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Powershot s31s Display showing on viewfinder but wont take picture. Camera is 6months old and has worked previously

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  • Anonymous Jun 21, 2008

    Message in the bottom left hand of the screen E16 when I turn the camera on to take pictures. The lens comes out and then goes right back in.

  • Lyte May 11, 2010

    What happens when you try to take the picture? Does it turn off or say something specific?

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Movie won't play when i hit the set button?

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After 3 months the camera powers off while zooming out.
Has anyone a support servive # for Canon?

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I just had this issue with my camera (my 15 year old son solved it for me ;-) ).

The viewfinder was active in "record" mode and the LCD was "active" because you could see a little back light but no image. The "playback" mode would let me review pictures in the LCD though so I know it is capable of showing information.

If you push the display key/button a couple of times you can see the picture move from the viewfinder to the LCD and have just a picture and or a picture and information.

So try setting the camera to "record" mode (lens comes out) and then push the "display button" which is on the back of the camera just to the right of the LCD on the lower right side several times and see if the LCD starts to work.

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Call Canon for free tech support and I'd advise sending it in for free estimate. If your camera is more than a year old, you will qualify for the upgrade program which is often cheaper than repairing it.

Hope this helps!

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