My V1 thinks my eye is always to the viewfinder. The rear screen doesn't light up. I tried cleaning the little slot next to the viewfinder. That only helped temporarily. Three times I removed whatever was on the sensor, and three times the fix didn't stick.
I hoped I could pull off the rubbery plastic cap over the viewfinder cube. It doesn't seem to come off.
At this point I don't think the Nikon 1 is a good enough camera to pay to repair if it breaks.
I tried to edit but the edits didn't take for some reason.
After posting I realized the warranty is probably more than 90 days so I won't have to pay to fix it, but sending it for warranty repair means not having it for the summer when I would have used it most.
I see a vertical line in the middle of the eye sensor slot. That must be a scratch because I don't see it in product photos. The sensor worked temporarily after I cleaned it with liquid because the liquid filled the scratch, leaving a smooth surface with nearly constant refractive index. Then it failed after the scratch dried out.
Maybe an eyeglass scratch remover product will work longer.
Count me as another customer who wants an eye sensor override setting. Or an option to always enable both viewfinder and rear screen.
I finally got around to sending it back to Nikon. There is cosmetic damage to the case and they won't fix anything unless I pay them to fix that. They want more than $300 to repair a camera that sells new for less than $400.
I'm currently trying to think of a visually spectacular way to dispose of it.
>Bury it at sea with a full service and record the ceremony >with a suitably respectful video for YouTube. Don't forget >the flowers. > >In Memorium, > >Dave
I should have clarified: the most visually spectacular, environmentally sound way to dispose of it. There is probably toxic stuff inside. I don't want giant squid crawling out of the sea to get their revenge on humanity.
I too thought my eye sensor was broken as my screen stopped working. Then this weekend the camera says the the battery is no longer viable. I changed the battery out and viola. The screen is back and all's right with the world
>I too thought my eye sensor was broken as my screen stopped >working. Then this weekend the camera says the the battery is >no longer viable. I changed the battery out and viola. The >screen is back and all's right with the world
If this is the case, perhaps a factory reset in the Menu might work. It could just be a software thing. Just a thought......
>Not to offend your sensibilities but did you push the Disp >button that cycles between nothing screen-info-no info??? > >Mine died too-as well as the 10-30mm VR lens. > >Quality control stinks on this V1 and CX lenses. > >I'm going back to the P7xxx soon.>Quote Ted<<< > It seems to me that the few people who think they have something to complain about are the loudest, while most of the satisfied customers are quiet. This is not necessarily a bad thing as Nikon needs to hear it, but I have been very happy with my gear.
Check the little eye sensor, it often becomes clogged with dirt or grime on mine.
I have also found the sensor is extra sensitive to the slightest bit of dust or lint, or any excuse not to allow the monitor to display. I always carry cotton ear-swabs (usually Q-tips) to use with plain water to wipe the little sensor window. This slight annoyance is not something yet encountered with my V2.
The eye sensor on my V1 failed. I tried all the home remedies. In the end, I sent it back to Nikon. It was a hardware failure. Now it is back and I am happy again. Because of its size, it is my day to day camera, usually with an AF-S f/1.8 lens attached and used wide open.