Ed Rooney

Checking on Sony RX100 USB flaps

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Have any of you had trouble with your flap?

 

I have and I know others who've had the problem. And I'm wondering if Sony has fixed this weakness on the newer models. I have a 100/3. The flap is the only problem I've had with this tiny gem of a camera.

 

Edo

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It won't close, Michael. Just hangs open.

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Blu-Tack/sticky tape/remove it, in that order.

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No problem with mine either.

I find when closing flap when in the almost clicked shut position it is necessary to (GENTLY) push the flap towards the hinged edge. This allows the little tabs on the open edge to slide behind the catch on the body.

Unless, of course, you have snapped the tabs off your flap, or they have worn away with use. You need a magnifying glass to see the tabs on the edge of the flap.

 

Allan

 

 

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If everything else fails and the thing is out of warranty, check Ebay for rx100 battery door. Lowest price $25.51 free shipping.

Doesn't look too hard to repair if it's just the door itself including the hinge.

 

wim

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I never open and close mine. I download my card through a card reader. Charge my battery through a charger that plugs into the wall. Never hook up anything through that port so no problems. I doubt I’ve ever opened the flap!  

For sure I won’t, now. :D

Betty

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12 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

It won't close, Michael. Just hangs open.

 

I found a magnifier and had a closer look. One of the two tiny clips is broken off.

 

(I'm gonna try to sell this camera to Wim. Maybe I can convince him that a little Sony with a broken clip is valuable as a collector's item.)

 

And, Betty! That's cheating, never to use the USB! 

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I can send you an inch of gaffer tape by mail ;-)

Pity you're not in NY anymore. There's this great art supplies store on Canal that's been there for ages. They have this black painter's tape. Nowhere to be found in Europe. I have a stash in my drawer. Actually every real art supplies shop in the US has it in at least two widths. And sometimes even the stuff with a thin cloth back as well, that we used to repair 4x5 cassettes with. However I have repaired some with painter's tape as well.

 

This broken clip, is that on the  cover or on the housing?

 

wim

 

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Edo,

 

I've always felt that the flap could be a weak point since the Mk1 version so have opened and closed with greatcare.  So far no problems with Mk1 or Mk3.

 

John

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7 hours ago, wiskerke said:

I can send you an inch of gaffer tape by mail ;-)

Pity you're not in NY anymore. There's this great art supplies store on Canal that's been there for ages. They have this black painter's tape. Nowhere to be found in Europe. I have a stash in my drawer. Actually every real art supplies shop in the US has it in at least two widths. And sometimes even the stuff with a thin cloth back as well, that we used to repair 4x5 cassettes with. However I have repaired some with painter's tape as well.

 

This broken clip, is that on the  cover or on the housing?

 

wim

 

 

Clip (tab) is on the flap. Catches under lip on housing.

 

Allan

 

 

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It's a very simple repair. I just took it apart in 1 minute:

Unscrew the screw. Push down the plastic lid at the end, so the metal part detaches from the tiny little plastic pin. Now the whole plastic part slides out. The latch itself is the only part that moves and it's clicked onto the lid. That latch would be the only thing required. However the whole cover including the hinge and spring and battery retaining clip is cheaper in those Ebay links, then any other single part.

My guess is that a Sony repair facility will see enough of those to repair that they will have some in stock. Popping one out and a new one in is a matter of minutes. If you're really friendly with the repair guys, they might slip you one.

It's a 1cts piece, but there's no way of knowing what the official repair price would be.

The latch is the same in all models. In the newest one the cover whips open much quicker and further than all the rest which only pop up a millimeter or so. The VI opens up in one go all the way to 90 degrees. Could be newness, but I suspect an upgrade.

 

Sad to hear Pearl Paint went the way of the dodo. That was an institution. I can see why leaving NYC is acceptable. NOT. ;-)

 

wim

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16 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

 

I found a magnifier and had a closer look. One of the two tiny clips is broken off.

 

(I'm gonna try to sell this camera to Wim. Maybe I can convince him that a little Sony with a broken clip is valuable as a collector's item.)

 

And, Betty! That's cheating, never to use the USB! 

:D Not cheating! Very intelligent at recognizing a weak point! I major in recognizing some weak points then go in for the kill.

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I don't argue with folks who live in gun country.

 

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On 7/30/2018 at 18:37, Betty LaRue said:

I never open and close mine. I download my card through a card reader. Charge my battery through a charger that plugs into the wall. Never hook up anything through that port so no problems. I doubt I’ve ever opened the flap!  

For sure I won’t, now. :D

Betty

 

That's what I do with my rx100 I as well.  I don't think I've opened the flap either.

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On 7/31/2018 at 14:51, Ed Rooney said:

I don't argue with folks who live in gun country.

 

No fear. I have a pellet gun. You’d survive. :D

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