Question about Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-P72 Digital Camera

1 Answer

Turning the camera on

My son mesed with my camera now every time I try to turn it on it goes right back of as soon as i press the power botton.

Posted by on

1 Answer

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Vice President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 100 times.

  • Expert
  • 397 Answers
Re: turning the camera on

I have had this problem with both a DSC-P72 and a DSC-P92 (same camera but 5 Mega pixel) They do need real good batteries, when the camera shut’s down I can run MP3 players or flashlights with those batteries for quit a while before those devices are dead.

I was traveling overseas once and installed “fresh” carbon batteries and the camera wouldn’t work at all. I had no photos on that trip until I found some alkaline batteries.

I even have bought 2 “dead” cameras to find that they work fine with REALLY GOOD batteries. So try it again before dumping the camera.

Posted on Jan 10, 2008

Add Your Answer

0 characters

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add


3 Points

Related Questions:

1 Answer


Hi, I've scoured the 3 page manual and come up with this.:-
There is nothing wrong with your camera. The camera has a built-in power saving
feature that turns the camera off after 30 seconds of inactivity (default setting) to
conserve battery power. The auto off time setting can be changed in the set up menu.
Changing the Auto Off Time Setting:
1. Set the camera to Camera Mode.
2. Press the Menu button to display the main menu.
3. Press until the Setup is highlighted.
4. Press to enter the Setup submenu.
5. In the Setup menu, press to highlight “Auto Off Time”.
6. Press to enter “Auto Off Time”. Press to highlight the time you want.
7. Press the OK button to save your selection.
Hope this helps

Mar 05, 2010 | Concord Camera Eye-Q 4060AF Digital Camera

1 Answer

Camera problem..

umm well i would think it is doing that just to save the battery so lik wen u turn it on then i would use it as soon as u turn it on if not it probley thinks ur not going to use it so lik i said turn it on and use it as soon as u turn it on......... hope this helps

Aug 13, 2009 | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W80 Digital Camera

1 Answer

Camera comes on then turns right back off

use NIMH batt. NIMH gives you 1.2 power good for camera
ALCALINE & NICD gives 1.5 v which is bad and will discharge soon.
so use NIMH 2500 / 3200

Jun 18, 2009 | Sanyo VPC-S880 Digital Camera

1 Answer


Here are the steps to follow to set date and time to display on every picture you take

1- Turn the dial to play
2- Press Menu
3- Press the Okay key ( it is the middle botton in the back side just SE of menu botton
4- press right arrow key
5- scrole down and high light date/time and press right arrow key
6- now you need to high light day/time or date and press okay botton as above.

Now if you take any picture or video, date or dat/time will be on the pictures you take

Take care and good luck!!!!!!!!

Jun 11, 2009 | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W80 Digital Camera

2 Answers

Camera goes to sleep too there a way to adjust?

To save battery power, the camera automatically goes into sleep mode and the monitor turns off if there is no operation after 3 minutes when the camera is turned on (when the lens cover is open and the monitor is on). No picture is taken even if the shutter button is fully pressed in this mode. Operate the zoom button or other buttons to restore the camera from sleep mode before taking a picture. If the camera is left on for 15 minutes, it automatically turns off (the lens cover closes and the monitor turns off). Press POWER to turn the camera on.

Mar 20, 2009 | Olympus ? 1030SW Digital Camera

1 Answer

At power on, lens comes out then goes in/out tehn told to restart

intialize camera first. press the playback or review button while camera is turned off. then go to menu, go right to setup, press right arrow on setup, go down to setup1, press right arrow, highlight initialize, press right arrow, select ok with the middle button. if this does not work, try removing battery for 30 seconds then reinsert it. if these steps would not resolve issue then camera needs service.

Mar 19, 2009 | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W50 Digital Camera

1 Answer

Lens stuck in out position

Try this...the camera will not work as it try this one.
As you turn on the camera, hold the lens back by putting pressure on it...this may reset the camera lens back to the right position.

Your problem seems to be that the camera lens is out of sync with the rest of the camera system.
Try the above a few times... I had a camera which did the same thing, and by holding back (you can also try to pull on the lens) on the lens as it was turned on, it reset itself....May be worth a try. Be careful, because you can damage the lens with this process.
If the small gears in the lens are broken, then it will not work, and may cause more damage.
The lens is a very delicate mechanism and can be damaged by having it turn on in a crowded area such as a pocket, purse, and so on.
I always say... Treat the camera like eggs and unless there is a failure of electronics or mechanical problem, it will last a long time. Use a soft padded case, and treat the camera like a jewel, and it will give good service.
Too many people treat the digital cameras like they are made very strong by putting them in pockets, purses, crowded areas of other kinds. That will almost insure damage at some time. The LCDs in most digital cameras are easily damaged by slight pressure. The lens as well can be damaged beyond repair by dropping (hold the camera always with the wrist strap), bumping it against a hard object and so on.

Jun 25, 2008 | Pentax Optio M20 Digital Camera

2 Answers

Camera lens stuck

We dropped our Samsung s730 (twice!) and got the lens jammed slightly sideways. I read a blog somewhere about this and just did what she said- If it is stuck out and obviously jammed sideways, push on the lens the way it should sit. I had to press really hard, but it snapped back into place and now works fine!

This WILL NOT work if: The lens retracts normally and goes back out normally, or it is not OBVIOUSLY stuck slightly askew. Sadly, with cameras this low in price about the only option is to replace it as repairs would cost more than a replacement.

In the future I plan on getting a damage warranty on ALL my small 'droppable' electronics, it is pretty inexpensive (usually the same price as 'store brand' extended warranties that only cover defects).

Russell - Idaho USA

May 15, 2008 | Samsung Digimax S730 Digital Camera

1 Answer

Set date and time comes up every time i turn on camera

Try resetting your camera. In picture taking mode press menu. Go to setup, go up to reset, press right arrow, make sure reset is highlighted and press set.

Then TAKE OUT MEMORY CARD. Go back into menu, go to setup, go up to format, press right arrow and highlight format, press set. Input ur date and time again and then power off and back on. If that doesn't help then you have to send into repairs. 800-706-2534 and keep choosing option 2 and they will tell you where to send it.

Feb 11, 2008 | Casio EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z60 Digital Camera

Not finding what you are looking for?
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-P72 Digital Camera Logo

Related Topics:

88 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Sony Digital Cameras Experts

Larry Spears
Larry Spears

Level 3 Expert

625 Answers

Vish Iyer
Vish Iyer

Level 2 Expert

74 Answers

Rick Johnson
Rick Johnson

Level 2 Expert

84 Answers

Are you a Sony Digital Camera Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides