#2. "RE: Coolpix S200 locking up after a few seconds use" In response to Reply # 1
Even easier - I'll take the memory card out! The S200 has a small internal memory so it can take a handful of pics without a card present. Same thing happens though!
The problem seems to be changing a little now. Regardless of memory card, when it starts up none of the buttons work. Pressing the shutter takes a picture, and then the buttons work! But the shutter then doesnt.
If you have any more ideas please let me know. I'm guessing this camera is cheaper to replace than fix. Thanks.
#3. "RE: Coolpix S200 locking up after a few seconds use" In response to Reply # 2
Pull the battery, let the camera die from lack of power, leave it that way for about 72 hours. Recharge (can't recall if this model just takes disposables) the battery otherwise prepare a fresh set of disposables. Re-insert and power up. This is the old trick-the-camera-into-factory-defaults approach. It may or may not work.
Otherwise, you are correct, you would pay more in a bench fee to have the camera diagnosed versus replacing it outright.