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Pentax s5z doesn't take any more pictures

The camera switches on and you can see that the monitor works fine, but none of the buttons are operating. THe camera fails to take any pictures, neither does it zoom in/out, etc. Yesterday I took a video using it and switched it off, and ever since than, it stopped working. I recharged the battery, but it didn't help.

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  • Jenya Oct 30, 2007

    Thank you so much! That helped!

  • chyze Sep 20, 2008

    I lost the old memory card of my pentax and decided to buy a new one, but when I inserted the new memory card in my camera refuse to work. There's no light on the screen and all the buttons don't function. It automatically closes though. Does anybody knows why this is so?

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Here's another method to fix this problem.
Push the ON Button for some while and you will go to MEMO recording screen, in this mode the MENU button works and you can RESET the camera.
Cheers Phil

Posted on Oct 30, 2007

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