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The flash unit on my new Minox DSC does not work properly.

Hello friends:
Although the camera works fine the flash unit does not.

1. When inserting the plug from USB into the flash unit completely, nothing happens. No lights, no screen, no nothing. If the plug is inserted only part way (1/4 inch less than fully in) green light and the screen lights up but this is very unstable condition and any movement opens the circuit. It is nearly impossible to find a position where it will remain connected.

2. I am not sure of this, but I believe that when I first connected the flash unit to the USB port the green light did light and I left it for several hours.

3. Perhaps the flash unit never correctly charged. But in any event, when connected to camera, nothing at all can be seen.

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I read some reviews about this camera, and some people are having problems. In light of this, I would try to get it exchanged, or at least repaired under warranty, if possible. Chances are the usb port's conects are sprung, or misaligned, and while it's just a usb port, the labor will run you a good penny. There's always the possibility that the cord could have a problem, or a solder joint to the usb fingers could be cracked, causing havoc. Here is an excerpt from photo.net from one disatisfied customer:

Ilkka , Jun 03, 2009; 04:53 a.m.
I wonder why Minox cannot get it right. They have a long history in making small high quality cameras. Why do they bother to compete with cameraphones. They should make a proud successor to the 8x11 spy cameras. It was funny for me to read how Wilson got a refund for his DSC and then bought a M4. A few years back I decided to buy a new 35 Minox, expecting it to disappear from the market soon, but the camera I got was faulty and bad in so many ways that I returned it and got a new M6 instead from the same shop.

Your only avenue may be to have it serviced. You can look carefully at the usb contacts, and hopefully figure out something. Oh, make sure they're clean, also. You can clean them with a qtip and alcohol.
Good luck, hope this helps.

Posted on Jul 03, 2010

  • refarrell Jul 05, 2010

    Thank you for your comments.



    Please note: the side of the USB cable that plugs into the camera uses
    a 15 mm ,minijack type connector, not the usb connector (which is on
    the side that leads to the computer). Thus, while there could be some
    sort of soldering problem, it seems unlikely.



    - What should happen when connecting the usb cable to the flash ??


    - Should the flash switch be turned on or turned off when trying to charge?


    - How long should it take to charge ?

    Sadly, the Minox instruction manual is very deficient in details.

  • refarrell Jul 10, 2010

    I have been expecting further explanation based on my additional comments, but, sadly, I get the impression from your reply that you are not familiar with this camera.

    Perhaps you should refer me to an expert that is familiar with the Minox DSC camera ???


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