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Zoom not working

The camera suffered a slight drop of 2 feet. Now the zoom does not work. Is this something I can fix myself? If not should I get it repaired or just get a new one? Thanks to all. Lee

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Re: Zoom not working

If it´s under warranty, just send it to a repair centre they will fix it for free. anyway the lens will need to be replaced.

Posted on Apr 12, 2007

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if it is saying zoom error it means you camera is stuck i have a A500 and i dropped it from 3 feet over carpet and it works now

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the spare parts won't be so much, if you try and fix it yourself, you will save a ton of money otherwise it could be around $100 to send it in and get it fixed. You can start finding the problem by opening the screws on the bottom/back of the camera and find what gears are jammed and won't zoom. or I can get you a number to call to send it in, thanks

Let me know what you want to do

Apr 04, 2008 | Olympus SP-550 UZ Digital Camera

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I dropped it and it says zoom error

Sounds like the power zoom assembly (motor, gears, etc), has jammed due to the drop. That and possible electronic problems on the controller board or possibly the zoom switch itself suffered damage in the drop also. Try working the zoom switch rapidly , back and forth a few times and see if it frees up. May be a candidate for the repair shop. Sorry for your accident.

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EasyShare C875 dropped, won't focus

yes i'm afraid it is a lost cause as the camera has now suffered from shock damage sorry!!!!!

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Dec 09, 2008 | Kodak EasyShare C875 Digital Camera

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I have a lumix DMC-F27 camera it will no longer zoom. No I not in movie mode.


Do you mean DMC-FZ7?

I own one. Assuming that the camera is working normally, then I know two settings that will cause the zoom to be fixed.
Suggestion No. 1:

If the zoom is fixed at the wide end:

1. Turn the mode dial to "P". Now turn on the camera.
2. Press "MENU SET".
3. Press the up arrow button.
4. Now, a menu item named "CONVERSION" should be highlighted. Press the right arrow button.
5. A sub-menu screen should now pop up, select and set "OFF".


Suggestion No. 2:

If the zoom is fixed at the telephoto end:

1. Follow Suggestion No.1.

Suggestion No. 3:

If none of the above solve the problem, then the lens might have been knocked slightly out of position.

~If the camera has been dropped.
~If the camera has been thumped or banged.
~If while zooming, the lens was obstructed.
The zoom motor also could have died, it costs about $50.00 U.S. at
My best advice would be to contact panasonic customer service.

Jul 19, 2008 | Digital Cameras

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Most likely there is a problem with servo drive for the lens and camera functions. The fix is to replace the complete processor board including the servo drive electronics. After replacement the board must be tested and calibrated.

Call Sony to see if the camera is worth to have serviced.

Jerry G.

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Broken zoom

The E18 error is fairly common. Usually it's sand or grit interfering with the lens extension mechanism. Or the camera's been dropped with the lens extended. Or the camera has been powered on, but the lens had been blocked preventing its extension.

Here's some things that you can do to try to correct it. They only seem to work for about 50% of lens errors, but they're worth a try:

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Zoom Problem

The zoom are lock due to sudden dropped , the moving parts of the zoom dislocate or broken, the zoom malfunction,you try visit some camera juck shop or repair shop same brand to replce broken parts.

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It seems that the lense element which mooves while zooming the camera is stucked. normally this happens when the camera suffers a heavy jery, may be by dropping the camera. Resulting into disalingment of the lense assambly. You will need the help of repair shop to solve the problem.

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