Broken camera and Sea Otter

Sea Otter starts tomorrow, I have a press pass, and my camera stopped working today. I turned it on and … nothing happened. I replaced the batteries, tried again and… nothing.

This camera is a newish Canon PowerShot 570 IS. I’m not a pro photographer, but I still own a Canon EOS film body and lenses. Still, I’d rather not pay for processing and printing, and I like to upload images to Flickr quickly.

Any suggestions? I’m kind of stuck and kind of broke right now. Help me Obi Wan, you’re my only hope.

Oh, will anybody else be at Sea Otter? Should I do the Friday night alleycat?

26 Comments

  • Anonymous
    April 16, 2008 - 2:48 pm | Permalink

    Hi there,

    Other than obvious things (batteries OK, batteries clean, memory card seated correctly, etc), make sure the shutter or cover over the lens is not jammed half-open. That quite often causes the camera to stop working. Good luck!

  • Anonymous
    April 16, 2008 - 9:48 pm | Permalink

    Hi there,Other than obvious things (batteries OK, batteries clean, memory card seated correctly, etc), make sure the shutter or cover over the lens is not jammed half-open. That quite often causes the camera to stop working. Good luck!

  • Yokota Fritz
    April 16, 2008 - 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Anon. I'll look at that again, but not even "image viewing mode" is coming on, unfortunately.

  • Yokota Fritz
    April 16, 2008 - 9:59 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Anon. I'll look at that again, but not even "image viewing mode" is coming on, unfortunately.

  • kwc
    April 16, 2008 - 3:22 pm | Permalink

    Used Canon Rebels should probably start going really cheap right now with everyone upgrading to the new Rebel Xsi. If you hurry, you might be able to get one off of Craigslist before Sea Otter.

    I could possibly get an original Rebel out to you as a loaner, but its currently on loan to a friend in Sunnyvale. It's pretty klunky, at least by my current standards ;).

  • kwc
    April 16, 2008 - 10:22 pm | Permalink

    Used Canon Rebels should probably start going really cheap right now with everyone upgrading to the new Rebel Xsi. If you hurry, you might be able to get one off of Craigslist before Sea Otter.I could possibly get an original Rebel out to you as a loaner, but its currently on loan to a friend in Sunnyvale. It's pretty klunky, at least by my current standards ;).

  • Jennifer
    April 16, 2008 - 3:32 pm | Permalink

    Do they still sell those "disposable" digital cameras at box retailers with photo departments? You might have to pay them to get the pics off the memory card, but I can't imagine that costing more than a dollar or two.

  • Jennifer
    April 16, 2008 - 10:32 pm | Permalink

    Do they still sell those "disposable" digital cameras at box retailers with photo departments? You might have to pay them to get the pics off the memory card, but I can't imagine that costing more than a dollar or two.

  • Yokota Fritz
    April 16, 2008 - 3:37 pm | Permalink

    Ken, would $300 be a good price for the digital Rebel (unknown model)?

    I'm seeing a lot of EOS Rebel film cameras on Craigslist for up to $200, and then I see EOS Elans (my model) for less than $200.

  • Yokota Fritz
    April 16, 2008 - 10:37 pm | Permalink

    Ken, would $300 be a good price for the digital Rebel (unknown model)?I'm seeing a lot of EOS Rebel film cameras on Craigslist for up to $200, and then I see EOS Elans (my model) for less than $200.

  • Warren T
    April 16, 2008 - 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Perhaps spit in the back and whack it on a table? … Probably not. Have you checked Canon's web site for support?

  • Warren T
    April 17, 2008 - 12:28 am | Permalink

    Perhaps spit in the back and whack it on a table? … Probably not. Have you checked Canon's web site for support?

  • bikesgonewild
    April 16, 2008 - 6:26 pm | Permalink

    …panda fur…check for panda fur…all those closeup shots you've got, that could be the culprit…

    …btw, you're welcome to use my kodak brownie…

  • bikesgonewild
    April 17, 2008 - 1:26 am | Permalink

    …panda fur…check for panda fur…all those closeup shots you've got, that could be the culprit……btw, you're welcome to use my kodak brownie…

  • kwc
    April 16, 2008 - 8:09 pm | Permalink

    $300 is good if its an XT or XTi, mediocre if its an original. Given the lack of a model, its probably an original

  • kwc
    April 17, 2008 - 3:09 am | Permalink

    $300 is good if its an XT or XTi, mediocre if its an original. Given the lack of a model, its probably an original

  • 295bus
    April 16, 2008 - 8:13 pm | Permalink

    I have the exact same camera. Mine died too. Admittedly it suffered a knock a few hours before it died. But my other, older Canon has survived much worse. (I think the new Canons have a plastic case and the old ones were metal).

    Any chance it's under warranty? They were pretty good about fixing mine.

    One thing to consider–a camera that would have been top notch two years ago might be $50 at Fry's now. When you get a "real" camera again turn it over to kids or throw it in the bike bag for blog pix or whatever.

    Good luck!

  • 295bus
    April 17, 2008 - 3:13 am | Permalink

    I have the exact same camera. Mine died too. Admittedly it suffered a knock a few hours before it died. But my other, older Canon has survived much worse. (I think the new Canons have a plastic case and the old ones were metal).Any chance it's under warranty? They were pretty good about fixing mine.One thing to consider–a camera that would have been top notch two years ago might be $50 at Fry's now. When you get a "real" camera again turn it over to kids or throw it in the bike bag for blog pix or whatever.Good luck!

  • dolan
    April 16, 2008 - 9:07 pm | Permalink

    Try a last minute rental from Keeble and Shuchat in Palo Alto — they rent high end DSLRs and lenses for days.

  • dolan
    April 17, 2008 - 4:07 am | Permalink

    Try a last minute rental from Keeble and Shuchat in Palo Alto — they rent high end DSLRs and lenses for days.

  • MichaelWendell
    April 17, 2008 - 5:41 am | Permalink

    if you don't want to buy a digital camera in a hurry, shoot film.

    you can get film developed quickly at the target on the north end of monterey, right off highway 1, and they can give you a CD with the images so you can upload to flickr. there's also a costco there which will do the same for less money.

  • MichaelWendell
    April 17, 2008 - 12:41 pm | Permalink

    if you don't want to buy a digital camera in a hurry, shoot film.you can get film developed quickly at the target on the north end of monterey, right off highway 1, and they can give you a CD with the images so you can upload to flickr. there's also a costco there which will do the same for less money.

  • Yokota Fritz
    April 17, 2008 - 7:42 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the tips all. I'll probably bring my film body. I think my Canon P&S might be under warranty still, but I'll need to dig that information up.

  • Yokota Fritz
    April 17, 2008 - 2:42 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the tips all. I'll probably bring my film body. I think my Canon P&S might be under warranty still, but I'll need to dig that information up.

  • bobbyb
    May 12, 2008 - 12:23 pm | Permalink

    If the camera wont turned, you can still remove the memory card and plug it into a card reader. Most new computers come with a built in card reader these days. If you send the camera to a camera repair service center they might be able figure out what is wrong with it

  • bobbyb
    May 12, 2008 - 7:23 pm | Permalink

    If the camera wont turned, you can still remove the memory card and plug it into a card reader. Most new computers come with a built in card reader these days. If you send the camera to a camera repair service center they might be able figure out what is wrong with it

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