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Canon S3 IS: no picture on display

My canon PowerShot S3 IS will power up, display shooting information but will not show a picture on the external display or through the viewfinder. Also when I take a picture it displays a black image on the memory card.

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  • callicles May 31, 2008

    I have had the same problem exactly. Turning it on and off a few times worked at first but now nothing.

  • Anonymous Jun 11, 2008

    does not turn on the display

  • Anonymous Jun 22, 2008

    My Canon S3 IS powers up...but, View finder and LCD show NO image at all. View remains black. It takes pictures which I see only on computer.

    Please advise.

  • Any_Fish May 11, 2010

    October 3, 2008

    To MrsJGreen: what do you mean by "upgrade program" ? Do you mean we would get free or cheap later version of camera?

    I have similar problem and have posted possible solution in other area in this website*.

    Thanks,
    Any_Fish

    PS: *)somehow, this same problem is posted in different postings, rendering difficulties in searching for solutions, and repetition of suggestions are scaterred.



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I have this problem too, normally when the camera has had no batteries in it for a long time. Listen for a very faint clicking noise, I suspect it's a capacitor charging. When the clicking stops, the camera works fine. Just leave the batteries in for a couple of minutes and try again. It might still be broken, but this works for me.

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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!

Posted on Jun 01, 2008

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