How to Repair a Canon Powershot S5 IS

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How to Repair a Canon Powershot S5 IS
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Normally the Canon Powershot S5 IS allows you to take digital photos in a variety of settings. You can transfer images taken by the camera to a computer by connecting the two with the included USB cable, or by ejecting the memory card and inserting it into a memory card reader on the computer. You should first attempt to fix any problems with the camera, whether they have to do with the camera's software or hardware, before taking the camera to a Canon authorised repair shop.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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    Pictures Washed Out

  1. 1

    Try taking your pictures again at the appropriate distance from the subject. Canon recommends standing no closer than 1.6 feet from the subject to avoid overexposure from the flash.

  2. 2

    Adjust the camera's flash level by pressing the "Menu" button, then selecting "Function" then "Flash" and "Flash Output." Use the left arrow button to turn the flash level down, then turn the "Function" button.

  3. 3

    Turn on the camera's safety FE by pressing the "Menu" button, then selecting "Rec" and then "Safety FE." Use the arrow keys to highlight "On" and then press the "Set" button.

  4. 4

    Change the camera's exposure setting if you still see washed out pictures. Press the button on the camera that has a plus sign and a minus sign, then press the left arrow button until the number that shows up above the scale is negative in value, then press the "Set" button to save the setting.

  5. 5

    Use the camera's AE lock function if there is a contrast in lighting between the subject and the background. Turn on the camera and focus the viewfinder on the subject, then press the "Shutter" button down halfway and press the button labelled "ISO."

    Camera Will Not Take Pictures

  1. 1

    Make sure the camera is set to "Record" mode by either pressing the "Shutter" button down halfway or moving the mode selector all the way to the left.

  2. 2

    Unplug the camera's USB cable if you have been transferring images to a computer. As long as the USB cable is in the camera, you will not be able to use it to take pictures.

  3. 3

    Check the "Flash" light on the back of the camera, which is marked by the lightning bolt icon. Wait for the light to stop flashing and illuminate solidly before attempting to take a picture.

  4. 4

    Connect the camera to a computer via the USB cable and transfer the images on the memory card to the computer. If you have another card with you, open the battery door and press on the installed card to eject it, then slide the new card in the slot and close the door.

  5. 5

    Format the memory card if you still cannot take pictures. Press the "Menu" button and select "Setup" then "Format" and use the arrow buttons to highlight "OK." Press the "Set" button to complete the formatting process.

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