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Fuji S304 Power Switch

The power swirch no longer clicks positively to the 'OFF' position or the picture review position.I could hear something loose when I shook the camera. Then it was dropped and the lens ring broke off and I found two tiny screws in the case. Is this fixable? Should I attempt a repair myself? Any ideas?

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Hi,

May I know the detail steps how to fix the switch assembly issue ?

Posted on Oct 18, 2008

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Loose Screws in Fujifilm S304

Because I am a qualified electronics technician, when the opportunity to purchase a second hand S304 which had "issues" presented itself I took the chance. One of the issues was the switch assembly. When I opened the camera, I too found a screw rattling around inside the case.
All the other internal screws were loose and I concluded that the assembly line clutch on the robot which tightens the screws was faulty on the day of manufacture and none of the internal screws were sufficiently tightened. I tightened all oif the internal screws, some of which were partly unscrewed, and I had a very nice camera.
Lately the beast has been prematurely switching off in camera mode which is becoming a problem but I believe this is a different issue.
As it is likely all the serial numbers of the S304's with this fault will be in a given range, so that you may identify if your camera was manufactured around the same time as mine (and therefore likely to have the same fault) the serial number of mine is 24L47749 and it was manufactured in Japan.

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Posted on Jan 28, 2008

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Not if you have never done this before. It sounds like something that a local repair shop could fix. Just note that even if it's a minor fix, and the shop suggests to send it to fuji, you'll be looking at a very high rate. 100$ and up. look for someone that says s/he can do it in-shop. good luck

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