I've had this camera for a few years now and I haven't had any problems w/it thus far until a few weeks ago.
I was plugging in the charger cable into the camera and pressed the On/Off switch at the same time!! When I attempt to power it back on, the green status light just either blinks or remains solid. The display screen does not appear and the camera does not function.
I think it might be a battery problem.. however, I wanted to see if anyone here could help me out.
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Re: Help w/ Sony DSC-S75
If this is your original battery, I believe that it is time to replace it. I had the same battery in my old S85, then my old 707. It finally wore out, with very similar symptoms. Go on Ebay and find an OEM replacement. Don't buy an aftermarket battery for your S75. Buy cheap, buy twice.
That S75 is still a great digicam. Replace the battery and continue to enjoy it.
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The only memory card you can use are the Sony Memory Sticks. You cannot use a Sony Memory Stick Pro, so you have to find one that is under 512MB capacity and does NOT say "Pro" on it. You cannot use any other format memory card such as SD or SDHC.
Format error display shows memory card is unstable and need to be format through format option in Camera menu. Format memory card, if that does not fix the issue, try another memory card in camera and check this memory card in another camera just to make sure either camera got problem or memory card is bad.
This problem is not related to plugging your camera into your computer. This is a symptom we have seen many times with various Sony cameras over several years of production. As far as we have been able to determine it is a problem with the sensor that feeds back the position of the zoom motor. I had a camera just a few days ago with this exact same issue. I swapped out the controller board and it did not change the behavior at all.
I would suggest either sending the camera to a repair facility, or returning it to the manufacturer for service if you wish to get it repaired. The resolution will probably involve replacement of the set of sensors that feed-back the lens position to the control board.
This issue is a problem with most Sony cameras, and as I said we have seen it several times and have not yet been able to identify the source. We forward cameras with this behavior on to Sony for service.
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The 85 and 717 were the first cams able to use a contigous 256Mb Pro stick as far as I know, the 707 and 75 are stuck with the originals or the Switchable ones which defeat the object as if you've gotta pull it to switch "halves" you may as well take 2 normal and cheaper sticks along..
Without seeing a photo, here are a few possibilities.
1) Shutter speed too low (camera shake).
2) Camera is focusing on something in the foreground.
3) Focus not locked, low light, low contrast scene.
Items 2 and 3 can be corrected by manual focus. Set the focus to 1 click below infinity, depth of field will insure everything is in focus. For item 1 remember that the shutter speed must be 1/125 sec or faster at full zoom to avoid camera shake.