On the weekend my zoom button was broken. I don't know how but it will zoom in, but not out. Not a real big problem, just annoying especially with the menus.
But I have contacted FujiFilm and firstly, as I got it in Australia and do not have the warranty information, plus it has to go to Germany (from Denmark) for atleast 2 - 4 weeks, that is not worth it, as I need a camera in the next few weeks.
I also can not afford a new model right now, so if anybody has some advice about whether this button is fixable and worth an effort on my part, then please let me know :)
Hey, I have this camera with the same problem and the fix is easy! After taking it apart, I removed the rocker from the assembly. One of the little pins had broken off. I cut the other one off and then glued a small square block of plastic to it to create a larger attachment surface and switch surface. I then took my dremel and refined the shape of the contact points without cutting all the way through the plastic block. A couple of test fits later, the camera was back together and has not failed yet.
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Re: Zoom button broken
If you can pull the camera apart (carefully) and find the zoom switch it could be that the switch itsekf has jumped the actuator.
I don't know what method your camera usues but most use a rocker type switch. On the underside of this switch would be a slot which when pushed one way pushes against a small lever of piece of plastic. Let it go and the switch centres itself taking the lever with it. Push the switch the other way and it moves the lever or plastic in the opposite direction. What sometime happens is the lever or plastic somehow gets on the wrong side of this slot. So it will only push the lever in one direction. What you'd have to do is remove the top of the switch and center the lever or piece of plastic and put the camera back together.
If your zoom is 2 seperate switches then one of the swiches is either faulty, the pin on the underside of the swich is broken or there is a foreign object stopping the switch from activating. You should be able to tell which one it is simply by the feel of the switch. if it's loose and wobbles around the pin would be broken. If it feels stck then maybe there's something stopping it. If it does neither of these things it could be just a faulty button switch which means you're up for a complete switch cable assembly.
Good luck putting it back together. Just be patient and don't force anything.
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The SD790 has a problem with the power button and sometimes the zoom switch, thankfully they are on the same assembly. You can get a new part for $35 incl shipping, or have it installed for just $30 more.
Another design flaw of this camera is:
If you haven't checked the screws recently on the handstrap side of your SD790 to make sure they are tight, I would advise doing so. Actually, take them out and secure them with Locktite, because if you don't they will fall out and the whole side of your camera will fall off.
If you need the zoom switch replaced, I happen to know the shop linked below would check and secure your screws for you at no additional cost!
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1) Too close to subject. Try backing off a bit.
2) Using digital telephoto. Usually very grainy. Most cameras have a #x (8x for example) zoom raring as well as a #x Digital zoom rating. Try using only the real zoom, not the digital. There should be a slider in your LCD preview that lets you know where you are on the zoom scale.
3) Does the camere have an "Auto" picture taking setting? Use that. If you already are, try using some manual settings (adjust ISO, etc.). This info should be in your manual. If you don't have the manual, go to the maker's web site and download it.
I know it was a while ago now but I just found your
post, the lens on mine broke yesterday but
being a student I'm looking for someone with a broken identical camera with spare parts to
fix it rather than buying a new one. Did you fix the camera, if not and it is
lying around unused I would be very grateful if you would part with it so I can
get mine working again.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Hello, there is an electrical contact area on each side of the zoom button, one for in, and one for out. The contact area for the out side of the zoom is either dirty, or broken. First, you might want to spray just a little of some contact cleaner (you can get it at any radio shack or hardware store) around the button over the zoom out contact. Then push the button (without the power on) about 20 or 30 times. Power up and see if it works. Please let me know.
Digital zoom in the camera means nothing. You can't create detail
that isn't there. Enlarging and sharpening on the PC can produce
much better results than in-camera digital zoom - no more real detail,
but a better illusion of detail by enhancing edges.
You can print up to about 8x10 with the 2100 or 11x14 with the
3040, but a zoomed in 2100 8x10 will probably be a more spectacular
picture than the 3040's 11x14, unless you can get equivalently close
to your subject.
Also, the more precise viewfinder of the 2100 can make up for the
difference in resolution. With the 3040, you are more likely to need
to crop to print your desired view (unless you can use the LCD), since
you can't see exactly what you are going to get when using the
optical viewfinder and will tend to get more periphery than you want.