Cameras issues can be a big headache, especially if it is your daily driver that has broken. The first step in such a situation is to check your camera’s warranty status.
If warranty is over then it is crucial to first figure out what’s broken. Then lets look at how much does camera repair cost. This will help you make an informed decision when deciding whether the camera is still worth the repair fee since since some parts can be too costly to repair.
Many problems can occur with a camera. Like an unresponsive screen, lens covers not opening or closing correctly, the camera is not powering on/off correctly, and blurry images. Some issues can be more complicated than others when doing repairs.
How much does camera repair cost on average?
The average cost for a repair is about $100-$200, depending on the issue, including parts, labor, and shipping. Sometimes you might have to purchase a new camera instead of repairing your older one if it is not worth the repair fee.
Common camera issues and their repair costs
Every camera malfunction has a different cost associated with it, but there are some common problems that you might experience, so let’s cover the costs associated with those common problems.
$50-$150 is the expected repair cost for an unresponsive screen and/or lens cover not opening or closing properly. In this case, the whole LCD panel or the whole lens mechanism would have to be replaced, but overall, it’s a straightforward repair.
Power issues, on the other hand, can be pretty complicated and can cost upto $100-$200 if the camera is failing to power on/off correctly. This is because a power issue can be anything from a simple battery replacement to the whole main board needing a repair.
$30-$100 is the expected cost to fix blurry images if it’s a lens issue. (Sensor issue can cost more).
Another common problem that you might experience with a camera is the flash not working. Several things can cause this problem, but it is usually due to the capacitor not getting enough voltage. The cost for repairing this issue is $75-$150.
Another common complaint with cameras is the lens getting stuck in the extended position. This malfunction happens when something gets stuck in the lens or if the camera’s internal components get stuck. The cost for repairing this issue is $75-$150.
Should you attempt to repair a Camera yourself?
Taking apart a camera is quite complicated and small components can easily be lost. Therefore, those who repair cameras must have enough know-how and experience to do this task, and they also must be able to recognize the individual parts that they will be handling.
If you are experienced with working on small electronics, you might be able to repair a Camera so long as you have the replacement part.
If your camera is under warranty, then it’s best to try having the manufacturer fix the problem first. If they can’t fix it or a defect in a brand new product that you ordered on Amazon, you should contact Amazon and request a warranty replacement.
Amazon will send you a new camera in that case, and then you should wait until the end of your 30 days (or whatever your return window is) to send back the defective camera.
Here’s a teardown of a popular Canon camera to help you understand what parts go into making your camera work.
Marco Downs is is the creative head of this website. Marco stumbled upon photography only in college when he joined the photography club. His parents could never afford a camera for him as a child and it was in college that he saved up and bought his first camera. He now writes in-depth buyer guides and informational articles to assist the buyers.