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I have a Canon PowerShot A470. One day, while taking photos, it has gone from taking perfect pictures to being massively overexposed (almost white) pictures; however, this is not a problem with taking videos - they are absolutely fine.

I have gone through all the settings that I can find (most importantly, changed the exposure done to as low as possible - no help). Does anyone have any suggestions, or is something fundamentally broken?

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reset settings to factory default? (somewhere in the menu...). Check also the dial : are you not in "Bulb" mode ? (the dial can move unexpectedly...) – Olivier Dulac Mar 19 '14 at 15:24
I don't believe the A470 has a bulb mode :-) It's a very basic P&S. – Philip Kendall Mar 19 '14 at 15:59
@PhilipKendall indeed. But it could be set on "Scene" with some long exposure scene? or "Manual" (= semi-auto) with some weird setting? returning to "default" to test the camera would then be a good step. – Olivier Dulac Mar 19 '14 at 16:59
I've tried resetting to default, changing the "scene", using auto, using manual and changing the exposure. I've tried taking a photo underneath tables / behind settees, which should be very dark, but the pictures are still bright (pretty good actually, considering!) - unfortunately, in normal light, they are mostly white! – Smiley Sam Mar 19 '14 at 23:15
Because it's not using the mechanical shutter in video mode. It could be repairable (simply a stuck shutter lever) but who can be bothered dismantling a compact lens these days? – BBking Mar 25 '14 at 3:35

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