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Black screen Hi, I have a Powershot S1iS (CANNON), and it worked just fine for about 2 years now. Last week - suddenly the screen went black, and I can not see anything. When I switch to see the pictures I've taken before, I am able to do that, and I do see them. When I try to take a picture - I'm able to, but the picture is black. Can it be a memory card problem (since it's a new one, and I didn't swap it, to verify that). Thanks - Shlomi [email protected]

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  • coshlomi Oct 21, 2007


    First - Thanks for trying!

    No, it did not help. I forgot to mention that I have tried it before, and also did a complete reset of the camera.


    Thanks again,


  • Anonymous Nov 08, 2007

    I have this identical camera model, Powershot S1 IS, as well and have had it for 2.5 yrs. Cosmetically it's in excellent condition and has never been dropped. It's even stored and moved in a well cushioned camera case (we've been careful as $300 for us is expensive for a camera). And we expected it to last at least 5-7 years, maybe more.

    Just 2 wks ago we were in Gatlinburg Tennessee and I took one picture in the Ripley's Shark Aquarium. It turned out fine, but then the screen went black immediately. I can scroll through and view my pictures and videos from the 1 gig memory card just fine, but it will not take or record anything but black pictures and completely dark video clips. We are very disappointed to say the least as this camera functioned flawlessly and did us well until now and, of course, being out of warranty we don't know if it'd be cost effective to get this fixed or just trash it and sink another $300 into something we're uncertain will last or not.

    Please help if anyone can. I plan on contacting Canon support this week and will try letting everyone know the outcome, whether they are willing to help or not.


  • sxepunk_23 Nov 09, 2007

    I am having same problem. I have tried resetting camera as well. Still black screen. Please help if you can.
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  • HappyG Nov 20, 2007

    Hi! I have a very similiar problem. My screen has turned hot pink and black and is snowy. I was able to take a few pictures but they printed out pink. This is my 3rd Canon (and maybe my last as I've had problems with all 3 of them). I'm going to contact Canon and see what to do.

  • mahmoud nasr Apr 06, 2008

    I have CANNON Power Shot s1is from 2 years worked fine.Today I Can not used Suddenly the picture not appear on the screen and sam times appear and the flash not working, i leave at aswan -egypt ,please help.

    mahmoud nasr

  • Umair Amin Apr 07, 2008


    I have a Powershot S1iS (CANNON), and it worked just fine for about 2 years now.

    Last week - suddenly the screen went black, and I can not see anything.

    When I switch to see the pictures I've taken before, I am able to do that, and I do see them.

    When I try to take a picture - I'm able to, but the picture is black.

    Can it be a memory card problem (since it's a new one, and I didn't swap it, to verify that).

  • inac Jun 10, 2008

    I have a canon Pc1130. I am able to see the pics, but when i try to take a pic the screen turns black and it says to change the batteries. I've put new batteries in and the problem remains.



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Someone else posted that Canon fixed it for free.

Here's a link to the Canon service site that explains their take on the problem. Yes they will fix it if it is indeed a CCD issue.

I have a similiar problem.
My symptoms are:
- flip out LCD will not display image while taking a picture
- flip out LCD will dispaly images from memory
- small eyepiece will display image, so camera is still functional in that it can take a picture.

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As first mentioned by Guest, this really sounds like a defective CCD imager. You may be in luck. Canon should fix this for you for free, including free shipping both ways. Please check the following two links for more info:
Applicable cameras include:
A40, A60, A70, A75, A80, A85, A95, A300, A310, S1 IS, S60, S200, S230, S330, S400, S410, S500, SD100, SD110

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This sounds like the CCD problem common to these cameras.  I had similar trouble and Canon fixed it for free (including shipping!)

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First check your camera option press display button if not solved it is a hardware problem with your camera LCD, maybe move it wrong way please concern your cannon department.Black screen - 43a5872.jpg

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