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Canon G3 irresponsive Shutter & non-see through viewfinder

1) The shutter lag is excessive: after the focus confirmation, the shutter button has to be pushed for an abnormally long time (2-3 sec) before the camera takes a picture. 2) Can't see through the optical viewfinder. Thanks in advance for any comments and feedback. James

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  • James Kung Jul 10, 2007

    I am not sure if the camera had been dropped. Is the view finder coupled to the focus/zoom mechanism ? Do you think it may be visible if I open up the camera to check the view finder ? Is this a tricky procedure ?
    Thanks.
    James

  • gamcgrath Sep 16, 2008

    I also have to push the shutter button very hard and very long to get it to even take. Now it won't take at all. My son says the shutter button can "wear out". Anyone know anything about this? Can it be repaired?

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Optical view finder. this seams odd as it is only a lens. Was the camera dropped at some point? that may explain both issues. if not then I need to know a little more prior to offering an opinion.

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