In any other position of the screen, the camera turns off automatically.
In this position, I can film video and take pictures, but it's very difficult to make a good composition of the image. I bought this camera on September 2009.
Does anyone have a problem like this? Is there a way to disable auto-turn off? I have tried resetting the camera. I also look for firmware updates, and I'm using what I understand is the last one (SBM 1527A).
Thank you for your help,
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Same thing happened to me after only 17 months of light use. Appears to be a common defect in the design.
For a $300+ camera this is bad. If you want a reliable camera buy another brand.
The replacement cable from Sanyo also comes with the hinge assembly @ a cost of around $125 +shipping and maybe tax, THEN it has to be installed. That entails dismantling the ENTIRE camera, which requires some small tools, and a great deal of care, finesse and skill, or, further expense by a repair specialist. In that case, hey-presto, it's not worth it!
I've seen this happen to E1's, E2's and CA9's. Around 8 of them.
I'd write to Sanyo and ask them to explain why they continue to manufacture this product with this obvious defect then ask them what they can do for you to remedy their mistake. If a satisfactory answer is not received, I'd suggest to NEVER buy anything Sanyo ever again and advise all friends and family to do the same. Get the message out. As said previously in this thread, this is/was not a 'cheap piece of s*#t' and should be better!
I have a similar problem with my Sanyo Xacti VPC-FH1. It is completely dead, does not power on anymore, neither by opening the display door nor by the regular power switch. Battery was charged and I also used a replacement battery, no change of this fail behavior.
Taken the comment by 'cavu' above I assumed that the switch in the 'hinge' is broken. I disassembled the camera to look for this switch but could not find it. Here is an image of the camera after disassembly.
Could anyone please help me where to find this switch, which turns on the camera when the display is opened?
Could it be in that cylinder in the display door hinge? How can I find out?
I have no idea, but here's the schematics manual:
After reading the service manual I have found an interesting fact which helped me to start looking for the root cause:
In the camera there is a little rechargeable backup battery of the type ML614-TZ14 (3 Volt). It's voltage is below 300 mV indicating it may be defective. Since the cam has been powered down with main battery removed for some time I currently try to recharge this battery. Over night the voltage has increased to 600 mV, which still supports a root cause hypothesis of a defect of this battery. I will continue charging and see which voltage can be achieved. This is my hottest track to the root cause for the moment.
Anybody here who has dealt with the replacement of a defective rechargeable backup battery in such a cam?