05.12.2012|Articles & Video

Why digital cameras break down.

These days you will hardly find a person who is not the owner of a cell phone or smartphone. These devices are coming into our everyday life and gaining more new functions such as the 3G, Wi-Fi, radio, clock and calendar, GPS or camera. The camera will be the main hero of this article. Regardless how the smartphones and cell phones cameras progress , they are always within reach and this is their main advantage -we use them to catch funny moments in our life. The main task of a phone camera is to take pictures or make a short video during entertainments. Enyone can take a photo with smartphone or cell phone camera, it does not require special knowledge or skills. Obviously these photos are of poor quality and have short lifetime – they are often just shown to friends and than deleted.

The different story is when you are planning a trip and want to capture interesting moments or simply take important photos. In this case you will not be satisfied with your cell phone camera and you will use a professional one instead.

Nowadays there is a wide range of different cameras. Omitting the details we can suggest that most of them are cameras with all the advantages of high technologies such as high quality image, lots of functions, size and weight minimization. One more significant issue is that digital cameras are very fragile and sensitive. As a result they can be easily broken.

The main cause of damage is careless handling or simple bad luck during trips. Taking into consideration the fact that the high quality cameras are very expensive (not to mention professional devices, that can cost thousands of dollars) it is worth mentioning that in case of any damage you will face problems with its repair. In order to repair the device it is necessary to identify the problem first.

We will try to classify the main reasons and types of breakages which are common for most digital cameras.

Mechanical damage

As we mostly use our cameras during trips, visits and other events the most common reasons of their damage are drops and hits. Camera lens and housing can be seriously damaged if dropped or hit. If scratches and cracks are not of critical importance for operation, the display or zoom damage will not let you use the device in the future.

Broken Nikon LCDBroken Pentax LCD
Digital cameras with broken LCD

You do not need professional consultation to identify that the display is cracked. The next step is to find the necessary spare part and replace it. You should take into consideration that spare parts for digital cameras are very specific and sometimes it is rather difficult to find the proper one at a reasonable price. The All Spares online store offers the wide range of digital spare parts - LCDs and Zoom mechanisms at attractive prices. It is easy to replace any external details but these spares can be fragile or tiny so it is better to apply to service center.  

The next spare part that can be easily broken is a flat cable.

Cable flex para SonyFlat cable for Nikon/Pentax/Samsung Flat Cable for Olympus
Flat cables for digital cameras

The overuse and careless handling of movable spares are the most often reasons of flat cable breakage. In this case the one of camera elements stop working, for instance, LCD (especially rotary and folding), microphone, flash lamp, Zoom, etc. Only the specialist can identify and replace the damaged flat cable. Anyway it is worth mentioning that the price of flat cable is approximately 6-7USD. If a service center offers you overpriced repair you can order only replacement service and buy spare parts online at reasonable prices. The range of flat cables of All Spares can be reviewed here - Flat Cables.


The cell phone breakdowns are often caused by water, especially seawater. Mostly internal boards and electric circuits are subject to such damages/. The problems like this are very difficult to identify so if you have suspicions about water percolation, be sure to turn off you camera and remove the battery. The next step should be visiting the service center or leaving your camera in a dry warm place for a couple of days. After a certain period of time you can try to start your camera and set the battery in. But be aware that the motherboard can be burnt by short circuit ant the motherboard price could be equal to a new camera cost.

Sand and dust

During long trips or seaside holidays cameras could be damaged by sand or dust. It is really difficult to protect your camera from these factors. Sand and dust can harm lens, zoom and other moveable spare parts. The scratches on the lens could not be removed so you will need to buy a new lens. This damage does not occur often and usually happens in extraordinary situations such as windy weather or rubbing a lens with a dirty flannel. It is very difficult to avoid the pollution and the following replacement of spare parts. If you have noticed some jam or strange noise while using your devise, stop using the camera immediately and apply to service center.

Motor for ZOOM mechanism
Zoom mechanism for Canon cameras

If damages are really significant you may need to replace the mechanism or its spare parts. In this case it is very important to identify the damage level correctly. The price of the mechanism can be over 100USD not including the replacement charge. Often you need to replace only the motor or some gear the price of which is approximately 10USD.

The other less widespread breakages can be caused by the following factors such as overheating (damages of inner spare parts, microchips and modules), careless handling (jammed or sunk buttons, slots deterioration, etc), a dead battery after the inappropriate chargers were used. In the most cases these problems can be resolved.

In conclusion of the overview I would like to remind that All Spares online store offers a wide range of spare parts not only for digital cameras and cell phones but also for game consoles, MP3-players, tablets, e-readers and laptops. If you can not find the necessary spare parts please pre-order them or contact our manager for assistance. If your camera or other favorite devise has been damaged don't get disappointed - there is always a way!

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