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My Coolpix L20 camera has been freezing up

by EclipseWebJS2 / January 9, 2010 9:46 AM PST

I'm surprised they still didn't release a new firmware for this camera yet!
I was out on a trip to Texas and I was taking pictures, and as I was browsing through pictures on my camera, it locks up! So I had to just open the battery door and close it to reset the stupid thing. What's taking so long for a new v1.1 firmware to become available to address the freezing issue? In fact, now that I think about it, I had taken the camera outside several times before and temperatures outside were below freezing. It would even lock up when the lens is extended, or even when the lens is still in the camera (resetting the power causes the lens to contract). I'm surprised it didn't corrupt my photos and videos.

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Nikon L20
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / January 10, 2010 12:15 AM PST

I suggest you start by resetting the camera.

See Page 98 of the User's Manual to see how to reset the camera.
That resets the camera to factory settings.

The problem you describe sounds like it can be a battery problem

It the battery is weak, it will not function well in cold weather.

If you are using NiMH rechargeable AA batteries, you may have one bad battery.

I would replace both batteries and see if that solves the problem.

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Nikon L20 Problem
by SMOKINCARMEL / June 7, 2010 4:35 AM PDT
In reply to: Nikon L20

I too have this camera and it has been freezing lately. We don't use rechargable batteries. It doesn't matter if the batteries is old or brand new, it still has this problem. We have to open the battery area to reset the camera. I missed out on my daughters graduation pics due to this problem. I am really thinking it is the camera. We buy the lithium batteries for it, not the cheapies, and it goes through them like mad!

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L20 freezing up, battery exhausted
by brecky3 / August 17, 2010 1:50 AM PDT
In reply to: Nikon L20 Problem

If you google this issue, you will conclude that it's the battery door, not you batteries My battery door is difficult to open & close & I think the contacts with the batteries are very sensitive. If you open the door & close it again, that will likely fix the problem. There are also many reports of the door latch breaking & the door breaking off altogether, not only on this model.

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