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No power off, nothing functions...now no power on...Battery OK.

I have a 9 year old Option 555 and was taking pix the other day. I snapped one picture and the camera stopped working and would not power off. The display was still on, but none of the buttons worked. I withdrew the battery and reinsterted it...now the camera will not power on. I've made sure the battery is fully charged. Any ideas?

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Realistically, you have done all that you can. Your camera was only designed to last a maximum of about five years so it's lasted amazingly well. Very few digital cameras last much past their 5th birthday.

The only fix is to let it rest in peace in the nearest electronic waste recycling bin and to replace it. Diagnosing faults on a dead camera requires specialist knowledge and tools and usually partial disassembly. This labour alone exceeds the residual value of your camera. Even if the fault could be diagnosed it's highly unlikely that any spare parts will be available, and even if they were you run the constant risk on such an old digital camera of another sudden major failure (usually the ccd (image capture) chip, or the zoom lens mechanism.

Sorry, but the only sensible option is to divert any intended repair funds to the purchase of a new replacement model, but don't expect it to last as long as your Optio 555 has done.

I hope that my reply has still been of some use to you, all that I ask in return is for you to take a moment to rate my answer. If there's anything in my reply which requires further explanation then please add a comment and I'll endeavour to modify my answer to meet your comments.


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