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The camera takes black pictures ¶ 

Every time you take a picture, the picture is black.

Lens cap is on ¶ 

Before taking a picture make sure the silver Canon lens cover is removed.

Low Batteries ¶ 

If your batteries are low then the camera will not be able to capture the necessary light to create an image.

Flash is off ¶ 

If you are taking a picture in a dark area, make sure the flash is turned on so that the camera can see.

Shutter is stuck ¶ 

If the camera doesn't make a clicking sound then the shutter is stuck. To fix a stuck shutter follow the Canon PowerShot G3 Stuck Shutter Fix guide.

Lens is cracked or broken ¶ 

If the lens of the camera is cracked or broken then the camera will not be able to capture the light needed to take a picture. To replace the lens, follow the Canon PowerShot G3 Lens Replacement guide.

The camera flash is not working ¶ 

Every time you take a picture the camera will not flash

Flash is turned off ¶ 

To check if the flash is off look at the display on the top of the camera for a lightning bolt symbol. This symbol will tell you what the current flash setting is. Press the button associated with the lightning bolt image to change the flash settings.

Low Batteries ¶ 

The flash of a camera operates off of a capacitor. A capacitor is an energy storing device that holds a charge when supplied by an energy source such as a battery. If the batteries are low then the capacitor will not be able to fully charge to provide the flash.

The capacitor has gone bad ¶ 

If the flash is on and the batteries are fully charged, then the cause of the flash not working could be that the capacitor has gone bad. To replace the capacitor, follow the Canon PowerShot G3 Replacing the Flash Capacitor guide.

There is no sound when playing a video ¶ 

When you playback a video there is no sound playing.

Low Batteries ¶ 

If you batteries are low then the camera may not be able to output the audio.

Volume is turned down ¶ 

You can adjust the volume of the camera by using the up/down buttons on the omni selector.

Speaker has stopped working ¶ 

If the batteries are charged and the volume is turned up, then the speaker may be the cause of the problem. To replace the speaker, follow the Canon PowerShot G3 Speaker Replacement guide.

The camera will not zoom ¶ 

Every time you try to zoom in or out the camera will not zoom.

Low Batteries ¶ 

If your batteries are low then the camera will not be able to power the lens.

Zoom control is loose ¶ 

If the zoom control is loose and will not return to its home position, then the spring may be stretched or broken. To replace the spring, follow the Canon PowerShot G3 Zoom Spring Replacement guide.

Lens zoom control is broken ¶ 

If the spring in the zoom control is not stretched or broken, then the lens could have a bad zoom control inside it. To replace the lens follow the Canon PowerShot G3 Lens Replacement Guide.

2 Comments

Have 2 canan g3x ,first got bit wet so I thought that was the problem of zoom malfunctioning..purcgased a new one and afre few months same problem occured..what to do?

eandmgrynberg - Reply

My first canong3x malfunctioned after getting bit wet..purcgased new one and it warked fine for a few 'onths than zoom started malfunctioning the same way the previous one did..what to do?

eandmgrynberg - Reply

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