Having problems with your Canon PowerShot SD880 IS Digital Camera ?

My Canon Powershot SD880 is emitting smoke.

\015 Sometimes when I take a picture, it flashes, and smoke emits from the camera.\015\012\015\012Why is it doing this? This is troublesome! \015\012\015\012And, the flash is very bright, according to some of my friends! Is this normal? :\\\015\012\015\012I'm really worried about it! I just got this camera for Christmas/Birthday in 2008, so yeah! I hope it's not like permanent! \015\012\015\012- Thank you.\015

Answers :

This appears to be a common problem with Canon SD series cameras and especially common with the SD880. Canon must be aware of the problem, and since they have not recalled the cameras they must think it is not a fire/injury hazard. Distribution of the SD880 was suddenly stopped despite excellent reviews. If enough of us tell Canon we want these cameras fixed or replaced, even if they are out of warranty, maybe they will FixUs!
I just fixed a camera with this exact problem. the problem was caused by impact (drop most likely). when i took the camera apart the flash worked perfectly fine. when the camera was re-assembled, (putting pressure on the flash unit) it popped, smoked, sometimes under-exposed sometimes over-exposed. \015\012
\015\012I wrapped the flash unit and the inside of the aluminum body with cellophane tape and completely cured the problem. there must have been some form of arcing going on from the flash unit to the body of the camera caused by a misalignment due to impact damage. \015\012
\015\012I got shocked about 5 times during the repair. there is (IMHO) a design flaw that puts the high voltage too close to the body of the camera, that a small misalignment caused by impact introduces arcing and sparking (and managed to shock myself with a fully enclosed flash unit). \015\012
\015\012it was only about 'level 5' difficulty to disassemble and repair this unit; about 8 screws involved. be careful for shocks! and the main power plug lifts UP off the ckt board it doesn't slide in, and the control ckt power there is a flip-up black lever to release. \015\012
\015\012-awr
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