Having problems with your Canon PowerShot A540 Digital Camera ?

I have a small out of focus black spot on image on screen and prints , Nigel

Answers :

You have a speck of dirt on the CCD image sensor.

There is no way to fix this without completely dismantling the camera and to do so is a very difficult job which is impossible without the correct tools and training. It's not like on a dDLR where the imager will definitely get dirty and is designed to be cleaned. The other issue is that your CCD is far smaller than on a dSLR and so cleaning attempts often end up making the problem worse as they're sensitive to far smaller dust particles than those which would trouble a dSLR.

Either learn to live with the problem and remove the spot with editing software or replace the camera. It's an unsupported three year old model and repairs outside of a warranty claim will be uneconomical.
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