Question about Nikon Coolpix 4300 Digital Camera
My CoolPix 4300 had the same problem. I could hear a "clicking sound" and the sound of the motor trying to retract the lens, but it was stuck. I had nothing to lose, as the camera was useless, so I took it apart. What I found was that there is a long gear on the upper right side of the lens (as you are facing the camera), and the part that interfaced with other gears had worn down and would not engage, thus the lens did not move. There are four small screws that hold the lens to the "motherboard" of the camera, and I removed those to take the lens off. Then, I removed the long, worn gear, reversed it so that the worn end was not clos to the end of the lens, and had a good gear to mesh with the lens motor. That solved it! It works like new now!
Posted on Sep 22, 2007
The temptarture has probaly mellted or damaged the insides did you leave it in a car in the summer
Posted on Feb 07, 2007
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Nov 24, 2011 | Nikon Coolpix 4300 Digital Camera
There is a possibility that a bit of grit or debris has got stuck in the retraction mechanism or the lens has been knocked out of alignment.
The camera will have switches inside to tell it when the lens is retracted or extended and if it doesn't make contact within the expected time then it will give this error.
If the there is no warrantee or you dont mind voiding it then I would suggest carefully disassembling the camera and turning the retraction motor by hand to see where the problem is.
Please comment again if you discover anything.
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