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I am told that I have a shutter problem and it would cost over $100.00 to repair. Could this be so?

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  • beno2 Sep 04, 2009

    As I click to take the picture the flash works but the screen is black like the shutter is not opening.

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    Sarah-Kayte Ryan May 11, 2010

    what exactly has happened?



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Unfortunately this might be right. Usually the replacement part alone is worth more than the entire camera new. That's very common on quite a few electronic devices. One of the worst examples of this I've seen was was a quote for a $200 replacement printer head for a $49 printer. As well you can expect to pay labor on top of the actual parts cost so the repair cost quickly adds up. I would check for warranty if any and if you can't get that covered look at a new camera. Like most digital devices the newer ones tend to be as cheap or cheaper with better functionality. So for the same cost of repair or very close you could just get a new camera that is better (and with warranty)

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