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Camera screen and viewfinder

I can't see anything, but i can view pics already taken

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  • novaknee Dec 11, 2007

    Everything works perfect on the camera except I cannot see any images through my view finder, or LCD monitor. Therefore I cannot take pictures. When I turn it on, the lens telescopes, all the bells and whistle sound off, but I cannot see anything through the lens, or on the monitor. I'm using a Canon PowerShot S21S digital.

  • iawildflwr Dec 18, 2007

    I see nothing in the viewfinder or LCD Screen. Everything else is working fine. New batteries installed. Help!!!!

  • vwt47323 Dec 19, 2007

    I have a black LCD screen and/or view finder. I can review pictures, but cannot take them. If I turn the camera on and off, sometimes the LCD works, but it turns black again randomly.

  • sdnuno Dec 20, 2007

    I have the same problem with a black screen..I contacted Canon and they sent me a shipping lable so that I can mail it to them. They said that they can fix it, but they want to charge $150. They claim that this is not a manufacture defect. If this is not a defect, why is it that other people are experiencing the same problem. I will call back and complain to a manager.

  • stroseteach Dec 27, 2007

    Having the same problem.  LCD is completely black.  Menus all work, can view photos that are on memory card, etc..  Received this camera used, is a donation to our school.  Quite confused as to what could have happened.  Anyway to fix this problem that isn't going to cost big bucks???!!!

  • Anonymous Jan 03, 2008

    screen 'viewfinder are black ;cannot take pictures ;every thing else works fine

  • Kleigh415 Jan 11, 2008

    I have had this camera for two years now and it has worked great. Just recently I starting getting the black picture on my screen. Everything else is running fine, the menus are veiwable, and I can view pics previously taken, I can not take pictures. It stated as random and now it won't work at all. Did anyone find a reason for this??

  • lowerorchard Jan 28, 2008

    My S2is has just started doing the same thing (24 months old) and having researched it appears that it's a very common failure of the camera - the iris seizes and doesn't open. Setting the camera to AV mode, 15 sec exposure, firing the shutter and then opening the battery cover sometimes solves it, albeit temporarily. The S1is had a recall based on the CCD failure, but so far Canon have refused to do anything with the S2is. I contacted them last week in the UK, and the response was "tough"! I'm very p***ed off with them - it cost me £400. Hoping that eventually it will be recalled and I'll get it fixed.

  • latagopixie Feb 11, 2008

    I am having the same problem, It started out as it would sometimes eventually have a screen and then it didn't even do that anymore, now its just black and when I take pictures with the black screen I get black pictures.

    Please tell me what in the world is going on

  • don30 Feb 12, 2008

    I have the same problem as reported by others.  Black screen for picture taking, but can view pictures already on the card.  I switched cards and got the same result.  The various icons showing 'flash on" and "number of shots remaining" etc. are still visible on the black background..  Just no picture. Something is probably wrong with the detector circuits.

  • Anonymous Feb 14, 2008

    My screen and eyepiece are both black.  I can view the pictures that I have already taken.  I have gone through the different settings trying to take pictures in them.  I've changed my batteries.  I've gone through the menu to find if a setting could be changed.  I've looked in my user guide for help.  Nothing has worked.

  • MikeDal Feb 14, 2008

    Exactly the same problem - black screen with working menu's. Its as if there is no light coming through the lens of the camera. Camera is 18 months old and Canon agents in Trinidad unable to advise. Will have to pay the equivalent of £50 to have it sent to the states just to be looked at. Not a satisfactory situation at all.

  • grupp Feb 16, 2008

    Same exact problem. Tried the AV -15 sec exposer fix. Didn't help on my camera.I'll keep trying. Joe.

  • Lalit Sharma Feb 17, 2008

    Yeah, I am also facing same proble with Canon S2. I asked Caon to fix that then they asked me $130. There is no point spend $130 to fix where this new Camera is round about $250.

    It looks me a comon problem problem in this product. So, Canon company should do somthing to fix this issue free of cost. Otherwise, who will buy canon products. At least I am not.

  • dingie Feb 27, 2008

    same problem on my canon s2 IS. black screen and viewfinder, menus work, can read pictures already on card fine. i tried taking a picture with black screen and then viewing it on card to see if problem was just with viewfinder, but no. black picture. :)

  • agnesG Mar 10, 2008

    I've got the same problem on my S2 IS. I sent emails to canon but they don't want to do a courtesy repair as the problem is not a known problem for them !
    I told them that I was not alone to have the same thing but they don't want to ear about that ! I won't buy canon any more !!!

  • jaiswal Mar 18, 2008

    I have the same problem with my canon S2 IS which is about 3 years old .All of a sudden it is showing black screen and the other functions are working fine.Tried to fix it by changing setting but no success yet.I am feeling frustrated with its sudden malfunctoning and do not want to waste more money on repair.Its definitely a manufacture's error they should fix it free of cost..Please help if anybody knows how to fix it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • MOTOS Mar 21, 2008

    I have the same problem as reported by others here. My camera is only two and half years old and start to give this problem on and off, few month back, now the LCD is always black when its in picture taking mode. I can view pictures already taken in the card. I switched cards and got the same result. all ather function working. Just no pictures.



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I had the same problem. Saw on another site to turn camera on so that you have the black screen, then open and close the battery compartment. It took about four tries, but mine started working again. Don't know for how long, though. Just did this today.

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I had to send my to Canon to get it fixed. Cost me $135.

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I am having the same problem...I see it isn't a random thing...I guess I'll notify the manufacturer. Thanks for the info.

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