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My camera won't take a picture

The camera will focus and beep (and the flash will pop up if needed) whe we push the button halfway down, but when we go to finish clicking the button, it won't take the picture. We often receive a busy flash message in the display window as well.

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  • Anonymous Dec 30, 2008

    mine does this when the telephoto lens is too close to something, which i understand.
    but what i don't understand and need help with is this: i have a blank background [like a sheet or something all the same color] and no matter the distance from it, the camera does this. it won't take a picture with "no subject matter". it's really frustrating because i'm trying to use it for self portraits.

  • Anonymous Jan 31, 2009

    i go to click the button to take a picture and it acts like its going to, but then it don't!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dave Long May 11, 2010

    Please confirm if this happens all the time, with a particular lens, a particular distance.

    Are there any indicators flashing in the viewfinder?

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This is the same problem I was having. I simply removed the lens and flicked the internal mirror with my finger nail a few times. The camera then worked fine.
Probably, our cameras need a good cleaning. My guess is the issue is that some internal moving parts are a bit jammed up with dust or other crud. When I flicked the mirror it freed it up. I don't think that this will be a permanent fix, so I'm scheduling the camera for a professional cleaning

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