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My S2 IS displays a black screen and will not take a picture.

I have reformatted the memory, and replaced the batteries. I see on many websites that others are experiencing the same problem. My camers is approximatly two years old. I recommended this camera to my parents and now after seeing how many users are experiencing the same issue, wish I had said Nikon.

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  • Peacob00 Mar 07, 2009

    My sceen is black when I turn it on as well, had it since 2006, very dissapointed..

  • adigb Mar 08, 2009

    I have the same problem 2-3 years after I bought the camera. Now I have to turn camera in direction of strong light and eventually it will open the lens, but just for one time only. Similar thing happened to my old Canon 2.1 megapixel camera but was fixed at the Canon repair shop. I recommended Canon to everybody but not any more.

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This model has problems with oil on the shutter blades. The camera needs to be torn completely down and the oil removed from the blades, this usually fixes the problem for good.. This is a complex repair & I would recommend sending it to a repair shop.

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Your camera has the know issue of Stuck shutter, whichhappens after some time (weeks or months) thata camera is notused.

Unfortunately the repair of it requires a complete disassembly of the camera, including the lens, fix it, and then put back together everything.

Definitely requires th skills, tools and experience to do it, so it's recommended that a professional camera repair center is performing this type of repair.

If you look for a reliable and low cost repair service for it, you can look in ebay for such repair services.

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