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The lens doesnt close, the camera beeps 3 times and shuts off.

I took a picture and the lens never closed. the screan is functional but when i turn the camera on it's all blurry, like it's out of focus. then the camera beeps three times and the screan shuts off, but the lens is still out. it wont close. when i turn the camera on (those few seconds before it beeps and shuts off) the buttons are not functional either.

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Hi just had the same problem I freaked out and then read that about the lenses problem so I figured screw it if it is broke I have to go out and buy a new one anyway....BUT I yanked a LITTLE on the lens and poof fixed it....

Posted on Oct 17, 2007

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Hey, did you get this fixed?

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The gears on the lens are out of sync. My husband took our camera apart and made the repair. My suggestion would be to get a professional to fix it or buy a new camera. There is no easy fix. Sounds to me that this is a big problem with this particular camera. Though it takes a great pictures and we were happy with it, I wouldn't buy another camera of this brand.

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The batteries are dead...

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SOURCE: the lens doesnt close and when i turn the camera on it bips three times and the screan shuts off. the lens wont close.

The batteries need to be changed. The digital batteries sold at the stores die out too fast. I had this same problem. In result, I purchased rechargeable battieries.

Posted on Dec 14, 2006

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