I went to use my little Optio the other day but when I turn it on all it gives is a black screen,
Ive tried adjusting every control, the screen is working fine as the menu works,
Ive even replaced the firmware with v1.11 but still nothing.
It's done it before while on holiday and a quick reset of the camera and it was OK, but this time nothing seems to work!
Its almost like there is a lense problem, like an internal lense control is faulty.
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Re: Pentax Optio 330GS its gone blind!
You've probably got something as simple as a ribbon cable loose in the
camera. Beware though, dismantling is a serious task unless you have
Amazingly the CCD is often connected in such a simple, analog-esqe, way
that disconnecting it doesn't cause an error, just a black screen.
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Since the screen went black BEFORE the lens retracted, it makes me think this is a main board problem. The only other possibility is that it is the lens assembly, but since it went black BEFORE the lens retracted, I don't think that is it. I can replace the main board for $40, or you can send it to pentax in Arizona, and they will do it for about $90.
The main board is NOT something that I would suggest anyone try to replace as a DIY project. There are too many small screws, and delicate connections to deal with.
You can contact me at: mrfixitmark at comast dot net
If you just want to sell the camera as-is, I also buy all pentax a10, a20, a30, a40 cameras, in any condition.
Check the manual throughly- usually there is a more comprehensive manual on the CD- to ensure all the correct setting are made.
Other wise this is a flash failure[lamp or capacitor]
Take a look at the Pentex technical support site.
My optio t10 did basically the same thing...turned on, lens goes out, then automatically shut off. I took the advice of a solution listed here for another problem...hit the camera. For whatever reason it worked.
Sounds like the images are corrupted on the card. If you have another card then try starting the camera with it. To get the card working again, you will need to format it in a card reader with FAT16 format, or try in another camera.
If you want the images, you will have to obtain repair software to try to retrieve the images.
This is because the RGB filters in the camera are not perfect, and there
is no one "green" colour.
The green pixels pick up a wide band of colours, and are
somewhat sensitive even to red and blue, especially near where green
shades into red.
No I don't believe it is your shutter, more than likely it is a LCD Screen problem. I would suggest you take your camera back to the shop where you purchased the camera and have it serviced under warranty.
I had a customer with an Optio 550 come in and it looked like every shot was taken through 'venetian blinds' and the problem was with the LCD Screen and the camera was sent back to Pentax and repaired under warranty.
Just had the same problem (black display). I moved my hand in front of it and took pictures of things but nothing happened. Then my girlfriend tried to point it to a lamp, and all-of-a-sudden it kinda woke up from a screensaver or something. So weird, but it worked. Perhaps it needs enough light in order to start using the display and lens. I couldn't take any pictures when the LCD was black. So, try pointing it towards a strong light source before you break your camera.