Question about Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-P32 Digital Camera
My son dropped the camera smack dab on the lens while it was on in camera mode. The lens was crooked and you could hear the gears turning when you tried to shut the camera on or off. Is this fixable by me or does it have to be sent off? I've had estimates from $50 to $150, at the $150 price I should probably buy a new cam. Any help from anyone? Thanks
You sound as if you don't want to waste money on this camera. You could try to gently pull the lens straight. If it's leaning to the right then pull the lens to the left. Don't use brute force but it's possible to realign the lens this way. If it works you'll hear a click and the lens will look straight. Switch on and see if it retracts. I'd only use this as a last resort because you can cause additional damage if it's overdone. But believe me I've seen it done and I've done it myself with about a 40% win rate. bmw
Posted on May 26, 2006
Thank you for the advise. I was ready to take camera to camera shop. Used two thumbs and the lens went back, after a click. I now don't have to tell my girlfriend. It is her camera.
Posted on Apr 04, 2013
I tried poping the lens out it worked but when u power on its say turn off and power back and the lens doesnt retract
Posted on Apr 07, 2010
THANKS GUYS SO MUCH FOR THIS....IN MY CASE I TRIED TO MOVE A LITTLE THE LENS WHILE THE CAMERA WAS OFF...BUT WHEN I TURN IT ON THEN I COULD EASILY MOVE THE LENS IN THE RIGHT POSITION. I SAVED SO 50$.
Posted on Sep 05, 2008
Same exact thing happened to my Pentax S5z (great camera). Lens jammed and would not retract, so it powered down with lens out. Here's what I did, and the results:
I powered up, and as it tried to extend/retract the lens, I shoved it closed. Then I tried to power it up again--repeatedy, though, the lens didn't move and it powered right off each time. Eventually the grinding sound stopped. I fully disassembled the unit (easier than I thought, did it in a minivan at 70MPH at the time, using eyeglasses screwdriver) and confirmed I burned out the motor that extends/retracts the lens. There are also some very small plactic nubs and springs that you will probably break off and lose like I did. This does not help either. then tried looking for used S5Z's on the internet... let you know how that works. The Option Z10 is NOT it's equal.
Posted on Sep 05, 2008
Bad Thing I Did that and when i press the on button it wont turn on. should i take it back to the shop?
Posted on Aug 19, 2008
This is the same problem I am having and will try it for myself once I get back my free repair estimate. I had another camera that wouldn't open. The repair was $100+. I tried gently rubbing around the lens gap (with my finger nail) and it opened. I can't believe they were going to charge so much for such a simple fix!
Posted on Jul 23, 2008
Thanks for the advice, this is my story to the T, down to the son dropping the camera. lol. I tried unsuccessfully to gently pull and push lens several times. It finally clicked and works now. Easy fix. Thx for posting so I was more confident it would work than just trying to grit my teeth and hope for the best.
Posted on Nov 06, 2007
THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH FOR THE INFO! WE WERE ABLE TO FIX OUR CAMERA BY JUST GENTLY POPPING THE LENS BACK INTO PLACE! Saved us $50. Thank you guys for all the help!
Posted on Oct 27, 2007
I took the advice of the above user and popped my lens back in place. My lens was leaning to one side, so I gently pushed it to the other side until I heard a pop. Then, my lens was able to retract and the camera works.
Posted on Oct 22, 2007
Hi Smarks, This is a common problem, which has happened to me as well. The only thing you can do is have a camera shop fix it. It should not cost more than $50.00 to get the lens back on track, and would be well worth it at that price. Best regards, nightdiver
Posted on May 26, 2006
SOURCE: lens cover won't open
Here's a fix for a Canon A400 lens cover. See if it's applicable for you:
Posted on Nov 17, 2007
SOURCE: Lens cover stuck DSC600
You may have the same problem that i had. It does involve taking the camera apart. Not overly difficult - just fiddly.
Let me know and i'll talk you thro' it
Posted on Aug 27, 2008
Try cleaning your battery compartment contacts with a Q-Tip "dampened" in rubbing alcohol. The computer is getting a weak signal and is unable to decipher its commands. Also, clean the battery terminals and the charger contacts. I'm certain this will solve your problem. Thanks, Dana
Posted on Oct 04, 2009
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