My camera has a few broken prongs in the area where the memory card goes. Does anyone know if the prongs can be fixed or replaced? Also, does anyone know if how much it could possibly cost? I am wondering if I am better off just buying a new digital camera.
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Wow, CF cards. Well, as you said, the prongs broke which means you need it repaired. http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&fcategoryid=139&modelid=11154#SupportDetailAct
Advice: If you can, sell that and upgrade to the XTi or XT1 version of the Rebel. Now they use SD cards which doesn't have the prongs to break off. Also SD is more of the major memory card that is compatible with electronics. Otherwise, get a point and shoot. They are cheap and also use SD cards.
Repair cost: 2 Prongs replacement = All the prongs replacements. I'm not sure if they have that type in stock anymore. My guess is ranging from 60-100ish USD. Usually they will check to see what is the problem and bill you for their labor and parts.
It can be very difficult to see if the pins are bent, and harder to see if any have broken off. Do not probe with anything that can bend the pins. I suggest you create a small tool from a strip of paper and a toothpick. Pass the strip of paper over the pins while watching with a strong light. See if you can count each pin this way. A broken or missing pin will require repair by a Canon authorized facility. Your work will save you a diagnostic fee.
These cameras are on the list of the ccd problems. Here is a link to the site you may need. Canon will repair it for free if it is the ccd problem. Note that they will pay for shipping both ways as well if it is the ccd problem. Call them on the toll free number. Canon Repair Service Center
That metal you see is probably a broken prong from where the card was plugged into the camera. Try a different card if you have one, or you may need to buy a new one. You can get them at any electronics store or in the electronics department of any of the chain department stores. They're really inexpensive these days.
It can be done, but it's not easy and requires patience and a good invetory of parts and screws. Replacement card reader can be salvaged from a broken ebay camera (A75 and A85 readers are interchangeable). Here's a disassembly of a very similar A70:
Hey jarapo, There are many repair centers you could bring your camera to. I would suggest either contacting Canon and finding an authorized service center in your area, or you could bring it to a Geek Squad® precinct in a Best Buy™ store and they could send it out for service. I hope this helps! Sincerely, Allan Go Ahead. Use Us.
Remove the card and look inside the card slot of the camera to see if there are any bent pins. If you do find bent pins, you can try to bend them straight (it will be tough). If you do, DO NOT use a metal object. Use plastic or wood only.