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A small number of A530s and A540s run the risk of short-circuit

Canon is recalling a small number of PowerShot A530 and A540 digital cameras that run the risk of short-circuit which leads to overheating. Affected cameras can suffer from extremely hot battery doors and drastically reduced battery life.

Canon warns that the spring that holds the battery door on affected camera can become so hot that it could possibly cause burns.

The PowerShot A530 and A540 cameras affected by the recall have serial numbers that start with "21", "22", "23" and "24". The serial number can be found at the bottom of the camera. Canon will repair all models affected by the recall free of charge no matter if the camera is in warranty or not.

To make arrangements to have your camera repaired, customers are urged to contact Canon's toll-free call center at 1-800-828-4040.

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By Chillin1248 on 12/27/2006 6:42:12 PM , Rating: 3
How hot would the battery have to be in order to qualify to deliver burns? Also wouldn't that temperture first affect the components inside the camera at that heat? Or are cameras built with such extremes in mind?


RE: Damage?
By qwerty1 on 12/28/2006 2:44:38 AM , Rating: 2
You are correct in that the components will first break before the battery door or anything else melts. But that will turn your nice shiny P&S into a plastic door stop.

And another rather interesting note, some of Canon camera's lcd screens are made by Sony. I forgot which P&S have them, but the 20D, 30D, etc DSLRs have screens by Sony. You can see the logo if you remove the outside casing.

RE: Damage?
By mindless1 on 12/28/2006 2:42:06 PM , Rating: 2
The issues isn't one of what would happen in an absolute sense, it's what would happen in a liability sense. Your product quits working, not a big deal. You burn a blister onto someone's pinky $$$$$$

RE: Damage?
By TTowntom2 on 1/4/2007 2:39:18 PM , Rating: 2
yeap, the burned guy gets $50K and the lawyers get $5M.

By SonicIce on 12/27/2006 5:47:13 PM , Rating: 2
mine starts with 27 :)

RE: ok
By Hanzou on 12/28/2006 2:01:21 AM , Rating: 2
Mine is a 21 so since I just bought it, I will just take it back to the store and swap it for a new one.

By INeedCache on 12/28/2006 1:25:33 AM , Rating: 2
2 for 1, a camera and a hand warmer. What's not to like?

RE: Bonus
By TTowntom2 on 1/4/2007 2:35:51 PM , Rating: 2

By jp7189 on 12/28/2006 11:15:49 AM , Rating: 2
I've had two Canon cameras that survived hell and still lived to tell about it.

An A20 fell from a shelf 5 feet up to a tile floor; it split at the seams, but I was able to snap it back together and it continued to work for years.

An A70 in a leaky underwater case (I didn't seal it right). Once a little saltwater got in, the batteries went nuts, split and melted the bottom corner of the camera. I let is dry out and put in new batteries and it worked for the rest of the vacation and a few months more.

Call me a fanboy, but I have my reasons.

RE: Durability
By AtaStrumf on 12/28/2006 7:56:48 PM , Rating: 2
Well let's not forget the infamous CANON E17 error and from my experience Canon cameras haven't been too good to me.

My PS A510's batteries sometimes lasted very, very little time, and even new batteries wouldn't work, when exchanged, no matter what. Then a day or so later, for no apparent reason it started working again. Very, very annoying!

In the end I had enough of it and RMA-ed it. They changed the flash unit and the problem was solved, but then I found a new one. The settings (like IE FOCUS on/off, MUTE on/off, etc) would reset themselves when I would mount it on a tripod, and sometimes for no apparent reason. Well warranty is gone and I have to live with that, but its also very annoying when the camera starts to beep, when you least want it to, and when it starts to select the focus point on it's own, stuff like that. From what I heard that Flash unit thingie was quite common. So yea, Canon ain't all that great.

Guess no one cares...
By SexyK on 12/27/06, Rating: -1
RE: Guess no one cares...
By straycat74 on 12/27/2006 5:30:09 PM , Rating: 1
sounds like someone has sand in their vagina......

RE: Guess no one cares...
By jarman on 12/28/2006 12:30:07 AM , Rating: 1
sounds like someone has sand in their vagina......

I just can't stop laughing at that.

RE: Guess no one cares...
By TTowntom2 on 1/4/2007 2:36:51 PM , Rating: 2
you should get out more then.

RE: Guess no one cares...
By Moishe on 12/27/2006 6:00:00 PM , Rating: 3
Canon makes excellent products and very rarely have problems... unlike Sony. Lets not get whiny.

RE: Guess no one cares...
By deeznuts on 12/27/2006 6:41:52 PM , Rating: 2
Didn't they have a problem with cracking LCD's on their SD series? That's what kept me from buying it as a gift last xmas.

RE: Guess no one cares...
By TTowntom2 on 1/4/2007 2:36:25 PM , Rating: 2
Never had a problem with any of my sony cameras.

RE: Guess no one cares...
By HammerZ on 12/27/2006 6:34:21 PM , Rating: 2
What does Sony have anything to do w/ Canon's recall of their camera? Please grow up...

RE: Guess no one cares...
By Samus on 12/27/2006 7:04:32 PM , Rating: 2
Sony and Canon both make excellent camera's. They're the ONLY two brands I've ever owned. My Powershot S50, my DLSR-Evo (both Canon) and my little everyday Sony Cybershot DSC-500 have all worked for years without any problems. Of course it sucks that each one takes a different media...CF, SD and MS.

RE: Guess no one cares...
By TTowntom2 on 1/4/2007 2:35:09 PM , Rating: 2
Too many anti-sony folks here :=0

Looks like Canon is acting responsibly to me
By Beenthere on 12/27/06, Rating: -1
RE: Looks like Canon is acting responsibly to me
By jp7189 on 12/28/2006 11:09:40 AM , Rating: 1
Isn't DailyTech the "media"? The fact that they admit the problem and will repair free of charge outside the normal warranty sounds responsible to me.

By jp7189 on 12/28/2006 11:17:29 AM , Rating: 2
Disregard that last one.. I read the comment above wrong.

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