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Repairing dropped Canon Ixus 700 - worth it?

Hi. I have a Canon Digital Ixus 700, which was unfortunately dropped on a hard surface when the camera is on and in shooting mode.

As a result,
1. The battery and SD card latch has become loose. It is necessary for me to press on the battery latch for the camera to start.

2. When the camera is turned on, the startup image and sound plays normally. In playback mode, I can view my past pictures (with the battery latch pressed) without any problems. But in shooting mode, soon after the display image and sound are played, a E18 message appears, and the camera lens are unable to protrude/retract.

I am now in a dilema whether to have it fixed by an authorised Canon centre, or to just go for a new camera.

My question is, do you think for such problems, are they really fixable? Fixing will definitely be the cheaper option, but what I dont want is after fixing, the camera becomes unreliable. So far I have very good experiences with my camera and love it lots, so would not be aiming for a new one unless necessary.

What do you reckon? Is a repair done by an authorised centre generally reliable or not?

Thanks for your advice!

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Canon Ixus 700 (aka SD500)

In reply to: Repairing dropped Canon Ixus 700 - worth it?

The Ixus 700 has one of the best lens/sensor setups of all of that series of cameras. It produces very good images.


It is worth taking the next step, which is to contact Canon repair.

They have seen plenty of dropped cameras and can probably give you a ballpark estimate as to the cost.


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How about Canon Ixus 800/850?

In reply to: Canon Ixus 700 (aka SD500)

Thanks snapshot2 for your reply.

You mentioned Ixus 700 is the best of the line. How does it compare to 800 or 850?

That is the camera that I am planning to get if I dont send it for repair.

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Canon Ixus 800/850

In reply to: How about Canon Ixus 800/850?

The Canon Ixus700/750 used a different lens and CCD sensor.
Probably borrowed from the Canon A620.

That particular 7 megapixel sensor has been one of the best.

After the Ixus750 they went to a physically smaller sensor and still crowded the 7 megapixels on that smaller CCD foundation.
This was probably a cost reduction step, as it permits the use of a slightly smaller lens. Or they were trying to reduce the overall size of the camera.

The Ixus 800/850 cameras take great photos, but if you really do some pixel peeping, the Ixus 700/750 produces a slightly better image (sharpness and clarity).

Unless you examine sample photos at 100% size you will not see the difference.

Here is a link to the cameras referenced:


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Never worked on an SD or Ixus but

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Are you good with fixing things? how does the lens look? is it full closed? all the way extended or partly extended.

Here is what i have found, a fully extended lens, or a fully closed lens you have a good chance of fixing it without damagin anything else. If its any of the lens sections are cooked in the unit or one section is in all the way but the rest are fully extended your not gona have any luck.

Sometimes the cameras have ribbon cables that come loose on an impact that can cause E18 errors i just fixed an A510 with this problem. I thought somthing was broken mechanicly but it was just a cable. I still had to remove about 25 screws and dismantle almost teh whole camera but it works now.

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