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Cheap Canon S500 Door Replacement

Thought I’d throw up this quick tip in hopes it’ll save someone some money.

Last week I broke our Canon Powershot S500 digital camera.

99% of the camera is metal but the door to the compact flash memory card is plastic and notoriously easy to break (as is the one on S400/S410 models). So it was our turn – which ain’t bad because we’ve had the camera a few years now and from day one I was expecting this part to fail.

I did a quick google for the part, and up came a bunch of options to buy a new door. From $15+SH on ebay to camera dealers willing to help out at $21-25 +SH.

I thought I’d give Canon a call thinking they might be a tad cheaper, and lo and behold the part was $2.50. Yes you heard me it’s just $2.50 + Shipping.

So I went ahead and ordered a couple just in case. Shipping was very low and the job to replace it super easy, requiring a small jewelers (or eye glass) screwdriver.

Just take out the 4 tiny screws securing the metal place, slide out the rod, taking note of how the spring goes in. The hardest part is making sure you don’t loose the screws and spring which do not come with the new door, so now I can offer these services too, and all I need to do is some tax preparation for my business, which is not that difficult with the right tools online.

So here’s the magic information

S500 CF Cover – CD3-2326

Canon Factory Service
100 Jamesburg Road
Jamesburg, NJ 08831
Tel.# (732)521-7230
Business hours: 9 AM to 8 PM (ET) Monday to Friday

11 Comments so far

  1. Alvin [Visitor] August 22nd, 2006 12:32 pm

    Thanks for the info! I just ordered from canon’s service center and it’s a lot cheaper than ordering from non-canon sites.

  2. Chad [Visitor] December 31st, 2006 3:57 pm

    Did you order the replacement battery door from the States? And if so, did you get it shipped to the States, or somewhere else? I’m just trying to figure out how much shipping is. I live in Canada.

  3. Chris [Member] December 31st, 2006 7:09 pm

    yes i live in the states and had it shipped here. shipping was very very cheap. sorry i cant help more than that. just give them a call and see what they say.

  4. Rob [Visitor] January 19th, 2007 9:59 pm

    Thanks for this posting. I just replaced the door to my Canon S500. Pretty simple stuff considering the price of getting a new camera.

  5. ram t. flores [Visitor] March 22nd, 2007 8:07 pm

    chris, thank you for the tip. i was pulling my hair thinking of where to go to get it replaced. i’m going to oder 3.

  6. nick2k [Visitor] June 17th, 2007 3:05 pm

    you rock. ive been neeeding a replacement door for over 9 months now…

  7. jbrhymer April 20th, 2008 3:26 pm

    Awesome! I been wondering where to get one from. Life saver you are.

  8. jbrhymer May 14th, 2008 3:28 pm

    I just placed an order for one. The price must have gone up 🙂 8.81 + state tax

  9. BM June 12th, 2008 3:30 pm

    Thanks! Just replaced the door on mine. The inner two screws are a little longer (by 1 mm) so don’t mix ’em up. The spring has to be held down properly when sliding out the rod so it doesn’t fly away to oblivion. Other than that — pretty simple. Appreciate the tip…

  10. BG November 4th, 2008 3:31 pm

    Two years later, your insight still saved us from buying a new camera. Many thanks.

  11. pbell July 13th, 2011 6:37 am

    This information is STILL good. Thank you kindly.
    PS If you need any NYC info when visiting, I can try and share any thing that might interest you.

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