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Digital camera dsc.P72 will not work

When I try to shoot a picture nothing happens with the camera. I have good batteries, the memorystick has always worked, now it has all stopped

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  • Gabby Dijkhoff Aug 14, 2008

    no, there is only black in the lcdviewer. only when I go to the menu I get the menu lighted up on the screen, To take a picture the lens doesn't come out

  • Gabby Dijkhoff Aug 14, 2008


    1. Can you see previously taken picture in playback mode?
    2. there are no pictures on the memory-stick, I did put them on the pc and deleted the memorystick
    3. When you set camera to shoot picture, do you see live view in lcd viewer?
    4. When I set the camera to shoot a picture I only hear a beep and nothing happens, the lcd-viewer is black
    5. Does your camera take black / blank picture?

    6. no,The camera doesn't react to anything, only the menu

    7. gives a picture in lcdviewer

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Does it give you live view in its LCD to take picture? Please let me know to guide you further.

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  • Shahid Electronics
    Shahid Electronics Aug 14, 2008

    Let me clear my point, your camera is DSC-P72 Sony Cybershot..as you wrote ...right?

    Now what I need info to locate the defective area in camera,


    1. Can you see previously taken picture in playback mode?

    2. When you set camera to shoot picture, do you see live view in lcd viewer?

    3. Does your camera take black / blank picture?

    I'm trying to figure out the exact problem in camera. Hope I might help you out.

  • Shahid Electronics
    Shahid Electronics Aug 15, 2008

    Ok, thanks for response. CCD Imager is defective in your camera. Good news Sony will repair it free of cost. Click Sony website for details. Have a nice day.

  • Shahid Electronics
    Shahid Electronics Aug 15, 2008

    After confirmation from Sony, my solution deserve fixya rate.

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I have a cybershot DSC-P72, lens doesnt open anymore, batteries are ok. picture review, and setup work ok.For a while it would open then close straight away, but not anymore.


This camera needs really strong batteries. Even if the batteries work great in other devices they might not work in this camera. Buy some FRESH (yes check the date and get the ones that will expire the latest) Alkaline Batteries and give it a try. Rechargeable (NiCad) batteries never worked for me. This is the very reason I got rid of my P92 (same camera with higher 5.1m pixel optics)

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Cyber shot dsc-p72 will not power on


This problem is inside the camera. Either power supply or main board. Something, most likely a leaky capacitor or faulty IC, is causing the battery sensor to see too low a voltage and shut down. It could also be the sensor itself.

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Black screen with information, takes black pictures and displays nice pictures on memorystick


This sounds like it might be a defective CCD imager. If so, Sony should fix this for you for free, including free shipping both ways. This is regardless of your camera's warranty status. Please check the following link for more info:
 
http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/11/sony-konica-minolta-cameras.html
 
Applicable cameras include:
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CD Mavica MVC-CD250, CD400, CD500, and FD Mavica MVC-FD100, FD200

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Quality too low for 4x6 prints


A P72 should be good enough for 4x6 prints. Are you shooting at the maximum resolution? At 3.2 Megapixels you should be able to print at 4x6" at 250dpi (which although not ideal is better than that of most magazine printing!)

The graininess of your images is not to do with resolution but rather sensitivity and the processing engine in the camera. Are you shooting in bright light, or mainly with the flash? If it is the latter, I'm afraid you're always going to have the picture noise (graininess) with this camera.

If you're going to upgrade, look for a model with good low light capabilities and a good lens. www.dpreview.com is an excellent resource for comparison shopping.

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Turning the camera on


I have had this problem with both a DSC-P72 and a DSC-P92 (same camera but 5 Mega pixel) They do need real good batteries, when the camera shut’s down I can run MP3 players or flashlights with those batteries for quit a while before those devices are dead.

I was traveling overseas once and installed “fresh” carbon batteries and the camera wouldn’t work at all. I had no photos on that trip until I found some alkaline batteries.

I even have bought 2 “dead” cameras to find that they work fine with REALLY GOOD batteries. So try it again before dumping the camera.

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Sony DSC-P72 won't snap a picture


Have you done a "hard" reset?

Under the jack cover (below the zoom rocker on the back of the camera) there is a small "reset" button. You'll need to press it with a sharp object, and hold it down for a few seconds. If it was a setting problem, this should resolve it.

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Hoary zone in my shot with dsc-p72


looks like there might be a spot or smudge on the lens. Try cleaning it even if you don't see anything. I had the same prob with my sister-in-laws' p72. All pictures in daylight had a glare. I told her to let me check it out and the first thing I saw was the lens was filthy. Hopefully this solves your problem.

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