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Display dark When I turn the camera on the display is back, even when trying to look through the viewfinder. I know that the display works because I can view the pictures that have been taken. Is there a setting that I need to look at? Any help would be greatly appreciated. I looked in the manual and they dont have my problem as a troubleshooting problem.

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  • Anonymous Mar 06, 2009

    same exact problem with S2 IS & S1 IS

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2009

    I too hhave the same problem with Display, we took it in to be repaired at the Cannon Service Centre, on October 14, 2008, they said they repaired it, paid %$168.37 with taxes, have not used it since the day we got it back for repair and today March 14, 2009 my husband went to use and and guess what it is not working once again, we will be taking it back and by what I have read they will not be fixing it for free??  This camera is a dud it cost a lot to buy and its a piece of garbage, like other people it is the last time we buy a Canon Camera.


  • johnh9243 Apr 18, 2009

    I had the same problem... just tried the fix as posted someplace where you set the exposure to 15 sec, then open the bat cover... wahla.. the camera works now... had to do it 3 times but I am thankful I have a working camera again...

  • Anonymous Apr 20, 2009

    LCD screen shows menu items but no image to be seen. Have set camera to TV, gone down to 1/15, removed batteries, but still no scene.

  • ranjana_amar Apr 21, 2009

    I have the same problem. the screen becomes black. some times when I switch off and on it comes back. but again it goes to a black screen. my camera is 2 years old.

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There is a temporary fix that works sometimes but eventually it will stop working alltogether. If canon can't help, might try this:


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Hey Nanny 6, I don't have a solution for this problem, but I actually have the SAME problem. I used my camera with no problem last weekend in New Orleans and when I tried to take a few pics today, I got the old dreaded black screen. However, I can view my pics from last Sunday just fine. I went through the manual from front to back and couldn't find a thing in there either. There are a few other posts on here that talk about the same problem. Others have been able to get their camera repaired- some for free, others for a price... I am so disappointed in Canon products. My Canon camcorder did the same thing! What a waste of money. Never again will I buy a Canon product...

Posted on Jul 09, 2007

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I also have exactly the same problem.

This seems to be a very common issue and Cannon should fix it!

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My S2is has just started doing the same thing (24 months old) and having researched it appears that it's a very common failure of the camera - the iris seizes and doesn't open. Setting the camera to AV mode, 15 sec exposure, firing the shutter and then opening the battery cover sometimes solves it, albeit temporarily. The S1is had a recall based on the CCD failure, but so far Canon have refused to do anything with the S2is. I contacted them last week in the UK, and the response was "tough"! I'm very p***ed off with them - it cost me £400. Hoping that eventually it will be recalled and I'll get it fixed.

Posted on Jan 28, 2008

I had this problem as well. I took it to my local Canon service centre and explained the problem to them. They said that they are aware of the problem and will fix it if it is under warranty. I told them that it was very similar to the mass ccd recall (http://www.imaging-resource.com/NEWS/1128958202.html) which was affecting some of the PowerShot models but they insisted it wasn't a problem with the s2. Fortunately for me, they fixed it for free even though I was just past my warranty. They shipped it free of charge and I had it back three days after I brought it in. Apparently the problem has to do with a wire connecting the ccd to the processor that comes loose. Cost out of warranty is approximately $200.

Posted on Jan 15, 2008

Was having the same problem. I opened & closed the SD door & no change, but when I opened & closed the battery compartment door, the display started working again. After turning the camera on & off numerous times, all is still working & takes pictures just fine now.

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Http://www.digitalcamera-hq.com/digital-cameras/canon-powershot-s2is_question.html?qid=3894 .... check this link. You will find You are not alone :)

Posted on Sep 13, 2007

I just came up with the same problem. Either opening the battery compartment or the SD compartment will reset it and return it to normal, but it goes right back to the same problem once the power is turned off.

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I had same problem. Switched to maunual mode and opened up the aperture (i think that what it is called). And then switched back to auto and it worked for now. Good luck.

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This problem is with record switch and the software actually when we switch to any mode the cod eis written for functionality and invoke the accesaries as diplay in record mode is blank means its inyternal fault and nothing to do with setting. thanks Sangita

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