20 Most Recent Pentax Optio S5n Digital Camera Questions & Answers

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Reset factory setting pictures

You may download a copy of the manual at http://www.pentax.jp/english/support/man-pdf/optio-s5n.pdfReset instructions are on page 151.Sleep timeout is on page 148.Auto power off is on page 149.
5/22/2013 4:26:09 PM • Pentax Optio S5n... • Answered on May 22, 2013
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My mac (10.6.7) does not

hey download the drivers for your camera on this link: http://www.userdrivers.com/Digital-Camera/Pentax-Optio-S4-Digital-Camera-USB-Drivers-for-Mac-OS-Windows/download/
5/30/2011 6:05:05 PM • Pentax Optio S5n... • Answered on May 30, 2011
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My camera fell into sea

No, they will not fix a problem caused by the owner dropping the camera in the ocean....only manufacturing defects.
10/21/2010 9:06:09 PM • Pentax Optio S5n... • Answered on Oct 21, 2010
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Camera is not getting on - after fell in sea water

Camera was dropped on a hard deck or into any water solution.


My Answer:

Whether your camera was dropped into any water (or onto a hard deck for that matter) - even for a split second - the damage has already been done. Esp with the "hard deck" drop.

Unless your digital camera is a totally "100% waterproof down to X number of feet" sports digital camera, or quite possibly a "water-resistant" sports digital camera I'm afraid you got water into the "lens barrel" area of the camera and that usually is just as FATAL as getting water into the camera anywhere else as well. Esp if it's SALTWATER!!

Saltwater will destroy any camera (or anything else electronics for that matter) just as bad as leaky batteries will. Once those micro circuit-boards get that acidic saltwater or batt acid on them it's only a matter of time before TOTAL FAILURE.

Sometimes it's immediate, and other times it takes awhile for that saltwater/acid to do it's damage inside. But it will happen - as I know very well from all my years of repairing electronic equipment no matter what it was - Marine environment stuff as well.

See - those saltwater crystals left behind never go away once the water evaporates. Only way to possibly get that saltwater out initially (out of anything electronic dropped in ocean water btw) - with any luck - is to first remove any and all batteries from the damaged electronic item(s).

Next - squirt ALCOHOL (91% or higher rubbing alcohol, or better yet 99% Isopropyl Alcohol) into the openings where you suspect the saltwater got into the camera (or other items) to begin with, and then hold the camera with the lens barrel facing down while shaking the excess Alcohol out. Just letting the excess ALCOHOL drain out by itself won't do, as you need to get out as much as possible thus carrying the saltwater by-chemicals out with it as well.

If you have a compressed air source - no higher then say 20-30 psi, or a LPHV (Low Pressure High Volume) regulated air pressure source - use it instead to forcefully blow out any and all Alcohol as best you can.

Next - take the flushed out camera and open up any access panels, memory card slots, battery port doors, display panels, etc and place the camera in a kitchen oven that uses GAS ONLY, and with ONLY the PILOT LIGHT burning leave the camera in there for no less then a complete week (7 days)! NO LESS then 7 days!

That low PILOT LIGHT ONLY heat temp ( < ~ 110-115F ) will never harm anything electronic (as I use mine all the time to naturally dry things out that have gotten wet for one reason or the other). It will thoroughly dry out the camera insides and hopefully remove all traces of moisture and salt residue! Hopefully!

If you keep using that camera without at least doing the above FIX with Alcohol - after you have exposed it to saltwater - then I'm afraid your camera will have suffered unrecoverable internal damage and will fail totally at some point thereafter.

Saltwater and Electronics DON'T MIX - plain and simple.

Same goes for any camera that has been dropped on the "hard deck".

The guidelines and consequences of a dropped camera are listed below as a general guideline of what NOT to do, what to do afterwords, and what to do to try and prevent a camera drop to begin with.


I'm afraid that "drop", or "small drop", or even that "very big" drop you - or anyone else here posting - spoke/speaks of was more like that of a camera ending life - as related to all digital cameras. No matter how much that ?-year old ???? camera cost when new.

