I went through the process of sending my camera in to the nikon repair center. it was used very little, in fact it appears brand new. it had never been mistreated, wich is what nikon tried to convince me must have happened because they refuse to believe that they have sold an inferior product. they never told me what is wrong with the camera but wanted $146 to fix it and send it back. the only solution is that everyone send their s5 back to the service ctr and refuse to pay to have them repaired. they e-mail a survey and if we all give them low marks maybe they will decide that they should take care of their customers a little better, especially with todays economy. the survey asks if you would purchase or recommend NIKON again. I told them that I WOULD AVOID NIKON LIKE A SICK CHINESE CHICKEN.
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I have a solution for Nikon coolpix S5/S6. I am not shure but it might be similar for S8, You can try my document "nikon s5 s6 lens cover error repair.doc" uploaded on site http://www.esnips.com/web/papputatiyasStuff RegardsMukesh
It's Hannah again. I took my Nikon Coolpix S5 camera to Nikon Hong Kong Service centre and after they had a preliminary look at it, they told me that the IC (or whatever) in the camera has probably burnt out and that it would cost about USD120 to repair the camera. USD120!! -----heck, it would be cheaper to buy a brand new one here in Hong Kong since this model is already out of fashion! I really wonder if this quoted repair price is a rip-off or is just another way of saying, "Throw the camera away and don't waste time repairing it!" Advanced technology, dependability, reliability, save the environment, blah, blah, blah,.....my foot! I'll never purchase a Nikon prouct ever again!!
I have a solution for Nikon coolpix S5/S6. I am not shure but it might be similar for S8, You can try my document "nikon s5 s6 lens cover error repair.doc" uploaded on site http://www.esnips.com/web/papputatiyasStuff Your problem is because of a gear which controls the lens cover. RegardsMukesh
Hi Debscan, My 1.4 year old S5 developed the same problem and after checking out various websites I get the impression that it is a common one to these cameras. I found that if I put the camera on a level table and then turn it on (and off) 3 times the lens cover would open further with each try. On the third turn-on the lens cover would drop fully with a definite "Click" and the camera would work. The next time I shut it off, the lens would not close properly, but the same "Third times the charm" routine would always work. This may only delay the inevidable final crash of the camera, but it might get you a few more pictures out of it.