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Power problem cybershot DSC-S650

My problem is it won't turn on. I have been very careful with my camera. When I turn it on it just shuts off. Any resets for this camera? Should I just get a new one?

My Cyber-shot will turn on but immediately shots off. I've changed the battery but it only marginally improved for a day or two. Now the camera will not turn on regardless of the number of replacement batteries installed...Help!

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  • willy0 Feb 26, 2008

    I've now have an opportunity to complete a home repair on my camera. Since the Cybershot was about 5 years old it was not worth taking too a shop to be repaired. The camera would not work at all I figured what the heck, why not try to fix it myself. I read several comments on this site indicating it maybe a dust or fine dirt problem inside the camera resulting in the mechanisim binding. The recommendations were to slap the camera as hard as you can into the palm of your hand to dislodge the dirt. Surprisingly this worked! The camera now turned on and the lens opened but would not focus properly. As a next step I carefully removed the outer cover of the camera, blew out the interior with my air compressor (a can of compressed air available at most electronic shops will work too) lightly oiled the lens gear mechanisim using DeoxIT and presto, the camera works fine. Total cost of the repair: Approximately $10.00 for the DeoxIT of which I have 99.999% volume remaining. If you need to replace your camera try this before you throw it out. Good Luck.

  • willy0 Feb 27, 2008

    I still think your problems revolve around dust binding the mechanisim. I't takes extremely little dirt (one or two microscopic pieces to bind the mechanisim) hence the requirement to blow out the lens gears and add a little electronic lubricant. Don't use oil or WD40; electronic lubricant only! I have access to a store that specializes in circuits, switches electonic componets etc. but any store such as "The Source" may carry cleaning fluids and lubricants.

    1) Remove the case cover with a fine Philips screwdriver, being careful to gently unplug the circuit board tape from the camera back as you pull off the case. Once done you have easy access to the lens gears. 2) Clean and lubricate. 3) Plug in the circiut tape to the board but leave the cover off the camera. 4) Turn the camera on and off several time making sure you blow the gears and lubricate them while the lens is moving back and forth. Avoid getting any liquid on the lens face. 5) Assemble the camera.

    I had to disassemble and clean mine twice to get it to focus properly. But it was slapping the camera into the palm of my hand so that it would power up that gave me the confidence it was a repairable unit.



    A history of my camera symptoms.


    • Bought new about 5 years ago. It was an expensive camera at that time.

    • Worked great for years

    • Lens began to slow down; occassion blury picture.

    • Began eating batteries and with in a week it got so it would turn on and work for a couple of shots only

    • Turned on; opened and immediately shut off and closed

    • Pushing the power buttom the red light came on for a few seconds but nothing else.

    • Final stage of failure. Nothing would happen when pushing the power button.

    If you have had some or al of the above symptoms I recommend a good cleaning and lubrication.

    Good luck. Bj

  • Sif100 Apr 14, 2008

    I tried slapping my camera a couple of times but now it wouldn't turn on. Only when the mode's on playback does the camera turn on now. I want to take some pictures but I can't What could I do that would fix it? I really need to fix it.

  • Anonymous Jun 06, 2008

    nathing happend does not turn on and the lens its all the way out

  • Anonymous Dec 29, 2008

    I keep on turning on my camera, and it turns off even though i put in a new batterary. and it does the same thing turning off..

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I got a same problem with u guys but mine is a prize from sweepstake. now i don't know if i should spend money to fix it.

i usually just press playback to turn it on and wait until itsself to turn off. i guess this is my alternative on/off, but so far it's okay

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  • OmkarS Oct 19, 2010

    Solution 5 is really good. I was worried as I was not able to even get back my pictures and with your idea I managed to get them.

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I am test my dsc s650 digital camer in a circuit borad and power section an every volt come out on switch on but camera does not on i think camera need a corrupt a programe file on a bios

Posted on Nov 03, 2008

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Mine started doing the same thing, in camera mode, it would shut itself off. In review mode it operates fine. But slide it to camera mode and it shuts off. So after reading here about taking it apart, I did. Found no dirt, but manually forced the gear a little that operated the zoom. It seemed to be stuck. I plugged the back cover ribbon cable back in, turned it on, and it works great again. I think the lense front got pushed in during travel and got it stuck. So when it tried to power on and extend out, it shut down. Didn't have nothing to lose, so give it a try if you have the same problem. Saved me from havng to go buy another one.

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I desperately need help. I want to take some pictures on a graduation night and I don't have any other cameras so can anyone give me some tips on how to fix my DSC-P71 by the next couple of weeks?

pls pls pls help me

Posted on Jun 16, 2008

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Wow What happen to me was that i dropped it and now first it turned on but now its not turning on and it shot off immediately too. I think this camera is not good. I m so upset with this because I bought a year ago and now its not working anymore :( . Plus I went to circuit city to see if they could fixed it and they said that probably it will cost about $100. I know its crazy I was like I wont paid that, I rather buy a new one than reapaired it... but maybe you can find a solution try to go to a Sony store and see what they can do, Im going to Sony to see if they can fix mine and how much it will cost... GOOD LUCK!!!

Posted on Feb 26, 2008

  • Jess2008 Feb 27, 2008

    ooooh man!!! I tried and first worked but when I took pics still blury, then I tried to fixed the thing that comes out when you take a pic but still the same. when I turned it off and then I turned it on it shot off immediatly plus I cannot see my save pictures :( ... Im glad it worked for you!!!

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yes put a paper clip in the bottom port and plug it in to the wall

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