Pictures come out over exposed on all settings 90% of the time. The
other 10% of the time they come out with horizontal lines going through
them. There is also seems to have a clicking sound when videoing.
clicks a few times after turning on an after the lens is out.
Try going into the menu 8 clicks down onto the af control,and make sure its on single AF ,not continuous,as if its on continuous it will keep trying to stay in focus,if this dosent solve it its probabley a faulty lens
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Are you aware your camera has a lot of settings for "changing" the final picture? Even a fun mode. If set to the "wrong" setting, without knowing, you can think all pictures are bad. Check your manual (or the one online) for the setup menu and how to set your E (effects)
There are two common faults for this problem. 1 is shutter failure and the other is sensor failure. To determine which is simple. For shutter failure put the camera in full optical zoom. Turn off the flash and look through the lens and take a picture. You should see the shutter completely cover the lens inside. Any gaps will result in over exposed pictures or horizontal lines. the other is video mode. if the problem is apparent in video mode too then sensor failure is the likely problem.
This is a common enough problem, and repairable if you have the patients and aptitude, with digital cameras.
You will probably find that video is un affected. This is the one clue as to your problem of white lines or over exposed pictures. The video function does not use the shutter.
I have pictures of how to clean the shutter on an E900 If you wish to try your self. My email is listed on my tips page of my profile under "THE ONLY WAY I KNOW HOW" but please remember it is not a quick or easy task to do.
Electronic shutter in lens mechanism got bad and you need to replace complete lens assembly of DSC-S500 camera.
Of course new lens assembly would cost more then camera worth so best option is to buy new camera.
It is the shutter (or at least it was for me) I found a simple test here: http://www.mydc.com.tw/repair/knowledge_en/casio-exilim-ex-s600-overexposure-t17.html I repaired it myself, but it took me a whole afternoon and lots of patience. The hard part is taking the camera apart, once I got to the shutter I just activated it manually so to dislodge any pieces that might have gotten jammed, then placed it back together again and it worked! :). It's really hard to take apart, it's like a puzzle sometimes, to find which screws are keeping it together. I also had a bit of hard time when it came to put the zoom back together again. But I guess it beats throwing the camera away. I'm still puzzled on how the CCD works so that an overexposure would make horizontal overexposed lines, but everything points to that. Fixed shutter, lines be gone.