The Must-Know Basics of Digital Camera Repairing

Possessing a high-end and sophisticated gadget like digital camera can be a pride in itself, but repairing it can be daunting. A digital camera is a 100% electronic device with many delicate circuits inside it. Adequate knowledge about the delicate device is essential for the technician for repairing who must handle the device with extra care. It needs specialized testing equipments to diagnosis the very problem. That is, perhaps, the reason why repairing digital camera is expensive.

There are some minor defects in your digital camera that you can fix yourself. Of course, that depends on the type or the model of camera that you are using. Here, another noteworthy thing is you should have precise idea about what exactly is wrong with it.

Things You Can Fix Yourself:

The common problem that can be detected and fixed without much hassle is the digital camera lens. Most of the time it is due to careless handling or improper setting that the lens ceases to function leaving you baffled over the matter. Most of the time, it is due to the improper alignment of the lens. You will encounter system error messages on the LCD. In such circumstances the camera is not able to focus and the result is worse pictures. You can simply realign the lens or reset the zoom barrel guide pins and you will find your digital camera working as usual.

There are some other minor and common problems such as broken battery cover, broken hinges on memory card doors, cracked LCDs, etc. But if you are not sure about the problem, it is wise not to handle it. Rather you can take your digital camera to an authorized repairing center.

However, before visiting any repairing center or technician you must take check certain common things. There may be some minor problems that you can identify yourself such as:

1 – Sometimes, it is very likely that you might have hit the wrong button or have changed the menu for which the device does not work properly.

2 – If the battery of your digital camera is running out of power, it is most likely that the digital cameras will not work. Ensure if thing improves when a fully charged cell is inserted into the digital camera.

3 – Sometimes, it is necessary to reset the camera through the menu or by removing the battery for 24 hours.

4 – The camera may not turn on if the memory card is full.

These common problems can not be really considered as a serious problem for the digital camera. But a novice user of the gadget may find it difficult them troubleshoot.

Selecting Repairing Service Station:

If the small efforts are not enough to fix your camera, visit an authorized service station in stead of asking any ordinary technician. The technician in the service station should have experience of fixing several brands and models of digital camera.

Moreover, both the user and the technician should have the ability to distinguish between marginal repair and quality repair. A little bit of confusion in this regard may cause damage to your precious digital camera.

Each model of digital cameras requires special tools to fix the errors and reliable service centers have these specialized tools and skilled technicians to properly service and safeguard the digital camera. Efficient diagnosis and repairing of digital camera depends largely upon specialized tests, appropriate equipments and expert technician.

The high-end and sophisticated device like digital camera requires a lot of concern and careful handling which is of paramount importance for longevity of the digital camera. However, the repair process of digital camera also needs the same amount of care and attention. You need to have adequate knowledge of handling digital camera to avoid any kind of trouble.

If possible gather information from the Internet about handling and repairing. A digital camera is a valuable possession and worth caring.

Top 5 Secrets of Digital Cameras That All Consumers Need To Know

We now live in an age where nearly everyone owns a digital camera. There are a few important things that all camera owners should understand about digital cameras, camera technology, and the market today.

1. Your Camera Life is about 4-5 years.

In 2000 I found myself for the first time ever in the colorful electronics district in Tokyo. The streets bustled with hundreds of people running into the red, blue, and yellow shops where vendors demonstrated the cutting edge of technology. The sparkle of a digital camera caught my eye: A fantastic looking Sony camera with English instructions! The camera featured a bank for 4 AA batteries (which was standard of cameras at that time), and a whopping 1 Megapixel sensor. I practically stole it for the amazing price of $550 dollars US.

Just 7 years later, a 7 Megapixel sensor camera now sells for under $100 dollars. While the average cost of a camera will likely not drop way below $100, the amount of features you can expect from that camera will likely continuously increase as the technology is improved. In our previous generation a 35mm camera might have held value and taken great pictures for a couple of decades; a Digital camera becomes technologically obsolete in 4-5 years and consumers should weigh this as they buy newer camera models.

