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"Canon powershot s2 is" not showing live picture

My "canon powershot s2 is" was not used for a couple of months and was working perfectly when put away. It now does everything but show a live picture, either in viewfinder or screen. Menu etc. show in both. Any ideas please?

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  • mozzerau Jun 22, 2009

    problem solved. I used the solution from angeloup and it fixed my camera problem, at least so far. I will have to keep using it every now and then I suppose to stop it happening again. I thought my camera had had it.
    Thanks heaps.

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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, especially when taken outdoors (for shutter stuck open).

To 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 the following for further info and a simple fix that may help:

http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2009/05/simple-fix-for-stuck-shutter.html

Posted on Jun 23, 2009

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