Having problems with your Canon PowerShot S2 IS Digital Camera ?

Can not see through the view finder / black screen with menu on top


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A stuck shutter is another common failure mode for digital cameras. The symptoms of a stuck or "sticky" shutter are very similar to CCD image sensor failure. The camera may take black pictures (for shutter stuck closed), or the pictures may be very bright and overexposed, sometimes with lines, especially when taken outdoors (for shutter stuck open). \015\012To confirm a stuck shutter, put the camera in any mode other than "Auto", and turn the flash OFF (you don't want to blind yourself for the next step). Next look down the lens and take a picture. You should see a tiny flicker in the center of the lens as the shutter opens and closes. If no movement is seen, then you likely have a stuck shutter. If so, please see this link for further info and a simple fix that may help.\015\012
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Can not see through the view finder / black screen with menu on top


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Canon Powershot A70: LCD screen went blank - I can still access all menu functions (timer, resolution etc), but the screen is completely black otherwise. If i take a picture using the manual view finder, all i get is a completely black photograph. Occasionally, i see a glitter or two on the screen which is black and white (kind of like an unsynced TV image), but then it disappears pretty quickly


I had a A70 that would still take pictures, but the screen did not show a picture. I did some research and found that this is somewhat a common problems with some of the Canon Powershots to include the A70 where the LCD screens expire. I believe th ... Digital Cameras

Black screen The screen is black when I turn the camera on, both on the flip out screen and if I use the view port...and yes, the lense cap is on. I have a Canon Power shot S21S and my view finder is black, but I can see the pictures I have already taken just fine when I switch the camera over to playback.


Sounds like you have a bad CCD. You can try contacting Canon to check out your options on how to get this repaired. Unfortunately the S2IS is not on their CCD recall list of cameras. ... Canon PowerShot S2 IS Digital Camera

The view finder or screen are black. The lens moves out when the camera is powered on, I can hear the shutter click when pushed; the telephoto is moving; I have all the settings show on the screen when the camera is powered on but I cannot see anything through the view finder or on the screen and no image is captured when a pic is taken. I changed the batteries and it made no difference.


I know it may sound like the shutter is moving, but you're going to have to actually look down the lens barrel to confirm it's actually moving, and not just producing a sound effect from the camera. Also keep in mind Canon's SX IS series cameras are ... Canon PowerShot S3 IS Digital Camera

The camera powers on fine, although it has a black screen with no image. What type problem is this and is it fixable or not. When I go to look at the pictures I took while the display screen was blacked out the screen remains with no image. I just turned on my camera the other day and I can still acces my menu, I can see the camera details in the corner and even view old pictures but when I turn it on eveything else is black! I can't take any new pictures because of the black screan. Is this fi


I have the same problem i need help fixing it? ... Nikon Coolpix S3 Digital Camera

Black screen Yesterday I grabbed my camara for a not to be missed shot and found that I too have the same problem now of the black image through the view finder and on the lcd screen. I have replaced the batteries, tried changing settings and nothing works. I too can see the icons and view previously taken pictures but can take no new ones. I feel that paying $350 for a disposable camara is a bit much! I purchased it just a little over a year ago. I saw on the Canon website that they are fixing


This happened to me then my camer just started working again after playing around with the modes ... Canon PowerShot S3 IS Digital Camera

I have had a Nikno D3000 camera about 9 months and a problem has just started. When i turn the camera on i can see the full menu on the viewing screen. As soon I take a shot, the screen goes black. I cannot see any mennus nor can i see the shot i have just taken. I have to turn the camera off and then on again to see the menus or to review my shots. can you help?


Hi, your camera is in waranty, contact Nikon service. ... Nikon D3000 Digital Camera

Black Screen Bought wife L18 last Xmas. Used once since. Turn it on and lens comes out, but screen is nearly completely black. Menu items barely readable if not viewed under bright light. "Reset ALL" at Setup does nothing. Replaced batteries 3 times, and have taken batteries out of camera for several weeks. No change. Cannot see on-screen image even in bright sunllight. Real piece of junk you made there, Nikon!


Did you leave it in the sun . Or in a hot place ? Was it wet in any way ? ... Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera

I have a kodak Z712IS, that is less than a year old and have taken less than 200 pics with it. when I turn it on the view screen is black. can see taken pics on review though. can only see subject of pic thru view finder when takining photo. not a battery problem. whuts up?


Please download new firmware:\015\012\015\012Connect the camera with the computer.\015\012Turn the camera on.\015\012Click onto the link and follow the instructions.\015\012 ... Kodak EasyShare Z712 Digital Camera

On the View Photo screen, I can't see any of the options at the top (i.e. Edit, E-mail, Print) or bottom (i.e. delete, return to menu). I can barely see the date options on the left. It's as if the screen is magnified.


