Question about Canon PowerShot S2 IS Digital Camera
Posted by Anonymous on
This might be a stuck shutter, something that the S2 IS is notorious for. Has the camera been sitting unused for a long time? If so, see this link for some troubleshooting steps that you can try.
Posted on Dec 09, 2012
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Only for the brave, on a warrenty expired camera.
Buy a set of jeweller's screwdrivers.
Make sure it is off, with the lens retracted, and remove the battery and SD card.
Remove the 11 screws holding it together
The metal shell is in two halves that can be pulled apart. The rubber socket cover flap has to be removed once one half is off. A rubber gasket round the eypiece lens may drop off - it is easily replaced.
Hold the inner chassis by the edges.
The lcd screen is held by one screw, half hidden under the wiring to the flash - remove it.
Push the wiring to one side just sufficiently to enable you to hinge the lcd screen up on its flexible printed circuit wiring loom.
Underneath you will see the back of the ccd pod, with a flexibe printed circuit wiring loom pinioned under a metal plate with two Y shaped holes filled with brown gunk, and held down by a torex screw locked with some holt melt adhesive, and two further screws inaccessible under the metal chassis to the right.
I hypothesised these were the contacts that become detatched in hot conditions, and (1) tried to shift the flexible printed circuit minutely from side to side using the hole in it (it didn't move appreciably)and (2) pressed down quite hard in the centre of the metal plate, having supported the chassis from below so as not to damage the lens.
I reassembled the whole thing and it worked immediately, with just a faint light smear down the left hand side of the image (the whole image had been completely smeared, then dark, before) which was only noticeable when photographing in dark conditions.
So I took a gamble and it seems to have worked. If it hadn't I was going to break the glue seal on the Torex screw and unscrew and then screw it up again.
Obviously doing this is on your own responsibility.
Posted on Oct 25, 2008
Lens errors are fairly common. Usually it's sand or grit interfering with the lens extension mechanism. Or the camera's been dropped with the lens extended. Or the camera has been powered on, but the lens had been blocked preventing its extension. Or the battery ran down with the lens extended ...
Here are some things that you can do to try to correct it without disassembly. They only seem to work for less than 50% of the lens errors, but if the camera is out of warranty, they're worth a try:
Posted on Feb 22, 2009
I have the exact same problem, took it completely apart removed the zoom motor, physically turned the zoom gear and retracted the lens, reinstalled the motor, put it all back together, and found that I had the same problem and the lens wouldn't move out, so im pretty certain that the motor is bad, as the lens moves smoothly once the motor is not attached to it... looking for a replacement motor as i type...
Posted on May 29, 2009
Simple fix...use a separate card reader to download to a folder you create on your desktop. Once there, you can move them to iphoto.
Posted on Jan 05, 2010
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