Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot S400 / IXUS 400 / IXY 400
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Just stopped working
11 March 2008
Summary: I've had this camera for quite a while now but a few days ago it just stopped working. I'm still able to view the pictures on the memory card but an error message (E18) comes up when I try to take a picture. I'm not sure what is wrong but this is the second Canon (the other camera was the PowerShot S60) I've owned that just stopped working for no apparent reason.
Summary: I loved this camera for almost three years, until the famous "memory card error" struck. After taking the camera apart and removing/reinserting the battery, AND after holding down the Menu button to restore default settings, the "memory card error" message is still there. Grrrr.
Summary: Like so many others, I experienced the memory card error. It renders the camera unuseable. I have contacted Canon and, thus far, they are not willing to do anything about it. I would strongly advise AGAINST buying this camera, because it seems likely (if not a sure thing) that your camera will stop working after only a short while -- for me, it was about 16 months.
Summary: I'm playing the same broken record here. I bought this camera 2 years ago. Never had a problem with it and was very satisfied. It was recommended by 2 friends who own it as well. 2 months ago...BINGO.. "MEMORY CARD ERROR". My 2 friends..same thing. Based on all the research that I have done, this camera has a life of 1.5 to 2 years. This is completely unacceptable for a product that costs over [...
It was great for 2 years, but then... MEMORY CARD ERROR!!
Mom of five, Amazon
6 April 2006
Summary: If you want your digital camera to last you for more than 18 months, then don't buy this one! It erased all of my valuable pictures too! Thank you so much C. Gallo for telling us about the "memory card error" fix. It worked like a charm! I had to take out all ten screws though to get it to come apart, but I was careful to mark which screw came from which place and I got it back together with only one scratch (I stupidly tried to use a knife to jar it open after I removed...
Summary: The camera worked fine with minor complaints for about 2 years. The zoom is not that great, up close automatic photos are ALWAYS out of focus, and the red eye feature doesn't work that well. I lived with the shortcomings, because it was a nice, small, convenient camera, but now it doesn't work at all. Like everyone else, I got the "Memory Card Error" problem.
Summary: Same problem here folks, memory card error frustration. I will be attempting the battery removal technique. For those interested, there is also a potential class action suit that may someday happen with their camcorders, see http://mysite.verizon.net/resohb20/ for more info. I had the cassette removal problem with my Z40 camcorder and destroyed many of my good miniDV tapes (and the valuable material on them).
Summary: I am so disappointed with this camera. We purchased it 2 years ago for $500 and it started acting up with this memory card error message about 6 months ago. But, it would always work to turn it off and then turn it back on again and it would be fine however a couple weeks ago it just wouldn't "come back to life". It just said no image and had erased all my pictures. I went and purchased a new memory card thinking that was the problem but the new one did the same thing.
Summary: I want to thank the poster who did the research to take out the internal battery. I think it's working, but I really can't tell. I would think that we need to replace the internal battery no? If you're going to take the camera apart, make sure you go to Radio Shack and get their precision screwdriver kit. The screws are size 0.0 not 0. As another poster mentioned, make sure you track which screws come out of where.
Summary: The first couple of years were great. But then I had the MEMORY CARD ERROR of death and was shocked to find out that it's the norm for it to disfunction after 18 months. I paid $500 for this camera so it was an expensive mistake. You can do MUCH better.