Camera Turns off and flashes light soon after turning on then freezes
Yesterday I wanted to take some special pictures only to find that my camera will not operate consistently and correctly. The main symptom is as follows:-
Turn on in Auto mode ? lens extends.
Try to take picture ? both viewfinders blank, red light flashes several (exactly 11) times and then the camera locks until I press the red (startup) button, then the lens closes.
The same happens most of the time even if I try something simple like: -
Turn on ?lens extends
Flip up flash ? camera locks up, both viewfinders blank and red light flashes ELEVEN times.
I have had the following also:-
Turn on ? lens extends
Take one or two pictures ? ok
Suddenly the viewfinder and lcd go blank and the camera locks. I have not noticed the flashing light in these cases.
I have also had occassions in the past, even when the camera was quite new, when the camera will hold the shutter open for aaaaaaggggeeeessss resulting is a whiteout picture. I found on this site a link to a recall for this kind of fault but that only seems to apply to Canon cameras.
The camera was bought 25/09/2004. Serial Number is 186095297.
I have replaced the batteries and also allowed the whole thing to sit without batteries overnight. This has not had any effect. I have also swapped the memory card over. I am not aware of any jolt or mistreatment of this camera.
1.Please advise the best course of action or any further checks which I can do?
2.Is there a diagnostic tool which can be used from my PC via the USB?
3.Also do the number of flashes of the light tell anyone anything - its always 11 flashes before the whole thing locks?
I have been told minimum repair cost - regardless of what is done - will be over £100. This seems absurd if it is a simply corrected fault.
4.Does anyone have any comments on why these repairs should have a minimum charge, after all if the garage change the oil in my car I would not expect them to charge the same as a full service!?
Re: Camera Turns off and flashes light soon after turning...
I have exactly the same problem and I found, that it is probably related to rechargable batteries. If I use normal batteries, everything works fine. Confusing is, that I used to use rechargable ones all the time, but errors started few days ago. I also have two sets of rechargable batteries, but both are useless now. Maybe that camera is getting old and it needs fresh 4x1,5V from normal batteries instead of 4x1,2V from rechargable ones.
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Hi there: Some symptoms of a defective CCD include distorted images or abnormal colors, scratchy purple lines, blank or black pictures, and/or black videos with good sound being recorded on the camera's flash card.
A CCD problem would explain the lines on your pictures and the lines on the LCD (since the CCD is used to feed the live image). CCD (Charge Coupled Device) is one of the two main types of image sensors used in digital cameras.
When a picture is taken, the CCD is struck by light coming through the camera's lens. Each of the thousands or millions of tiny pixels that make up the CCD convert this light into electrons. The number of electrons, usually described as the pixel's accumulated charge, is measured, then converted to a digital value. This last step occurs outside the CCD, in a camera component called an analog-to-digital converter. In order to correct this issue, the repair facility needs to replace the CCD. This is not something you may do on your own; check this article for additional details:Bad CCDs. This, isn't a good new, but hope helps to solve it. Hope this helps; also keep in mind that your feedback is important and I`ll appreciate your time and consideration if you leave some testimonial comment about this answer.
Chances are real good that your picture is showing its age. There are three color beams in the neck of the picture tube. When these electrodes are operating correctly the will produce an arc, that will produce the proper voltage for color correction. Much like the spark plugs in your car. When you have a fouled spark plug, you replace it. In the case of a TV, replacing the tube is the best way to correct the picture you are looking for. It would be to costly to do this of course. Another option is to rejuvenate the picture tube. Once again, rejuvenating the picture is last resort. Customers must be warned that rejuvenating may work or even in some cases destroy the picture tube. I want to remind you as well, the symptoms you describe will over work the main board as well. This TV is not feasible for repair. Thanks for asking and show a few hands of support!
Correction : Retry turn the power on by the power switch. Check the zoom reset sensor of lens block (pin 9 of CN402 on the SY-191 board), if zooming is performed when the zoom button is operated. If it is OK, check the zoom motor drive IC (IC401 on the SY-191 board).
According to the symptom the possible fault is described above, You have to contact any nearest SONY SERVICE CENTRE to rectify the problem. Thanks for using fixya.
Hi, this is a case of defective image chip, also called ccd chip. You want to visit their web site for any support for this symptom. some manufacturer such as Canon have special free repair for few models of their own ccd problems. The only remedy for this symptom is replacing ccd chip on the board. Good luck -James
-turn the unit OFF -CONNECT the unit to your PC -TURN the unit ON -a selection should be displayed -pick COMPUTER -the computer should detect the unit as a REMOVABLE DEVICE -open REMOVABLE DEVICE -open DCIM folder -there should be folders inside DCIM named SSCAM100, SSCAM 101, .... - your pictures should be inside those folders
*each folder consist of 100 pictures that you have taken *the camera automatically creates each folder for every 100 pictures that you have taken
Does your camera have a "DISPLAY" or DISP button on the back. Many cameras do, and its used to manually turn the viewscreen on and off to save batteries. If you notice such a button, turn your camera on, and press this button once.
If this doesn't correct the problem, please provide more details like your camera's make and model (like Canon A70). Also try taking a picture and downloading it to your computer. Verify that the picture looks OK. The reason I'm asking this is that yes, it may be the manufacturer's problem as a defective CCD can also cause this symptom.
I have exactly this same problem, went out to a special do yesterday and really disappointed with the photos some are ok others are dreadful really blurred. Used to be fine, I don't know what is going wrong now.
Save yourself a lot of grief my friend...DON'T upload from the camera- it will usually hose -up. Get a cheap(5bucks or more) usb card reader. It is much faster, and so much more enjoyable. And you don't need special softwear to use it, It's plug and play. The computer just thinks the card reader is another drive. Much simpler.
By this description it sounds like you have backlight to the picture which means the power supply in the set is working and the inverter board which powers the screen is working. Your problem may be on the main board if this is the case. I have repaired this set for the same symptom with two different problems. First it could be on the inverter board, and second it could be on the main pcb. Once on this model a piece of metal heatsink slid down due to operating temp. of set and touched bottom of main pcb causing a failure of the sound and picture. Either way, if you have no on-screen-display you will be replacing a circuit board. If you whine loud enough to the mfg. co. they may help you. But good luck.
Sorry for the trouble you are having. It seems the camera is functioning somewhat with ac cord hooked on. You want to make sure you can take picture with power cord consistently without fail. I worry because you mentioned multiple problems for the camera and it is not good sign that camera is good for the reliability. You may want to borrow a backup camera from a friend just in case. If all symtoms you've decribed is correct, camera need full repair by a technician and maybe beyond economical.