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Cameras and Photography: Is it the Camera or the Card?

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Archer/Bronson, FL
(Zone 8b)

May 23, 2010
6:41 AM

Post #7819248

I am not a pro at taking pictures and my expectations remain simple and basic.

Recently I seem to have trouble getting good results with the following:
subject goes off center
much blurriness (sometimes my fault)
a bar across center of picture
sometimes the auto-focus feature hesitates a little long before actually snapping the pic

I thought maybe the batteries were going so I changed them out.

The camera is a CanonA80 about 5-6 years old.
The card is a SanDisk 128mb Compact Flash 5-6 yrs old

This happened just this morning on 2 photos I took.

I haven't dropped, wet or banged the camera in any way. Any thoughts?


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Pine City, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 26, 2010
10:33 AM

Post #7829661

After you take your pics off, try formatting the card in the camera. Good luck!
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

May 26, 2010
10:59 AM

Post #7829746

Try a different card as well to see if it is the camera or card (I seriously doubt it is the card). I have a feeling the sensor is going.


Edinburg, TX

May 27, 2010
1:04 PM

Post #7833805

Something silimar kept happening to my Sony H9. The company had me reset everything back to the factory settings. It cleared up the problem and I was able to input my setting preferences after that with no other problems.

Perhaps you can see if your camera menu has a feature that will let you reset everything.

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Northeast, LA
(Zone 8a)

September 18, 2010
1:14 PM

Post #8106165

I don't know if you saw this but I hope you didn't throw it out like I did my A90.Canon A80 sensor failure
by rgfitz - 3/18/10 6:07 PM

My favorite old camera of all that I have had showed a purple, fuzzy band across the top of the viewfinder and on my photos about a week ago. I searched the internet and found that Canon was still replacing the sensors for no charge. Their website listed the A80 as one subject to the replacement and Canon Service sent me an email describing the steps to take to evaluate the problem. I followed the simple steps, sent them an email, and the next day received a UPS return label to print.

I checked today and the camera has been repaired and I should get it within four business days.

That is pretty good service for an old camera
Talihina, OK

September 20, 2010
7:29 PM

Post #8110954

some digitals will reset if you do the following turn camera on >remove the battery> let stand for 5 minutes >replace battery >turn back on the important step is removing the battery with the camera turned on..,I am thinking a 128mb card that is 6 years old has earned a retirement so get a new card first

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