Question about Konica Minolta DiMAGE A1 Digital Camera
Posted by Anonymous on
SOURCE: konica minolta dimage x1
Of course this problem can be fixed but only temporarily..This is the main problem with LCD screen displays.Either you replace the screen and use it for the time being or sell it off before the liquid leaks out completely.
Posted on Oct 08, 2007
If the CCD is broken then you'll get a distorted and discoloured image on the main LCD screen and in the viewfinder, but both will play back images recorded prior to the fault perfectly.
What you seem to have is a very common fault which eventually seems to affect all A1's and A2's, and which may explain why KM fitted a fixed viewfinder to the A200. basically, there's a flexible circuit board (pcb) which snakes it's way throughout the camera. Where it passes up into the viewfinder it's simply not protected enough from a couple of hard plastic edges which it passes over.
Eventually, one or more conductive tracks fail and the ones which power the backlight for the miniature LCD screen in the viewfinder are the first to go.
Replacing the flexi pcb is simply not a practical option as the camera has to be dismantled virtually to component level and new pcbs's are made of purest unobtanium. Even if you could find one, KM never beefed it up to solve the problem.
The best you can do is to remove the two screws on the underside of the viewfinder and remove the lower cover they hold in place. Turn on the camera and make sure the viewing switch is set to the viewfinder. At the lower right corner is a little piece of blue (sometimes yellow) tape and this is KM's pathetic attempt to prevent the problem occurring. If you gently lift the tape and flex the pcb a bit, then you may find that there is a position where the backlight illuminates. You'll probably need plenty of goes to get it right, but if you screw the cover back on and lower the viewfinder back into it's resting position it's often possible to keep the finder illuminated. You'll then need some means of locking the finder so that it cannot easily be raised again. This repair rarely lasts for long though as even minor knocks can cause it to fail and the even worse news is that the damage gradually spreads to other tracks killing the finder completely.
Posted on Jun 27, 2009
Your problem may be that the camera is "locked" on manual focus. If so, you will need to go to the menu, scroll to "2" menu in "P" mode, and click on "focusing mode". From there, hit "single focus or continuous focus." It should correct the problem. Also, is the lens dirty? A dirty lens will not benefit the camera. The light may be too low, also. Try using a flashlight to focus, then take the picture.
Posted on Aug 13, 2009
I have sent my A1 to Sony Canada on Sept 24 and on Oct 28 Purolator ring at the door with my A1 repaired like a new one. Anybody with an A1 with the CCD problem have tell Sony that they know a guy that had a free repair and as I am concern they will do it for free. Thank's Sony Canada
Posted on Oct 30, 2009
SOURCE: Broken camera
This camera came out in 2003 and retailed for $400. It's only a 3.2MP camera with a 1.5 inch lcd screen...not much by today's standards but was quite a camera in its day. I'm guessing by your list of problems that it would be quite expensive to fix if you could even find someone to fix it. I would seriously consider putting the money toward a new camera.
Posted on Feb 26, 2010
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