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Nikon L120 shutter release button has to be depressed very hard to work

Very difficult to take a picture

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There is a known design issue with the shutter release switch on the L120. They start to fail after about 1500 shots have been taken. The cause apparently is oxide build-up between the contacts, even though the switch is a sealed unit.
The \'half cock\' works fine, but the shutter release requires considerable pressure to take the shot. It gradually gets worse until it eventually stops working altogether.
There is presently no known solution since the switch is a sealed unit, and is soldered to the internal circuits of the camera. A spare switch is not available on its own- so the entire internal electronics need to be changed.
The replacement part will also fail after the same number of shots have been taken (if you are unlucky), since the same component is still in use.
Solution is to get a new camera. Sad, but true since it is not cost effective to repair.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013


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SOURCE: nikon d40

Take the lens off and continue pressing the shutter untill it doesn't react anymore, you should then have a normal menu without the error message.Put your lens on and you're all sorted.Cheaper and less hassle than sending it to Nikon.

Posted on Jun 01, 2008

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This should make no difference the way the camera performs. I believe that it is the buffer for shooting in burst mode. Is it on all the time?

It should just flash every time when you half depress the shutter.

Hope this helps.


Posted on Nov 17, 2008

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SOURCE: Nikon d40x shutter stuck

The manual (pg 112) simply, and unfortunately, states this message "Press shutter release button again. If error persists, consult with Nikon-authorized service representative".

Some questions that might help: have you had the camera in some extreme conditions, damp, sand, etc. Clean the shutter button really well. Maybe use a small air blower and clean in the shutter release creases.

In the end, if the error continues, it will need to be serviced.

Posted on Jan 21, 2009

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SOURCE: nikon d40x camera not working

The camera has a bad shutter or a bad sequence plate motor .

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Posted on Apr 11, 2009

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SOURCE: faulty nikon d40

I had the same error message, the camera is less then a year old, however, I was taking up to 800 pictires every weekend of my kids soccer games, then a 6 month trip to the Pursian Gulf, that is when it started, I got back home, took it right in, and one year later after a few visits and calls trying to find out where my camera was, I finally got an answer back, they said I needed a new shutter which will cost $300, They said I should just by a new body for $400. What Nikon does is set that error message to pop up at about 35000 shutter releases, and you can't do a thing about it, once they hooked my camera up to thier system the said I had over 36000 shutter releases, where the average person takes 10000 a year and they want you to replace the body every 3 before buying any camera, always check out how many shutter releases you can get when you buy a camera

Rob Smith
Victoria, BC

Posted on Sep 27, 2009

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