Question about Samsung Digimax S500 Digital Camera
In issues like this it helps to have the camera on my workbench where I can test its bits but from your description the problem is likely the servo motor that moves the lens in and out.
When the motor starts to go bad you can still get it to function by pushing on the lens - as you did - but once it freezes the system will stop to function.
Samsung offers service for that camera - you need to follow this link:
Sign up for a service account and then log in, at which point you can begin the process of initiating a service request and contract. You can do this, but the cost of the repair is likely to be higher than the cost of simply replacing the camera, especially when you factor in the shipping and insurance costs both ways.
Your model camera is available on Amazon for as little as $80 and on EBay can be purchased brand new for as little as $107 thru buy it now auctions. YMMV but I suggest replacing it with a new model.
Posted on Nov 15, 2007
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