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Camera will not stay on

Will turn on Fisher Price camera and it will immediately shut down. Have changed the batteries 2 times just to be sure that wasn't the problem.

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  • Anonymous Dec 22, 2008

    I have the same problem. Anyone know of a solution?

  • LeeHouk Dec 25, 2008

    Just got 3 of these cameras for my daughters and within 20 minutes of use, one of them is consistently turning off as soon as I turn it on. I replaced the BRAND NEW quality batteries with some other BRAND NEW quality batteries and it's doing it again now after about 5 minutes of use.

  • tazmommy Dec 25, 2008

    kids got these for x-mas and they worked great for the first 5 - 10 minutes and then they start shutting off as soon as you turn it on. Sometimes you can take out the batteries and put them back in and it will reset the camera. But then again it will work for 5-10 minutes and start shutting off again.

  • Billsabudd Dec 26, 2008

    Same deal, and I'm looking for a solution.  When you press 'on' it powers up, and then immediately turns off.

  • joval71 Dec 26, 2008

    i have the same problem ,,total 8 batteries the first 12 hrs .. its turning on and then off .. im amazed there are 5 individuals with the same problem over the last week

  • Tymex Dec 28, 2008

    I am having the same problem - Help

  • ssgumby Dec 31, 2008

    Yes, we too have the same problem. Thinking we had a defective one we exchanged it and guess what, the new one also does this. F-P needs to step-up with a fix or a recall.

  • Sara E Dec 31, 2008

    My daughter's and nephew's new cameras are doing the same thing as described by the others.

  • sbarry71 Dec 31, 2008

    Worked for several months, but now is exhibiting exactly the same behavior as the other users are listing.



    My model number may be different M8071/M8072?

  • claudiom1 Jan 03, 2009

    Same problem.. My daughter barely used it.

  • p-zo Jan 04, 2009

    Same problem here

  • handcsmommy Jan 07, 2009

    I have the same problem. We got our daughter one for Christmas and from the time we opened it and put brand new batteries in it the same thing happens, it will work for awhile and then it will not stay on. We thought that the batteries that we bought were bad and replaced them but the same thing happened. We returned the camera and exchanged it for another and the same thing happens with it. For this camera to cost so much it should be better made.

  • dso4r Jan 25, 2009

    I have the same problem as well. The fix posted by azechiel works sporadically and after taking a few pictures, goes back to the original problem. I'm on V3.0. Is there new firmware for the camera?

  • whitneymoon Jan 29, 2009

    Same problem here. Anyone know how to report this to Fisher Price?

  • jlhammond24 Feb 02, 2009

    Same problem, we are on # 2

  • nancy7 Feb 08, 2009

    Camera will take pics without a memory card installed, but when I put a memory card in it will turn on but locks up at that point and I have to remove batteries to turn the camera off. Does anyone else have a solution for this problem?

  • Anonymous Mar 02, 2009

    This is our second camera for our 4 year old daughter. I can see how much she would really love this product if I could just get it to say on!!! Has anyone heard anything from Fisher Price?

  • Mark-S262 Apr 08, 2009

    I had the same problem. I called Fisher Price today, they emailed me a postage paid label and I sent the camera back. They will be sending out a new one. The very nice guy I talked to said there were some that went out with faulty battery boxes and that's the reason for the issue. I suggest you call their toll free number (found it on the website) and have your sent back too.

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I am not 100% sure but I think its actually related to the File system formated on the Camera and specifically the default block size and the physical number of Files that can be stored on the flash with it formated as default. When you look at the drive its a 64mb Flash formated in 16k blocks (crazy for a flash card of only 64mb) as this makes a ton of wasted space with a large number of files. I have experimented and it only appears that after you get a large number (>128) of files on the camera, things crash out. I suspect a poor implementation of the fat file system on reading/writing. Solution. At first I tried formating with 4kb blocks size but the camera reformats the drive after you format it. So end solution, keep your total pictures under about 119 and you will be fine, more then that and the file system on the camera barfs. Try it by erasing all files, you will be amazed at how you have your little camera back working again!

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This isn't a permanent solution but it gets you going again.  Press and hold down the power button (on-off button) for at least 5 seconds.  Then press it again to turn on as usual.  You may need to do this a couple of times but then it should turn on OK and work until it locks up again (seems random amount of time).  Clearly a software bug - we're on version 3.0

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Format camra

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I had the same problem. I called Fisher Price today, they emailed me a postage paid label and I sent the camera back. They will be sending out a new one. The very nice guy I talked to said there were some that went out with faulty battery boxes and that's the reason for the issue. I suggest you call their toll free number (888-892-6123) and have yours sent back too.

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I just bought one second hand off e-bay. It came clogged up with some random peoples pix, and with the wrong lead ....
Luckily I have USB leads coming out my ears (picture that lol), and I was able to restore the camera to working use by formatting it (I did full format not quick format).

Solution #2 by murman above sounds like the best response here. Makes sense to me anyway! :)

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We ended up sending ours back to Fisher Price.

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Für solche die es auf deutsch brauchen.
Wenn die Kamera immer abschaltet schaut auf die anzahl fotos.
Wenn über 119 Stück drauf sind alle löschen oder übertragen auf den computer und dann löschen und die cam läuft wieder einwandfrei.

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