Question about Canon PowerShot S2 IS Digital Camera
It sounds like your shutter has become stuck closed. Normally the shutter stays open while you compose the pictures and then closes when you hit the button to take the picture allowing the image sensor to record what it saw at that moment. If it stays closed you will not see any image at all, but the normal icons and text on your camera's display will still show. The same symptoms can also be caused by a failed image sensor, although this is less common. Freeing a stuck shutter requires disassembly of the camera and lens assembly. Check with your manufacturer for recalls and/or warranty support. If they cannot help you for free there are repair providers online who can work on your camera. David Millier Advance Camera Repair
Posted on Mar 23, 2007
I had this problem with my S2 IS and Canon fixed it for free. Their service receipt said it was a failed optical unit. The S1 IS model has a service advisory about CCD failures that Canon will replace for free, but the S2 IS model does not yet have a service advisory. Canon should add the S2 IS model to its service advisory immediately because many customers are experiencing this problem and according to online reports, Canon's repair policy is inconsistent. Some customers are being charged for the repair and some are not.
Posted on May 05, 2007
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This fix should only be done by a professional or one who is familiar with repairing electronic devices. I have fixed many Kodak camera's with exactly the same problem.
Inside the camera the lens is attached to the circuit board with a ribbon cable and it inserts into a connector that it's latch can pop open if the camera is dropped or Jared. The way to fix it is to remove the back and re snap the connector. I have fixed many this way. There are two hidden screws behind the eye piece. Press down on the eye piece after removing the screws on the bottom. Be very careful where you touch on the circuit board. In the upper right corner is where the high voltage is for the flash. That can cause a nasty shock if you touch it. Even if the battery is removed it holds a charge.
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