Having problems with your Canon PowerShot S3 IS Digital Camera ?

When i turn it on screen and viewfinder is black ?? I can see pictures that are on card if i switch it the other way ??


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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). \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.\012
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When i turn it on screen and viewfinder is black ?? I can see pictures that are on card if i switch it the other way ??


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 ... Canon PowerShot S3 IS Digital Camera

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]


Someone else posted that Canon fixed it for free. \015\012\015\012Here'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.\015\012\015\012 ... Canon PowerShot S1 IS Digital Camera

When I turn on my camera to take a picture the display screen is completely black. If I try and take a picture nothing comes out. The whole picture is completely black. The camera is still functioning as if it is taking the picture. The flash continues to work, but unfortunately no picture comes out. But when I switch to the display mode to view my pictures, I can see the old pictures from my memory card. But I just can not take any new pictures. What should I do? What do you think the problem i


Hi there,You can refer to this page as this is helpful for most of the issues related to Digital Camera.Fix th ... Canon Digital Cameras

The Monitor on my Nikon D80 does not show any image when I try to take a picture - The viewfinder is ok and the camera takes a picture ok and displays it for about 4 seconds on the monitor after taking it. I can view the Menu's and can View existing pictures ok via the monitor. Is there a way to switch the monitor off or on, tried the menus but cant see anything obvious.


You can switch it off so as not to show the picture after you take one.You cannot use the monitor to show images as you're taking them. The D80 does not have a Live View capability. ... Nikon Digital Cameras

Canon ixus i7. LCD screen is cracked, and thus does not sdisplay any image, however the camera still zooms, takes pictures, etc Obviously now viewfinder so only way to see what your taking pic of is through the cracked LCD.(whic you can;t as it is pure white with black leak lines of the crack. I assume its a simple replace of the LCD screen which i would assume connects like any standard LCD screen using a ribbon cable?


I know some canon LCDs can be replaced by the user. Canon will sell you the specific part or you can find them on ebay. The LCD ribbon cable can be easily pulled out and with a little fiddling a new one can be put in. I have not personally done it wi ... Digital Cameras

I can see what is on my memory card but when i switch over to take a picture it goes black and turnes off


Is your memory card full? ... Fuji FinePix S5100 Digital Camera

I have a Canon Digital Rebel EOS and when I take pictures everything works except I can't see any pictures on my view screen. When I go back to re-view them they are just black and when I view my card on my computer, the pictures are just black. When I take pictures the count on the card doesn't even go down. I am lost. I have tried many solutions that I have read but maybe I am missing something. I would be grateful for any advise.


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Take pictures but I can't see them,it's all black ,with the flash is the same,it clik's take the picture but I CAN'T SEE'IT I try to reset but still nothing,is not a memory card problem is just take all pictures black,and video also


This is a known issue with this Camera. There may be the issue with the CCD (image sensor device) of the Camera.Refer this article to confirm this: ... Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-T1 Digital Camera

Canon powershot sd960 is digital camera 12.1 mega pixels. When you turn on the camera, you see the initial canon greeting, then the screen in black and when you take the picture it is black. When you review pictures from SD card, you see the rev images but the new ones do not show up but black.


Hi,\015\012\015\012This may well be an internal comonent failure or a problem with the SD card. However, to troubleshoot this issue, first remove both the SD card and the batteries altogether from the camera. Replace both, power up and se ... Canon PowerShot SD960 IS Digital Camera

Black Screen I have taken really good care of my camera and it has never been dropped. I went on a Cruise a few months ago and one day into the cruise the screen wouldn't show anything. It was just a black screen. When I took pictures they turned out black too. I am still able to navigate the menus and see pictures on my SD card. Even after returning to Colorado, a dry climate, the screen is always black and taking black pictures. Is there something I can do to fix this problem or should I just


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LCD Black I went to turn on my camera and everything turned on normally( shutter opened). When we lookied at the LCD screen it is black but the icons show up. We can change setting. If you take a picture the way it is now the picture turns out black. I cannot see any images in the LCD at all. All pictures taken now are black.


Swith off the Camera and gently tap the bottom(tripod hole side) to a hard surface, I was lucky and it worked for me for the same kind of problem. ... Konica Minolta DiMAGE E500 Digital Camera

LCD Display I haven't used my canon for a while - I've just turned it on and though the LCD display works to show pictures I've taken and the settings screen - I can't see anything in it when I take a picture (it's just black) when I press the Disp button it just switches from a black screen to the settings screen - please tell me what I can do so that I can see the image in the LCD before I take the picure. Thanks for your help


As far as I am aware, the 400D doesn't have a live preview mode.What you are describing is perfectly normal and is how 99% of digital SLR cameras behave.Are you sure it used to do this?Matt ... Canon EOS 400D / Rebel XTi Digital Camera

I received a Leica Digilux 2 from a relative and i cant seem to see anything thru the viewfinder or the lcd screen. Its just black. Is the shutter not open? I can see all the numbers and settings around the lcd screen border and can take pictures and video but the pictures are just black. The lens cap is off so thats not the problem.


