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Canon S5IS picture darkens

Looks great on the LCD screen...as soon as I press the button halfway to focus, the screen darkens as if the picture is underexposed, and sure enough, the picture turns out dark. This is in Auto mode, where I've never had a problem before... The ISO auto adjusts (apparently 80 is one of it's favorites), the F-stop and aperture adjusts, all apparently to produce the crappiest, darkest picture possible. I can sort of "fix" it by going into manual mode and fiddling with the ISO and light meter settings, but by the time I've done this, the picture "moment" has passed. I've tried to reset (both via software and battery removal) - no luck. I suspect that the camera needs to go to the repair shop? Appreciate any advice you can provide - thanks in advance!

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I can't think of anything that is wrong in your camera. Must be a connection point in a switch that has a too high resistance. And even when you manage to find what switch, you could not replace it.
In the 7 years that your camera exists, camera's have become more sophisticated, and picture quality has increased even in the cheaper models, so perhaps it is worth thinking of a new camera? Perhaps you now even can buy a beginner DSLR, or a system camera, cheaper then your S5IS was 7 years ago.

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SOURCE: Underexposed image on Auto mode

You can change the ISO setting also to Auto. If you have the advanced guide (see pp 80, 107).
Press the ISO button it will switch from various ISO setting to AUTO.

Do remember in Bright light , a lower ISO number like 80 will give you very fine images, while as the light level goes down, the ISO number will change to a higher number and the image will become more grainer.
I hope I could answer to your query.
Please do rate. Thanks

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

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