Tip & How-To about Cameras
Over an extended period, I have seen many questions regarding Nikon Coolpix cameras such as the L810 that have problems with the retractable lens not extending or retracting. Believe it or not, these cameras are well engineered and can hold up to the riggers of industrial use if properly cared for. My department has three L810's that we purchased in 2011 that have been in use five days a week since that time with each taking an average of 150 exposures a day and they all still work. That is about 150,000 shutter actuations each. For comparison, Nikon's DSLRs higher end DX format cameras are rated at 100,000 shutter activations by Nikon while the professional cameras like the D810 is rated at 300,000. The secret to why our low end L810's have lasted so long is that we treat them with respect.
Lens jams are often the result of a dirt or dust accumulation the permeates the mechanism. ALWAYS keep the lens cap on when you are not actually taking pictures and keep your camera clean and away from dusty or damp environments. Be carful that your camera does not get bumped against any solid objects; especially when you have it swinging on a neck strap. Also, clean your lens immediately if it gets fingerprinted by following proper lens cleaning procedures. That will not prevent lens jams, but it will protect the delicate coating on your lens.
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