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Canon PowerShot S2 IS

I have recently bought this camera. I must have pressed some button as after I turn it on I don't have an image on the LCD screen nor see anything in the view finder

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My S2IS also has the black screen problem. The trick of setting 15 second shutter time and opening the batetry case while the shutter is open no longer returns the camera to health. I have little faith in Canon reliability - this is not the only Canon camera to fail me. Perhaps I will try to get it repaired, perhaps I'll just buy some other, ANY other brand. Nuts.

Posted on Sep 06, 2009

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I have the same problem with S2...image and viewfinder and LCD are black.... Canon should replace anybody having problems with censor...we have paid for it....DO NOT BUY CANON IN FUTURE IF THEY FAIL TO FIX THIS PROBLEM

Posted on Jun 21, 2007

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Don't pay a cent for that to be fixed! It is a known problem with the CCD imagers for the S1 IS & the S2 IS, unfortunately only the S1 is on the service advisory list. When you send your camera in, make sure you talk to a manager. I did and now I don't have to pay for the repairs even though my camera is out of warranty.

Posted on May 27, 2007

I have the same issue with mine, lcd and viewfinder black and if you take a picture it is black. I talked to Canon and while they are willing to send me a link for free shipping, they will not budge on repair cost and my warranty is up (I've had it for 18 months and use it lightly). No way will I pay $119 for repair when I have seen the S3s for double that. Of course, I will NOT be buying one since Canon admitted there was a problem and then failed to fix the problem in designing the S2s, they just aren't admitting it. The CSR I talked to said this was the first he's heard of it even though a quick internet search brings up plenty of cases of black screen problems.

Posted on Apr 24, 2007

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I've owned the camera for about one year and suddenly began experiencing this problem: a blank viewfinder / screen. One temporary fix seems to be to open and close the small door containing the memory card, possibly removing the card. This "restarts" the camera. Why this should work is a mystery to me, but it's only way I can get an image to reappear in the viewfinder.

Posted on Mar 15, 2007

From a similar solved problem: I have read of this problem (doing research before buying a Canon S2). Apparently it is a bad sensor and Canon will fix it for free if it's still under warranty (otherwise it will cost $119.00). and I have the same problem. Just got off the phone with Canon and have to send the camera to them. Repair takes ~2wks. Call them @1-800-828-4040 and follow the menus. Canon's site also addresses this for the S1 and others (but not the S2). Says heat and high humity can cause a connection to the sensor to come undone. Hope this helps.

Posted on Jan 06, 2007

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We took one apart... if you want to see what the connectors look like inside. http://www.rainydaymagazine.com/RDM2007/RDMHomeJun2007.htm#S2Disassembly

Posted on Jun 28, 2007

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Ref: http://kbsupport.cusa.canon.com/system/selfservice.controller?CONFIGURATION=1011&PARTITION_ID=1&secureFlag=false&TIMEZONE_OFFSET=&CMD=VIEW_ARTICLE&ARTICLE_ID=5359

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