Not all digital cameras are created equal, and if you are an active sports person, or something close to it whereas your camera is subject to or exposed to this kind of rough treatment then you might want to consider doing several things from now on.

Unfortunately it sounds like you dislodged the imagining converting pixel matrix chip and/or the related optical components that convert the optical picture information into digital information that is processed to the memory card for storage.

You may have even possibly dislodged some PC connectors (printed circuit board connectors) inside the camera. Not to mention pulsed servo motor drive components as well.

Each camera is different as to how many individual circuit boards they have inside. Could be 3-4-5 or more. Each is interfaced by a paper thin flat interface type cable and it's possible that particular board cable could be damaged as well. Hard to say. Very very complex inside!

I've had a few destroyed digital cameras apart myself (that people gave me to try and fix) - just to see how they were put together, as I knew they were toast right off the bat in less then 5 mins after looking at them. If it wasn't bad batteries leaking inside and destroying the many smaller circuit boards inside, then it was dislodged and broken parts inside from being dropped.

In any case - each digital camera I had apart WAS NOT worth repairing if taken into an authorized repair dealer or even the main factory repair outlet. Esp if it is/was a SONY!! Sony anything is really not worth the repair charges they want today. Totally ridiculous as they charge you roughly $35-50 today just to even look at whatever is broken of theirs. Then comes the actual repair cost on top of that. I won't buy anything of theirs anymore, as they burned me twice before years ago - and twice was enough....

Not so with Olympus and other digital camera makers! That is why all my cameras today are Olympus because of the GREAT factory warranty or out of warranty service I received past to present. They are the best in my books and I have NO TIES AT ALL to them in nay matter or form!

One thing I should mention here regarding digital cameras in general, as with all 35mm film cameras as well is this.

With digital cameras that cost less then $200 (esp those under $100), and those that are say 3 to 5 years old already - if they break internally for whatever reason (ie: batts leaking - worn out drive motors - dropped camera - water damage - etc) they are considered THROW AWAY CAMERAS and NOT WORTH FIXING. Plain and simple - all sentimental attachment aside btw. Always remove and keep the Memory Cards before throwing out any damaged "beyond repair" camera though. The cards can always (possibly?) be reused on your next digital camera purchase.

With any new camera purchase over $200 it's always an added decision whether to buy the 2 or 3 year EXTENDED WARRANTY - as related to the added cost. I know I would have, and I have done so on my $400+ higher ended Olympus 35mm film camera not only because Olympus builds the best and are renown for their lens QUALITY worldwide, but because I wanted the extra PEACE OF MIND knowing an act of God or Mother Nature could occur at any time. It just made sense to me at that time!

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10/17/2009 3:03:11 PM • Pentax Optio S5n... • Answered on Oct 17, 2009
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Pentax s5n No Display Problem

Ive got the s5n and dont have the same problem. Maybe you should return yours. Btw what software are you using to edit your videos and have you found a good way to play them through your dvd player in mpeg-4 or another format?
1/8/2009 1:42:49 PM • Pentax Optio S5n... • Answered on Jan 08, 2009
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Largest capacity SD card for Pentax Optio S5N

The maximum supported size is most likely 2GB SD Card. Cards with 4GB and more are following a new (incompatible) standard called SDHC (SD High Capacity), SDHC cards work only in devices specifically supporting SDHC. The Optio S5N uses the old SD standard where 2GB are the maximum size.
11/20/2008 2:19:26 AM • Pentax Optio S5n... • Answered on Nov 20, 2008
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Dropped camera

Dropped Pentax Optio S5n Digital Camera

My Answer:

I'm afraid the "very big" drop you speak of was more of a camera ended life - as related to all digital cameras. No matter how much that 3-year old Pentax cost when new.

Not all digital cameras are created equal, and if you are an active sports person, or something close to it whereas your camera is subject to or exposed to this kind of rough treatment then you might want to consider doing several things from now on.

Unfortunately it sounds like you dislodged the imagining converting pixel matrix chip and/or the related optical components that convert the optical picture information into digital information that is processed to the memory card for storage.

