Hello i have a nikkon coolpix s52c and it was working fine until a couple of weeks ago. now every time i trun it on it reads lens cover error. to be honest i dont recal that the lens had a cover that open and close when turn on. so i have no idea what i should do. i did find some tips in fixya but among the raiting i found your concerns saying not to follow those. so here i am trying to see if you have an aswer to me because this is quite a new camera and i am frustrated. let me know please my email is email@example.com
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Re: lens cover error
Your camera does have a small door or lens cover that slides up and down to cover the lens when the camera is turned off. Is it not closed and now the camera will not work at all?
You can try tapping the camera in your hand, but not on a table... though I don't think it will accomplish much. Most likely there is dirt or a sticky liquid that has caused the cover to jam, so you will need to open the camera and clean it out with alcohol if it's sticky.
You can try compressed air, but not extremely powerful air.. be gentle; digital cameras are very advanced pieces of technology, just remember what you're holding in that little square in your hand, its an amazing piece of equipment!
My best advice, if you're comfortable with it, is to open the camera and clean it and see if something is broken. If you don't want to do it yourself (and I don't know what country you live in...) but we can do it for you for $35 total if you are in the US, slightly more for shipping costs if you are outside the US.
Let me know if you have any other questions and please don't rate me low and move on... ask for more help so that I may earn a higher rating from you. =)
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This is probably THE most common failure among digital cameras. There's a halfway chance of fixing it yourself, described here: http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html
Hey SandyG1019, If you just purchased this camera 2 weeks ago it might still be within the retailers return/exchange period, and I would suggest you just exchange it for a new one. This error message should mean that something is obstructing the movement of the lens (i.e. sand), but could also be do to a problem with the lens mechanism itself. If you choose to try and resolve the problem you could try blowing compressed air into the side of the lens to try and dislodge whatever is stuck in the lens. This being said I would suggest instead having the camera looked at by an authorized service technician since the camera is most likely covered under a manufacturers’ warranty, and the repair would most likely be free. I hope this helps! Sincerely, Allan Go Ahead. Use Us.
Apparently often related to a lens motor malfunction. My old 4300 just gave this error for the first time today. The lens extended but made a whirring noise before the message popped up. Nothing I tried would fix it - but after I drove home it worked fine again.
I had a similar problem over a year ago after the camera fell out of my backpack (it was in its own bag but not well padded). When I used it the lens stuck and refused to retract, but I don't recall a "System Error" message. After a few tries, the lens went in and it's been fine since, until today.
Make sure there's nothing (dust, dirt) stuck in the lens barrels. Otherwise, just keep turning it on and off and hope it works.
Hi Debscan, My 1.4 year old S5 developed the same problem and after checking out various websites I get the impression that it is a common one to these cameras. I found that if I put the camera on a level table and then turn it on (and off) 3 times the lens cover would open further with each try. On the third turn-on the lens cover would drop fully with a definite "Click" and the camera would work. The next time I shut it off, the lens would not close properly, but the same "Third times the charm" routine would always work. This may only delay the inevidable final crash of the camera, but it might get you a few more pictures out of it.