An itty-bitty problem with the itty-bitty Canon S100

Canon's S100: gorgeous and very capable, but some models currently have a sticking point

It's not exactly ideal when the retractable lens of your compact camera stops retracting and is left fully extended if it gets a bit too hot or sticky outside. Unfortunately this is the precise scenario that's been afflicting a handful of Canon S100s. Apparently an internal connection fails in some of the cameras if the temperature or humidity levels get too high.

I can't see that happening in these parts right now, it's just too cold. But it'd be a different matter entirely in Florida.

It's only cameras with serial numbers that begin with the digits 29 through to 41 that are affected. (So the serial number would read 29xxxxxxxxxx, or 35xxxxxxxxxx, or 41xxxxxxxxxx, for example.) Canon is offering a free repair if yours happens to be one of the unfortunate ones. It doesn't matter if it's out of warranty, and there are rumours of refunds if you had it repaired independently, too.

Get in touch with Canon Customer Support wherever you are, and they'll help you out if you have an affected camera.


Astrid Harrisson

The wonder that is the intergoogles allows everyone to exhibit their photos, whether it is on a Flickr stream, or on FaceBook, or on something like Shotblox. But it’s a bit different to seeing your photos made big and hanging on a gallery wall. However, for a handful of people who usually post their pictures on Flickr and FaceBook, they had the opportunity to see their work made big and hanging on a gallery wall last night.

London gallery theprintspace ran competitions over the course of a year, offering the opportunity for people to submit up to three photos a month to its FaceBook or Flickr groups. Each month the theme of the photos would change, and so would the professional photographer who selected the winners. The result is an intriguing mix of images.

There’s everything from beguiling landscapes to candid portraits through arresting still lifes. The only link between the images is how they were drawn together—by using social media—which means that there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

I’d recommend heading over to Shoreditch for an hour to have a wander. It’s free!

SoShowMe runs from 3 to 15 September, 09:00 to 19:00, at theprintspace, 74 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8DL.

Picture by Astrid Harrisson.