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DIGITAL CAMERA LENS RETACTED (LENS ERROR ) NOT TURNED ON AFTER CHARGING BATTERY

I purchased a Kodak camera model Easyshare C330, but there was a problem on the lens. When I turned the camera on, the screen shows the error 15 and 25. It says something about "Lens error" and "Lens stepper motor error".
I was looking for some information on internet about how to fix this problem and I found this is a common failure on Easyshare kodak cameras. So far, this problem affects models DX 4530, V550, C310, C330, C643 C743, LS443 and who knows how many models.
Taken from http://www.josepino.com
The solution posted on internet is so simple: Hit it. bang the camera and the lens will work again. Even a woman said she was so upset, she throwed the camera against the wall and miracle!, it was working again.
So, How is possible that "banging" the camera will fix it? Doesn't make sense.
My camera have no serial number as it was erased because the use (Kodak, next time, engrave serial numbers), so I was not able to determine if it still under warranty. Kodak charges more than $100.00 to fix it plus shipping and handling... a new camera is less than $100.00
I decided to find the reason who those camera fails, even the Nikon cameras (coolpix models) have the same problem, specially the L3 and L4. As I have experience on electronics and destroying some items, I decided to find the source of the failure by myself.


First, I removed 6 screws from the camera.
*** Warning *** Do not try this. Hi-voltages are present on all digital cameras.


To remove the front cover, I had to remove two screws on the side.

Before removing the cover, I had to pry the trigger to remove it. Now, the front will come out.

Now, after receiving a nasty shock becase I was not careful enough, I had to discharge the capacitor. It contains more than 300 volts with a high current charge. Believe me: You shoud NOT try to open your camera unless you know what are you doing.

After removing the cover, I found there is no access to the lens mechanism, so I had to find another way to disassemble it. While looking, I saw the low quality work done on the camera during assembly at the factory.

To access the lens, I had to remove the display. Removing it carefully as I had to use a flat screwdriver taking care of the ribbon cable. The white and pink cables are hi-voltage cables.

Under the display, there are four screws that needs to be removed.


Finally, I have access to the lens. Now, I have to remove three (maybe four) more screws to see the lens mechanism and find why those cameras fails.
The CCD is completely exposed. It should be protected and avoid any contact with it.

Finally, Here is the problem: Teeth gears are broken.
Those gears are tiny that, actually, it breaks easily.
So. If you have a Digital camera with "Lens Error", you may be able to fix it banging it because the broken tooth is jamming the mechanish. When you hit the camera, the tooth broken will fall and the mechanism will work again...

... but it will not work for too long. Slowly, other tooth gears will break and the lens will die.
Kodak, as other manufacturers, saves a lot of money using cheap part. Shame on you Kodak! A simple gear that cost less than 5 cents makes a $100.00 camera completely unusable.
Well... In fact, is not their fault. Think about it and you will find why manufacturers are using cheap parts.

So, If you have a Kodak camera, or Nikon camera with "lens error", it may work again if you bang it a little, but that "repair" doesn't completely fix the problem. It will completely break soon.

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My lens will not pop out or open up. It is saying lens error 15.


This is most common failure among digital cameras. There's a halfway chance of fixing it yourself, described here: fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.

Hope helps.

May 12, 2011 | Kodak EasyShare C330 Digital Camera

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What does lens error 14 mean. Screen goes black


This is a lens error. KODAK suggests a repair for this fault.

However a repair for this model is around 48 pounds, you are properbly. better off considering a new camera. KODAK also offers a trade up option where you will have the opportunity to trade up to a newer model 25-30% cheaper than the market price.

Contact KODAK:
http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-path=14563&pq-locale=en_US&_requestid=3490

Feb 08, 2010 | Kodak EasyShare C330 Digital Camera

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The screen keeps saying lens error 14 then its says lens error 22


pls tap the bottom of camera and see if it works i mean tap hard it might come out or not it is stuck with dust and sand or something like that or the GEAR might be broken then i will suggest buy a new one dont waste time in replacements
consider FUJIFILM.com they are good in cameras
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Regards

Zohail

May 28, 2009 | Kodak EasyShare C330 Digital Camera

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lens on camera (kodak easyshare c330)


Hi There,
Try removing the batteries the reinstall them and press the Power On Button. Let me know if the lens retracts.

Mar 30, 2009 | Kodak EasyShare C330 Digital Camera

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Lens error 25 and 15


This is probably THE most common failure among digital cameras. There's a halfway chance of fixing it yourself, described here: http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html

Mar 25, 2008 | Kodak EasyShare C330 Digital Camera

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