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My lcd screen is blank but the camera acts like it is taking a picture. Cannon PowerShot S3 IS

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Had the same problem with my S3 is and couldnt find any help other than to junk it and buy another camera. WAY too expensive to repair (out of warranty)
I found a post and this worked for me...just fixed it about an hour ago. Mine would show a blank screen on the LCD nothing thru the view finder other than the menu screen. Found out the shutter was stuck and that seems to be a common issue with these cameras. This is how I fixed mine.
1. set the shutter speed to the longest setting you can. I put mine on the TV setting.

2. close the flash and set turn off all of the functions you can to conserve the batteries.

3. take a picture and within 5 seconds open the battery door. Then close it back and repeat. Your trying to interrupt the shutter reset process thereby "unsticking" the stuck shutter.

4. If this fails then try LIGHTLY tapping the camera against a piece of wood, again to unstick the shutter.

Sounds like a bad idea but considering I had tossed my camera in a drawer and already replaced it, I didnt really have much to lose. I was pleasantly suprised to see that after about 15 resets (steps 1-3) and a couple of light taps, the camera is working good as new again.

Good luck, hope it works out for you!

Posted on Jan 04, 2010

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Thanks for the post and the solution. I put my camera in TV mode and clocked the shot button, immediately I opened the battery door. Put the batteries back and switched it on...surprised to see it working... Thanks.

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The shutter is getting stuck. Set the camera to the sports mode. Hold down the shoot butting for several shots and then immediately open the battery door and shut it.
Worked immediately for me.

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