Having problems with your Canon PowerShot S3 IS Digital Camera ?

When the shutter button is depressed halfway the screen or the viewfinder goes dark -making it very difficult to take a picture.


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Make sure the (+/-) is not set to the (-) side. Other wise the camera will have to be sent back for repair. Sounds like the aperture may be broken.
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When the shutter button is depressed halfway the screen or the viewfinder goes dark -making it very difficult to take a picture.


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