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Zoom toggle switch problem

The zoom toggle switch on my Coolpix 4500 suddenly stopped working. Does anyone have any suggestions for reliable and reasonable repair work of this nature?

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  • yipg Nov 23, 2008

    The zoom button (specifically the "T" one) stopped working all of a sudden a few weeks ago. It feels like the mechanism underneath is malfunctioning, as if the button is already pushed down. The zoom-in function itself is actually fine, because I can go to the "close-up" mode and the lens will zoom in automatically. I just can't use the toggle button to zoom in manually. Hope this makes sense...

    I wonder if there's an easy fix to this problem. Any idea/suggestions would be much appreciated!

  • Anonymous Apr 10, 2009

    Thanks to aboniks for solution #1. I've got my camera apart and have been looking at the rocker switch. There seems to be a nub on both sides of the switch, but one might be a little worn. (I assume you mean the small bumps on the back of the switch and not the vertical posts that are closer to the ends of the switch). Here's my question. Were you able to remove the switch to do the glueing {if so how?)? I've got fat fingers and it seems impossible to glue the bump with the switch in place.

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You need:

1: a small and strong phillips screwdriver.
2. a small piece of medium strength plastic.
(I used a wall anchor like you would use for drywall)
3. superglue
4: about 15 minutes
5. some gumption
6. a bit of sandpaper, in case you screw up step 4.


step 0: You are about to void any warranty. Accept this, and move on. Take out the battery and the memory card.

step 1: remove case of camera. be careful not to strip or loose your your screws.

step 2: gently give the thing a shake. likely a tiny piece of black plastic will fall out. this is the piece that originally attached to the back of the zoom rocker button. if it doesn't come out, don't worry.

step 3: take a look at the back side of the still functioning side of the rocker button. you will see a tiny nub on the back. this nub compresses the pressure switch that is built into the circuit card of the camera, activating the zoom.

step 4: cut a piece of plastic that is about the right thickness to replace the missing nub on the non-functioning side of the button. you will be better off cutting it a bit too thick than too thin.

step 5a: VERY carefully superglue the bit of plastic to the back of the button. you don't need that much glue.

Setp 5b: let me repeat, YOU DON"T NEED THAT MUCH GLUE!

Step 6: Let the glue dry. completely. I mean it.

step 7: replace the case, and about half the screws. put the battery and card back in.

step 8. power on, and test the zoom. It should work now. if it feels like the button is too loose, or still isn't making contact, you cut the plastic too small; Sand or snip it off and start again.

Step 9. If it feels like the button is too hard to push, the plastic bit is too large. You can cut it down a bit, sand it, or just put the rest of the screws in and be thankfull that you repaired your camera for about 2 cents worth of material, and 15 minutes of work.

Step 10: make sure you don't have any extra parts. make sure you didn't screw up another button while you were mucking about.


I've done this. It works. Repaired mine about 9 months ago, and no issues since...well, I put the button in upside down, but it works exactly the same, so that doesn't count as an issue.

If FUBAR your camera, I'm not responsible.

Long live Nikon,

-aboniks

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Contact the Nikon Technical support for a repair opinion Then look up your local Internet for a repair firm Bear in mind the likely cost will be heavy. It may be a case of you paying a lot of money for shipping/insurance/Inspection/only to find it cannot be repaired because of lack of parts.

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