Canon Powershot A570 IS, Scratched Screen Repair

When my Canon Powershot A570 IS drowned in the bottom of a Florida canoe in 1/3 inch of water (even in its case) it pushed me forward on a journey of camera collecting.  You can see the damaged Canon A570 below with corrosion in brown towards bottom right of the black display.

Canon PowerShot A570 with Water Corrosion

Canon Powershot A570 IS – Repair of Display

In brief, here are the instructions.

  1. Visit YouTube and study Canon A570 display screen repairs .  Amazing, this German guy never even speaks and it makes perfect sense.  Remove the battery first, unscrew bottom, left side, and right side screws (a total of 6 in video).
  2. Purchase tiny, magnetic screwdrivers such as the WIHA screwdrivers at Micro-Tools.
    WIHA Magnetic Phillips Screwdrivers
    Why purchase them after viewing the YouTube video?  The video will convince you that the repair is reasonable and doable.
  3. Begin the repair during the daytime when you’re not tired and you can focus.  It’s tempting to do a repair late at night when its quiet but you’re tired.  It’s a bad idea.  You can’t make good repairs when you’re tired at the end of a long day.
  4. Find a bright well lit work area where you can sit with good posture and begin your repair.  I placed a clean dish towel on my kitchen counter to begin the work and “catch” the screws without falling to the floor.  Most likely they won’t, the Canon Powershot A570 used magnetic screws and the WIHA screwdrivers are magnetic.
  5. If you’re cannibalizing one camera to fix another camera, work on the donor camera first.  Unscrew the donor camera and take the display screen that you want.
  6. Now that you have confidence in taking the donor part, unscrew the recipient camera and swap out the bad display for the good display.
  7. Test the camera and you’re done.

#5 – Working on the Donor Camera

In the photo below you can see that I unscrewed the donor camera.  You can see the display screen I want to use.

Canon PowerShot A570 Scratched Display

#7 – Test the Camera

I tested my improved Canon Powershot A570 IS and it worked perfectly fine.  It now had the unscratched display screen from my donor camera, an improvement.

Canon PowerShot A570 Repaired Back

Why did I repair a Canon Powershot A570?

I just wanted to replace my Canon Powershot A570 IS.  Just nostalgic on my part. Before drowning in the bottom of a canoe in Florida, my Canon A570 had photographed my daughter’s college graduation, a great trip to Hawaii, a scenic trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and parts of Florida.  My Canon Powershot A570 was my re-introduction to photography.

Even though I love old film cameras I always have my Canon SD880 with me as backup (just plain common sense).  It was always on my to do list to purchase another Canon Powershot A570.

On Craigslist I found a Canon A570 for $20 in Syracuse, New York.  After a few emails Sue agreed to a price and to ship the camera to Chicago, IL.  I had to smile when I read one of her emails:

And I’m sorry to say, my camera has no good stories.  It was a good camera and we had it for quite awhile, but nothing eventful happens to our cameras!  (just us. haha)

The Canon A570 arrived (thanks Sue) and it worked just fine.  Its display screen was scratched more than my old Canon A570 so that’s why I did the minor display repair.

Pick a Junky Film Camera and Repair It

So why not try to repair an old camera before selling it on Craigslist or eBay?  As I said, you will need a few good tools, a bright work table, and the belief that you can make the repair.  There’s a pleasure in repairing an old Canon Powershot A570 IS so it still works.

Canon PowerShot A570 Repaired Front

Honestly, if I can make a few small repairs (Yashica Lynx 14, Super Ricohflex, Canon A570) then anyone has a chance to successfully repair a camera.  Keep it simple and believe in yourself.

Please leave a comment describing your success or failure with any camera repair you have done.  And thanks for visiting What is a Film Camera today.




Canon Powershot A570 IS, Scratched Screen Repair — 2 Comments

  1. A friend gave me a Canon PowerShot A70 that he hadn’t used in years. I had considered tearing into it and removing the IR filter from the sensor in hopes of creating a near-infrared camera, but doing so seemed daunting — and besides, the A70’s sensor was all messed up.

    I was going to throw it out when a Flickr friend told me that Canon would replace the sensor for free and even pay for shipping both ways. Within about a week, the A70 returned in all its glory. I’m now ashamed I had considered throwing it out. The A70’s images are barely bigger than 3 megapixels, but it takes good photos and I’m glad to save helped save it from ending up in a landfill.

    The camera also has a wonderfully hefty feel that’s sadly lacking in the light-plastic compact digitals of today, which all feel like a half-used bar of soap.

    • Leigh,
      Yes, there certainly is a special pleasure in repairing any camera, digital or analog.
      Did you read my blog post where my wife and I repaired a Ricohflex TLR one evening? Amazing.

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