Having problems with your Canon PowerShot A540 Digital Camera ?

It looks like the image on my lcd is stretched vertically . It wont take pics correctly


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See on the lcd if you have a letter W is displayed. If so, you just go to the picture resolution menu and change it to L or any other, and this should be fine.
This sounds like a common fault which usually means the camera is effectively irreparable: the sensor has failed.

To confirm it, you'll need to check whether photos taken before the fault occurred appear stretched as well. If not, then it's definitely the sensor and as the camera is about four to five years old now the repairs will not be cost effective. If old photos also display with the problem, then it's probably just a faulty lcd screen and they can be replaced but it still may be touch and go as to whether it's cost effective. Either way, although the camera is out of warranty I'd recommend that you contact Canon to see if they'll offer a goodwill repair as it shouldn't really have failed that soon, but at the time it was a relatively low cost model so don't get your hopes up.

Faulty sensors are very common when cameras get to around five or six years old, but some just fail sooner than others and if you live in a warm climate region the the failure can occur sooner. Even if the sensor doesn't fail most digital cameras seem to suffer one or more other faults by the time they're around six years old: they simply don't last as long as many film cameras.
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