Having problems with your Fuji FinePix A800 Digital Camera ?

No picture on LCD preview. camera appears to take shot but can't view it. In video mode, seems to record but only sound, no picture. May be on memory card, but can't view it. LCD shows all data, ie set up, instructions etc. Seems to be lack of info going to CCD?


Answers :

Hi there Scotty

This problem is one of two things.

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  1. A broken/malfunctioning ccd
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  3. A shutter that is stuck closed.
Okay , to diagnose , go and sit next to a light bulb and hold the camera towards you. Then , while looking into the lens , snap a photo.

Can you see the shutter close and open? If not , this is your problem.

No fix that can be done at home unfortunately...the only option is to smack the camera a few times (aaah , the good old fashioned smack it technique) and hope that the shutter releases from what ever has got it stuck. Normally it's some grease from the lens mechanism that has creaped onto the shutter sticking it closed.

If this is not the problem , the only thing left is the ccd. Now normally a ccd failure is accompanied by distorted images so the failure in your case may be that the cable connecting the ccd to the main circuit of the camera came loose.

This normally happens on older camera's because the glue used to attach the cable becomes old and hard and eventually cracks loose the connector. A completely dead CCD can also give the symptoms you are experiencing.

If you need to get these problems repaired , think again as it may well cost you more than the camera itself.

If I had to quote you , I'd say :

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  1. Stuck shutter about $150
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  3. CCD cable reseat about $100
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  5. CCD replace about $180
So , it may very well not be worth the trouble as your camera is only worth about $200 brand new. Sorry I can't be of more help.

Kind Regards
StephanSA
Hello Scotty,

Is this the first time you have encountered the problem? Also, how long have you had this camera? Do you recall anything which could have caused the issue?

Looking forward to your response.
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