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Shutters are locked in half open position???

Shutter on sony cyber shot dsc P52 digital camera will not open all the way. Is locked half open all the time. When I turn camera on it makes a rattleing sound coming from the shutters as it tries to open them. They still will not open and a beep sound comes from the camera for about 20 seconds. The viewer says "turn the power off and on again". Same thing happens all over again.

Any suggestions. The set up setting works and so does the picture folder as they don't need the shutters.

Thank you for any help


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  • sparky1971 Nov 12, 2007

    exactly the same fault with mine. i've tried taking it apart but can only release back cover. Scared to force it anymore. I suspect it's the gears that are faulty. Either something in mechanism ie sand or gears are out of alignment. I gutted. I though sony went on and on? Any one got a clues on what to do?

  • Jill12 Nov 13, 2007

    Same problem with the shutters half open with I turn it on, please advise

  • danielle5 Nov 16, 2007

    i have this camera but when i try to take picture and turn it to camera mode it won't power up. the green power light comes on for a sec and shutter won't open. when i have it review mode its fine. it shows picture i have taken. do you have any ideas?

  • Anonymous Nov 26, 2007

    exactly the same problem. thanks for any help

  • Anonymous Dec 23, 2007

    I just started having the same problem as you Danielle. I can view my pictures I have already taken but as soon as I switch the camera back into picture taking mode the camera powers off. When I try to switch it back on ..its on for a second then powers off. Its frustrating. Its been a good little camera all around up until now. :(

  • greenworms Feb 10, 2008

    turn power on and back off



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My camera came to life again!, and the shooter no more rattles.
Used info provided by garyjames, and it was helpful.

I'd like to add some details.

Use a jewelwrs srewdrivers set.

1.- To open the camera, you should remove 4 philips screws along the edge of the body (the fourth is hidden behind the memory stick cover)

2.- Withe the screws removed, use a slot screwdriver to help you open the cover.   
Take care not to force or mark your camera, as there are no hidden locks.
Be careful with orange flat cable (I did'n disconnect this)

3.- Disconnect the motor cable (connector with red and black wires).

4.- Then unscrew the four philips screws that hold the printed circuir board.

5.- Now lift the complete assembly (board, lens, trigger button).
Use care and the slotted screwdriver again to help you in this.
Be patient as it is not easy.

6.- Now you should see the motor-gear assembly.
Unscrew two screws that hold the unit into position.

7.- Close the shutter blinds manually.

8.- Remove the two plated screws and separate the motor from the gears.
Turn the gears with your finger and I saw the missing tooth referred by garyjames. (I'm also in doubt if this is a design feature or if it is broken.  I didn'n find any residue)

9.- Now the magic:  I rassemble the camera in reverse order (The motor and the gears have some guides that you must align to install properly) and the camera is now working as new.

NOTE: I really don't know exactly what I do (Think that the gear is now working in another teeth), but I think you should try.

Hope this can help.

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I have same problem. banging the camera didn't solve the problem. took camera apart (requires a little force but can be done without damage-tricky part is the edge along the top face near the button.) took motor apart to discover that one of the gears is missing a tooth. am uncertain as to whether this is intentional (purposeful missing tooth) or the result of wear and tear. anybody know?

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