Question about Kodak EasyShare DX6340 Zoom Digital Camera
Camera takes great photos but the lens covers will not open when the lens extends. I can pry the covers open with atoothpick -- push one back and they both move. They will not latch in position and snap shud when released.
Try blowing lots of compressed air around the open lens shutter to clean the mechanism. Or use a hair dryer for a few seconds (don't want to heat up the camera). Also with the lens barrel extended and pointed downward, tap the lens barrel with a pencil while you extend and retract the lens by powering the camera on and off. A grain of sand in the mechanism is usually the culprit, and you want to try to dislodge it.
You can open it up, but only as a very last resort. The above procedures usually work if you try them enough. But for those particularly nasty stuck mechanisms, here's an example repair on a Canon Powershot A400 (do this at your own risk, and it will void your warranty):
Posted on Nov 25, 2007
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