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Will not Take Pictures, Lens possibly damaged

When I turn on my camera, the only way it will work is if I want to look at the photos I have taken. If I switch the camera to "Take Picture" mode, the camera will beep and then turn off by itself. I think the lens might be damaged because it seems stuck, but do I have to bring the camera to an electronic store to get it fixed? Or is there a way I can fix it myself? Thanks

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Re: Will not Take Pictures, Lens possibly damaged

Just wanted to say that the tapping method actually worked! My Powershot SD450 was in a dusty/rainy environment and the screen didn't make any kind of jamming noise at all... just wouldn't open when I turned it on, the camera beeped five times and shut itself off (I have a cracked screen, so I couldn't tell if there was an on screen error). I tried tapping and pressing on the lens area while powering on and after about 10 tries it worked. I ended up opening the camera and trying to dust it out as well. Just wanted to say thanks BowerR64

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Re: Will not Take Pictures, Lens possibly damaged

Is the lens sticking out at all? does it look square to the body? the front has a square opening is it square with the rest of the camera? Some times a weak battery can cause this or debris in the gears of the mechanism. Sometimes tapping on the unit while powering it on can free the lens and it will function. Sometimes a fresh charged battery will also work. It sometimes can take a bit of power to get it over the jam. Have you dropped it or banged it recently? have you shot in a dusty enviornment latley? sand, dust wind? these conditions can cause problems.

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I have heard a lot of complaints about people taking Blurry Photos.

There are a few possibilities for it and a few easy fixes.

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Please let me know if these tips work for you!


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Hi there please follow the steps and let me know the result.
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2. Look carefully between the lens and the camera body for any sand, dirt or any damaged etc.
3. Try turning the camera with the lens facing down and shake to dislodge anything stuck
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5. Now turn on camera( with out card ) and see ,if working then fix the memory card & again turn on the camera. If working then fine . Otherwise format the memory card and fix back in camera again & try. Make sure before format the memory card take a back up all photos in your computer then format. If no luck then reset or restore the camera setting by pressing Menu key for 2 sec .. in not done the press both Menu & self time key for 2 - 4 sec.
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