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Canon Powershot S215 When camera is turned on the

Canon Powershot S215 When camera is turned on the lcd, as well as the veiwfinder, is black. Totally black. All functions seem to be there, but I cannot take a picture. I took the camera to WalMart camera department and they said this is a common issue with this model camera. I have taken LESS than 50 photos with this camera!!! and I paid big $$ for it and hope its a simple fix. Please help.

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It may be fixable, but it may be expensive. You also have the option to upgrade your camera through Canon's Loyalty program. I'd give them a call and find out what your options are before going out and purchasing a new camera.

Posted on May 30, 2008

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Posted on Feb 11, 2009

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