The Mode Dial on my C-5050 is completely broken. It is actually broken off the camera, and I have access to ONLY Powering on and off my camera. I would post a picture, but don't see a place to do so. I would like to ask if anyone knows WHERE I can find a place, anywhere, that can replace my Mode Dial so I can have functionality back. Any suggestions are welcome.
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Re: Mode Dial broken
Mode dial repair kits are often listed on eBay. Don't try the repair yourself unless you have some experience in dismantling (and more importantly re-assembling!) modern cameras - although given that getting an "official" repair is not economic it may be worth the risk.
There are instructions for replacing the dial here
It's really not that difficult but patience and good eyesight are needed.
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It's obviously a switch problem, not a ribbon (which controls the lcd screen) problem. Start doing your research to find that "perfect" camera. Read all the reviews to see what actual owners think in addition to the experts. Or......you can "limp along" until you get tired of that.
Make sure that the SETUP option is nearest to the black mark on the camera, if you are still not shown the options menu, you should probably call Nikon USA to get the camera serviced if still under warranty.
Something seems to be broken or off between the mode dial and the switch. It also may have broken internal parts. I have had a camera with a similar problem. It was that the small switch inside was broken, and could not be repaired. These mode switches can be changed, but will require a digital camera repairman to do such a job. It also could be sold for parts/repair on a site such as Ebay.
Is your memory full? Does the camera attampt to focus when you push the button down 1/2 way? If not the mode dial may be faulty (you are not in picture taking mode) or the shutter button may be faulty (no focus attempt) Try to use the timer button to get the shutter to trip.
Try cleaning the contacts in the base of the chamber with a pencil eraser
Make sure the Cover makes good contact[press it in]
Make sure the battery bottom are bright metal
they can get oxidized,
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