I am an amateur photographer using a Rebel XS. I know it’s an old piece of kit but it’s all I can afford at the minute.
It will only turn on when the battery is removed and reinserted and the battery cap is put back on. I have tried several batteries including 1 canon and 2 Henjoy. It works completely normal once the battery is removed and reinserted and will stay on for as long as I need it. However, when I power is off using the normal switch, the on switch will not function and I have to remove the battery again.
I am currently travelling so please do not recommend I buy a new camera as it is not an option. I am keen at wildlife photography and set to go to Komodo National Park in the next couple of weeks so urgently need advice before then.
Thankyou very much and god bless
Unfortunately buying a new or another camera is your best and cheapest option. The XS is long out of service life.
If I was to make such a lifetime trip that you are undertaking a new or a different camera is a small expense. If you don’t have and take a working reliable camera you will regret it later on.
I appreciate your reply. Unfortunately my budget was extremely tight so an XS was all I could afford. It’s been working perfectly well the past 7 months. When turned on via battery reinsertment, it works perfectly fine which is the baffling thing to me. I read on other forums it may be something to do with the date/time battery, which unfortunately is inaccessible in the XS. I’ll take it to a canon shop and see what they think as it really has been reliable and nice to use as an amateur photographer.
anyway once again I appreciate the reply,
All the best
If buying a new camera is not an option for you, then what about trying a new memory card? Stick to an SD card that has a maximum storage capacity of 32GB, or less. This means only use SD or SDHC cards. The SDXC cards are NOT COMPATIBLE, and can store 64GB or more.
Make certain to use the camera to perform a low level format on any new memory card prior to first use. Despite appearances to the contrary, memory cards do not come pre-formatted.
Good Luck. It sounds like you are in the field. Be careful of ordering memory cards on the Amazon Marketplace, as there are a LOT of fake and counterfeit products out there. The same also holds true for camera batteries and other small electronic accessories.
appreciate the response friend. I have a 32GB in at the moment and I’ll take putting in a 4GB I have brought with me.
As mentioned I belive the problem lies in the ‘on mechanism’ (forgive my poor camera physiology knowledge I’m only an amateur) and I don’t see how a storage card change would change anything, but I will try anyway.
thanks very much, I hope you have a good day
"Be careful of ordering memory cards on the Amazon Marketplace, as there are a LOT of fake and counterfeit products out there. The same also holds true for camera batteries and other small electronic accessories."
Double down on that. Avoid any of the non-Amazon itself retailers for camera gear of any kind. I am sure some are legit but you can never be sure unless you read every line on the web page very carefully. Even then some do not tell the whole facts. Same for ebay! Plus, never, never buy any of those camera packages with all sorts of junk included.
"Remove the card, and see if the problem goes away."
I am all for trying free or cheap fixes but IMHO changing the SD card will make no difference. It will operate without an SD card at all.
"... it may be something to do with the date/time battery, ..."
IMHO, it isn't the fault of the date/time keep alive battery. All it does is prevent you from entering the date/time each time you turn the camera on. It will work even if that battery is gone.
"I’ll take it to a canon shop ..."
Since a working used Rebel XS is worth about $60 to $75 bucks, even if a Canon repair shop will work on it, doubtful since it is a 15 year old camera, the repair, even minor, will likely exceed the cost of that used replacement.