You may have even possibly dislodged some PC connectors (printed circuit board connectors) inside the camera. Not to mention pulsed servo motor drive components as well.

Each camera is different as to how many individual circuit boards they have inside. Could be 3-4-5 or more. Each is interfaced by a paper thin flat interface type cable and it's possible that particular board cable could be damaged as well. Hard to say. Very very complex inside!

I've had a few destroyed digital cameras apart myself (that people gave me to try and fix) - just to see how they were put together, as I knew they were toast right off the bat in less then 5 mins after looking at them. If it wasn't bad batteries leaking inside and destroying the many smaller circuit boards inside, then it was dislodged and broken parts inside from being dropped.

In any case - each digital camera I had apart WAS NOT worth repairing if taken into an authorized repair dealer or even the main factory repair outlet. Esp if it is/was a SONY!! Sony anything is really not worth the repair charges they want today. Totally ridiculous as they charge you roughly $35-50 today just to even look at whatever is broken of theirs. Then comes the actual repair cost on top of that. I won't buy anything of theirs anymore, as they burned me twice before years ago - and twice was enough....

Not so with Olympus and other digital camera makers! That is why all my cameras today are Olympus because of the GREAT factory warranty or out of warranty service I received past to present. They are the best in my books and I have NO TIES AT ALL to them in nay matter or form!

One thing I should mention here regarding digital cameras in general, as with all 35mm film cameras as well is this.

With digital cameras that cost less then $200 (esp those under $100), and those that are say 3 to 5 years old already - if they break internally for whatever reason (ie: batts leaking - worn out drive motors - dropped camera - water damage - etc) they are considered THROW AWAY CAMERAS and NOT WORTH FIXING. Plain and simple - all sentimental attachment aside btw. Always remove and keep the Memory Cards before throwing out any damaged "beyond repair" camera though. The cards can always (possibly?) be reused on your next digital camera purchase.

With any new camera purchase over $200 it's always an added decision whether to buy the 2 or 3 year EXTENDED WARRANTY - as related to the added cost. I know I would have, and I have done so on my $400+ higher ended Olympus 35mm film camera not only because Olympus builds the best and are renown for their lens QUALITY worldwide, but because I wanted the extra PEACE OF MIND knowing an act of God or Mother Nature could occur at any time. It just made sense to me at that time!

As an example - I actually had 2 normal use problems with that 35mm film camera that were totally covered by that Xtended warranty and one involved an R&R of the film drive motor assy due to whatever lubrication related reason it decided to bind up and act sticky as opposed to normal smooth lens barrel operation, which btw I know would have been very expensive had it not been covered for FREE!

SO - for those reasons above (and a few others) you really only have 2 choices here - not knowing what you paid for your Pentax digital camera brand new, but knowing it's over 3 years old and only you know how much use you have on it as well.

In either case scenario above - your Pentax camera would have to be taken in to a Pentax Fuji factory repair center if you choose to take that route. If it were me I would first call the factory direct and see if they offer a Blanket Repair Cost option - worst case scenario (dropped camera). Then take that quoted option and base it against the actual cost of that camera when you bought it brand new.

If it's even very near, or way over then say 50% of the cost you first paid for that now broken camera to begin with - I would pass on even a factory repair and just buy another brand new digital camera. Whether the same exact model or a newer upgraded model - the latter option being better from a compatible software viewpoint!

I would also ask the Pentax Factory Service Center if they had some kind of an upgrade option should you decide to take it into their facility and then they themselves find out it's really unrepairable cost wise? Sometimes they'll offer you this - sometimes they don't - doesn't hurt to ask!

If they want to charge you anything just to look at it - pass on that unless they are going to credit you that towards a final repair quote! In either case GET a quote before any work is started on it. SONY refuses to do this because they are purely MONEY DRIVEN!! Worst CS Dept I have ever been to in my life.

