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Re: Camera will not power on
If it has been on cradle most of the time there is a possibility the battery has overcharged' I possibility because I don'tknow the tech., of this charge system. As suggested back for warranty replacement is the best course
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Re: Camera will not power on
It is possible that the batteries have corroded the camera's battery contacts or worse. Using a bright light, if necessary, closely examine the contacts where the batteries connect. If there is any sign of corrosion use an eraser to clean the contacts. A regular pencil eraser should work if it is light corrosion. Do not store batteries in anything for long periods. Beyond that I would send it back/take it back before the warranty expires.
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Normally it will be a battery problem. Try to replace the battery first. But wait connect the camera to power source and leave it for some time as a little juice in the battery will get charged and the camera will start working normally. You can replace the battery latter.
The problem is with the lens assembly itself. The lens assembly sits within the body of the camera and can be replaced on its own without the need to replace the entire camera. While lens assembly repairs vary they usually range between 60 and 110 dollars. Consult your warranty to see if you are still covered by the manufacturer or the retailer as your repair would be free. Standard Canon warranties are 1 year from the date of purchase.
For a camera to sit for this length of time will require cleaning the battery contacts within the camera. Check to make sure the battery terminals are not corroded or the battery is leaking in any way The terminals in the camera may be cleaned using a good soft red rubber eraser on the end of a pencil. You can use a puffer to remove any rubber dust make sure these are shinny if corrosion is evident then a more aggressive approach needs to be made. if you don't feel comfortable doing this service/repair I would suggest taking the camera to a repair depot. however if you have a few items around home like the pencil you may be able to affix a small piece of sand paper to the pencil and clean the terminals gently. All this is only if the terminals are corroded (not shinny).
Going back to the battery, check make sure the battery is not leaking and after sitting for that long I'd suggest putting it back on the charger again and let is sit for about 20 minutes then take it out of the charger for 10 minutes and back in again this should give it the kick it needs to start the charge cycle.
I think what has happened the first time you charged the battery the charger couldn't "see" anything (absolute no power) and just went into standby mode. If the battery fails to take the charge you will have to purchase another battery. Once you have power the camera should work as it did before.
It's been out of production now for about two years. Any you do find will be past the expiry date, so you'll likely either find that the battery pack has insufficient power to last an entire film pack or that the film itself is "off" and has poor colours and that the emulsion does not get squeezed by the film rollers into the photo corners.
Any film packs you do find are likely to be expensive AND a total gamble. A company was recently reported to have announced plans to put the film packs back into production next year, but prices are likely to be at least £30 for just one (ten photo) film pack and I've heard nothing more since then.
What I did with my old Polaroid camera was to fit an external 6v battery pack of my own design to the camera. I then kept an eye out for old stock film packs which have been kept refrigerated; this meant that the batteries in the film packs were always flat but the photo chemistry itself remained fresh and fully usable. I'd post links showing you how I modified the camera, but lost interest a few months ago and sold the camera and photo packs to an enthusiastic photography student. It is a straightforward job though which simply involves opening the camera, soldering one wire to each of the two battery terminals and then running the wires out through the base of the camera to any suitable 6v battery pack. I used a slim LiPo battery left over from a dead digital camera.
I bought a "for parts" dscw50 off ebay & unscrewed the side panels; this allowed me to remove the whole top panel (entire silver piece) & exhange it with the one on my own camera which I had broken the shutter button off of. Works fine now.