I last used my 717 last weekend w/no problems, and after charging the battery last night, tried to take some photos today. When I cut the camera on and removed the lens cap, everything on the LCD was "smeared". I switched to viewfinder with the same results. images I saved to the memory stick last week are clear when viewed, but I can't for the life of me figure out what is happening now.
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Re: Has my F717 kicked the bucket?
If the LCD is "smeared" in record mode, it isn't the memory stick or any of the other solutions you've been offered.
It's one of the following, I would guess:
1) condensation in the camera
2) loose or bad connector to the CCD or power supply
3) Camera is history. Hit eBay and get a new one
BTW, It costs about $175 for repair by Sony (at least the last time I had a repair done on a 717). It's probably worth it as long as the rest of the camera is in good shape. Definitely cheaper than buying a new one or a used one.
Sorry about your problem...
Sony has a problem which they are adressing free till Oct 2 2007. They have a quick diagnostic procedure which will let you know if this failure is completely covered shipping and all.
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The flash is trying to charge. Try a freshly charged battery in the camera. If that doesn't work, go into the options menu and set them to factory default. Try the camera again. If that doesn't fix it, there is a defect in the camera.
Ive got an eos Rebel think its just over 4 years old for the last year its been used every weekend for several hours 300+ pics per weekend between 2 nights I found that recently where one battery would last a night the battery was running out midway through & also taking longer to charge afterwards
2 after market replacements cost me about £10 and things are back to normal
5 years is a pretty good lifespan for a battery so its probably just getting old
Contact your nearest Sony dealer and ask them for the NP-F50 battery which I think your camera uses.
The reason why the battery still shows it is charging ( if your interested ) is due to the sensing cct - you will see your battery has three poles and not just 2. The sensing pin is faulty due to the buildt in PCB having a problem. The batteries probably are still ok inside, but the sensing cct does the actual charge control.
This is a problem with the battery connector inside the camera. It is common to the DSC F717 and this camera. It's, unfortunately, a pro camera repair issue on the 828. It can be fixed DIY on the 717. I did it to mine and now it works fine.
I had a Sony F707 for quite a number of photos before buying an F717. I found the F717 to underexpose by about 0.3EV relative to the F707, pretty consistently, so I just set the EV compensation on the F717 to +0.3EV most of the time.
The F717's color balances tend to be neutral to cool compared to the F707's very (generally overly) warm, bright colors. This is a plus: you can easily snap them up in post processing where the F707's results sometimes clipped a lot due to the oversaturation.
Of course, you have to make additional adjustments based on what kind of light values and contrast range the scene you're shooting has ...