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.
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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ok have same problem press the power button and and the play> button at the same time. your screen will come on but not lens. then hold the play button down untill lens come out. this will work for you , you may have to do it a couple of times but it will work
I have the same problem. Here's a couple of things to try:
You can still access the picture review features by holding down the review button while you turn it on (note that if you hold down the trash button you'll see the firmware version.)
What doesn't work: Resetting the camera from the setting menu; replacing the battery, replacing the SD card, cursing.
I've been able to consistently get it to function normally by hitting the camera into the palm of my hand on the left side (with the viewing screen facing you), just after turning on the camera. If this doesn't work, keep hitting harder until it works. Once on the camera works normally.
My guess is that the lubricants are getting old and sticky - I had a Canon SLR that developed the same problem after being in the extreme cold. Possibly temperature changes may affect this problem - warm good, cold bad.
My optio t10 did basically the same thing...turned on, lens goes out, then automatically shut off. I took the advice of a solution listed here for another problem...hit the camera. For whatever reason it worked.
A- I have a Pentax Opio S
hence I had to get the "fwdc110p.bin" file here:
B- Drop this file on your SD Card at the root directory (same level as
DCIM folder) or as described by the following link and then close your camera
Attention: Do not load this file yet onto the camera i.e. the menu+power on
procedure, follow step C first... Important!!!Insert
a fully charged battery or connect to an external power source.
C- Open the now infamous "Secret Menu" in order to re-initialize your
camera prior to re-installing the new firm ware: Simultaneously press MENU +
Flash symbol button + Power
ON...a white screen with data
written in black should show.
Then a sequence of buttons must be pressed: 2 times the focus button
(flower, mountain, MF symbols button) followed by 2 toggles to the
Right of the "OK" button...then press MENU once and voile...the
Secret Menu appears!
Using the down toggle of the OK button, go to ROM UPDATE then go down to
"SYSTEM INITIAL" and press OK. Press another OK to
re-initialize your camera.
Once this has been completed, turn your camera off.
D- Load the firm ware by opening your camera with the MENU+Power ON
procedure...finally this should be posting "Complete" after the
"Loading" message, instead of the "Error!" that we
initially kept on having.
Your camera should be working perfectly! Only thing is that you will have
to redo your personal settings on it from scratch...but hey, this is much
better than to wait for months to get your camera back from Pentax and save
that money for your next photogenic trip!
The LCD goes dark after the camera has been inactive for a time, to save battery. When that happens, you can easily restore the LCD display by half-pressing the shutter.
If you want to, you can turn this off by selecting menu-setup-SleepTimeout and turn it off. (I don't recommend it, though, as the LCD always on will drain your battery).