Tip & How-To about Cameras
If you are havingproblems with your Digital Camera and the lens not working properlythen here are some things that you can try that may help you get itworking again. These problems can include: The camera not startingup, the zoom function not working properly, The focus function notworking properly, and the lens not retracting when the camera is shutoff.
Keep in mind asyou try these things that realistically you have about a 50-50 chanceof fixing many of these problems, and the further down the list yougo the more chance there is that the fix may break your camera, buthey, it isn't working now, so what do you have to loose? Justremember that IF your camera is still covered under a warranty, itwill be better for you to return it and get a new one then to try andfix it yourself.
The first thing tomake sure of is that you have fresh, working batteries in yourcamera. If your batteries are over a year old they are not puttingout full power anymore and you may just need to replace them with newones. I have seen some batteries die in months. Some will fail veryquickly, so never assume that a battery is good. Try a new one! Alsotry holding the function or OK button while you start up the camera.This will keep some of the other functions from working and give youmore power on the start-up.
Next, remove thememory card and try to start the camera without the memory cardinstalled. This will cause some cameras to reset. Then turn thecamera off and insert the memory card. Again restart the camera andsee if it works.
If your digitalcamera has an AV cable, inset that and try to start it up. This alsowill shut down some of the other functions and give it more power forthe start-up. It also may be a good idea to keep it plugged in if youneed to try some of the later fixes.
Now try to lay thecamera flat on it's back. Push the shutter button in as you turn thecamera on. The camera will then try to auto focus as it is startingup. The combination of the focus and the start-up may free the lens.
Now comes theparts that can be a bit more risky.
Using compressedair, like the cans that you blow your keyboard out with or a regularair compressor and nozzle, blow air around the rings of the lens.This may dislodge the dirt that is hindering the lens from moving.Another way also is to use a shop vac. Hold the nozzle over the lenswith it sucking air over the lens as you start the camera up. Becareful that the air does not pull too hard on the lens and causemore damage. In some cases though, the gentle pulling will help toextend the lens.
If that does nothelp, using a thin piece of paper, you can slide it into the gaparound the lens barrel, or use a needle to dislodge dirt if you cansee it. Just be careful not to slide anything in too deep and ruinthe dust gasket around the lens. Also be careful not to scratch thelens.
Now we will startto get desperate. Take the camera and tap it gently on a table top orother hard surface. The cover for the USB cable is a good place totap on. This is often rubber and will cushion the blow a bit.Slapping the camera on your hand or the inside of your thigh may alsowork. Oh, and make sure to unhook that AV cable when doing this. Alsobe aware that this may cause the internal components such as theribbon cables or wiring to come unhooked and cause other problems.Very hard banging, can also cause the LCD screen to crack.
Now, if you havedropped your camera with the lens extended, and the lens is obviouslycrooked, then you will need to tap it straight. To do this usesomething softer, but with a bit of weight. A pencil or a hair brushmay work well. Tap the lens in such a way as to knock it straight. Inother words the opposite way that it is pointing crooked. Do thiswhile trying to turn it on and off. Tapping it on a table top mayalso work.
Now the reallydesperate fix. If everything else has not worked, then you are leftwith no options. Forcing the lens is now your only choice.
Gently as possibletake the lens and with a pulling, twisting, rotating motion, pull andturn the lens at the same time. Also attempt to straighten the lenswhile doing this. You can then push it back gently and try a fewtimes, but do not push the lens all the way back in or you will notbe able to grab it anymore. If you are doing this and you feel aclick, then stop and try the camera, as the guide pins may haveclicked back in place and you are good. It is also possible that theclick is the guide pins breaking, which of course is bad news.
If you aresuccessful in getting the lens to go in and out freely again, you maythen have to turn the digital camera on and off a few times, push theshutter button part way in to activate the auto focus, a few times,to get the camera to recalibrate the auto focus again. Doing thisshould help to get it to work again. Resting the camera may also helpto get it to focus properly again.
This should giveyou many things to try so that your digital camera will work for youagain. But remember that as often as not these may not work and youstill will not have a properly functioning digital camera.
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