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Can't take pictures or videos

I can turn the camera on if the mode is on playback. But whenever i switch the mode to taking pictures or videos the lens opens and then the power cuts out. I have to switch the mode back to playback and then turn the camera on in order to shut the lens. So basically the camera works in playback mode but switches off in shooting modes.

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Re: Can't take pictures or videos

The lens block appears to be defective. If you need this pl.let us know further.

Posted on Aug 14, 2006

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