Coolpix S200 locking up after a few seconds use
I've had my Coolpix S200 for over 2 years and it has always been great.
Now when I switch it on, after 4 seconds it locks up. If you're really quick you can take one picture before it stops working. But after that you have to turn it off and on again.
Screen shows whatever the camera is looking at (normal)
"AF" appears on screen in red/blue
Red 'flash is charging' light stays on
Battery is fully charged, no changes to memory card recently. Can't think of any action which will have caused this. Serial number 8052xxxx.
I have googled to see if anyone else has described the same problem, but not found anyone.
Thanks in advance if you have any thoughts....
#2. "RE: Coolpix S200 locking up after a few seconds use" | In response to Reply # 1Mon 10-Sep-12 01:18 PM
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 # 2Covey22 Charter MemberMon 10-Sep-12 09:02 PM
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.
Hope this helps!
#4. "RE: Coolpix S200 locking up after a few seconds use" | In response to Reply # 3Wed 19-Sep-12 07:27 AM
Left it for several days with no battery, but when I tried again with fully-recharged battery the same problem is still there.
Can't throw it away though. Wondering if it can do duty as a security camera, with the AV lead fed through to a TV.
It still works in 'time lapse' mode too, as the shutter is triggered internally every X minutes. Starting it is easy enough...but it doesn't want to stop as that requires a shutter press!
Thank you for your advice.