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The old bang-the-hell-out-of-it solution

Last year we bought a Canon PowerShot SD780IS Digital Elph camera (say that five times fast). It has been a great camera and together with our iPhones has taken most of the photography that appears on our blog.

So we were extremely saddened when the camera refused to open its sleepy eye one morning when John was trying to upload new pics to our computer. We of course didn't have our original receipt (who keeps all their receipts?!), so we weren't optimistic that our warranty would be valid.

Well, tonight Erin put in some serious web research and found a solution. After reading through hundreds of posts on various Canon/digital-camera help sites she found one solution kept popping up again and again: Just bang it on a hard surface and the lens will dislodge and deploy properly. We weren't the only ones to doubt the wisdom of this violent solution:

Another option was to send it in to Canon where they would likely deem the cause of the problem "improper or harsh usage" and charge $200 for the fix. A new camera is only $180!

Fortunately there was an alternative to the banging it solution: shake it vigorously while turning it on. Well, Erin gave it a shot and it worked! Our comatose camera miraculously woke up and took a picture of a surprised John and a hysterically laughing Erin.

Just in time for Owen's first day of kindergarten and Mar's first day of preschool tomorrow! More soon.


blissful_e said…
I'll keep this in mind if we ever have a similar problem with our Canon.

Love the surprise/laughing photos! :)
Bonzer said…
OMG. I'm pretty sure a little pee came out.
TheOtherMother said…
Dear People in Charge of Where I Get a Job,

I hope that this blog post helps you understand why I pray for a job in Los Angeles.

Christine said…
That may be my favorite pic of Erin...and that is saying a lot! I thought this post would be a photo of the kids beating the heck out of a toy...but apparently it's the parents beating the heck out of their toy.

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