Cannot open the battery compartment to change batteries
I push the button downwards but compartment door does not open, even if I try to force it. I have tried to find a service shop for Cannon and can't find one: I live in Vancouver, WA so Portland OR is also ok for service location.
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Batteries should go in very easy. If the battery is FORCED in backwards the camera and or the battery could have been damaged. If it went in backwards very easy then try this next step. If it was FORCED hard in please DO NOT: The battery is a heavy object. If it is accelerated and stopped quickly it may come out. AGAIN, DO NOT DO THIS IF IT WAS FORCED IN HARD. With battery compartment open I would hold the camera in one hand and slam it into the heel of your other hand to see if the battery will slip out. Again if it was really pushed in hard all you will do is break the camera BEFORE the battery comes out.
Most camera battery compartments have "raised lines" on the cover. They usually suggest that you put your finger or thumb on that surface and push with a sliding motion to open the cover. Again, there are many different models, but the Coolpix I have seen have that kind of opening device. Hope this helps!
Sometimes, the lower contacts get bent downward after years of use, causing the batteries to ride low in the compartment, and thus making poor contact when the battery door is closed. Try lifting/bending these interior battery contacts upward, so that the batteries ride higher when inserted.
The first thing I would check would be the battery compartment, the Lumixes have horrible battery connectivity but can usually withstand some pretty heavy drops. Open the battery compartment and wiggle the battery about when you are turning it on and push it in slightly see if that helps. One of my Lumixes has about 3mm of tape on the end of the battery to force it in more now :)
Unfortunately, you have to force the battery door (very carefully) to open it, and find what is wrong with it.
It is more likely that when closed the battery door, it was forced and it slided out of one guide channels.
You need to practice a little bit before to try it with force (genlty but with firm force), but the only way to do it is slide the button to open it, and at the same time slide to the side and pull the battery door, everything at the same time. Try it until you are able to open it.
Using any kind of tool (such a plastic pry tool, a small screwdriver, etc) to force will leave marks in the housing, and it's very possible that the plastic locking tabs will break, causing that you will open it, but unable to close properly again.
Try checking this... on the battery door (the outside door) along the top edge (over the CF card pointer embossed in the back of the door) you should see a little plastic piece that pokes out... tis is supposed to push a small switch located in a slot over the battery compartment. It's the sensor that tells if the battery door is open or closed.. if the plastic part breaks off or gets chipped it wont push the button and the camera will not turn on when the shutter door is opened.