20 Most Recent Canon PowerShot S51S Digital Camera Questions & Answers


Although you can copy images from your computer to your camera, the camera will be unable to display them, so it is a pointless exercise.

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Dec 03, 2017


If you were using autofocus for this, it is probable that there was insufficient contrast for the camera to maintain focus, causing it to 'hunt' for a viable focus point. Next time you try, set the lens / camera combination to manual focus, at the hyperfocal distance for the aperture you are using.

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Jul 24, 2017


hi , check the image setting on the camera if it is kept of burst mode , change it back to single frame shooting, hope this helps

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Feb 03, 2016


yuo have a take driver in canon websits

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Jul 20, 2015


Hi Tony, I note you modified your question twice on this problem. I offered some tips for you on the first question so check if that helps.

My tips are based on experience. I believe it is a mater of under-exposure on your pictures and you can correct it if you do a correct combination on the settings. Get hold of a manual of your camera and check all its capabilities. There may be a few features in your camera you are not familiar with yet - so check.

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Sep 19, 2014


I hope you received some help already by this time. However, just for other readers shake, your issues has to do with your camera's settings. There are two things that initially determine the quality of pictures and these are:
1. Exposure and
2.Shutter speed

I believe your pictures are dark because settings on your camera feature a combination of fast shutter-speed with a lower value of aperture. Try adjusting those or shoot with a pre-programmed mode under different lighting conditions.

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Sep 19, 2014


The best way to download pictures from your camera to your computer involves removing the memory card from the camera and plugging it into a card reader (either built-in to the computer or connected via USB or FireWire). This is likely to be faster than connecting the camera to the computer, and won't run down your camera's batteries.

Once the card is plugged in, it will appear to your computer as a removable drive. You can use the operating system's drag&drop facility to copy pictures from the card to the computer's hard drive, the same way you copy any other files. Or you can use any photo management program such as Picasa ( http://picasa.google.com ).

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Apr 16, 2014


In the manual you can read how to set Tv, fro 15 seconds to 1/3200 second and lots of settings in between. every time half the time of the former one. It is on Pag. 63 , 64 and 65.
The camera does not have Bulb. (press the shutter once to open the shutter and after some time press a second time to close the shutter.

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Dec 03, 2013


What's the question? Are you asking about a lens or a driver?

You don't need a driver in order to use your camera. The best way to download pictures from your camera to your computer involves removing the memory card from the camera and plugging it into a card reader (either built-in to the computer or connected via USB or FireWire). This is likely to be faster than connecting the camera to the computer, and won't run down your camera's batteries.

Once the card is plugged in, it will appear to your computer as a removable drive. You can use the operating system's drag&drop facility to copy pictures from the card to the computer's hard drive, the same way you copy any other files. Or you can use any photo management program such as Picasa ( http://picasa.google.com ).

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Dec 01, 2013


Turn the camera on. With the screen showing, press the DISP button and this will give you a selection of different screen views i.e. squares for aligning shot squarely; black - thru viewfinder only; etc. Different modes will give you different screen displays i.e. P setting screens are different to when you have the camera set on AUTO.

Hope this helps.

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Nov 27, 2012


Hi Kris - If the camera worked before changing the batteries, but now it doesn't; check the batteries for proper insertion. If just one battery was installed incorrectly, the camera will not power up. Also, check the charge of the batteries. If even a single dead battery was included in the mix of new batteries, the camera will not power up either.

If all these conditions check out ok, the problem may be related to defective hardware (power switch, lens, etc.). When the camera is powered on, it goes through a quick self test. If any of these self tests fail, the camera shuts off immediately. This will often require that the camera be evaluated professionally. Hopefully, you'll find the problem is battery related.

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Nov 22, 2011


I know that you've also tried the tiny locking slide switch on the side of the card? But if so, the next thing to try is the lock switch in the camera itself. See the "toothpick fix" in this link.

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Sep 04, 2011


Are the pictures taken by the camera also black? If so, a stuck shutter is another common failure mode for digital cameras (particularly for the S2 through S5 IS model 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). 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 this link for further info and a simple fix that may help.

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Aug 15, 2011


Time to start using a card reader. typrice_234.jpg

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on Aug 14, 2011


From page 156 of the "Advanced Camera User Guide":

The file name could not be created because there is an image with the same name as the folder that the camera is attempting to create, or the highest possible file number has already been reached. In the Set up menu, set [File Numbering] to [Auto Reset]; alternatively, save all the images you with to retain onto a computer, then reformat the memory card. Please note that formatting will erase all the existing images and other data.

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on May 19, 2011


Yes, in any of the creative zones (P, Tv, Av, M). Refer to the "Shooting in My Colors Mode" in the advanced guide (page 91 in my copy).

Canon PowerShot... | Answered on May 10, 2011

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