2. In 2008 consumers win in the memory price wars.

Digital camera memory prices have dropped and will continue to drop in time similarly to Camera prices, so it doesn’t make sense to buy camera memory as an investment. However, memory has in fact dropped faster than expected in the past decade due to the worldwide competitive manufacturing. While price wars are bad for flash memory semiconductor companies trying to turn a profit, it means money in the pockets of the consumer. Camera owners can buy enough memory to store hundreds or even thousands of pictures in memory before they need to be downloaded or printed. As a general rule consumers should buy the cheapest “cost per byte” when purchasing camera memory. If you see a 2 Gigabyte Memory Card for $75 and a 1 Gigabyte Memory Card for $40 dollars, buy the 2 Gigabyte card. Consumers should generally avoid smaller than 1 Gigabyte cards in 2008 and beyond.

3. Camera batteries can make all the difference in the world.

Inexpensive, bargain alkaline batteries may cause your camera to stop working entirely. Recently my Sister-in-law claimed that the camera I bought 3 months ago no longer worked. The camera would turn on and open the lens and immediately shut off again, even with brand new batteries. It turned out that the generic alkaline batteries she was using could not power the camera. Similarly Ni-Cd batteries should not be used in digital cameras because they don’t have the rapid amperage requirements of a digital camera.

As a matter of savings, consumers should only use Ni-Mh batteries in digital cameras. These batteries are perfectly suited to digital camera type usage because of the rapid charge and discharge requirements. The cost may be up to 3 times greater than Alkaline batteries up front, however a typical rechargeable battery can be recharged over a hundred times. Recently battery manufacturers have started making specialty Alkaline batteries that are designed to work in digital cameras. While they indeed do work, they are not cost effective. When buying rechargeable batteries, pay attention to the amount of charge a battery can hold (mAh) and its voltage. Its important to also note that a Ni-Mh battery has one key drawback, it losses several percent of its stored power per day. This means that storing charged batteries doesn’t really work. You need to pull them right off the charger before you go. Ni-Mh batteries rated as (LSD) or low self discharge are nice if you need to store charged batteries, but the drawback is they may have a lower storage capacity (mAh).

4. Your Camera Battery Charger can save you.

The most overlooked component might be the one that can save you the most headache. Digital camera users who use Ni-Mh rechargeable batteries require a charger. A good battery charger will not only help the batteries last longer by charging them in a precise measured cycle, but will also notify you if it detects a bad battery that is not correctly holding a charge. This is useful prior to being out and ready to take a picture to realize the batteries (or just one) don’t seem to be working even though you just pulled them off the charger.

A great battery charger will have several key features including Voltage monitoring, temperature monitoring, and it will offer discharge cycles to efficiently detect battery problems. It will also charge and monitor each battery individually (instead of pairs). Unfortunately a high number of battery chargers sold today lack some or most of these features. If the packaging fails to mention these features, most likely it does not have them.

5. Expect the worst to be safe.

In the 90s did you store all of your film negatives on a string hovering over your fish aquarium? Of course not, but storing your digital photos only on your home computer hard drive is risky. Digital pictures can easily be duplicated and stored as perfect copies. A wise investment around $100 for any digital photographer is a USB Hard drive which can be used to periodically back up pictures on the computer (and store separately from your computer should your computer break or get stolen). If you want a more automatic but pricey alternative of $200 to $400 dollars, you can buy a network storage device that allows you to automatically back up your computer without the manual process. There are also several services on the internet that will back up your files to internet servers should your home computer fail. Users who back up pictures on Burned CD or DVDs should note that a burned media device has a limited lifetime as well. Depending on the quality of the blanks, users should expect the burned media to last about 4 years.

As with all digital devices, cameras and camera memory fail occasionally as well. This may be due to user error, or component failure, or a wide spectrum of other causes. If a camera memory is suddenly unreadable in the digital camera or computer, users should be aware that the pictures or media may still be recovered. The user should NOT continue to use the media, or reformat it. There are several good yet inexpensive camera memory recovery software packages available, and there are also professional services available on the internet that can recover the pictures for a nominal fee.

