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Umpossible to take pictures

My camera's playback works, but when I try to switch to video or thetaking picture function, it beeps five times, and the screen goes black. The lens is retracted. So the camera does not takepictures or video, only shows the pictures that I have already taken.How do I get the lens to extend and the camera to start takingpictures? The camera hasn't been abused in any way according to my ownknowledge.

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Might seem silly, but have you checked the batterries?? The beeps usually signal a loss of power, if not check shutter is not jammed with dust particles, use compressed air to shift it.

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