A summary based on 1000's of cameras of all brands I have seen and repaired. The weak spots of the spy cams are:
- LCD display - Glass! Easily broken, when knocked or pressure applied!
- Media compartment
CF Card - long pins inside the camera need to access contacts inside the little holes of the card. Even though the card has grooves along the side, which act as guide rails, I have seen cameras with damaged card slots. Pins easily break off or bend, when not careful during seating or extraction of the card.
- Tape mechanism - very delicate and flimsy - does not apply any pressure, when loading or removing the tape! Keep it clean and shut, when not used.
- Disc mechanism - not too bad, just watch discs for fingerprints and scratches, of course.
- Extendable lens - jammed lens sections due to dirt, sand, and impact. So keep it clean, free of dirt and sand at any time. Make sure the lens is inside when the camera is not used!
Self-induced faults: Liquid, Sand and shock damage make up about 70% of all repairsRead More