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Digimaster Happycam 5010 Problem: The shutter that protects the lens is stuck fully open. The camera is stuck with lens fully extended. ERROR 2 appears on the screen. The LED near the top left of the display flashes red. The camera will not take pictures. Before the camera got stuck the movement was getting more and more difficult to achieve. I needed to switch the camera off and on. This camera seems to be identical to the Premier Camera SL-8.

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Camera lens mechanism is broken, need new lens assembly. Cost would be more then camera worth. Better to get new camera.

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That is probably a lens error, or a problem with the main pcb inside the camera.

Only easy fix is checking if the problem disappears by removing batteries and putting them back.

Posted on Oct 12, 2008

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    Ginko Oct 12, 2008

    What you are experiencing is a common lens error.

    This happens because the gears that allow the lens to extend and retract are bent, deformed , or dirty with dust, sand etc on the inside.

    To fix it in the proper way, the lens barrel should be taken apart, and mounted back after fixing the problem.

    To restart it temporarily you can try helping gently the camera lens back in place, while you turn off (or on ) the camera, by pushing it with your finger.

    If that does not work, the camera must be disassembled, in this case the job should be done by a qualified technician.


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