Having problems with your Digital Cameras ?

Hello people im trying to get into my daughters DMB fs7. i'v got the sides - the back off - but i'm trying to get to the lense. it wont open or close properly. i want to know why - think it has been dropped by little sister. does the outer face ring 'screw' off? my daughter also has a dmc-fh1 with a broken screen!! are the lenses inter changeable? Can one buy a screen to replace the busted one? I think it is a waste to through these out and buy another!!!! Help? Mark Phelan


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Hi Mark....I'll tell you what I've figured out on this type of digital camera, and perhaps it will give you something to go on. First of all, when a digital camera with a zoom lens is dropped with the lens extended, damage to the tiny gears inside it often occurs. I had one like that, and out of curiosity and frugality, I took it apart to see what the problem was. The lens assemby is made to be serviced from the back of the camera, which means, as you've probably noticed, this means total disassembly of the camera and removal of the LCD screen, then the main circuit board, and then you're into the lens assembly. Since I'm just an electronic technician, and not a camera repair person, per se, I can't say whether this is true or not, but I suspect that nobody in the field repairs the lens assembly at the component level- I think they replace the whole thing as a unit. The reason is, as you will discover if you keep going, is that it's tedious work, and the parts are hard to get individually (unless you salvage them off a used camera). Chances are a gear is stripped or broken in the lens assembly, and that will be difficult to repair. What I would do in this case, is get an "as is" camera of the same model off Ebay with a bad LCD and good lens, and swap the LCD out. It's a lot easier, and if you can the back of the camera off (as you have), you can replace it. They will have a couple screws holding the LCD in place in a metal frame, and there will be one or two ribbon connectors that you will have to release.
\015\012The same strategy should be used on your fh1 model, and you should have a working camera again. Sometimes you can google the LCD screen for your make and model, and find them offered for sale (usually $20-45, depending). I had to find a broken lens type camera with a good LCD, and swapped it out.
\015\012Sometimes dust, dirt, lint, or sand will work it's way into the lens assembly, and jam up a gear. The following web blog details things you can try to free it up:
\015\012http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html
\015\012If this doesn't work, repair will be necessary.
\015\012You can google LCD screen replacement on digitial cameras, and also find helpful videos on YouTube that show the process. It's not hard, and is a good thing to learn, since a lot of LCD screens get bumped and go bad. That and lens/gear damage are the two major problems that occur with them, aside from battery/power issues.
\015\012Anyway, hope this helps you figure out the best approach to fix them, and best of luck. With a little patience, you should be able to get both of them up and running!
\015\012Good luck, and thanks for using Fixya!
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