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My Canon S3 IS compact has a viewfinder problem. Upon switching on it always shows the "settings" icons around the viewfinder but the image is not there. I have to turn the camera on and off about 6 to 10 times. The viewfinder image starts to appear dim and blurred. Finally it starts to work OK. It is 2years old and taken about 1000 images.

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  • webbrbuk May 24, 2008

    Thanks, I take great care with this camera, using an old digital (5 years old) for rough outdoor - bad weather stuff. I've treated the Canon like gold and it could pass as new. I'm currently trying to get Canon to repair it f.o.c. but they are not responding positively. I'm the only one who uses it. Stored it well protected and dry, so I know it is a premature component failure. I will get it repaired, and I'll let you know how I get on. Regards R.W.

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It sounds like the camera either has a connection for the image that isn't the greatest or the control board needs some work. You could try removing the outer panel and taking a blow dryer to the internal parts but don't let it get too warm and see if that helps clean it out and get the thing so it warms up better. Let me know how this goes and whether you have any questions about it or any further questions in general.

you could also try contacting canon about this to see if they have run into this before, their number is 1-800-828-4040

Please give me an update on this situation of what you do or want to do, good luck

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    Benjamin Patri May 24, 2008

    thanks for the update and I would be glad to here what Canon finds or whoever fixes it. Thanks again and have a good weekend

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Hi, it sounds like the board has got damp or has been damaged due to shock or banging the camera this is a common problem usually its because the camera has got damp or been in damp place.
The problem is to repair this problem you would need to strip the camera and give all the board a clean, the problem with this is they are extremely hard to take apart and the chances of further damage is really high.
The only real option would be to replace the camera as no camera repair shop will even look at it as they are just not financially worth it.
Im sorry i couldnt give you good news but their is no real way of reparing the camera with out it costing more than the price of a new camera.
It could even be that their is a electrical component on the board that is on its way out but its just to expensive to repair and the camera shops will tell you the same.
Sorry its bad news

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I guess you have a CCD problem, or a problem with the board. To repair this you will have to dismantle the camera, which is not very easy to do. The best way to rectify this is to take it for servicing.

Hope that helps!

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