Question about Samsung Digimax S500 Digital Camera
Well, I lightly tossed my camera onto my bed while it was in picture review mode. Ever since then, the lens won't retract. Also, when I turn on the camera, it only stays on for a max of four seconds before turning off. In the four seconds, I can't do anything as far as reviewing pictures, zooming, or anything else as the camera won't react to the buttons. So, I'm wondering how I can fix this since I need to have access to this camera. -Amber- Thanks in advance.
Hi Amber, This is an almost epidemic problem with all brands of digital cameras that have extending zoom lenses. I've had Canons hang before and now my Samsung S500 lens is stuck and camera is beeping in error mode (the kids dropping them you know). Continuing to power on the camera may cause further damage, but you have to face the fact that these cameras sell for $99, so sending it in for service of a very delicate lens assembly is probably going to be a tough call. First make sure you have brand new batteries or a full charge. Sometimes it's this simple. If not, maybe it's just hung and you can gently rock the lens extender as you power on the camera. I've had a lot of success with this method. If the camera takes a lot of hits to the lens assembly, it will eventually strip some of the plastic parts driven by the servo motor. At this point, it's all over; you'll get nothing but some clicking noises as the motor tries to extend the lens and the camera starts beeping in error mode. All is not lost. You can always recover your pictures from the memory card by purchasing a USB card reader from most any electronics retailer. As for the camera, you can try to get it serviced. I'd probably opt for a local service center rather than withering into a skeleton while dealing with the manufacturer. If you know someone handy with a miniature screwdriver, there are dozens of this model camera for sale on ebay for $0.99. Many of them power up and are in great condition except for the LCD screen. You could easily take the LCD screen from yours, transplant it and have a working camera again for 20 bucks or so! Good Luck
Posted on Apr 22, 2007
I have the same promblem
Posted on Jul 25, 2008
Yeah it happend to me so all u have to do is try to search around your area and you can get it fixed FREE if you still have warrenty on it but if you dont then you have to pay around $50 - $150.
Posted on Feb 19, 2008
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