Canon S100 Sensor Spots
Tuesday 6 November 2012 — Category: Equipment
In a previous blog article — From Bulky SLR To Pocket Point-and-Shoot — I shared how at the beginning of the year I bought myself a new Canon PowerShot S100 pocket point-and-shoot camera. I've been using it all year long when I don’t want to lug around a bigger camera — like when I go on my daily neighborhood walk.
All of the photos in the Aerial Oregon & California 2012 photo album were taken with this camera, as well as some of the pictures in the Neighborhood 2012 album.
Lately I noticed that there seemed to be dark spots on some of the photos I was taking ... I could even see the spots while composing my shots on the LCD screen. To the right, you can see a picture I took of a white sheet of paper, which clearly shows the spots. So I cleaned the lens numerous times, but the spots remained — and in the same location. Therefore it seems like the dust must be inside the camera rather than outside.
I tried blowing compressed air all around the lens, and in the battery chamber, but nothing I did improved, or even changed, the situation. I ended up contacting Canon, and because the camera is still under warranty, they told me to send it in to their repair center, which I did yesterday. For the weeks I will be without the camera, I’m taking my wife’s new Sony DSC-HX20V on my daily walks. It has a much better zoom, but it doesn’t take RAW images.
It will be interesting to see what Canon says about the spots problem. Even if they are able to clean the inside of the camera, if dust was able to get inside already, what is to prevent it from happening again? I can understand how dust gets inside my interchangeable-lens cameras — which I am able to clean out — but I am quite perturbed to find that much dust on the sensor of a supposedly-sealed camera. These spots ruin my photos, and make the camera pretty much useless. I always keep it in its case when I’m not using it, and I've taken only 428 pictures with it, so I don’t see how I could have treated it any better.
UPDATE 17 June 2013: After about six months, the sensor dust spots have returned! I’m very disappointed and frustrated — that’s the end of the road for me and the Canon S100!