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Can't get a picture on the screen - just shows black. When we turn the camera on the LCD screen displays the function choices and menu options, but will not display any image. If we take a picture using the view finder and then check for the image, nothing is displayed. We just checked the memory card, and it doesn't even take a photo. All we got was black. Any suggestions?


Check the SD card, they have sliders on them which lets you "lock" the card so nothing can be put on or taken off of it. Make sure that is off. Then go through the menu on the camera and try to format the card again. If the card is bad it should give ... Canon Powershot A1000IS 10MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

For a fuji s 2100: powers on and will take pics but lcd screen is black and can't see thru view finder; pics have to be viewed on computer and of course can't see what is being shot.; there is a lcd/evf button but doesn't have any effect; open to ideas?


Hi,\015\012\015\012Problem is with camera RIBBON CABLE connecting LCD to rest of the camera main board. As your camera is still taking pictures but not displaying on LCD, i think ribbon cable is loose or got torn / broken. \015\012 ... FUJIFILM Finepix S1500fd Digital Camera

I have a Sony DSC-N1 digital camera the screen is black when the camera is turned on. I can view pictures and see the menu, but i only take black pictures.


Hi,     According to the symptom the CCD IMAGER malfunctioning and it needs replacement, The good news is that CCD IMAGER is in free replacement according to th policy of the company.Contact any SONY SERVICE CENTRE nearby to repl ... Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N1 Digital Camera

The LCD screen does not display when the camera is turned on. I have installed new batteries. The screen works to see pics in the memory but does not work when taking a new pic. Also when using the view finder to take a pic the results is just a black pic, the image is not shown on the pic.


This sounds like it might be a defective CCD imager. If so, Canon should fix this for you for free, including free shipping both ways. This is regardless of your camera's warranty status. ... Canon PowerShot A60 Digital Camera

My problem seems to be the same as everyone else's. The display works and menu can be seen also, however, the lcd screen is black, the images cannot be seen on screen or through the view finder.


This one may help\015\012\015\012http://www.fixya.com/support/t2166708-black_screen ... Canon PowerShot A610 Digital Camera

How can I replace a sony dsc h1 lcd screen - it is cracked and the screen is 100% caput - view finder works and I can see the menu on there but like using the lcd when I can


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When powered up the LCD screen displays a series of black lines flickering up and down the screen. Same also in the view finder. Can still access the menu setup.


Likely dead CCD. Steve5 posted an answer of similar question with:\015\012The CCD is dead. Google "defective CCD fuji" for technical explanation and what to do next ... Fuji FinePix S5000 Digital Camera

My Canon G9 has a problem, where everything functions normally, except the viewing screen is black (the functions and menu show up though), and when you take a picture, the image is black. I can still play back photos before this happened and see them on the camera with no problem, but cannot take new photos. Any thoughts?


Look inside the lens while the camera is on - check the iris to see if it's open. It is similar to the iris in your eye. When the camera is in low light, the iris should open wider. Sometime the iris can get stuck due to moisture. Leave it in a dry e ... Canon PowerShot G9 Digital Camera

I have a black screen. I can see photo stored on the card, but the view finder is black when I try to take a picture


A stuck shutter is another common failure mode for digital cameras. The symptoms of a stuck or "sticky" shutter are very similar to CCD image sensor failure. The camera may take black pictures (for shutter stuck closed), or the pictures may be very b ... Canon PowerShot S2 IS Digital Camera

I got my Canon a590 this past christmas; since then, every so often, it will not show any image on the screen. All I can see is the menu options. Every time I want to take a picture, all I get is absolute black. However, I can view pictures on a memory card with no problem on the main screen. The last 3-4 times this happened, the problem usually went away within a few days. I've tried replacing the batteries, but to no avail. Is my lens bad, or is it due to a more intricate problem?


Your camera should still be covered under the one year factory warranty. I would go to the Canon website and contact them for a covered repair if I were you.\015\012\015\012Best regards,\015\012Bob ... Canon PowerShot A590 IS Digital Camera

My Nikon D40 LCD Screen doesn't show a live view when on, but it does show menu options, photos taken, etc. Do you have any thoughts on how to see a live pic, instead of taking pics only with view finder?


The d40 does not have live view. you would need to get a different camera. ... Nikon D40x Digital Camera

I have nikon coolpix s210. when i turn on the camera, the view finder screen is black, i cannot take pictures as they come out black. though the flash and other functions work well. i can also see photos and video in Play mode. However, i cannot take pictures.


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Monitor problem. When I go to take a picture the monitor and view finder is black (black screen) I cannot see anything to even take a picture.


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My Cannon MV750i Mini DV camera will not show anything but a black screen when trying to record. Playback is OK but cannot see anything through view finder or on digital screen - record to tape is jusyt lack


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