I have owned my Pentax S5n for about a week now and I have come accross a problem.
The steps to cause it occur as follows:
1 Turn on Camera.
2. Go to Movie Mode
3. Switch off Camera.
4. When I turn the camera on, there is no display information. The camera has the lcd running with the image from the lens but there is no information on the lcd screen and the buttons do not work (so you cannot change it out of movie mode).
Pulling out the batteries and/or the memory card make no difference.
To answer my own question. I found a way around the problem by total chance. I turned the camera on while holding the menu button after playing with it for about 30 minutes trying everything I could think of. The lcd starts with a black screen with the 'ver 1.00' and then starts correctly showing the movie mode. If anyone else is stressing, I have no idea what I am doing so try so at your own risk!
Can anyone tell me if:
a) They are having the same problem
b) What I am actually doing to get the camera working
c) If this is not just me, If Pentax is aware of this problem and if there is likely to be a fix at some time.
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Re: Pentax s5n No Display Problem
Ive got the s5n and dont have the same problem.
Maybe you should return yours.
Btw what software are you using to edit your videos and have you found a good way to play them through your dvd player in mpeg-4 or another format?
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The maximum supported size is most likely 2GB SD Card. Cards with 4GB and more are following a new (incompatible) standard called SDHC (SD High Capacity), SDHC cards work only in devices specifically supporting SDHC. The Optio S5N uses the old SD standard where 2GB are the maximum size.
Usually when we see this kind of symptom it is due to an internal fuse being blown. Sometimes they blow for seemingly no reason, but once replaced the camera functions as normal and lives a long productive life. With a camera this new it is a highly likely explanation for sudden death. The fuse is not user accessible and the camera will have to be sent to a repair facility or the manufacturer for the problem to be diagnosed and the fuse replaced.
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In most cases the LCD is slightly different on most models of cameras. If there are only slight differences between models in the same line such as the megapixel rating or the internal memory the part may cross over. Models of the same camera from different production years also usually cross. I would say that VERY rarely does an LCD part cross over between model lines. Search online for a camera repair facility, you may be able to find one who would be willing to sell you the part. Be forewarned that replaceing the LCD is not always a straight forward process and there is always a chance of harming the camera in other ways while you try to fix it.
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