Nikon Troubleshooting: Fix Your Nikon Camera

Solutions for some common problems

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You may experience problems with your point and shoot Nikon camera that don't result in any error messages or other easy-to-follow clues. Solving such problems can be a little tricky, and you may feel nervous about attempting to make these fixes yourself. But, Nikon troubleshooting doesn't have to be a difficult process. Use these tips to troubleshoot your Nikon point and shoot camera.

Common Nikon Camera Problems and Troubleshooting Tips

Here are some common problems you might encounter with your Nikon camera, along with some potential solutions.

Camera Won't Power Up

Always check the battery first. It's the most common culprit with a dead camera. Is the battery charged? Is it inserted correctly? Are its metal connectors clean? (If not, you can use a soft cloth to remove any grime from the connectors.) Are there any particles or foreign objects in the battery compartment that could prevent a good connection? Check for all of these things, then try powering the camera up again.

LCD Shows Nothing or Goes Blank Periodically

Some Nikon digital cameras have what the company calls "monitor" buttons, which turn the LCD on and off. It's possible your LCD is turned off, so find your model's monitor button and press it. Also, most Nikon cameras have a power-saving mode where the camera powers down the LCD after a few minutes of inactivity. If this happens too frequently for your liking, consider turning this feature off or lengthening the amount of time before the power-saving mode starts. You can make this type of change to your camera's settings through the on-screen menus, usually the Setup menu on a Nikon Coolpix point and shoot camera.

LCD Is Not Easily Viewed

If the LCD is too dim, you can increase the brightness of the LCD with some Nikon cameras. Some LCDs are difficult to see in direct sunlight because of glare. Try using your free hand to shield the screen from direct sun, or try turning your body to avoid sunshine on the LCD. Finally, if the LCD is dirty or smudged, clean it with a soft, dry microfiber cloth.

The Camera Won't Record Photos When the Shutter Button Is Pushed

Make sure the selector dial is turned to select a photo recording mode, rather than a playback mode or a video recording mode.

Consult your user guide if you cannot decipher the labels on the selector dial.

Also, make sure you have enough battery power to shoot photos. A nearly drained battery won't operate the camera properly. If the camera's autofocus cannot accurately focus on the subject, the Nikon camera won't shoot the photo. Finally, if the memory card or internal memory is full or nearly full, the camera might not save the photo. Occasionally, the camera won't record photos because the camera already has 999 photos in its memory. Some older Nikon models cannot store more than 999 photos at one time.

Camera's Shooting Information Isn't Displayed

With most Nikon point and shoot cameras, you can press a "monitor" button or a "display" button that shows the shooting settings and information on the display screen. Repeatedly pressing this button causes different information to appear on-screen or removes all shooting data from the screen.

Camera's Autofocus Doesn't Work Properly

With some Nikon point and shoot cameras, you can turn off the autofocus assist lamp (which is a small light on the front of the camera providing some extra light to help with auto-focusing on a subject, especially when you're planning to use a flash in a low-light situation). However, if the autofocus lamp is off, the camera may not focus properly. Look through the Nikon camera's menus to turn on the autofocus assist lamp. Or you may simply be too close to the subject for the autofocus to work. Try backing up a little bit.