I dropped my camera and now it will not even turn on. It appears to be completely dead. I tried to charge the battery but that did not make a difference. None of the buttons work at all. The camera does not make noise or anything - it simply does not turn on at all. What should I do? Is it hopeless??
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Re: camera wont turn on
If you drop it this it is one of two:
1) A hardware component in your Camera is broken and need to be replaced.
2) A small power surge caused the camera Controller not to be recognized.
You should send it to maintenance as soon as possible to determine what exactly happened.
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Here are some suggestions to try and see where the problem may be:
1. Have you tried to charge the battery? We would suggest trying different USB sources (e.g. a USB port on a computer as well as the Nikon supplied AC adapter)
2. Could the battery be dead? If you have tried to charge the battery in the camera via USB then there is a chance the battery is dead and needs replacing. If the camera had not been used for a long time and the battery was stored with little or no charge, the battery may now be un-chargeable.
3. If the camera has been left unused for a long time the internal battery that keeps the time/date may have discharged. You need to be able to set the time/date before the battery can be charged. If you plug the camera into a USB power source and you can see the menu on the LCD then set the date/time.
We hope these suggestions help to get the camera back up and running
If the recharageable battery is more than 3 - 4 years old then the battery could be worn out. Rechargeable batteries have a finite number of charge and discharge cycles and will lose their charge capacity over time, i.e. won't charge to 100% and gradually the charge reduces until the battery won't charge up at all. OR The battery shows a 100% charge but when the adapter is disconnected the battery drops off to zero capacity in a very short time. If the battery drops to an unacceptable charge level then the battery needs to be replaced.
The T3 will appear dead until the battery has SOME charge. A totally dead battery, even though plugged into a charger, will not let the T3 turn on. You mention a previous charger problem. Could be a bad charger, or a bad battery. Check to see if the charging light is on on the T3 when you think you are charging. If it is not on, try another charger. If it is on, you may have a bad battery.