Just like phones and other electronics, digital cameras too come with 1 or 2 years of manufacturer’s warranty and they’re as fragile as a smartphone or laptop. In fact, digital cameras are more expensive and are a long term investment, which stay with us for at least 6-7 years, which is why it’s important to get it covered. Digital cameras travel with us to various destinations and there are higher chances of an accidental damage, while on the go. So if you’re one of those who just can’t do without the camera, an extended warranty plan is what you should consider buying first. We tell you why…
1. Shutter Error
A stuck shutter is a common failure mode for most digital cameras. You know it’s a shutter error when the camera takes darker, rather black pictures or when the pictures appear very bright and overexposed, especially when taken outdoors. If it’s a stuck shutter, unfortunately you can’t repair it yourself because the mechanism is buried deep inside the camera and the cost of repair is very high. If this problem occurs after the manufacturer’s warranty expires, you will end up spending quite a bit. So it’s better to plan in advance and protect the camera with an extended warranty plan, as it covers all the defects and malfunctions covered in a standard manufacturer’s warranty.
2. Lens Error
Lens errors are common with digital cameras. This includes a stuck lens, jammed lens, or a malfunctioning lens. When it’s a lens error, the camera’s LCD screen flashes some common error messages like, “E18 lens error” (old Canon Powershot), “Access” error (Sony Cybershot), “Zoom Error” (Fuji Finepix), “Lens Obstructed” (Kodak Easyshare), “lens error, restart camera” or just “lens error” (Nikon Coolpix and some other camera makers lately are using this variation). Dust and sand deposit in the lens is the main cause of a lens error. You could try cleaning the lens with a soft piece of cloth or with a hairdryer from a distance. Also, make sure the lens is not tilted. If this doesn’t help, you will probably need help from a professional technician.
3. Software Malfunction
There are very few chances of any hardware malfunction and higher chances of a software malfunction in a digital camera. If your camera has slowed down or suddenly stops working, it is a software issue. What you need to do is, download the latest software update for your camera. Look for “firmware updates” for your camera model and update it. Just surf the internet on how to update your camera and follow the instructions. If this doesn’t help, go to the ‘Camera Menu’ and restore your camera to factory settings.
4. Battery Error
Battery life has always been a concern when it comes to digital cameras as they drain really fast. If you’ve been facing this too, try turning off your LCD display screen or dim the brightness on the LCD, as that drains a lot of power. Also, if possible try and stick to the viewfinder to setup your shot, instead of using the LCD screen. Use rechargeable batteries and fully recharge them only after they drain out completely or it’ll reduce the batteries lifespan.
With these tips, you can easily fix minor issues at home and save money on repairs. But, there are chances that the camera may have some internal issues in the future that can’t be repaired at home. This includes, flash failure, power button malfunction, charging malfunction and other in-built lens-related malfunctions. These can only be fixed at the brand authorized service center. So we’d recommend a digital camera extended warranty or damage protection plan so that you need not spend big bucks on repairs at the last minute or run around looking for service centers.