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  1. #1
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    Canon A720 IS in need of repairs in UK?

    Hiya

    I was taking some photos with my Canon A720IS and I stupidly did not have the strap around my wrist and I fumbled and it fell to the ground when the lens was open. As a result of that, the shutter is stuck i.e. it won't close even when I hit the off button. Plus the camera doesn't focus in Auto mode anymore - I need to use manual mode to get any decent shots.

    I have no idea where in the UK I can get the camera repaired - any suggestions? Thanks.
    Dee

    Canon A720 IS
    Sony Cybershot DSC-P72

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    The Canon UK support site provides the following repair contacts for a Digital compact cameras in the UK...hope this helps

    A.J.Johnstone & Company Limited
    395-399 Central Chambers
    93 Hope Street
    Glasgow
    G2 6LD
    Tel: 0141 221 2106
    Fax: 0141 221 9166
    Web: http://www.ajjohnstone.co.uk


    Colchester Camera Repair Services
    6 Kings Court
    Off Newcomen Way
    Severalls Business Park
    Colchester
    CO4 9RA
    Tel: 01206 843 322
    Fax: 01206 843 323
    Web: http://www.camera-repair.co.uk


    H. Lehmann Limited
    247-249 London Road
    Stoke-on-Trent
    ST4 5AA
    Tel: 01782 413 611
    Fax: 01782 744 579
    Web: http://www.lehmannsdirect.co.uk
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    Keep in mind, however, that it is unlikely to be economical to repair this camera. While it was a great camera in its time (I loved the A720) any repair is likely to cost roughly the price of a new camera. If Canon is willing to do something for you it may be time to upgrade.

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    I have the A720IS camera and agree that it is a great camera. Given the fact that the cost for repairs will easily be more then what this camera would sell for now, upgrading is your best option.

    I would consider the S90 or the G11. The G11 has more zoom but the S90 is a lot smaller. Both are very good at low light which is where the A720 is not that good.

    If you do get the S90, I would suggest you get this grip for it:
    http://www.kleptography.com/rf/#camera_s90

    Another camera I am considering is the Nikon S6000.

    Please let us know what you plan on getting as I too am in the same situation.

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    @Faisal Thanks for those links. I'd already seen them on the Canon website, but they're quite far from where I live (the closest is around 2 hours away!), so that's a no-go.

    @David I understand that it might be a better idea for me to upgrade; will have a look around to see what I can do. As a student, it's a bit hard for me to purchase anything at the moment, but as I can't really function without taking pictures (well it's still taking pictures, just not brilliant ones), it's definitely something I need to consider seriously.

    @hightech I'll probably stick to Canon ... I used to be a Sony lover before being completely sold on to Canon and now that I love Canon SO MUCH it's going to be hard for anyone to Nikon-ize me :P Will keep you updated on what I decide...hopefully this will get sorted soon. Thanks for the suggestions btw - will check them out.

    Thanks everyone again.
    Dee

    Canon A720 IS
    Sony Cybershot DSC-P72

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devina View Post
    I understand that it might be a better idea for me to upgrade; will have a look around to see what I can do. As a student, it's a bit hard for me to purchase anything at the moment, but as I can't really function without taking pictures (well it's still taking pictures, just not brilliant ones), it's definitely something I need to consider seriously.
    The point is that getting your A720 fixed will cost $150-200. A new camera for that price will out perform your A720 (although probably without the manual controls). You may have no choice but to spend some money.

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    The A720 isn't all about the manual controls. It has a lens thats max aperture is a huge advantage over anything else in that zoom range (f2.8-4.8 compared to the usual f3.5-5.6). That's a one whole stop of light that in normal indoor lighting conditions translates into ISO400 becoming 800. And we all know how well compact cameras perform at ISO800. Plus having a viewfinder, rechargeable AA batteries, decent grip, good image quality...it'll be hard to find anything as good apart from possibly the Canon G series.
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    Canon A720i|400D|7D|5DMKII|85mm f1.8|24-105mm f4|135mm f2|40mm f2.8|430EX II*2|BG-E3|BG-E7
    Sigma 24mm f1.8|50mm f2.8|105mm f2.8 Samyang 8mm fisheye
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    @David Yeah I went to a camera repair store and they told me the same thing. I honestly have no problem spending money if I had some atm !!! Anyhoo, am looking at my options - buying a brand new camera, buying a second-hand one OR buying the mobile phone I wanted which has a decent camera to satisfy me for the moment. Decisions, decisions.
    Dee

    Canon A720 IS
    Sony Cybershot DSC-P72

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