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Coolpix 8700 turns itself on, with power switch in off position

A few seconds after I turn my camera off, and it has closed down, it turns back on again. Even though the switch is set to shooting mode, it turns on in playback, so the lens doesn't open, and I wouldn't have noticed that it was on but by chance. In this state, it wont do anything else but playback, and wont turn off. I have to take the battery out to stop it from running down. When I put the battery back in, it shows "set date & time" screen, but I then can't get away from this, except by removing battery again. If I put battery in with switch set to "on", it functions as normal in shooting mode, until after I turn it off and it shuts down. It turns back on again!!
Anybody know what's going on, & more importantly, what I can do about it, without it costing an arm and a leg. I really like this camera.
Cheers in advance, Jon.

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  • wind_cruiser Dec 07, 2008

    Well, so much for "Fixya" being a great site for help. Not a whisper.

    Anyway, not to panic, 'cos a couple of weeks ago my camera started to work again all on its own, so fingers crossed and all that.

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Hello

The problem is that the lens has become stuck in the barrel. There are some DIY solutions you could try, but the probability is that you will have to get it fixed by a professional.

Use these at own risk as it may further damage the camera.

Firstly , try connecting your ac adapter or usb cable.

Try holding the shutter button while switching on the camera.

Look at the lens , and if some of the lens 'circles' is misaligned or not concentric then try wiggling it (while holding camera lens down).

Try gently pushing or pulling the lens when it extends but this is risky as it may cause the lens barrel to slip out of its guidance system.

Another way to do this is to place the camera lens down on a hard surface and then power it up. Be sure to use a soft cloth or something similar as to not scratch your lens or casing. Let the lens push the camera up and down a few times and sometimes the little resistance provided by the camera is enough to get things going again.

Try hitting your camera near the lens on the body with the soft tissue on the palm of your hand.

Other than that , I would take the camera to a repair center for a evaluation to see if it would cost more to repair than to replace the camera.

If it is still under warranty I would suggest you take it in before trying any of these steps and remove any off-brand batteries or accessories as some stores are really fussy about warranty repairs on camera's with non-brand accessories.

You can also have a look at THIS link.

Hope the advise is useful. please do not hesitate to let me know if you need any further assistance.

Regards
Andrea

Posted on Sep 29, 2010

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