Camera worked well untill recently when shutter does not open on power up. Batteries are fully charged and shutter feels unrestricted when gently moved manually. Local repair shop wants to charge excess of R900.00 to repair so would appreciate any assistance.
Does the lens extend upon powering on? Or is the whole motor mechanism not turning on. Since the shutter does not feel restricted, possibly the slider is broken, which means the camera does need to be opened and repaired. You could try manually holding the shutter open while turning the unit on to see if it is a software fault that may be overridden.
If the lens is not extending upon power on though, thats a different story.
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dirt in shutter is likely. Make sure the battery is fully charged before you try this. The added power may help overcome the sticking. You can help the shutter open with a toothpick by adding just a little force to one of the shutter blades. if you can excercise the shutter this way a few times you might free the shutter mechanism up. You will have to disconnect the battery after each try as this will reset the circuitry.
Kodak offered no help with this problem and for my camera more than five years old no repair option was available. However, after thinking about this problem a solution was found. Perfectly charged old batteries and new batteries fully charged did not correct the problem.
Here is what worked for me: With fully charged battery installed, place closed camera on EasyShare-One camera dock. With the the green light flashing, simultaneously depress both the power on/off button and the shutter button. With both these buttons held down, toggle the capture view switch from an intial down position to up, and then down position.Now release both the power on/off button and the shutter button simultaneously. This whole process takes about 20 seconds. Let the camera remain on the dock until the green light stops flashing. Remove the camera from the dock, open the camera back as usual and the screen will present you with date/time setup. Enter the date and time as required, hit the 'done' icon with the camera pen and the camera will now function normally. Why this works is speculative. However, the idea behind this method is to force a 'reboot' to factory settings by maximising conflicting electronic input signals.
Dr Barry T Rubin
If the camera has recently been dropped you may have lens damage that
is preventing it from powering up. If it hasn't been dropped your
may be due to weak/worn out batteries or corrosion on the battery
contacts inside the camera which can
prevent the full power of the batteries from flowing into the camera.
Try this free fix before you do anything else: remove the batteries and
wipe the camera contacts firmly with
a dry cloth (heavy corrosion may require cleaning with a wire brush,
steel wool, or sandpaper). Remove any residue that may have fallen into
the battery compartment during cleaning, then wipe both ends of
the batteries and place them back in the camera and give them a full
charge (assuming that you are using rechargeable batteries). This
the problem about 90% of the time. If it doesn't work for you, it may be time for new batteries, or the
camera may have
a problem that requires professional repair.
What about other modes?
Can your camera still take photographs?
You can Try the following;
Remove the batteries , as also remove the memory card. wait for about 5 minutes. Then install the only the fully charged batteries and restart the camera. Try to use the shutter or Aperture mode, hopefully, you turn it on it and should come back to life.
If not, then it best to show to the nearest Nikon service center..
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Set the camera to clean ccd mode and carefully remove the lens. If you can't see the ccd but only the shutter then the shutter is sticking. I have this problem when not using the camera regularly.
My solution to free the shutter was just to set the camera to long exposure and just keep restarting the camera and taking a photo until the shutter moves. This problem happened from the very first time I had the camera run low on batteries at a few months old but at the time I never checked the shutter and the camera just restarted once and it worked.
Hi, Maybe you can try sensor cleaning mode; Go to Menu>Set-up>Sensor cleaning, press right than choose "Mirror Up", wait a moment than power off the camera. Maybe this can help. Regards. -halotheracer-
I found out the hard way that you should never use alkaline batteries in a Digital Camera. I thought my camera had a fundamental flaw (power kept going off whenever I tried to take a photo or record a video and the shutter blades half closed) even though it was only 2 months old. I nearly wrote it off but all along the problem was that I was using alkaline batteries, which incidentally were enclosed with the camera in the box!! Once I switched to NiMH (Nickel) batteries the camera worked fine and the fault completely vanished! These NiMH batteries are avaiable in most electrical shops i.e currys/comet in the UK. They must be charged before use. They are more expensive than alkaline batteries (£8-£9 for 4) but as they are rechargable they last a long time.
Usually the problem with this camera is the shutter won't open. I suppose it's good to be different :-)
It sounds like it could be your batteries. If they are Alkaline chuck them and get NIMH the higher the mah the better. I use 2500mah and they last for a fair while. If you're using Nicads maybe they've developed a memory and they're not giving you full power. Lastly, if you are using NIMH maybe they're getting a bit old and can't deliver constant full power.
Digital cameras can be very fussy with power requirements and anything short of the best can cause the problems you have and others.
Go buy a new set of NIMH batteries, charge them for a full 14 hours and try them in your camera. I'll bet everything works like a charm.
One other thing. If you are sure your batteries are fully charged remove them from the camera when the power dies and see if they are hot to the touch. If they are it means there is a short somewhere in the system.
it seems that shutter blades are stucked and are not working. when you say shutter is fully open i think you are talking about the lense cover, not the internal shutter assembly. the red light is the indication of OUT OF FOCUS SUBJECT OR FLASH NOT READY. if the shutter blades aare not open the camera would not be able to do the focusing and will flash the red light thus you would not get any image. contact the repairer.