I bought this camera about 3.5 years ago and it worked fine for the first 2.5. About a year ago i turned it on and it would not zoom in or out, when I would take a picture it would take about 30 seconds to a minute to save. I could turn it off and turn it directly back on it would power up fine but there would be no response to any buttons that i push (i.e. change capture mode from m to a or play). Whatever mode i turn it on in it will power up in but i cannot change it from there and if it is in a capture mode i cannot change the settings although it will still take a picture. There was a small period of time where it worked fine no problems unfortunately it did not last and i am not sure what i did to get it to work.
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Sounds like your shutter is stuck. Given that the camera is only worth about $100 -- or even less -- it's probably not worth sending in for repair. You can buy a good used "upgrade" like the K200 or even the K-50 for about what a shutter replacement would cost.
When the card worked before, check if you did not switch the lock switch down. And check all contacts on the card and in the camera. They should be clean and shiny.
When you recently bought a new card you could have bough a SDHC card and these won't work in your S800.
The S800 only accepts MMC and SD cards, The SDHC and SDXC cards won't work.
A few years ago you still could buy 4 Gbyte SD cards. Now even most 1 Gbyte and 2 Gbyte cards are already SDHC. SDHC was introduced at least 7 or 8 years ago, so all new devices accept SDHC. The SDXC was introduced at least 4 years ago, so in a couple of years, you perhaps only can buy these cards?
Did you buy it new? Did you see it working seven years ago? If not then just take it to the welding supply shop or scrap it. Not knowing the make and model it is hard for me to say if it is worth fixing.
This camera has a fault. You cannot fix it by changing settings. It will probably cost more to repair than it is worth now. You can buy a new camera which will be much better than a camera from two years ago and cost less money.
Make sure that the battery terminals in your camera are clean (rub them with a pencil eraser, q-tip or micro fiber cloth). Dirty terminals can cause poor contact with your batteries, therefore, impacting there performance.
Also, if you are using rechargeable batteries, your batteries may simply need replaced. Try testing the camera with a new set of alkaline or NiMH batteries.
I had a similar problem with my Cyber-shot S600. It just turned off every time I tried to take a photo. I bought a Sony recharger + batteries and it fixed the problem. Camera works fine and I'm impressed with the how long the batteries last between charges.
Sorry this aint a solution.
I too have the same problem as Mr.Gandhi is facing. I too bought this camera approximately 2 years ago.Since last cupla weeks, im facing this problem on a random note...I cud take a few snaps in between and upload without any problem but again the camera could not capture new images even with a set of 4 new batteries.
Whenever i switch the mode to take snaps from preview mode (which is still working fine), the LCD or the view finder becomes dark with some blue colored horizontal lines appearing as if its because of some kinda interference!