I think I killed my camera -- I put the wrong kind of battery in it...
... I accidentally put the wrong kind of battery in my camera, and when I pulled it out, there was an awful burning smell. I thought it was the battery, but now my camera doesn't work at all. Can this be fixed? I've only had the thing for a year! Thanks!
Re: I think I killed my camera -- I put the wrong kind of...
I have seen this a couple times. The aftermarket batteries short out the DC/DC board. Not a pretty site. A repair however is affordable, usually between $200 and $250, quite a bit less than a new camera. If you have any other questions please let me know.
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It has nothing to do with the memory card. Try pulling your batteries out -- including the backup battery -- and letting the device reset to its default settings. You probably changed the contrast accidentally.
Think that you might have accidentally pressed the DISP or DISPLAY button on the back of your camera. This manually turns the LCD display on and off to save batteries. You would then use the optical viewfinder in its place. To turn the screen back on, just press the DISP button one more time.
Make sure you have the right kind of batteries. These kinds of cameras can use the batteries very fast if they are not the correct kind recommended by the user manual. Read the user manual. If the camera works correctly, and takes pictures and movies okay, and still uses batteries quickly, then more than likely, the batteries must be the wrong kind. Never use the cheapest kind of double-A in these cameras. If you use rechargeable batteries, make sure they are charged fully before using the camera.
Try this: Turn the camera on, make sure that the menu setting for the kind of batteries you have installed is set correctly. If you set the wrong kind of batteries, the problems you are having is a common thing. Also turn the camera on, then set all the menus to the default settings. Then make sure that the kind of batteries you are using is set in the menu as (if alkaline set it so... If rechargeable, set so ... other options may exist in menus).
HATE TO BRING BAD NEWS, BUT THERE IS THIS THING CALLED REVERSE POLARITY. THAT IS WHEN YOU PUT THE BATTERY IN WRONG AND THE CURRENT GOES INTO THE CAMERA THE WRONG WAY AND POOF! ELECTRONICS GET FRIED! THEY ARE VERY SENSITIVE AND THEY USUALLY CAN'T WITHSTAND SOMETHING LIKE THIS. IF YOU HAVE TRIED A NEW BATTERY AND IT STILL DOESN'T WORK, COST OF REPAIRS WOULD BE MORE THAN WHAT YOU PAID FOR THE CAMERA. ALSO, DOING THAT TO A BATTERY WILL KILL IT TO OR CAUSE A FIRE, SO YOU PROBABLY WERE LUCKY TO GET IT OUT OR THAT SOMETHING ELSE FRIED FIRST, BEFORE YOU HAD A MELTDOWN. MOST CAMERAS ON UP THE LINE FROM THIS ONE HAVE SOME WAY TO BLOCK THE BATTERY FROM GOING IN WRONG. THEY HAVE A CURVED SIDE OR SOMETHING THAT WILL ONLY LET IT GO IN ONE WAY. POINT TO REMEMBER WHEN YOU LOOK AT CAMERAS. SORRY FOR THE BAD NEWS, BUT IT WILL SAVE YOU MONEY IN THE LONG RUN,ESPECIALLY IF SOME REPAIR SHOP GOT HOLD OF IT AND DROPPED A $150.00 REPAIR BILL ON YOU.
What kind of batteries are you using? It's a well-known fact that for instance normal alkaline batteries run flat in no time in these kinds of cameras. You'd better use powerful NiMH batteries, 2,000 mAh or above and a charger which does the job in let's say 1 hour or so. Also get an extra set of batteries. You'll never regret you bought it!