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Function buttons won't work, display might flash up for a second but not long enough to make any changes. Only takes pictures maybe every 5 tries as a result.

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First try a hard reset - Remove batteries and SD card. Wait about 10 minutes and try again. If the issue is still there, it could be some faulty battery contacts or firmware issue.
Try to clean the battery contacts in the camera using isoproyl alcohol. You can also try scratching the contacts a bit with a jeweller's screw driver and see if it works.
If it is a firmware issue, then you may need to take it back to the store to get the firmware reinstalled or upgrade from the manufacturer's website (they usually give instructions on how to do this on the website.

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