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Lens stuck the lens in my coolpix 4300, does not retract or zoon in/ out. a ''system failure'' message appears when switched on. I have changed memory card and batteries, to no avail. The only mode that seems to work is the preview/transfer mode.I have mamaged to transfer my pictures, but the camera will not take pictures. this has happen after going to a hot and humid climate. please help??!!

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Re: lens stuck

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!

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Re: lens stuck

The temptarture has probaly mellted or damaged the insides did you leave it in a car in the summer

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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.

Good luck



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The problem is that the lens has become stuck in the barrel. There are some DIY solutions you could try, but the probability is that you will have to get it fixed by a professional.

Use these at own risk as it may further damage the camera.

Firstly , try connecting your ac adapter or usb cable.

Try holding the shutter button while switching on the camera.

Look at the lens , and if some of the lens 'circles' is misaligned or not concentric then try wiggling it (while holding camera lens down).

Try gently pushing or pulling the lens when it extends but this is risky as it may cause the lens barrel to slip out of its guidance system.

Another way to do this is to place the camera lens down on a hard surface and then power it up. Be sure to use a soft cloth or something similar as to not scratch your lens or casing. Let the lens push the camera up and down a few times and sometimes the little resistance provided by the camera is enough to get things going again.

Try hitting your camera near the lens on the body with the soft tissue on the palm of your hand.

Other than that , I would take the camera to a repair center for a evaluation to see if it would cost more to repair than to replace the camera.

If it is still under warranty I would suggest you take it in before trying any of these steps and remove any off-brand batteries or accessories as some stores are really fussy about warranty repairs on camera's with non-brand accessories.

You can also have a look at THIS link.

Hope the advise is useful. please do not hesitate to let me know if you need any further assistance. Also, please be so kind to let me know if you found this helpful.


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Nikon Coolpix 4300 lens stuck in out position. system error message on monitor. No mishandling. Has been great for several years.

I found a really tiny Philips screw driver - unscrewed the case, removed the long plastic label from top and undid clips underneath the label. Took it apart - looked at it in depair and put it all back together again - and the lens slid back in . It is now working perfectly!! You only risk this sort of action as a last resort.

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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.

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