The battery contact on the bottom (with the camera in the upright position) seem to have corroded and broken off. When I put batteries in it did not work and upon looking at the contacts there is some corrosion on one side and the contact has broken off. Can I repair this or send off to be repaired and is the cost versus a new purchase worth it? Thank you for your assistance.
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Re: battery contact is broken
You can have it repaired but the costs of a good box (not too small and not to big, special foam, are probably high and the repair cost are the worst of the technician fee (material is porbably within a few dollar ) but your gues is as good as mine , go to a olympus dealer , ask him what he /she thinks the cost of repair would be and weigh that against the price of a new one.
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Could be the error has nothing to do with the rain at all. The camera is perhaps 4 years of age? some batteries last for 10 years. But some can't survive 2 or 3 years. All depends on how they were used or abused. When normal charged and discharged in a regular cycle, the battery can survive 1000 cycles. When left alone for very long periods it damages the battery. See if you know someone with a Nikon camera that uses the same battery and try his battery in your cam and put your battery (if he or she allows this) in the the other camera. If another battery works correct, no need to test your battery in another camera. You also could look in the battery compartment is the connection points are corroded by the water. ls check the contacts on the battery. Eventually clean it with contact fluid. don't scratch the contacts, because the will corrode very quick after that.
Hello Terry, Sounds like you have answered your own question, it sounds as if the contacts inside the battery box are either corroded or damaged. If you look down inside the battery box you will see three contacts, look close for corrosion or damage. Best Regards, Russell
The manual indicates that the camera should be able to use either alkaline or rechargeable AA size batteries.
Make sure that you are observing proper polarity of the battery as they are installed. Also double check the battery door. There should be 2 small metal strips that make contact with the batteries as well.
If polarity is being observed (see manual to double check), and the metal strips are both present, then it is likely that one of the contacts on the battery door or inside the camera are corroded, or perhaps broken. In either case, contact Minolta for repair assistance, or battery door replacement.
If the batteries seemed corroded, you can bet the contacts are also. If you're lucky, after cleaning the contacts and the entire interior of the battery compartment and inserting a fresh set of batteries (not the ones you've already used in the dirty camera, but a new set), the camera will turn on and function properly.
What's more likely to happen, unfortunately, is that the above will not work because the corrosion has spread to the interior of the camera. In that case, it may be time to consider replacing the camera. And in the future, remove the batteries if you're not going to be using the camera for longer than a couple of weeks.
Open the camera and remove the batteries. Use the eraser on the end of a pencil to reach up inside the camera and gently clean the battery contacts. Be careful not to bend the contacts. Don't use a lot of pressure or a lot of scrubbing, just let the slight abrasiveness of the pencil eraser do the cleaning. Use a pencil with a good clean eraser, not one with a dried out, hard, old eraser. Hold the camera in the normal upright position and reach in from the bottom with the pencil, so all of the eraser bits and dirt fall out of the camera. Check that there are no dirt or eraser bits left inside after you are done cleaning.
Clean the contacts on the battery compartment door the same way.
Hope this helps. It fixed my vivitar 5385 that would not turn on, and had the light blinking.
Something is obviously broken inside.
You could try the battery compartment- to make sure the batteries are making contact.
Try switching it on while pressing the battery compartment door in so that it makes contact
Try pressing the casing around the areas of the button and at the base of the Coreen- this is where the various connectors are located.
But that is about all you can do
These items are not repairable economically- best just to purchase the next camera.