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When I depress the shutter button to take a picture the shutter does not close. I can hold the button for a lengthy time and sometimes a shot will take but will not be clear because of the pressure of waiting for so long for the lens to close. It is extremely frustrating as I like pointing and shooting photos, I cannot wait for the camera.

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  • clownfight Feb 26, 2009

    Colleen,

    Thanks for your suggestion. I've got my $11.00 Precision Electronics Cleaner from Radio Shack and have tried to spray it into the top of shutter button around the edge of the chrome part in hopes that it will get down to the contacts, unfortunately it doesn't seemed to have done the trick. I have sprayed the cleaner at the 12, 3, 6 and 9:00 positions allowing it to dry in between spraying it at each position. I have also sprayed it up and under the zoom control and tested it after drying, but got the same results. When you fixed yours did you remove the button some how? I am confident this could be a fix, but I am not sure I am getting the cleaner where it needs to be. If you have any suggestions they would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Ron

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Hi,

I posted this on another link to this site where they were having the sam eproblem so this may work for you.

OK, I think I worked it out. The shutter button was not working correctly. They wanted at least $182 to ship it off to a Canon repair facility. Give me a break! My husband spilled coffee on his personal laptop and then several weeks later spilled juice on his work laptop...I'm thinking...hello...learn any lessons yet. Anyway, he couldn't get the keyboard to work properly on his personal laptop (apparently it didn't like all the caffeine) so he bought some Precision Electronics Cleaner at Radio Shack and tried to clean it. That didn't work so we had to order another keyboard. But, that gave us the idea to try the cleaner on the shutter button. The button worked fine in the half way down focus position so we figured the spring under the button was still working but the contact when you pressed it all the way down was not activating the shutter. If we jiggled the button a bit it would take the photo so that meant the contact needed cleaning in order to take a picture with out mashing or jiggling. So short story long, I sprayed some in there and then blew some air into it to dry it out a bit quicker. The spray evaporates anyway, but that just sped up the process. It works like a charm now!!! YEAH!
Let us know if this helps. Good Luck!
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Colleen

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It is possible that you are pressing the shutter button down in one complete motion. The shutter button should be depressed half way, to allow the camera to achieve focus, and then the rest of the way. This also allows the camera to meter, and give you any warnings, such as a camera shake warning if you are in low light without a flash.

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