Having problems with your Canon PowerShot A85 Digital Camera ?

When I switch it on, the view finder is black

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This sounds like it might be a defective CCD imager. If so, Canon should fix this for you for free worldwide, and may also include free shipping both ways (free shipping varies with countries). This is regardless of your camera's warranty status. Please check this link for more info.\012
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