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Camera won't stay turned on

All of a sudden, my Z1 won't boot up and stay turned on. When I press the ON button, in either of the 3 modes (camera viewer, camera LCD or playback LCD) the zoom lens zooms out and then back in (as it should) but then shuts off automatically. None of the buttons work (while the camera is off, except, of course the ON/OFF button) and the camera shuts off as described before I can get it into the menu mode so I can do a factory reset. I tried new batteries, new SD card, checked the format of the SD card to verify the format was FAT16 not FAT32, checked the batteries to verify there fresh...but so far nothing works. Is there a hard reset procedure for this camera?

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If you need it you can get the user manual on this link; The hard reset involves dismantling the camera and un-soldering the memory/clock back-up battery from the main board (check page 112 under batteries). This battery needs replacing after around 3-5 years and is the most likely cause of your problem - they recommend getting it done at an authorised service centre which is good advice unless you have a lot of technical skill - quite a fiddly job to do and to get to - also professional tools are recommended in order not to damage the camera. Konica Minolta have now passed service responsibility for this camera to Sony - please post back with your location and I can try to find a convenient service centre. The back-up battery in question is probably relatively cheap (you would have to get the serial number from it for me to check for sure), but the labour involved in replacing it may possibly make the replacement a bit costly, but still should be much less than a new camera of the same quality. Hope this helps :)

Posted on Sep 06, 2007

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    Nigel Ridehalgh Sep 06, 2007

    Ps - a quick easy thing to try is to clean the terminals of the main battery compartment gently with a cotton bud/q-tip damp with gin. even if the terminals look clean, they can get a thin film of grease on them that causes power-up problems.




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