Camera dropped, won't zoom in or out, won't take pics
My Minolta Dimage Z3 was dropped. The zoom is stuck out and won't go back in. It will power up and I can view my pics in the LED, but when I switch to take a photo, the zoom will go partway in and out and then the camera just turns itself off. Any help is much appreciated!
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Re: camera dropped, won't zoom in or out, won't take pics
I own a Z3. I had the same problem before. In my case I tried to pull and push the lens as I switch on or off the power. Ahter several attempts, the gear was aligned. I could actually hear the gear making funny noise.
I never had another problem again.
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The best way to download pictures from your camera to your computer involves removing the memory card from the camera and plugging it into a card reader (either built-in to the computer or connected via USB or FireWire). This is likely to be faster than connecting the camera to the computer, and won't run down your camera's batteries.
Once the card is plugged in, it will appear to your computer as a removable drive. You can use the operating system's drag&drop facility to copy pictures from the card to the computer's hard drive, the same way you copy any other files. Or, despite what I said first, you can use any photo cataloging program such as Picasa.
I had this same problem with 2 different Minoltas. One the zoom stuck when the battery got too low and the problem was fixed when I recharged the battery. The other was a mechanical problem and I had to have it replaced. Luckily it was still under warranty. Good luck!
This is a symptom commonly listed for DiMAGE cameras listed on EBay for 'parts only'. Dropping the camera I had caused the same problem and carefully 'smacking' the camera once again did solve the problem but that may have been dumb luck. Sorry but it is a service task that may cost more than the camera.
I don't think there's any problem. Simply, a longer zoom means that - without a faster shutter speed - there is an increased probability for camera shake. Additionally, cameras usually struggle with focus in longer zoom. To be sure that there isn't a fault, do this:
1) Place the camera on a tripod or other sturdy surface 2) For additional stability (and to avoid camera shake due to shutter button movement), select the self-timer 3) Focus and take the shot. If it's still blurry, then yeah, there's a problem