My Canon S2 IS suddenly developed a big problem that makes it unusable. When I turn it on, no photo is shown in either display. The menu displays properly, but both LCDs are otherwise black. Can this be repaired? Is it worth fixing? Thanks.
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There appears to be an issue with the S2 IS after two years. See the reviews on Canon's website: http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&tabact=DownloadDetailTabAct&fcategoryid=322&modelid=11368#ModelDetailAct
If yours is two years old then you are probably out-of-luck. It would probably cost more to repair than to simply replace. You can at least save your photos by removing the memory card and reading the files using a memory card reader on a PC or MAC.
try bring a tripod or monopod with you-you can than turn off the image stabilizer if doing this-this will allow the cameras shutter to stay open longer and take in more light. Things to try-turn flash off-use a high speed memory card-change iso and exposure values manuely-use a scene mode or put camera on a or p mode which is shutter or appeture priority and see what changes-must set up early and try different settings-try a external flash to boost your range
It sounds like a CCD failure. I had the same problem and Canon fixed my camera's optical unit for free. The S2 Is model has a service advisory that recognizes this problem, but the S2 IS hasn't been added to the list yet. Canon should immediately add the S2 IS to its service advisory because this problem is causing a lot of confusion and bad customer relations.
I think it's the photo service. Check and see if there's a cropping option. I use shutterfly.com and if the top of a head is cut off in the preview, I just pick the crop option and change it. The service tries to crop the pictures accurately but sometimes you have to go in and force it to crop the way you want to. I'm sure Walgreens and Walmart's services will both have similar features.