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Had camera in purse?!?!

I had my camera in my purse in a seperate pocket, but it still is quite a flimsy purse and I had not got it out in a good couple of weeks, and I got it out to take some pictures. I turned it on and the lcd screen was all bright light with purple leaf fike lines coming douwn from one corner. I think the screen was poked buy one of the pens I carry in my purse. Is there anything I can do or do I have to buy another camera cuz this one is toast. I mean the camera still turns on and the lens still comes out but I can't see any pictures on the screen like before and it will even act like it is taking pictures. PLEASE tell me there is something I can do!!?

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Re: Had camera in purse?!?!

You can buy a new screen and have that installed but it will be at least 60 bucks... check out ebay

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I had my camera in my purse and when i took it out and turn it on. my camera turns on white screen but with a black liquid spot on it. is it fixable? please help my camera is brand new.

Your purse would have happened to be black and the camera on the outside pocket would it?

If so and it was in heat then the LCD screen has super heated, it might come back after a few hours to cool. There is operating temperature ranges listed in the manual extreme heat and cold will just kill most digital point and shoot type cameras, sometimes they come back sometimes not.

I would also take the battery out of it and let it sit for a few hours to cool DON'T put it in a cold place let it come up to room temperature gradually.

Apr 12, 2011 | Digital Cameras


Lense sticking with good battery?

If you have a Kodak EasyShare V603 and have the lense sticking or not retracting all the way when you power down with a known good battery, this tip may save the day for you ...

Note I said MAY save the day, NOT "will" ... Nothing in life is certain ...

The extending/retracting lense assembly is very sensitive to dust or foreign material. If even the slightest amount of dust... pocket lint, anyone?... gets inside the camera housing in the area of the lense mechanism, the sticking can occur...

the solution is to undo the screws holding on the front half of the housing and get that shell out of the way... then run a clean q-tip around the outer rim of the lense assembly ...

filthy, isn't it? ... now repeat... once your q-tip comes up clean, blow away any residual dust. The jury is out on whether alcohol helps at all here ...

Repeat the procedure to clean the opening in the camera housing through which the lense extends as well ...

Reassemble the housing and you MIGHT be good to go ...

Of course, if you dropped the camera into the La Brea Tar Pits, don't expect a miracle, but this procedure can get rid of a surprising amount of dirt & dust that can build up inside the camera from carrying it in your pocket or purse ...

I DID say you need a known good battery, right ? oh, and it helps if it is fully charged too ...

Worked for me !

on Feb 02, 2012 | Kodak EasyShare V603 Digital Camera


Why did my digital camera fail?

There are hundreds of small digital cameras people are trying to sell "AS-IS" or "for parts" in the ads, and many on here asking why my camera won't turn on, or what does it mean when it says lens error, or it says please turn off and on again. Why is this happening, and what is happening? Are they just cheap junk to be avoided, or is there something else going on? Read on,, as this is my experience;

These small digital cameras are amazingly tough if kept clean, they are also very sensitive to the three "D’s" ; Dirt, Drops, & Drips. - Most are not sealed against grit or water, and are breakable if dropped.

Explanation; There has to be a small gap between the case and the lens in order for the tiny electric motor to extend and adjust the lens, dust and sand gets in here, and hair, etc. and jams between the tiny plastic gears and sliding pieces, when they jam, the camera senses something is not right and gives an error message, sometimes just restarting it clears the object, but unfortunately once something gets jammed to the point where it won't work, it is probably firmly imbedded in a gear or other part and is not likely to just fall out. In disassembling these, there is usually a little pile of grit that comes out, I have cleaned several, but recommend replacing the lens due to the near impossible task of making sure there is no more grit in there, then cleaning out the rest of the insides before reassembly. (best done by a professional, usually costing over $100.00)

Conclusion; If you try to keep your camera out of any area where it could collect dust of grit, like pockets and purses, but keep it in a camera bag that closes tight, then put in your pocket or purse, or hang it on your shoulder, it will last much longer. Hope this helps

on Apr 28, 2010 | Digital Cameras

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Power button does not work

This company can repair this problem and will also do a cleaning as part of it. A lot of time all the dirt that the camera picks up works its way into the crevices of the camera and starts showing these problems.
they also do a full cleaning which should prevent any additional problems. once it is repaired, if you plan to have it in a pocket or purse it is always good to have it inside a protection, while these still have dust, it is far less than rolling around in a back pack or purse.

