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Canon S2 is washed out pictures

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I also had the dreaded black screen and after following the 15" trick elsewhere on this site, it started to work fine, only for indoors pictures ! Now, whenever I click pictures outdoor in sunlight, its completely white. I don't understand whats the problem. I spoke to Canon customer service and they said that I should send it in I'm quite clueless as to whats going on with this. Please help ! I even reset the camera but to no avail.. :(

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  • Anonymous Aug 17, 2008

    My powershot S2IS takes good pictures indoors but outdoor pictures are bright white, it looks like total overexposure. Canon has no solution that I haven't already tried, they want me to send it in for repair, or take them up on a one time only offer on a refurbished camera-newer model. I would prefer to find out what is wrong with this one, it is my spare camera and I hate to give it up.

  • Anonymous Sep 03, 2008

    Just when I thought my camera was fixed I started experiencing the same problem with my S2 IS. Don't know if it is any help to finding the solution but the camera works fine outdoors when used in video mode.

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Just when I thought my camera was fixed I started experiencing the same problem with my S2 IS. Don't know if it is any help to finding the solution but the camera works fine outdoors when used in video mode.

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In the case where you get a black image, the following may be of help:

This is a common problem in older Canon S2 IS cameras, especially ones that have not been regularly used. What happens is that the lens iris gets stuck at a small aperture. Most often you can get function back. Here's how:

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Given that the 15' batteries out trick is just a way of forcing the iris to get un stick i think your iris is probably still getting stuck (but this time open a bit).
you could try doing the 15' trick a few more times in the hope of loosening it a bit.
ultimately once you have had this issue i think you are living on borrowed time before it happens again unless you get it fixed by canon.

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