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Canon S3 no display on LCD screen

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I have a Canon S3. I used it in the month of Aug,2007 and then used it just few days back.I do not see anything on the LCD screen except for the icons. I replaced the batteries, tried a new sd card, reset for default settings. It clicks the pictures but does not display anything on the LCD. When I look at the clicked pictures on the computer, they are all black. I also cannot see anything even through the view finder.

I bought this Camera in May,2006. So it's just few month over an year. Could anyone suggest what could the problem be. Is there a possibility that any buttons have got pressed and shut the LCD screen of. If so what could be done. Your help is really apprecaited.

I have the same problem with my Canon PowerShot S2 IS Camera. Screen is black and can only see the Icons. Had it for a bit over a year. Canon has offered to repair it or sell me a refurbished one. But would like to know why so many other users as I am finding have the same problem.

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  • Anonymous Dec 07, 2007

    I have the same problem. It appears Canon put out a crappy camera and won't admit it. I just wrote support and they will fix my camera if I want to pay for it. I thought I payed enough already. The camera was hardly used since I have a Digital Rebel for most of my picture taking. So much for quality from Canon. Don't buy this model!

  • phord Dec 10, 2007

    Lots of us had the same problem (seehttp://www.digitalcamera-hq.com/digital-... with the S2 IS. Canon refuses to acknowledge the problem. It seems that most of us do NOT have a faulty CCD but instead have a stuck iris. That is, it is a mechanical fault in the lens. You can tell if you have stuck iris by looking down into the lens with a flashlight when it is powered on. If the iris shutter is stuck you will see the plastic door in the center of the lens. If it is working, you will see a hole to oblivion.

    Look here to see the difference:
    http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b89/tu...

  • Anonymous Dec 17, 2007

    Screen is blank on start up. Amessage appears 'replace batteries' when the shutter is actuated. ( the batteries are new and show a full charge on a battery check meter. A small colour display also sjows on the screen. The camera is just over a year old. Any ideas?

  • Anonymous Dec 27, 2007

    my s2 is the same, i rarely used it and now this is what you get for spending the extra for a quality camera from a supposed quaility company.



    i called canon they said they would repair it for around 119.00 dollars . or for 185. they would upgrade to a refurbed better model. i would buy another canon again. from now on i buy . the cheapest no name and when it breaks i discard it. canon and and sony are history with me.

  • coni Dec 31, 2007

    Canon S2 IS . Shutter is stuck and I can only see the black screen and icons and preciously taken pictures.

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This is a common problem that we ( in the camera repair game ) see a lot . The cause is faulty CCD sensor ( see enclosed pic from a Canon camera ) to see what I mean . Canon will repair this ( or replace the camera if they cannot repair it inside 4 weeks ) free of charge. Why does this happen ? Badly manufactured ( produced in 2002-2004 run ) sensor goes in the camera and starts outputting noise after 1 or 2 years instead of working properly for +- 10 years.Canon S3 no display on LCD screen - 8abdb4c.jpg

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Canon sucks on the shutter/iris stuck problem. They want to charge $127 for an obvious defective part caused problem.
Sony fixes similar problem for free
We should tell all our friends about this bad experience

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My shutter was stuck.
Before tossing it in the bin and upgrading I tried the ultimate solution - hit it with a big hammer.
Actually I tapped the extended lens assembly on a hard surface, which released the stuck shutter and it works again now.

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Try www.bsodpowershotrepair.com . They repaired mine 100%. I tried the 15 second exposure trick which only would work for a few shots. Canon only fixes a CCD problem. The S2's problem is a stuck shutter. If your pictures are blown out, it's from the shutter sticking partially open (my brothers S2 had that exact problem).

Posted on Apr 14, 2009

I hate that problem. I could only use the screen when I was looking at my photos taken. I just pushed the "DISP." Button and that fixed it.

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Try removing small buton battrey under cover "CR1220"
in battery compartment
to reset camera
replace
then reset time
that fixed mine

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for the person whose screen is blank but the photos work- I had the same problem and solved it by replacing the smaller date/time battery which slides out of the larger battery copartment. The battery is a CR1220 smaller than a dime and even flatter. Hope this works for you.

Posted on Dec 31, 2008

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Mine was the "optical assembly"

I wrote Canon's president pointing out all these postings about this issue and how the other earlier Powershots and A models had this issue and were part of service recalls. I compared Canon to Toyota, hoping it wasn't aware of the problem despite all the online chatter. I also said I was sad I could no longer recommend buying high end Canon photo or video products to organizations any more all over them not wanting to do a $130 repair on a widely publicized issue.

Outcome. I heard promptly from a Canon rep. They paid for speed shipping to Chicago service center. I had it back in 3 days, fixed for free. The repair sheet says "the optical assembly did not operate propoerly causing no image output... it was replaced..."

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