Toshiba PDR-M4 Review

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Horace.'s review of Toshiba PDR-M4

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“I had enjoyed using this Toshiba PDR M4 digital camera...”

Written on: 15/06/2002 by Horace. (1 review written)

Good Points
Good photos, fast file transfer, compact.

Bad Points
Mode Dial Fallen off.

General Comments
I had enjoyed using this Toshiba PDR M4 digital camera and would like to get it repaired, although fitting the ribbon cable into place looks tricky. Anyone have any tips for repairing it myself?



Could this problem be related to heat from the battery if you leave it charging for too long? My mode dial fell off afer charging for a few hours.

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30853_Pdrm4 Owner.'s Response to 27920_Horace.'s Review

Written on: 28/07/2002

I had two years of faithful service and decent pictures from the PDR-M4 before the setting dial broke off. It is not heat from the battery and you did nothing wrong. I have seen other review sites and this appears to be the most common problem with the camera. I irrepairably damaged my camera by opening it trying to diagnose the problem. There is a simple solution that works well. On the underside of the dial, you will see small white marks the size of pinheads. those are the sheared off remnants of the tiny pinnings that held the knob on the camera.
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<br>You can superglue (epoxy) the knob back on to the camera. This works really well, but a few words of caution: Make sure the knob it aligned corretly when you put it on the camera. Use a toothpick and place the glue on the broken points on the dial, let it dry for a few seconds before placing it on the camera. Don't put a "glob" of glue on the dial or try to apply glue to more surface area than the broken contact points. Better the knob should fall off again than risk ruining the camera by getting glue in the knob's rotary track. Don't be overly concerned if you destroy the camera in the process. The cost of having the camera professionally repaired is the same as the cost of purchasing a refurbished used PDR-M4. Good Luck.

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