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Cover latch for battery door broken.

Instead of it looking like a loop, it looks like 2 short stubs, so there is nothing for the battery door to catch to keep it closed. Otherwise the camera looks great. Is there any way to fix it?

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  • sforzando47 Mar 25, 2009

    Cover latch for battery door is broken and will not stay tightly closed. It was working if I held it tightly (not convenient) was going to tape it shut when it stopped turning on at all. What is going on?

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