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Canon PowerShot S410 - Mode Switch Problem

The mode switch (rotating switch on the back of the camera to control Auto / Manual / WidescreenStitch / Movie mode) does not work.  It stopped working approx. 1 and 1/2-yrs after the camera had been in use, which I bought brand-new originally.  Canon offered no "free" support at that time, but offered a trade-up option that would cost me more than I would pay to just buy a new, better camera.  Has anyone else ran into this issue with the mode switch?  The rotating switch itself will rotate, but the actual mode never changes and instead is always on "Auto".  Otherwise photos are still good, playback is still good and working, I just can't do Manual mode, or Movies most importantly.  I've tried letting it sit unplugged for days, re-charging battery multiple times, replacing CF memory card, constantly rotating the switch back & forth, with no luck.

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  • Anonymous Nov 07, 2007

    Pls help. I also have this problem. It will only take photos and not manual or video pictures. Pls help.

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Your problem is fairly common. However, fixing it will require someone to actually open the camera case and clean the rotating switch (mode dial). Also, I've never personally opened an S410, but it should be similar to what's posted on the following blog using an A460's mode dial as an example. Keep in mind that there is some risk that you may actually make things worse. So remember to weigh the options before going in there. The responsibility of how things went is ultimately yours:

http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/11/rear-mounted-rotating-selector-mode.html

If you decide to conduct the repair yourself, please leave a follow up comment, either here or on the blog on how things went. Good Luck!

Posted on Nov 24, 2007

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