Day’s Verse:
By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s word, what we see created by what we don’t see.
Hebrews 11:3

Shy DinoMy long-suffering camera, which I bought five years ago now, seems to have developed (yes, I know it’s a bad pun) a serious, not-easily-reparable problem. Five years is eternity in technology terms, but my camera seemed set to putter along taking pretty decent pictures indefinitely.

…Until Ian tried to take a picture of me on Saturday before my MS ride. Then the screen stubbornly displayed only blackness. We turned the camera on and off again several times, but quickly realized that any resurrection would require more than that basic cure-all. So while I did my first day’s ride, Ian scoured the internet — he’s very good at that — and reported back to me Saturday night.

Turns out that some connector cable between the sensor and the screen reacts badly to heat and/or humidity, both of which we had in spades on Saturday. This happened in lots of other Canon cameras, and I couldn’t do anything to prevent it, so I think Canon will fix or replace my camera. I’m planning on calling them at some point to talk about it. I’m hoping that they’ll send me a replacement rather than fixing it, although I would feel rather sad to let the old one go. They don’t make the S1 IS anymore, so a new model wouldn’t go amiss…

Anyway, don’t expect any new pictures from me any time soon. The timing is a bummer, actually, because I’m cutting down on my biking after July 13, and now the weather is nice I will want to go out with my camera.

[2 Jul 2008] Edit to add: I called Canon. Ian’s hunch was correct, that the connector cable is likely the problem. Here’s the cool part: Canon is going to fix my camera for free. They put it this way on their web site:

Effective immediately, and regardless of warranty status, Canon will repair, free of charge, the products listed above exhibiting the above-mentioned malfunction if Canon determines that the malfunction is caused by the CCD image sensor. Canon will also cover the cost of shipping and handling in connection with this repair.

They sent me a UPS shipping label and a form to fill out, and told me to ship my camera off to them. They will repair it if it’s the sensor cable thingy, and send it back to me free of charge. What a deal!

KF quality

3 thoughts on “Goodbye, Camera?

  1. Hey, my camera just developed the exact same problem! I’d guessed it must be a problem with the sensor, since to all appearances, the camera *thought* it was taking real pictures.

    I figured I should take the plunge and get a low end SLR this time, since they’re beginning to get reasonable. Let’s compare notes when you’re down.

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