I put new batteries in my camera, I push the 'on' button and the camera starts to take pictures by itself. It will take anywhere from 1 - 10 pictures before it either stops and turns off, or stops and won't let me push any buttons. Every once in a great while it will turn on without taking the pictures but again, none of the buttons work. I have tried to replace the batteries, take out the memory card. Nothing works. PLEASE HELP!!!!???? My kids are growing and I can't capture it...
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I had the same problem. I checked the voltage first to ensure it was greater than 3.7V (some batteries were not). I left the door open and pushed the battery down and pressed the button and it powered up. Seems to be a problem with the contacts. I put about 6 layers of duct tape on top of the battery to cause the door to push it down and now it works.
The problem is that the lens has become stuck in the barrel
after dropping it. There are some DIY solutions you could try, but the
probability is that you will have to get it fixed by a professional.
these at own risk as it may further damage the camera.
try connecting your ac adapter or usb cable.
Try holding the
shutter button while switching on the camera.
Look at the lens ,
and if some of the lens 'circles' is misaligned or not concentric then
try wiggling it (while holding camera lens down).
pushing or pulling the lens when it extends but this is risky as it may
cause the lens barrel to slip out of its guidance system.
way to do this is to place the camera lens down on a hard surface and
then power it up. Be sure to use a soft cloth or something similar as to
not scratch your lens or casing. Let the lens push the camera up and
down a few times and sometimes the little resistance provided by the
camera is enough to get things going again.
Try hitting your
camera near the lens on the body with the soft tissue on the palm of
Other than that , I would take the camera to a repair
center for a evaluation to see if it would cost more to repair than to
replace the camera.
If it is still under warranty I would suggest
you take it in before trying any of these steps and remove any
off-brand batteries or accessories as some stores are really fussy about
warranty repairs on camera's with non-brand accessories.
I just had this same problem happen to me. I was able to solve it by doing the following. I'm not sure if all of these steps are necessary, and I suspect not, but this is everything, just in case.
1. Take out battery and memory card. Hold down power button for 15 seconds. 2. Plug in camera dock, put the battery but NOT the memory card into the camera, and then put the camera in the dock. 3. Push the PHOTO button on the dock. The camera should beep once. If there are any pictures saved on the internal memory, they will show up. 4. Disconnect the camera and it will turn off. 5. Put your memory card back in, and put the camera back in the dock. 6. Push the PHOTO button a second time, and scroll through a few pictures to make sure you are able to access the ones on your memory card. 7. Take camera out and turn it on. You should be all set.
It's possible that you really only need to do the last 1-3 steps of this process, but in any case, this got my camera to turn on again. Hope the same works for you!
Thanks for your prompt reply. The problem has been solved!!!! I put in new batteries and the camera is functioning normally.!!!!!!! It seems the batteries in the camera were old ones and not fully charged. I think its safer to put in new batteries than to use recharged ones !!!!!!
Anyway, thank you once again and have a Happy Christmas.
Powershot A640 Could Not Be Powered On, Burnt Smell
My Powershot A640 died during a picture shot, lens remaining open. I thought it may be due to the dead batteries. But after putting new batteries and pushing the on/off button, the on/off indicator blinked once then shut off by itself. After a while, a strange smell came from camera batteries area, and I could feel warm there too. Immediately I took out all the batteries from camera.
When checking the posts here the other day, I tried one solution and got the lens back to close: first took out the memory card from camera, then put the new batteries in; push the on/off button with no memory card. I found the lens retracted a little before camera shut off by itself. I pushed on/off button three times to get the lens fully close. However, the burnt smell came out again. I immediately took out the batteries.
Did I get a short circuit inside? Is there any ways to fix it?
I have the same camera... and it was doing the same thing AFTER i
changed my old batteries, because they were getting low. It was only
after i put in the NEW batteries that i had this problem... I tried
putting the old batteries back in and sure enough it worked again, so
it probably all just depends on the brand of the battery you use.
I have the same camera & personally, I hate it. My camera does that all the time, sometimes, it takes a while for the picture to actually take. Try holding down the button for a while, that's what I have to do with mine. The camera sucks up all the battery energy with only a few picture takes which I really don't understand. I think that's also why it's cutting off while you're using it. Does the phrase, "Warning: Batteries exhausted" sound familar, especially right before the camera shuts off? Oh, & before I go, my personal advice to you is: Get a new camera. I don't even know why I bought mine, soon I'm getting a new one. Yay. I hope this helped you, sorry about the camera problems. Much luck! :D