If your camera truly is a total loss then count your losses - lost - at this point, and go out and just buy another good quality camera of your choice. Prices have dropped a lot in the past 4 years. Still buy another camera that uses your same original camera memory cards if you can (whatever they are), or else upgrade to an XD memory card camera if you have to buy all new storage media cards. XD cards are surely the best I feel - as far as durability & size goes - no doubt about that part!

If you do decide to go with another new camera this time around - buy a good quality PADDED case for your camera, and get a good quality " WIDE NECK STRAP" not only for the camera's safety, but also for support and comfort when actually using the camera. The price of that better quality NECK STRAP pays for itself and prevents your camera from hitting the deck like it did this time around. It's PRICELESS in my book and the best INVESTMENT anyone could ever make!

Those ridiculous flimsy wrist straps are a big NO NO if you really value any camera of yours. I treat my Olympus C-740 like it was my baby! Literally! Anything you wouldn't do with a real life human baby - then you wouldn't do with your camera as well. Goes hand in hand!!

My SAMSONITE brand padded nylon camera case that I found at either TARGET or else FRYS Electronic store cost me less then $12, and it works just GREAT! Best one I ever found! Holds all my XD memory cards - up to (6) total - in the original factory plastic snap cases they come in - all in a separate leather zip up case - plus 2 full sets (8 total) of Ni-MH rechargeable batts.

Even though my $300 C-740 camera only cost me ~$155 with tax - after a 50% store rebate at Office Depot in June of 2005 - I cherish it dearly, as I waited a long time for the price to drop on it.

Just can't be too careful with digital cameras these days.

Hope this repair/fix feedback has helped you to make a solid decision on the next step, as that choice will be yours alone. Sorry - I can't help you further.

Best regards,

Frank

10/11/2008 2:57:27 PM • Pentax Optio S5n... • Answered on Oct 11, 2008
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Powers up but does not stay on

check the battery maybe you have defective battery!
10/23/2007 3:56:28 PM • Pentax Optio S5n... • Answered on Oct 23, 2007
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Wont turn on

Usually when we see this kind of symptom it is due to an internal fuse being blown. Sometimes they blow for seemingly no reason, but once replaced the camera functions as normal and lives a long productive life. With a camera this new it is a highly likely explanation for sudden death. The fuse is not user accessible and the camera will have to be sent to a repair facility or the manufacturer for the problem to be diagnosed and the fuse replaced. David Millier Advance Camera Repair
2/27/2007 12:49:43 AM • Pentax Optio S5n... • Answered on Feb 27, 2007
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Cracked lcd

In most cases the LCD is slightly different on most models of cameras. If there are only slight differences between models in the same line such as the megapixel rating or the internal memory the part may cross over. Models of the same camera from different production years also usually cross. I would say that VERY rarely does an LCD part cross over between model lines. Search online for a camera repair facility, you may be able to find one who would be willing to sell you the part. Be forewarned that replaceing the LCD is not always a straight forward process and there is always a chance of harming the camera in other ways while you try to fix it. David Millier Advance Camera Repair
2/25/2007 11:42:33 PM • Pentax Optio S5n... • Answered on Feb 25, 2007
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Transfering videos from Camera to LapTop

not from the SD card!! from computer with WindowsMediaplayer 10!!
9/8/2005 10:13:06 AM • Pentax Optio S5n... • Answered on Sep 08, 2005
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Video clips on s5n

Your solution lies here: http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/wlg/7231
9/8/2005 10:06:31 AM • Pentax Optio S5n... • Answered on Sep 08, 2005
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Took out memory card to transfer photos. returned card to camera and it indicated memory card error shut down leaving lens out.

Never remove or insert a memory card while the camera is turned on. Try removing the battery, waiting about 30 minutes, and then putting in a freshly charged battery. Never remove or insert a memory card while the camera is turned on!!!!!!
4/13/2018 10:21:33 PM • Pentax Optio... • Answered on Apr 13, 2018
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HOW DO FIX FOGGY LENS AFTER BEING UNDERWATER ?

Put it in the airing cupboard to dry out for 48 hours
5/11/2016 9:02:20 AM • Pentax Optio... • Answered on May 11, 2016
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