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I have a kodak easyshare C533 camera that will not POWER UP

Customer Question

I have a kodak easyshare C533 camera that will not POWER UP with new batteries. (I have
tried two sets of new batteries)
I recently purchased a new C195 to replace the C533, but much prefer the older C533 because of its independent printer dock 3.

Is there any hope of your shop repairing this C533? If so, please advise me how to ship
it to you. I just love the simplicity of the C533 and its printer.
Thank you
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Expert:  Russell A. replied 2 years ago.

Hi,

 

First, if you have not already done so, remove the memory card and attempt to power the camera up without it inserted. If the camera powers up or responds without the card please let me know.

 

 

Next,to make sure that poor contact is not causing the issue, since you are positive that the batteries start out good. Remove them from the camera and clean the metal battery contacts inside of the battery compartment and on the battery with a q-tip and alcohol. The connection is very critical and a very small amount of residue or dust can inhibit the power transfer. Also, check how well the battery door shuts and if necessary adjust the metal contacts by gently prying them with a small screw driver to increase the tension.

 

 

It is also my experience that many older cameras using AA size batteries tend to require a little more power as they age due to deteriorating parts and surface residue. That is why the connection is so critical The only other suggestion that I have is to try a set of high power lithium AA batteries. They have a higher power output. This has solved this issue about 55% of the time

If it appears that camera tries to start and the lens is hanging up or you are getting clicking or grinding sounds when it moves, a lens error may be the cause of the shutdown. Even if the lens appears to extend correctly and only fails intermittently, it is quite possible that it does not make it to the correct sensor point periodically due to an obstruction like a grain of sand or residue build up. A lens position error will halt the camera process the error. Lens errors are a common problem. Dirt can get into the gears or the lens can become misaligned from being carried in pockets, purses or at the beach.

Try compressed air. With a fine tip can of dry compressed air (not a blow dryer) set the tip between the lens turret and the camera body and turn on the air while moving the tip around the lens. It should remove all dust and sand. Turn the camera on and it should function fine. If not, you can try the fixes below.

With newer cameras I am usually hesitant to suggest these options since they include some more extreme procedures that may cause further damage if not done correctly, but since your camera is older, they may save you an expensive repair bill. The links below give step by step DIY instructions on troubleshooting and attempting to fix this problem. The lens structure of these compact cameras is the same so the examples do apply to this unit. These procedures are effective about 60% of the time. Click on or copy and paste the links into your browser.


LENS FIX 1

LENS FIX 2




If the "do it yourself" approach doesn't work out for you and you need conventional repair, the link below has an online estimate from a Kodak Authorized repair service.

http://www.unitedcamera.com/kodak-c533/#ShowSelections


Note: Considering the age and present value of this camera, paying the cost of having it repaired , approximately $50 really depends on how attached to the camera you are, but is probably not very cost effective. The standard "rule of thumb" is if the repair cost is greater than 50% of the value of the camera, it is not worth it. You can pick up a good working used EasyShare c533 for $20-$40 on online auction sites

Please keep in mind that my diagnosis & solutions provided are directly dependent on the accuracy of your description of the problem. As with any "do it yourself" fixes, success is a "team effort", since I can't see or touch the camera, and relies on the customer's manual dexterity and ability to follow the instructions well.

If, and only if my answer to your question is helpful and you are Satisfied with it, please click the green Accept button and leave Positive Feedback. Thank you
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Expert:  Russell A. replied 2 years ago.
I have bought many items on Ebay and I have only rarely been disappointed. In your situation, I would stick with the ones that are around $30 - $35 that specify "Returns: Accepted within 7 days". Most have free shipping so you would only have to pay return shipping if you had to send it back.

I canceled you other question, because I did not want you to have to pay for a second one, but a bonus is always nice. Thanks
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I don't want to pay another $21 but willing to give a bonus as was suggested.
Expert:  Russell A. replied 2 years ago.
The moderator told me that you are a subscription customer, so whatever is comfortable for you is fine.
Russell A., Camera and Video Technician
Category: Camera and Video
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Experience: 30 years of experience as a TV station technician gives me a unique understanding of technical equipment issues.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thanks Russell for another chance to ask a question; I have never attempted to buy anything on EBay, but I have looked and there are some used C533; how do I distinguish which would be the best. Prices are all compriable, and I am willing to take a chance on buying a used one to replace mine that I can't seem to get to work.
Thanks for your help - Happy thanksgiving to you!
Expert:  Russell A. replied 2 years ago.
Thanks again for your Accept and the Bonus. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Non need to Reply or accept. Thanks

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