Open the back of the camera.\012**** the camera as if you were advancing the film.\012While looking in the back, push the shutter release, like you were taking a photo.\012\012You see the mirror flip up and glimpse a flash of light as the camer ... Leica Digilux 2 Digital Camera

Olympus 4050sw. when i switch on the camera it gives me an error message saying clean card (which i tried several times) or giving me the option to format. i've recovered my pictures from the card through my pc and the pc recognises the card and the pictures fine. now when i try to format it says "card error". I've even tried resetting back to default and it still says "card error". help! is there some way i can do a hard reset?


... Olympus Stylus / mju 1050 SW Digital Camera

Camera is acting as though there is a lens cap over the lens. Cannot see pictures in LCD. All pictures come out blank (black). Can view pictures on the LCD taken on memory card previous to the malfunction. Also, looking into the lens I can see that th shutter is moving when snapping a picture.


Yours is a broken CCD-chip - like ours.hardly any good-used for the F700/710/810 avail anywhereanother new (used) camera is my best advice - repairing a busted CCD aint worth your time / money / efforts. ... Fuji FinePix F700 Digital Camera

Fixing write-protect it doesn't have a switch on the card but it says write-protect after I unplugged it on my computer; not using the usb but the memory card. how do I fix it? even plugging it in on the usb cable of the camera, still won't work. and when you open the camera, you can see the favorites but no picture in the pictures but has a picture when you plug it in the pc using the cable. how do I fix it?


... Olympus Stylus / mju 1050 SW Digital Camera

I have a Canon Powershot S3 IS and I was looking at picture I had taken and the lens was retracted. I switched to the camera mode and the lens started to come out and hit my leg and stopped half way. The lens went dark. I turned it off to retract the lens and then turned it back on. The lens came all the way out but the screen is still black and I could feel the camera and just barely hear it making the noise it makes when the lens is coming out but it was already all the way out. I switche


Format ur memory card ....and replace the cells.....might work...contact the customer care for help ..they mightr be able to fix it ... ... Digital Cameras

Blurry viewfinder While the viewfinder has always been a little blurry, I've had a recent problem with it being so blurry you couldn't even use it take a picture. Then after swtiching to the LCD viewfinder to shoot from, I see a large yellowish black line on the left side of it, doesn't seem to affect the pictures as I can view them afterwards ....am I going to have a major repair>


As mentioned, might be 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:\015\012http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/11/ca ... Canon PowerShot S1 IS Digital Camera

Camera turns on, lens goes out, but it is black, see nothing through it or on lcd screen (yes, cover is off). There is no error messages, still takes pictures but just black. Can view previous pictures on SD card but when move over to camera mode it is just black, everything else seems to be working.


It coud be a very common IRIS/Shutter stuck problem...this has been reported on lot of S3 IS & S2 IS cameras... just search for this on web and you'll find a temporary solution also (related to taking battery out in the middle of taking picture d ... Canon PowerShot S3 IS Digital Camera

My Canon A460 says the Card is locked. The lock switch on the card is set to unlock. I have another camera with a similar card. Both cards work in the other camera. neither card will work in the A460 both say Card Locked. It must be something in the camera. I have tried the turn off remove card turn on take picture. No card message. Turn off replace either card and see Card Locked.


Back up your data first,thenyou reformat the memory card in the camera.i guess you have formatted the memory card in another device.canon cameras generally do not accept cards that have been formatted in another device.then sitch off the camera and r ... Canon PowerShot A75 Digital Camera

Icons still there. can see pics through viewfinder and take shots but screen stays black in either picture-taking and review settings. Pictures are there but screen stays black... can use menu and other features.... what do i do? is the camera dead?


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 A70 Digital Camera

I see a Black line on the LCD screen in my Canon A2000IS that is always present. (I am able to see it even when I switch off the camera). Its not affecting the pictures taken but its kinda blocking my view when I try to take in the pictures. The line is a horizontal one almost in the middle of the LCD screen. Could someone please help me and tell how to get rid of this? Thanks..


... Canon Powershot A2000 IS Digital Camera

Everything appears to be working on my camera however i cant see anything on the viewfinder its always black. I can look at pictures ,take pictures with flash, but they are black, please can you advise


If your camera is an SX110 IS, 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 close ... Canon PowerShot SX110 IS Digital Camera

My canon powershot a95 display screen does not show an image when I am trying to take a picture. The image that is displayed is black with white lines and varies in the amount of black and white. No matter what setting I turn to, I can not get the image to appear. It had been working fine till a couple of days ago. It has not been dropped. I get the same result when trying to view a picture of a card. Is there any way to reset the camera?


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 A95 Digital Camera

A85 Dead During a normal session, switching from picture-taking mode to view mode, the lens would not retract and the picture in the view froze with the current image. I could not turn off the camera. After a while, the batteries got very hot, so I removed them. I took out the CF card. Later, I replaced the batteries and the put the card back in. The camera worked very briefly, but the LCD view would not work, displaying flashing lines on a black background. New batteries didn't help. The camera


I read something about the fuse going out...http://www.dcresource.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-18151.html ... Canon PowerShot A85 Digital Camera
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