Having problems with your Canon PowerShot S2 IS Digital Camera ?

Eyepiece and the LCD is black when trying to take picture

\015 When trying to take a picture, it doesn't show anything in the eyepiece or on the LCD. If I push the button, it flashes and takes a black picture. I can review all my pictures that I have taken prior to it not working. HELP!\015

Answers :

The imaging sensor has failed.

There was a huge problem with premature failure of the Sony 5MP sensor fitted to this camera and many other models and there was a "soft recall" whereby affected owners who complained of the fault were quietly offered free repairs.

Your camera is now passed it's five year minimum design life, so the sensor failure is not considered to be premature. As a result, the free repairs have now ended in most countries, but if you're in the USA and bought the camera from an official US dealer then I understand that it may still be possible to get a free repair. If this applies to you then contact Canon USA to find out more. If you are anywhere else in the world, then free repairs have ended and your only realistic fix is to replace the camera as repairs are expensive and do not make any economic sense.

The causes of the sensor failure are now well understood and manufacturing has improved, but you'll still find that very few digital cameras of any kind are still working after around five/six years. Even top grade Nikon SLR's still only have a two year manufacturer's warranty, so you may wish to consider the risk of a relatively short lifespan when deciding how much to invest in a new replacement digital camera. Digital cameras simply do not last as long as many 35mm film cameras.
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