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Your problem is most likely one of three things: the zoom rocker (or wires connecting it to the main control) have gone bad, the zoom motor has failed, or you have bad capacitors in the camera which are causing the controls to not operate as they should. In any case, the camera will probably need servicing to restore it to complete function.
So 2 weeks ago my Sony DSC-W80 stopped working. Our friends dog ran into the camera (in my girlfriends hand) full speed. It started opening and closing a few times, and then giving the "turn the camera off and back on" message. I read about tapping around the lens, etc. None of this worked.
I took off the camera body and carefully examined the interior of the camera. Turning in on and watching closely, I discovered the problem. Looking at the camera from the front, I saw a slider on the top right side of the lens that appeared to be jammed. I then saw a spring that was attached to the slider and free on the other end. Apparently when the dog rammed the camera, the other mount for the spring broke off (they are very fragile). The purpose of the slider is to adjust the viewfinder based on the zoom range of the lens. I simply removed the slider which had jammed when the spring came loose. Camera works flawlessly now. The only issue is that the viewfinder doesn't zoom, but who uses the viewfinder anymore anyway? Oh, and I have a screw leftover. What project isn't complete without having extra parts when you are done?
I have a crapped out unit (PCB Board $250.00 part!!!! + labour) that I am either going to sell for parts (complete with all accessories that came with it), or try to find a broken unit that I can steel the PCB board from. Let me know what you end up doing with it.
I am in Calgary, Alberta,Canada.
Switch Control unit, having Stop, Play, FF, Rew, Pause and Tele-Wide switch at top of camera is cause of this problem. Its ribbon wire has been damaged / cracked, going to camera board. You need to replace that complete part because ribbon wire is not available individualy.
I had the same on mine and here is the explanation because fixing it is not easy to impossible.
I had it fixed on mine just to see it getting worse after that.
Reason: The Zoom Slider puts a resistor to some printed curcuit board just beneath it and if that gets oxidised due to age it stops working. Only the remote workes then.
Workaround (recommended): Use the remote.
Fixing it is nearlky impossible as the printed circuit board is on the other side of the camera from where you start opening it and you have to comletely dissasemble it. I did and tried fixing it by cleaning the circuit boad, but it somehow changed the restance value and then it was stuck in full zoom all the time. Then had to re-open again and sever the connection completely, thus having the camera stuck in full view at least. but because of this strange resistor concept of the design, having the connection severed does not disable the zoom but rather simulates constant zooming out. hence my remote is now not longer working.
Hence: keep it simple and use the remote and be happy.
Digital zoom is in the menu and must be turned on to activate it. When you use the zoom it takes 2 opperations to function. First opperation is to zoom all the way in then the camera should stop. This is the limit of the optical zoom. Then you let off the zoom button, and hit it again and then the digital zoom will start.
Digital zoom is just a gimic if you learn how it works its not doing anything different then you can do in photoshop.
All digital zoom is doing is like cropping.