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Shutter won't open on Canon Powershot s31s

When I turn the power on, there is no display and when I take a picture, it's nothing but black. It looks like the shutter isn't opening. What should I do???

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Your camera has the know issue of Stuck shutter, whichhappens after some time (weeks or months) thata camera is notused.

Unfortunately the repair of it requires a complete disassembly of the camera, including the lens, fix it, and then put back together everything.

Definitely requires th skills, tools and experience to do it, so it's recommended that a professional camera repair center is performing this type of repair.

If you look for a reliable and low cost repair service for it, you can look in ebay for such repair services.

Example, look for seller ID Great_items_2004 or with the keywords "Shutter black S3".

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Posted on Jul 22, 2009

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