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I have a cannon power shot s1 is. When i look through the view finder or on the lcd monitor i get a very distorted image it is very dark like looking at somthing in the early morning fog.

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  • rockeym Sep 26, 2008

    When i take a picture it looks the same as the veiw finder and the monitor.

    the camera is about 4 years old.

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Press display (DISP.) button to turn the display on. This button is located on the rear of the camera and toggles the camera's LCD display. The button is usually printed with <DISP.> on the button or above the button depending on the model. I have a cannon power - display_button.gif If pressing the <DISP.> button doesn't turn the display on, remove and replace the batteries in the camera. If this still doesn't correct the issue ..then there what cannon says to this error :

It has recently come to our attention that the vendor-supplied CCD image sensors used in this Canon digital camera may cause the following malfunction: When the product is used in recording or playback mode, the LCD screen and/or electronic viewfinder may exhibit either a distorted image or no image at all. While reports of this malfunction have been rare in the United States, we have determined that it may occur if the product is exposed to hot and humid environments.
Effective immediately, and regardless of warranty status, Canon will repair, free of charge, products exhibiting the above-mentioned malfunction if the malfunction is caused by the CCD image sensor. Canon will also cover the cost of shipping and handling in connection with this repair.
U.S. residents are kindly directed to contact the Canon Customer Support Center for further assistance at 1-800-828-4040. Support hours are Monday thru Friday - 8:00 AM to 12:00 midnight; and Saturday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM (all times EST). Alternatively, if electronic support is preferred, please send your email to carecenter@cits.canon.com
This information is for residents of the United States of America and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused by this issue, and appreciate your understanding in this matter. Thank you for your support and patronage of Canon products.


Hope this information helps you ... Good luck..

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If the problem is only on the view finder and on the lcd monitor. if your pictures look good / normal, then there is something wrong with the lcd, possibly would need to be replaced or the sensor which shows the picture on the lcd screen. it might be best to have this inspected and repaired by a professional. Is your canon covered by the warranty?

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Have you tried cleaning the lens section..

and have you kept the camera in any high humid conditions recently??

Posted on Sep 26, 2008

  • dewan nafees ahmed Sep 26, 2008

    if the camera has been moved from high humid condition to a low humid condition suddenly there would have been some fog like particles in the lens.

    if the lens is not clean from inside or outside then it is difficult for you to get a clean image both in view finder and the LCD.


  • dewan nafees ahmed Sep 26, 2008

    this problem must get rectified by itself according to me if you keep the camera unused in normal conditions

    if the problem exists more than one or 2 days in normal conditions then you will have too try a service for sure.


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