL.

    At the moment I'm using the Panasonic TZ7 &10.



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    Jun 2012
    Tonbridge, Kent


    It does sound like you've been rather unfortunate. What we must remember is that like anything mechanical or anything that moves, things are bound to wear. Lens retraction problems aren't anything new and usually can be fixed by the manufacturer if they're sent away for repair. The difficult decision to make however is whether it's worth sending cameras away to be fixed. The cost of doing can be as high as buying a new camera so it's always worth doing some investigation and requesting a quote for the work before you decide to go ahead. It's not much different to keeping a car running in many ways, though cars seem to have a longer life expectancy than compacts!


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