How to Fix a Broken Sony Digital Camera

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Do you have a Sony point-and-shoot camera that has stopped working correctly? Sending it for repairs may cost as much as you paid for the camera in the first place. Many times, you can repair the camera yourself by swapping out parts of the unit. You'll save money and learn a little more about how your digital camera works.

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Things you need

  • Small Phillips screwdriver
  • Tweezers

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    Contact Sony right away to find out what your options are if your camera is under warranty. Many times there is a shipping charge to send the unit in for repair; often the cost of repair (with Sony or a third-party shop) is steep enough to justify replacing the entire camera or repairing it yourself.

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    Install a very fresh set of batteries in the camera. Many point-and-shoot cameras will completely shut down when battery power is insufficient, but some will begin to exhibit odd behaviour. Likewise, if there is a reset or format function in your camera's menu, give it a fresh restart.

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    Look over your camera and observe its operation. Is it not turning on at all, or is it acting funny when you try to operate it? Look over the outside of the camera housing. Look for broken sections on the case and any parts that seem out of whack.

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    Get a separate model for parts. As-is or damaged models of most popular Sony cameras can be found on eBay for much less than the cost of professional repair or replacement. There is a good chance that one of these damaged cameras can provide the solution to your camera troubles.

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    Once you receive your spare-parts camera, look over your own camera and find the screws that hold it together. There will be about four of five of these. Remove the screws and place them aside in a safe place.

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    Hold the front of the camera with one hand and the back of the camera with the other. Gently move the camera body around so that you can see where the camera comes apart. Dig along the seam of the body to locate any hooks holding the two pieces together.

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    Gently pull the pieces away from each other, holding down any necessary hooks. Do this very slowly. There are cables inside connecting the components that can tear if you open the body too quickly or too widely.

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    Look at the inside. You will most likely see a ribbon cable connecting the two halves of the camera. This transports data between the lens and the display unit. Using your tweezers, gently slide the flat end of this cable out of the display unit side of the camera. Do the same for any other cables connecting the two halves.

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    Repeat Steps 1 to 4 with your spare parts camera. You may want to label each camera so you can remember which parts came from which camera.

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    Swap the halves of the cameras; attach the front of your broken unit to the back of the spare camera, and vice versa. If this doesn't immediately create a working camera, do the same with other pair of halves.

Tips and warnings

  • Once you have built up your new camera, attach the leftover halves and list this new unit on eBay as an as-is, damaged unit. You may even make back all of your spare parts budget.
  • Do not force anything. If it feels like the housing of the camera is providing too much resistance, back off and look it over again. You may be disassembling it incorrectly.
  • Taking your camera apart usually voids the warranty. If you are still under warranty, try to have your camera fixed by Sony.

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