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Power keeps shutting down.

When i press the power button the Pentax Optio screen appears for a moment while the lens comes out, then screen goes black, and the power shuts off. I was just using it and it was working beautifully.

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  • egdirbtcip Nov 16, 2008

    I have the SAME problem with my Pentax Optio M20. It poweres up then about 2 seconds later it shuts down. Replaced with all kinds of new baterries: Lithium, Alkaline , Rechargable Nicads. Still does the same thing. I called the factory. They said to send it in for repair. I thought YEAH RIGHT... The cost will probably be more then replacing this piece of junk.

    Disappointed in Maryland

  • KBball Dec 12, 2008

    I am experiencing the same problem and was also hesitant of sending it in.

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It sounds like you may have a bad lens assembly, but you did not mention if it seems to be fully extending or not. If it is sticking, it will usually buzz. If it fails to open all the way, it will turn itself back off. This sounds like what may be happening. I can fix this for $40, or you can send it to Pentax in Arizona. I don't know what they charge for a lens assembly, but the minimum charge for this camera seems to be about $90. If you just want to get rid of this camera, I also buy all Pentax Option a10, a20, a30, a40 cameras.
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