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My Nikon Coolpix 5600 camera has died (for sure, this time)



Insides of my Nikon Coolpix 5600, originally uploaded by JoshB.

My trusty little Nikon Coolpix 5600 digital camera has died for sure this time. It has done this before, but it turned out to be a totally dead (as in malfunctioning charging circuit) rechargeable NiMH battery that was making it act weird, and it miraculously came back to life. This time, it’s not the battery, at least that I can tell. It’s fatal.

It started over the weekend, visiting my brother and new nephew in Seattle. I put freshly charged batteries in for the trip, and took a few pictures once we got there. But shortly thereafter, when I took it out of my pocket to take a picture, the green power light was on solid, and none of the controls would respond. Pulling the batteries didn’t help. It was a brick.

When I got it home, I tried some fresh batteries in it, and it powered on! The lens zoomed all the way in (fully extended), and the LCD was showing a live image, but no UI, and again, none of the controls would respond. I pulled the batteries again, and managed to get it to power on again, and retract the lens, with a “Lens Error” message. Fiddling around with the batteries some more, it powered on one more time, stuck the lens all the way out, and was no more. I pronounced the death at around 6:30 PM. 😉

So, with a dead camera, what does a geek do? Open it up, of course!

There are six tiny Phillips screws (two each on the sides and the bottom) that hold it together. After that, it came open like you see here with a little cajoling.The ribbon connector you see in the bottom right connects to the controls on the back panel, but everything else is in the solid chunk you see here.

I’ve put it back together for now, but the urge to tear into it completely was strong. I’ll never be able to fix it, but who doesn’t love taking electronics apart?

Best case scenario, I’ll be able to salvage the LCD (which is clearly stamped Casio. Heh. :-), or image sensor, or something for some kind of geeky Make-magazine style project. And, of course, I need to find a replacement camera.

Alas, poor Coolpix 5600, ye served me well. You lived in my right cargo pants pocket for almost all of your days, surrounded by lint, banged against tables, and led a generally rough life. Perhaps you’ll find peace in digital camera heaven. :-) Don’t think that the memory of your faithful service will be lessened by my excitement and lusting after a Canon Powershot SD700 IS. 😉

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3 thoughts on “My Nikon Coolpix 5600 camera has died (for sure, this time)

  1. You should get the Casio EX-Z1000. 10.1 megapixels!!! I got mine last night. It’s awesome.

    I have a feeling my Flickr account is going to be filling up quite fast now.

  2. RIP Nikon Coolpix. How sad. I’ve a little Coolpix also, although of lesser resolution, but I carry it everywhere, bang it around, and it responds flawlessly each time. It’s the first digital camera I’ve owned that I could find nothing wrong with for my snapshot lifestyle.

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