Minolta Z2 batteries drain very quickly, slow shutter speed
I used this camera for 3 years with no issues. Of late, the Z2 is acting up. Firstly, newly charged batteries drain very quickly. Secondly, the shutter speed of the camera is really slow, especially when I take pictures with flash. It takes forever to process the image and for the camera to reset so that I can take the next picture. It's practically useless at this point. I am not sure what to do to fix it. Is the average life of these things just 3 years? If so, I'll just give up and pick up a new camera !! I want to be sure that I'm not missing an easy fix before I go shopping though.
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Your problem may be that the camera is "locked" on manual focus. If so, you will need to go to the menu, scroll to "2" menu in "P" mode, and click on "focusing mode". From there, hit "single focus or continuous focus." It should correct the problem. Also, is the lens dirty? A dirty lens will not benefit the camera. The light may be too low, also. Try using a flashlight to focus, then take the picture.
Set the camera to clean ccd mode and carefully remove the lens. If you can't see the ccd but only the shutter then the shutter is sticking. I have this problem when not using the camera regularly.
My solution to free the shutter was just to set the camera to long exposure and just keep restarting the camera and taking a photo until the shutter moves. This problem happened from the very first time I had the camera run low on batteries at a few months old but at the time I never checked the shutter and the camera just restarted once and it worked.
I ordered a new battery comparment door from Sony online who bought all the Minolta brand parts and technical support services. It was $35.00 plus S/H. I am trying to self-install it but failed after my first attempt. I downloaded some tips from someone else off this websit who did it so I will re-attempt again soon using their steps. Wish me luck. It's a great camera but I heard it would cost $181 to repair it so I'd rather try it myself first.
all figured out,,,,the shutter button is too close to the shut off button,its happened to me many times ,next time it happns try to catch yourself and see which button you pressed,,guaranteed!!! it sucks
from the manual:
Using Shutter-Priority Mode 1.
Set the mode dial to S (shutter-priority) and a yellow arrowhead on the screen points to the current shutter speed. Press the jog dial and the current shutter speed turns yellow. 2. With the current shutter speed displayed in yellow, rotate the jog dial to select the speed you want to use. 3. Take the picture. If a workable aperture isn?t available for the shutter speed you?ve selected, the shutter speed indicator on the screen flashes when you press the shutter button halfway down. You can use the setting as is, or press the jog dial down to select the shutter speed again and rotate it to select a new shutter speed.
Well, I also bought the DiMAGE Z2, and my problem was similar: It worked for some time, but then it started freezing sometimes, not responding to any button I pressed. One time, it froze, shut off, and I wasn't able to power it up again.
In short, the camera was still under its warranty, so I gave it to their lab and they fixed the problem.