I have a four-year old Nikon Coolpix 4500 that I’ve owned for a bit more than four years. It’s served me well over that time, and it’s visited four continents in my search for the perfect shot. Unfortunately, it appears to have picked up mad camera disease on my recent trip to London.
When I went to power it up tonight to take a photo of a magazine spread, I was greeted with a black LCD screen. At first, I thought that I’d left the lens cap on, so I reached to take it off and I realized that it was already off. It almost looks as if the shutter is stuck closed. I get the normal markings on the LCD screen, but the image is always all black. I can use the viewfinder to see photos from my trip to London two weeks ago.
When I attempt to take pictures, I hear some mechanical noises from the lens area. The shutter sound isn’t quite as crisp as it usually has been, so it seems as if it the shutter is not opening.
I’ve written to Nikon tech support with a description the problem. I hope they can help, but if the camera is done for, I will probably buy that digital SLR that I’ve had my eye on.