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Troubleshooting Nikon Cameras

If Your Point and Shoot Nikon Camera Won't Work, Try These Tips


You may experience problems with your point and shoot Nikon camera from time to time that don't result in any error messages or other easy-to-follow clues as to the problem.

Troubleshooting such problems can be a little tricky. Use these tips to give yourself a better chance to fix the problem with your Nikon camera.

  • Camera will not power up. Always check the battery first; it is the most common culprit with a dead camera. Is the battery charged? Is the battery inserted correctly? Are the battery's metal connectors clean? (If not, you can use a soft cloth to remove any grime from the connectors.) Are there any particles or foreign objects in the battery compartment that could prevent a good connection?

  • LCD shows nothing or goes blank periodically. Some Nikon digital cameras have what Nikon calls "monitor" buttons, which turn the LCD on and off. Find your model's monitor button and press it; perhaps the LCD is turned off. Also, most Nikon cameras have a power saving mode where the camera powers down the LCD after a few minutes of inactivity. If this happens too frequently for your liking, consider turning off the power saving mode or lengthening the amount of time before the power saving mode starts.

  • LCD is not easily viewed. If the LCD is too dim, with some Nikon models, you can increase the brightness of the LCD. Some LCDs, because of glare, can be difficult to see in direct sunlight. Try using your free hand to shield LCD screen from the direct sun, or try turning your body to avoid having the sun shine on the LCD. Finally, if the LCD is dirty or smudged, clean it with a soft, dry microfiber cloth.

  • The camera will not record photos when the shutter button is pushed. Make sure the selector dial is turned to select a photo recording mode, rather than a playback mode or a video recording mode. (Consult your user guide if you cannot decipher the labels on the selector dial.) Make sure you have enough battery power to shoot photos; a nearly drained battery may not be able to operate the camera properly. If the camera's autofocus cannot accurately focus on the subject, the Nikon camera will not shoot the photo. Finally, if the memory card or internal memory is full or nearly full, the camera might not be able to save the photo. Occasionally, the camera will not be able to record photos because the camera already has 999 photos in memory. Some models of Nikon cameras cannot store more than 999 photos at one time.

  • Camera's shooting information is not displayed. With most Nikon point and shoot cameras, you can press a "monitor" button or a "display" button that will place the shooting settings and information on the display screen. Repeatedly pressing this button will cause different information to appear on the screen or will remove all shooting data from the screen.

  • Camera's autofocus seems to not work properly. With some Nikon point and shoot cameras, you can turn off the autofocus assist lamp (which is a small light on the front of the camera that provides some extra light to help with autofocusing on a subject, especially when you're planning to use a flash in a low-light situation). If the autofocus lamp is off, the camera may not focus properly. Look through the Nikon camera's menus to turn on the autofocus assist lamp.
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