Cameras forum


Minolta Dimage A1 help

by salsaia / May 26, 2013 3:09 AM PDT

I found my dads old Minolta Dimage A1 camera today, but it doesn't work. I thought it would be cool to try and fix it myself and get it working again, but I don't know that much about cameras. When you turn the camera on, everything works fine. I can navigate through the menus, adjust the settings, everything like that just fine. The problem is when I try and take a picture. When i take the lens cover off, both the LCD screen and the viewer? (the place you look through) are just black. I can still "take a picture" but it's just black on the screen when trying to view it. Even when i plug it into my computer and view the pictures that way, they are just black. I have come to the conclusion that it is definitely something with the lens, due to the facts. I tried to remove the lens, but i don't think it's possible. Does anyone have any advice or suggestions I could do? Anything is very appreciated.

Answer This Ask For Clarification
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Minolta Dimage A1 help
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Minolta Dimage A1 help
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Collapse -
Minolta Dimage A1
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / May 26, 2013 6:55 AM PDT
In reply to: Minolta Dimage A1 help

Sony bought out Minolta Camera Division several years ago.
Sony provided support for a few years but that was only temporary.
That time is up and repair has been left to the open market.
There are several places that offer Minolta repair.

You can download a User Manual at:

You can do a Google search and find other places where you can download a Manual.

There was a recall many years ago for failure of the CCD sensor.
That may be why the display of new pictures is black.
The recall expired in 2011.
You can read the details here:

If the sensor is bad, you should still be able to see the menus and view old pictures that were taken before the sensor failed.

You may be able to find an A1 camera on ebay for about $50.
So think about that before you spend much money repairing that one.


Collapse -
Small world.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 26, 2013 7:07 AM PDT
In reply to: Minolta Dimage A1 help

Just back from a road trip and a relative's Dimage was looked at and the CCD had failed. It was about a 10 year old camera so it's a loss.

Popular Forums
Computer Help 49,613 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,349 discussions
Laptops 19,436 discussions
Security 30,426 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 20,308 discussions
Windows 10 360 discussions
Phones 15,802 discussions
Windows 7 7,351 discussions
Networking & Wireless 14,641 discussions


Free trip to the Grand Prix

Don't miss your chance to win a trip to the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Monaco for you and a plus-one.