Minolta Dimage 7 Power Problem Solved

Posted Apr 25, 2006
Last Updated Nov 9, 2011

I used my Minolta Dimage 7 for around two years, including a year working for a newspaper. The camera served me well over that period, but towards the end it started to shut off at inconvenient moments. I remember several occasions where I composed up to a few dozen people for group shots to find that my camera turned off when I was supposed to snap a shot.

The problem grew and I finally retired the Dimage 7. While the image quality was good, it was no longer reliable. It was replaced with a Canon 10D.

Lately I have been teaching photography to my family. We have several cameras, but I wanted yet another for my daughter. I decided to pull out the Dimage and dust it off.

I found that its power issue was worse than when I last used it. But I did have an idea sparked by a problem I encountered on my Canon 10D last year: solving the Err 99 dilemma required me to scrub the electrical contacts of the lens and camera with a pencil eraser. I became suspicious of a related problem on the Dimage.

I took a pencil and vigorously scrubbed the battery contacts in the camera, along with all the batteries. After doing this, I turned on the camera and took a couple hundred shots; the camera remained on. In fact, it did not turn off at all until I had exhausted the batteries.

While this may not be a widespread problem, it indicates that digital cameras are much more susceptible to electrical problems due to unclean contacts than other electronic equipment I have used.

So if your Minolta Dimage 7 turns off randomly, try scrubbing the battery contacts with a pencil eraser. It worked for me, bringing back a camera that I had given up for dead a long time ago.

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Andrew Nairne

May 5, 2010

As the previous comment i'm forever grateful for that advice, simple and effective. i'd not picked up my dimage for at least three years, but now it's back in buissness.


Jus Truth

Aug 26, 2009

Thank you for this post!!! I also have a Dimage 7 and your advice has saved me quite a bit of money and heartache as I am planning to leave for a once and a lifetime vacation. You are great, take care!


Joey Silfred

Nov 6, 2008

Thanks for the time on the Minolta Dimage 7 problem I did as you suggested and now I have no more problems! I also really like your band pictures. If you'd like to chat email me rock109@safe-mail.net

Nora Titzov

Jun 26, 2008

just read your topic Minolta Dimage 7 Power Problem Solved, thank you so much, has been a life saver.

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