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I have a Sony DSC-W50 Cybershot camera that won\'t take pictures or videos anymore. It powers up fine and the screen works, but when I hold down the shutter button all the way, it focuses and nothing displayed
I don't know, but it's worth a try. I took mine to the camera store, because my shutter wouldn't even work anymore, even with fresh batteries in it. He again tried new batteries, and turned the shutter speed knob from Automatic all the way over to "B" for Bulb, and back to the Auto. Guess What! I haven't used the camera in 3-5 years because I thought it was broke and going to need factory repair. Well, this tricked worked for me. I was so thrilled, because my daughter wanted some double exposures and special filters shots for her wedding. Also the weight of the camera I couldn't handle anymore with a health problem, so I went to digital, but would love a Nikon good digital.
1. Remove batteries 2. Remove XD card 3. Power up without XD card and try taking a few pictures using the internal memory. 4 If this works OK I suspect it is the XD card at fault. I have had a problem with a couple of cards but most of these were when I tried reading the card using an external card reader. 5. If you have one available or can borrow one try another XD card.
I have heard that some people have had some success using the following method to restore XD card.
If you know someone with a Fuji digital camera which takes XD cards then ask them to try formatting the card in their camera for you. Maybe your local retailer will let you try this with one of their display models. I have not tried this myself.
If this fails there are some card recovery programmes on the internet - try searching for CONVAR in Google.
If the card is a Fuji card then you could try contacting Fuji as they offer a card recovery service - or at least try to recover images from corrupt cards. Contact them on the internet first to check conditions and costs.
Finally I have not had any problems with the camera since I started using lithium or rechargeable lithium batteries.
No problems that is to say other than the person pushing the shutter release.
Changing the firmware won't change anything.
The micro switch may be stuck in the on postition.
If you are familiar with micro circuits, you could get the switch from Olympus or USCamera.com and replace it. Or, send the camera to Olympus or an Olympus authorized shop.
if you see no reation of the pressing of the button i.e. no focusing, no error message nothing , then most probably a simplest problem , the shutter release button may not be working for few reasons :
1) defective switch.
2) defective flex cable.
3) camera exposed to some physical jerk or dropping resulting into disalingment between inner switch and the shutter release button.
I had an Olympus C-3000 this same type of sympton happened to me. I sent it off to Olympus to be fixed (via local camera dealer). When it came back, after about 10 shots, it failed again the same way. Back to Olympus a second time. Came back and failed again after about 10 shots. This time dealer worked with Olympus and I was given a new reburbished camera (same model). This whole thing took about 4 months. Time frame was a couple of years ago.