Having problems with your Canon PowerShot S1 IS Digital Camera ?

Bad CCD Sensor issue. Emailed Canon USA twice for assistance, but have yet to get a response back.

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Don't hold your breath. Your camera has now passed it's design life and the ccd failure is common on all digital cameras once they're around five to six years old.

Yours was fitted with the now infamous Sony five megapixel ccd which had a manufacturing fault resulting in huge numbers of premature failures.There was a soft recall scheme in place whereby those who complained were offered free repairs, but the door closed on this offer last September as almost all affected models reached the end of their design life expectancy. Failures after that could not therefore be considered to be premature. There's a tiny handful of models where the free repairs are still being made (until the end of March) but the Canon Powershot S1 is not one of them.

The processes which caused the premature failures are now well understood and the manufacturing technology has evolved as a result, but it's still a fact that digital cameras simply do not last as long as 35mm film cameras. Premature sensor failures are still a common warranty claim and other parts such as autofocus motors, sensors, flexible circuit boards and others still fatigue and fail with age.

It's a measure of how little faith camera manufacturers have in their products that even a top of the line professional grade Nikon digital SLR still only comes with a pathetic two year manufacturers warranty and that's currently the best one available. You can buy additional extended warranties, but they just work on an insurance principle and generally are expensive. By comparison, for the same price as the pro SLR I can buy a vastly more complex brand new car with a seven year manufacturers warranty.

Getting the CCD replaced at your own expense simply makes no economic \015\012sense at all as you can buy a used S1 for less money. Ensure it's had \015\012the warranty repair carried out, and ask for a few recent high res \015\012sample images before buying (if they're too large to be emailed and you don't use an instant messenger program then ask for them to be posted to you on a CD). Some of the repairs were ham-fisted \015\012leaving material on the sensor which resemble water droplets on the \015\012images, always in the same position on every image. The repair only has a ninety day warranty so if the fault isn't \015\012noticed in time the camera usually ends up being sold...

Although the prognosis for your S1 is bleak I hope that you have found my reply to be of use and have a better understanding of what's happened to your camera. Please take a moment to rate my answer.
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