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Shutters are locked in half open position???

Shutter on sony cyber shot dsc P52 digital camera will not open all the way. Is locked half open all the time. When I turn camera on it makes a rattleing sound coming from the shutters as it tries to open them. They still will not open and a beep sound comes from the camera for about 20 seconds. The viewer says "turn the power off and on again". Same thing happens all over again.

Any suggestions. The set up setting works and so does the picture folder as they don't need the shutters.

Thank you for any help


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Re: Shutters are locked in half open position???

My camera came to life again!, and the shooter no more rattles.
Used info provided by garyjames, and it was helpful.

I'd like to add some details.

Use a jewelwrs srewdrivers set.

1.- To open the camera, you should remove 4 philips screws along the edge of the body (the fourth is hidden behind the memory stick cover)

2.- Withe the screws removed, use a slot screwdriver to help you open the cover.   
Take care not to force or mark your camera, as there are no hidden locks.
Be careful with orange flat cable (I did'n disconnect this)

3.- Disconnect the motor cable (connector with red and black wires).

4.- Then unscrew the four philips screws that hold the printed circuir board.

5.- Now lift the complete assembly (board, lens, trigger button).
Use care and the slotted screwdriver again to help you in this.
Be patient as it is not easy.

6.- Now you should see the motor-gear assembly.
Unscrew two screws that hold the unit into position.

7.- Close the shutter blinds manually.

8.- Remove the two plated screws and separate the motor from the gears.
Turn the gears with your finger and I saw the missing tooth referred by garyjames. (I'm also in doubt if this is a design feature or if it is broken.  I didn'n find any residue)

9.- Now the magic:  I rassemble the camera in reverse order (The motor and the gears have some guides that you must align to install properly) and the camera is now working as new.

NOTE: I really don't know exactly what I do (Think that the gear is now working in another teeth), but I think you should try.

Hope this can help.

Posted on Jan 27, 2008

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Re: Shutters are locked in half open position???

Buy a new camera

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Re: Shutters are locked in half open position???

I have same problem. banging the camera didn't solve the problem. took camera apart (requires a little force but can be done without damage-tricky part is the edge along the top face near the button.) took motor apart to discover that one of the gears is missing a tooth. am uncertain as to whether this is intentional (purposeful missing tooth) or the result of wear and tear. anybody know?

Posted on Dec 16, 2007

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