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On power up of the camera, both LCD screen and viewfinder are black. Batteries are brand new. What could be the problem?

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I took mine to a local, reputable, camera shop and they told me the sensor went out and it would be $199 to replace. hope this helps.

Posted on Jan 11, 2011

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    Actually the S2 IS is very prone to stuck shutter problems, which are very similar to CCD failure. But fortunately, a stuck shutter can be fixed in most cases by the user without even putting a screwdriver to the camera:
    http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2009/05...

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A stuck shutter is another common failure mode for digital cameras. The symptoms of a stuck or "sticky" shutter are very similar to CCD image sensor failure. The camera may take black pictures (for shutter stuck closed), or the pictures may be very bright and overexposed, sometimes with lines, especially when taken outdoors (for shutter stuck open). To confirm a stuck shutter, put the camera in any mode other than "Auto", and turn the flash OFF (you don't want to blind yourself for the next step). Next look down the lens and take a picture. You should see a tiny flicker in the center of the lens as the shutter opens and closes. If no movement is seen, then you likely have a stuck shutter. If so, please see this link for further info and a simple fix that may help.

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