Question about Canon PowerShot S5 IS Digital Camera
I brought my camera off of a friend and it won't start up?!?! trie putting new batteries according to the manual on canon website HELP PLEASE ?!?!??!
First, do you know for sure it was working when you bought it?
Second, are your batteries all good?
Third, make sure you have all the batteries installed the right direction.
Finally, make sure the compartment door is properly shut.
I really don't know much about cameras, just advising of some of the basic things I would double and triple check first.
Posted on May 16, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Know this is an old post but... Some of The Canon Powershot A530 and A540 cameras are subject to an advisory recall. Seems that a small spring on the battery compartment door can short out the batteries. Suspect this of yours, in that you mentioned that your batteries weren't lasting long. If your camera is on the list, Canon should fix this for you for free, including free shipping both ways. This is regardless of your camera's warranty status. Please check the following link for more info:
Posted on Dec 16, 2007
SOURCE: Canon IXUS 75
I have never heard of a memory card shorting out a camera... but I guess anything is possible.
Your camera takes a proprietary battery, it can only be inserted in one direction and will not fit if inserted the wrong way so it is impossible to reverse the polarity.
There are several things that could be wrong, ill very briefly describe them.
1- There is a small switch under the battery door beside the memory card slot, if this is damaged the camera will not turn on. Is it damaged? I've seen cameras with the switch actually missing, so if there's no small black switch visible thats most likely the problem.
2- The fuse has shorted for whatever reason causing the camera to not power. If you're really handy you can replace it yourself; they are cheap and all you need is a soldering iron with a really small tip.
3- Something else on the PCB has shorted out the camera and you need to replace the PCB. You won't find one of these for cheap easily.
1- Buy a defective camera online and use the parts to make one good one.
2- Go to a store and they will tell you its $150+ to send it in for repair
3- Find an online repair business that charges REASONABLE amounts: (google: darntoothysam)
4- Sell the camera online for parts and get a replacement (not the best choice I dont think)
I think we should try and repair items like this whenever we can, please don't throw it in the trash, I hate to hear about it when people do that. You DON"T have to pay $200 to fix the camera, no matter what the "Geeks" at the "Squad" tell you.
Good luck from Darntoothysam com
Posted on Oct 13, 2008
Some of The Canon Powershot A530 and A540 cameras are subject to an advisory recall. Seems that a small spring on the battery compartment door can short out the batteries. Suspect this of yours, in that you mention that your batteries aren't lasting long. If your camera is on the list, Canon should fix this for you for free, including free shipping both ways. This is regardless of your camera's warranty status. Please check the following link for more info:
Posted on Jan 15, 2009
Are you still using alkaline batteries? If so, alkaline batteries just don't have the power for more than a few pictures in a digital camera. Some may also have reached their shelf life, and though right out of the package may even have problems just powering startup of the camera. Digital cameras that use AA's for the most part should only be used with rechargeable NiMH batteries. If you read the camera's instruction manual concerning batteries, you may see the same recommendation.
Keep in mind rechargeable NiMH batteries will save you money in the long run over alkalines, AND they'll last for at least 100 pictures per charge (and probably many many more). You'll be very pleased with their performance, and may be angry with yourself for not buying them sooner. When at the store, look on the package for a power rating of at least 2500 mah.
Posted on Jun 15, 2009
I have a Canondigital ixusi which had the same problem and I purchased three new batteries, but found that all of them showed the "replace battery pack" message when fully charged. I have solved this problem by cleaning all the terminals on the batteries and in the camera very thoroughly with alcohol and Q-tips. Even though the terminals look completely clean, there must be a slight film which is preventing good contact. The contacts in the camera are spring loaded and I suspect they are not making a very good conection to the battery so any contamination is making a high resistance to the flow of electricity. Hope this helps - it worked for me.
Posted on Nov 27, 2009
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