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Troubleshoot Non-Retracting Lens Due to Camera Drop

Remove the batteries from your digital camera and leave them out for a few minutes. If you are using rechargeable batteries, make sure the batteries have a full charge before placing them back into the digital camera. It is recommended that you charge the batteries for at least 6 hours. If you are using regular AA or AAA batteries, make sure you are using brand new batteries of the same brand. Turn the camera back on to see if the lens will retract. If that doesn't work, turn the camera back off and try turning it back on while you are pressing the function or OK button.
If the batteries were low when the camera was dropped, the lens may not retract properly until the camera is reset. Remove the memory card from your digital camera and install new batteries. Do not put the memory card back into the digital camera and turn the digital camera back on. You will get an error message regarding the memory card, but that is okay. With some digital cameras, leaving the memory card out will trigger a reset within the digital camera.
If you have an audio/video cable (AV), insert that cable into the digital camera and turn it on. By using an AV cable, the LCD screen will not power on, which means there will be more battery power available to the digital camera. If any dirt got into the digital camera when you dropped it, the extra power may help the camera retract the lens. Place your digital camera on its back on a hard surface. The lens should be pointed towards the ceiling. While pressing the shutter button, turn the digital camera on. The idea behind this concept is that the camera will try to autofocus, which may help seat the lens barrel pins back into their slot.


It is possible that when you dropped your digital camera, dirt, sand particles, etc. may have lodged themselves into the lens barrel. Gently blow around the lens barrel to knock lose any particles. Using a microfiber cloth, wipe off the lens and try to wipe as deep into the lens barrel as you can. You can also try using compressed air and blowing it in the gaps around the lens barrel. Be careful not to blow any of the compressed air onto the lens itself, as the pressure of the air may damage your lens. The idea here is that if there are any particles lodged in the lens barrel by the lens mechanism, you will be able to knock them lose.

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date and time need to be reset everytime i charge the battery


in most of digital cameras there is a small rechargable battery or a capacitor bank used to store settings in memory for few minutes. if that battery is dead it cant hold settigns at memory.

Nov 12, 2011 | Nikon COOLPIX S570 Digital Camera

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Every time I put new batteries in (rechargable batteries or not) the camera will only last to take 1 or 2 photos then say the battery is flat. why is this and is it repairable?


If the camera has been exposed to moisture there may be condensation still inside the camera; this causes a short and cause undue drain on the battery. Will also eventually damage the camera. remove the battery and leave the battery cover off .Place the camera in a warm place for a couple of days, or aim a blow dryer into the battery compartment for a few minutes.
If that doesn't help,then it's probably a defect in the camera circuitry and it's not worth repairing with the low price of digital cameras these days.

Jul 23, 2009 | HP Photosmart M447 Digital Camera

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after takeing only a few photos batteries run out


This is a common problem. Personally I use high quality rechargeable batteries in mine-look for 2500. Dont be tempted by cheap ones. If using standard non rechargeable then always buy a good brand longlife one. Using live view,flash and leaving your camera on when not in use also eats up batteries. If you use live view-adjust the display to turn off after 3 minutes max unattended.Myself-when I take my camera out I take 2 spare sets of batteries with me.

Jun 13, 2009 | Nikon COOLPIX L2 Digital Camera

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Batteries


This is typical of HP Cameras. Try using rechargeable batteries or remove the batteries when you are not using the camera.

Jun 10, 2008 | HP Photosmart E317 Digital Camera

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Remove battery for a minute and insert it again.

There is a Battery Type setting in the Menu of your camera.

Do the following:
- Press Menu/ Ok button
- Go to Set Up 2
- Scroll down to Battery Type

Two options under Battery Type:
- Alkaline- if you are using non- rechargeable battery
- NiMH- if you are using rechargeable battery

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