Cameras that get a lot of use often get handled more roughly than originally intended by the manufacturer. But there shouldn’t be any worries; repairing your camera may be as simple as checking for noise, a broken lens, a failed battery or other damage.

Check for Noise
If your camera is making a strange noise during operation, or records sounds during videos that are not normal…it is an internal issue that requires expert attention. Take it into a camera store to see if it is possible to get a look inside and correct the issue– it may be resolved in a half hour or less, and possibly at minimal cost to you.

Broken Lens and Dirt
When the lens is damage through normal wear-and-tear, dust and dirt may gather on the lens. These may interfere with quality photography and ruin normal camera operations. Also, dropping the camera will cause more severe internal damage to motors and other mechanical parts, not to mention the hard drive(if there is one).

The only correction to a broken lens would be to replace it, as putting a broken lens together would be near impossible.

As for the dirt damage, this will require a fine brush that can get into tiny spaces on the camera. Use an air-spray can if necessary to remove other specks of dust and wipe away any smudges that may be left after the cleaning is complete.

Failed battery
After a few years of regular use, the camera’s lithium ion battery may not be as powerful as in its first week. To resolve this issue, purchase a new battery. They are available on the manufacturers website, or contact the customer service number. Additionally, you can shop using Amazon.com or other site.

Other Damage
If the camera has been damaged in any other way that is irreversible- like water damage- be sure to contact the warranty department and learn if it is possible to replace the camera altogether. Sometimes you may be fortunate with a warranty and a camera company will replace the device without charge.

When this is not the case, purchase a different camera in addition to a carrying case suitable for its storage.

Going in For Repairs
Camera damage that is internal will require more expertise than the consumer may have; taking the camera for a detailed check up will be beneficial.

Repairs may cost anywhere from $30 to $150, depending on how common the problem may be and how costly it is to do the repairs. The technicians who work on cameras can provide the advice and probable solutions to your camera damage so you will not need to bargain shop, except in the case where a new lens is up for discussion.

Note: Purchase camera lenses after doing your shopping online and elsewhere.

Finding a New Lens
Your brand of camera may or may not have a new lens on sale to replace the broken one…contact customer service to see if it is possible to send the camera in for repairs. If the camera company can send you a new lens for your camera, accept the charges and the shipping costs; in a week or so you’ll receive the replacement lens.

Installing a New Lens
Follow the instructions provided with the new lens you have purchased. All booklets will come with instructions on how to remove the previous lens and how to make a longer life for the new one. Since your lens has cracked or become damaged in some other way, study ways to protect the lens; this information is provided in the instruction booklet.

Proper Care
Take the time to study the manual for your camera. Does it require special storing? If a case was included, keep it nearby–and store the camera in the case when it is not being used. Remember, a simple knock or dropping the camera just once on the pavement is enough to damage its internal motors, or break a lens.

Note: never store in a wet or damp area as condensation may build up inside the camera.

Conclusion
Cameras used in the field may be damage very quickly if not handled properly, or not stored properly. To ensure the longevity of your camera, keep in a case often, cover the lens with the proper attachment, and store it in a dry place. If you are more careful than necessary, you may never need to take the camera in for repairs – except to change a failed battery, every few years.