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03-22-2007, 01:46 AM   #1
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S5i woe

I've had a Pentax S5i for about 18 months - its been great - its out of warranty now tho

I recently decided to buy a couple of extra NP-40 batteries for it, and I already have a bunch of SD cards. Before I got a chance to use the new batteries, a fault developed on the S5i.

Basically, the SD card does not seem to engage. The camera gives an error for the card. If I open the lid and press it in slightly, the camera detects the card and its fine, so it seems like a contact issue with the card or maybe between the camera and the card housing.

The shop where I bought it said something like "you can pay 100 pounds for a person to take a look at it - repair could cost anything, probably not economic etc".

Does anyone have any advice other than binning it and getting a new camera?

03-22-2007, 07:52 AM   #2
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Perhaps contacts are simply dirty? Try first blowing the card compartment with compressed air. Clean contacts on your cards as well (with alcohol). That may help. Let us know, I have several other ideas.
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If you trash it, trash it my way. To me, it is worth fixing, just for the reason that current Pentax p&s cameras don't have optical viewfinders.
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Halloooo... If you're trashing it... can I have the little screws that have fallen out of mine? God knows how it's staying together! I think my battery is dying a bit.. maybe I could buy those off you too.

Surely you could buy something very similar to the S5i for not a lot of money...

The viewfinder user... do you really use it!? Why, I'd be interested. Cos apart from the professional look of looking through a viewfinder I can't see why you'd want to... I think all SLRs will have Live View soon.. the new pro canon does already and the olympus slrs have me very interested.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Christian Quote
The viewfinder user... do you really use it!? Why, I'd be interested. Cos apart from the professional look of looking through a viewfinder I can't see why you'd want to... I think all SLRs will have Live View soon.. the new pro canon does already and the olympus slrs have me very interested.
Two words: battery life.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Christian Quote
The viewfinder user... do you really use it!? Why, I'd be interested. Cos apart from the professional look of looking through a viewfinder I can't see why you'd want to... I think all SLRs will have Live View soon.. the new pro canon does already and the olympus slrs have me very interested.
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oh! never looked through the viewfinder on the S5i... figured it would be like peering through a keyhole... but I'll give it a go next time I use the camera!

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