Professional photographers often take hundreds or even thousands of photos to capture an event. They expect a large amount of the pictures taken to be not exactly perfect, and the more selection to choose from the better. Digital cameras allow consumers to take on a similar practice at little or no extra cost. You don’t have to print every picture you take, and you can always delete the duplicates later!

Digital Cameras – Cheap and Convenient

Digital photography is now firmly established and the cost of cameras, printers and digital photo frames have all reduced significantly. The costs were already very low of course; consider the Polaroid as an illustration of this. When the first Polaroid was introduced in 1948 it had a price tag which was equivalent of over $800 at today’s market rates. Perfectly serviceable digital cameras, suitable for birthdays, family events, weddings etc., can be picked up for around the $50 mark today. You can pay a lot more if you want of course but, for most people, there’s really no need.

Apart from the cost of the equipment itself, the associated costs are also considerably lower. For a start, there’s no film so you can save on the cost of the film and, if you either display your photos on a computer or use a digital photo frame, the cost of processing. Even if you want a hard copy print out the chances are that it’ll be cheaper to do this on your own photo printer. It’ll certainly be faster.

Cost considerations aside, digital photography is, in general, so much more convenient than traditional photography. There are no rolls of film to muck about with and, from time to time, to load incorrectly so that a whole reel gets ruined. When you want to get hard copies you don’t need to send your reels of film away to the processing lab and then wait for them to be returned before you know if your snapshots are any good or not.

The best benefit on offer from digital photography though is nothing to do with number of pixels, anti-shake technology, red eye reduction or face recognition. All of these technological benefits are great of course, but the thing that will really help you improve is the fact that you don’t have to worry about taking a photograph or not and you don’t have to worry whether or not it’ll turn out okay. If it’s good you keep it, if not you can just hit the delete button and it’s gone forever. No wasted film, no cost, no problem. Basically, you have the freedom to experiment as much as you like, to see what works and what doesn’t and to work out what’s good for your style.

How to Approach Digital Camera Stores About Warranties

People purchasing electronic devices should never forget about the warranties. Should something happen to the item a few days or weeks after purchase such as you found a slight damage or it won’t function as it should, the warranty will allow the owner to exchange the product to a new one, have it fixed without any charge or claim a refund whichever he or she decides.

When buying your most desired digital cameras, this should also be kept in mind. Warranties are of different types and it would be a good idea to learn about it before you decide which model to purchase. The sales people of digital camera stores are knowledgeable about this subject matter and they’re actually responsible for letting customers know about this as well.

Do not hesitate to ask the sales staff of any digital camera store you visit if you have questions about their policies, warranties and technical support. They’re the best people who can answer your queries about the product you’re getting.

While many of are aware only of the manufacturer’s warranty, there are several other types that you need to know. Learning about them will help you get the most value out of the digital camera you buy.

A manufacturer’s warranty usually comes with every purchase of a new camera. This serves as a guarantee of the company that the product is not defective. Most warranties of this type cover a period of one year after which any defect found or damage done will no longer be covered.

Another type is the extended warranty which is also referred to as a store warranty or service contract. This forms as a written agreement between the digital camera store and the customer to extend the warranty of the product. However, this warranty already requires a certain fee for it to take effect. Camera manufacturers do not normally grant this but digital camera stores can offer this to their valued customers. It can cover certain types of damages to the item and goes beyond the usual one-year warranty.

The third-party warranty is the other type. While this is quite similar to the store warranty, their only difference is the company that provides the coverage. The third party referred to in this case is the company that supports the extended warranty and not the digital camera store where the item was bought. This needs to be stated clearly in the service agreement so that the customer knows who to approach should problems occur with the device.

An implied warranty is a different type. This is not a written or verbal contract of any form between digital camera stores and buyers. What this means is that the product bought should work fine during a certain period of time. With digital cameras, the implied warranty may be of the same duration as the manufacturer’s warranty or it can also be longer than the usual one-year period.

When you have doubts about warranty issues, always ask. You can contact the customer service of the manufacturer or you can also approach the digital camera store from where you purchased the item.