Question about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W50 Digital Camera
This is very likely an internal problem, send it to a repair shop for a deeper check out, it might be dust in the lens mechanism.
Posted on Mar 24, 2011
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Although I would like to know a little more information about your problem than what is listed, I will try to help.
First off, if you have an existing warranty for the camera, attempt to get it repaired by a reputable service center under that warranty. Repairs on small cameras will often result in a new camera.
Digital cameras have many small moving components that are run by a small electric motor. To keep weight and cost down, a lot of the actual items that the motors will push are made of plastic.
The usual cause of the issues amounts to the following:
Stray debris clogging the works of the camera
"Stripped" works of the camera, causing it to jam
"Broken" works of the camera, same result.
Or some "impact" dislodges the intricate workings of the camera.
I work at Best Buy, so I've seen a LOT of strange things with cameras. As a result, I can tell you that this website: here has some very reputable selections to fix your camera.
I would attempt all of those, since those are the "free" and easy ways to potentially fix your camera. And that's the good news.
Unfortunately, the bad news is that there is a good chance that your camera might just need to be replaced if it has no warranty. This is for several reasons.
1. The cost to repair most digital cameras outside of warranty is around $100-$150. The parts aren't what get you, its the cost of the LABOR.
2. Most digital cameras hover around $100-$150 in cost, unless you move to a really expensive unit (in which case, means you might want to consider getting it repaired).
3. Moreover, you will spend money on shipping, and likely have to wait several weeks for your camera. Most people, I have learned, go to use their camera for a special occasion such as a graduation, wedding, etc, only to find that its broken and that even WITH a warranty will take weeks to repair. The only real locations in my area that will attempt to fix a camera in-house is Ritz Camera, but they are becoming increasingly rare.
Finally, its likely better to replace the camera anyway - to get something comparable to "last years" technology is likely cheaper than what you paid for it last year. Additionally, the new camera will have a NEW warranty on it, which means that you will have a new camera NOW (not weeks from now) for likely under what it would cost to repair your old camera, and you'll have a 1 year manufacturer's warranty on the new camera (to help with any potential future issues with your camera). In many cases depending on where you buy it from, the retailer will offer you additional warranties.
Posted on Apr 07, 2011
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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