Jul 16, 2010 | Canon PowerShot SD750 / IXUS 75 Digital...


A tip and suggestion on using any digital camera.

One of the most two important tips in my experience with digital cameras and the use of them is in the following.
When using a digital camera always take the time to put the hand cord on your wrist. This will help to insure that the camera will not be dropped when using any where, including over or near water. By the way, using any digital camera near water should be done carefully. Water is extremely damaging to the delicate internal parts.
When the digital camera is not in use, always be sure to put the camera in a padded case. I know that it takes more time than dropping into a purse or pocket, but if you take the extra time, you will enjoy your digital camera a lot longer.
By dropping a camera into a purse, you will take the chance of the unit being damaged by other items and possibly turning on from pressure of some item on the on button. This can cause the camera's lens to extend and since it is in a compact area, it can become damaged.
By putting the digital camera into a pocket, you take the chance of the camera falling out and being damaged. It is surprising how many cameras I have had which have been dropped and damaged.

on Dec 18, 2009 | Digital Cameras

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The lense will come out

Lens problems can be caused by a number of happenings. If the camera has been dropped, or some kind of impact such as when in a purse or pocket, then being hit which may not seem much at the moment, but can cause problems.
Lens problems can also be the result of something such as water damage to the camera. If any moisture has been introduced into the internal parts of the camera, damage can result, some of which can cause problems to the lens controls or circuits. Any debris such as sand, dirt or dust can cause damage to the internal workings of the lens.
If nothing works, the camera is only good for parts or repair and can be sold for such on sites such as Ebay.
Always use a padded camera bag such as a zipped type. Also it should always be a common practice to use extra care in the use of such electronic and mechanical devices.

Nov 09, 2009 | Canon Digital Cameras

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Blurry photos, delay in capture

These Sony cameras including T70, T100, T200, T300 all have the same problem. There is a little black circular plastic piece in the lens that comes off the place where it is supposed to be. The piece moves around inside the lens and the focusing element can't freely move under the pull of the spring and the lens can't focus anymore. This happens after a good shake. Lens may stop focusing if dust gets in the focusing elements gear. This happens often if you put your camera in a dusty pocket, bag, purse etc.

Jul 21, 2009 | Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-T5 Digital Camera

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Lens stuck in out position

Try this...the camera will not work as it try this one.
As you turn on the camera, hold the lens back by putting pressure on it...this may reset the camera lens back to the right position.

Your problem seems to be that the camera lens is out of sync with the rest of the camera system.
Try the above a few times... I had a camera which did the same thing, and by holding back (you can also try to pull on the lens) on the lens as it was turned on, it reset itself....May be worth a try. Be careful, because you can damage the lens with this process.
If the small gears in the lens are broken, then it will not work, and may cause more damage.
The lens is a very delicate mechanism and can be damaged by having it turn on in a crowded area such as a pocket, purse, and so on.
I always say... Treat the camera like eggs and unless there is a failure of electronics or mechanical problem, it will last a long time. Use a soft padded case, and treat the camera like a jewel, and it will give good service.
Too many people treat the digital cameras like they are made very strong by putting them in pockets, purses, crowded areas of other kinds. That will almost insure damage at some time. The LCDs in most digital cameras are easily damaged by slight pressure. The lens as well can be damaged beyond repair by dropping (hold the camera always with the wrist strap), bumping it against a hard object and so on.

Jun 25, 2008 | Pentax Optio M20 Digital Camera

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