Question about Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-M1 Digital Camera
The camera turns on fine, but the display is pure black. Then when I try taking photos, they turn out black. I go to the "view photos" screen and the older ones I can see fine, but the ones that I took after later, with the black display, are just black. I have the same problem. The LCD screen suddenly turned black. How much would it cost me to repair it? Is it worth buying a new camera.
I talked a sony service representative and they said that it could be an imager problem, and if it is they will fix it for free in 15 minutes, if not they have to charge US$ 15 for labor plus the replaced part, if any. I have yet to bring the camera for repair.
Posted on Dec 15, 2007
I talked to sony assistance and they said nothing really helpful. They told me to try:
- Putting everything default again
- Taking out battery and holding down the power button for 30sec and putting back the battery,
None of these worked.
Posted on Dec 15, 2007
I had the same problem - not entirely sure about the causality but it seemed to work again after I took the memory card out and put it back in. Worth a try I guess.
Posted on May 15, 2008
Exact same problem: LCD obviously worked perfectly, could see overlay information during capture and could see previously recorded images, but the preview image was black and captured images were black (although high ISO images showed obvious amplifier grain). I opened the camera, took over the face plate, and turned the camera on. It immediately started working, I hadn't even attempted to perform any kind of fix yet. The face plate must have been exerting pressure somewhere. Another person suggested the lens is being pushed back and short-circuiting. Seems entirely possible to me. At any rate, put the face plate back on and the camera is working fine.
To remove the face plate you need a tiny philips screwdriver. There are six that must be removed: three on the bottom along the front edge (there are three others on the bottom along the rear edge that you can leave on) one inside the string-attachment well, and two on the other side of the camera next to the lens (one holds a plate on, which when removed, reveals one more screw under the side plate). With these screws removed you can use a flat head screwdriver or a knife to gently pry off the face plate. Go slow, don't use much pressure, there are some small clips along the op edge that must be worked free without snapping or breaking. Once removed, turn the camera on and see if it's fixed. If so, turn it off and put it back together. If not, you're in uncharted territory. Sorry.
Posted on Aug 24, 2008
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