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D50 wont power up

I have had my Nikon D50 for a year and a half. Recently, while on vacation, I was taking pictures on a full battery and I only took about 30 shots. The next morning, I tried turning on my camera and it appeared that the battery was dead as it wouldn't turn on. Then, I charged the battery for 24 hours and the charger indicated that it was fully charged. When I put the battery in the camera, however, the girl light flashed for a brief second before going away and the camera will not turn on at all. I have tried charging the battery for much longer with no luck. Does anyone have any ideas what is happening. I am hoping to avoid a large camera repair bill but this may be inevitable. Do these batteries go bad, or do you think some internal component is loose or malfunctioning? Thanks for any and all help.

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  • Natta Dec 01, 2007

    Downloaded pictures from the camera to my computer, turned the camera off. The next day it wouldn't power up. I tryed reload the battery until "fully charged", but still completely dead...

  • Gary Lewis
    Gary Lewis May 17, 2009

    Changed lenses with the power off. Powered back on and no LCD, or any actions at all. Flash will not pop up, no shutter noise, no auto focus. No top menu, no back menu.

    Did the double green button reset and the hard (hole in the bottom of the camera) resets while both on and off, with and without batteries, with and without SD card and every combination.

    Tried different lenses, also without a lens. Tried with two additional Nikon brand, fully charged batteries, and also with the AC cable.

    Hooked to the Mac, and no "hard drive" icon shows on the desktop. 

    This ****** is DEAD. 

    I even took off the bottom casing and the back casing. Nothing hanging or loose. The camera was never dropped, never wet, never around static, and was being used inside a hotel room at around 68 dry degrees. Had around 12-14,000 shutter actuations. 

    Any thoughts other than the obvious "Send it to Nikon?" It is way out of warranty.




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I have the same problem as well. It is not the battery. I took my camera to the store and had them put a new battery in while there. It never turned on. I really like this camera. I once took about 100 continuous shots. It was great. But now nothing. The D60 camera I have is a higher mega pixel, but does not do alot of things that the D50 does. I wish someone really had the answer as to how to fix it without a high cost.

Posted on Jun 19, 2009


Sounds like something inside is malfunctioning. Batteries do eventually die, but even after years of use, with a 'full' charge as you gave it the camera should at least go on and work for a little while.

Make sure the contact points are not rusted or loose/broken on the battery and in the camera itself. Moisture or humidity may have gotten in and shorted something or caused damage, or it may be something more serious. Either way I'm sorry to say it's probably going to have to go in for repair :(

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My guess is that it's the battery, not the camera.
I've had a spare battery that wasn't an original Nikon. After 10 months or so it died on me in the same way yours did.
Try getting a new battery and see if the problem persists (I'm sure in the store they'll let you just test it out, before actually buying a new battery).

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