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Camera turns on but lense does not open

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  • Artsledy Dec 28, 2008

    My camera turns on, but the shutter no longer will open....it buzzes trying to open......bummer!..I really use my camera often and can't afford to replace it at this time. I've only had it for 2 years!

  • Anonymous Jan 08, 2009

    Same with my camera. Where can I send it to be fixed or should I switch camera brand?

  • Anonymous Jan 12, 2009

    Mine also does the little buzzing noise when it is trying to open. I am really disappointed because I LOVED that camera.



  • STEVIEJIM Jan 28, 2009

    LENS STICKS AND BUZZES. OFTEN ONLY OPENS HALF WAY.

  • mrvm1024 Feb 06, 2009

    lent dont open,and make a lot of noise

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The lens needs to be removed, stripped and cleaned. It's jamned up with dirt or some foreign objects. the drive gear on this model and other similar models e.g. A345, A350, A360,and A370 are all open on the side of the lens unit. Unlike other fuji's where the drive gear is inside the lens unit and less likely to jam. This is a great little camera otherwise. Well, I like it anyway.

Posted on Jan 26, 2009

  • david Feb 21, 2009

    Screw drivers needed for this camera are called "TRI-WING". source them on ebay

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I bought two A345s on ebay (both broken). Both had the same problem description; LCD works, lens won''t extend. This told me the problem was probably mechanical not electronic.

I put new batteries in both, and gave each a good blast of canned air. I turned them on and one lens extended. The image was blurry. I gave the camera another shot of air and turned the camera on and off a couple of times. The image was better, so I guess whatever was clogging the works was gone. Problem fixed! I was shocked.

No such luck on Camera 2, but I've ordered the screwdrivers so I can take it apart.
I order the tripoint driver set that had #0 and #1 points from https://www.micro-tools.com/store/item_detail.aspx?ItemCode=58-2341

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Hiya. CAN ANYONE HELP ME I NEED TO BUY A SET OFF SCREW DRIVERS, TO USE ON THIS CAMERA, THE SCREW`S ARE SO SMALL, ALSO THEY ARE A FUNNY LOOKING SHAPE, like a star * with the top two bits not there. WHERE DO I GET A SET LIKE THIS FROM ? , I LIVE IN THE UK.
THANKS , COLIN

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I used canned air............risking ruining it completely......however a couple of days later, the shutter began working consistently!!....However, my granddaughter brought me a new camera which I'm keeping -- it's a better one and I'm not sure my old one will continue working......but, thank you for your help!

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Posted on Jan 28, 2009

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Use a perfectly clean camel hair brush on the periphery of the shutter mechanism before switch-on. It worked on my A350

Posted on Dec 26, 2008

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I concur with rogerstone1's reply. I just replied to another post with similar information and will repost here to make sure you get the info. Don't know of a repair manual, but found the owners manual at this address:
http://www.fujifilmusa.com/JSP/fuji/epartners/ServiceSupportProductContent.jsp?dbid=833654&prodcat=829284&sscucatid=664271

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I have the same camera (Fuji Finepix 345) and a problem that may have been similar. When I powered on the camera the lens would extend but as soon as I attempted to take a picture the camera lens would retract and the camera powered itself off.

The camera is now working. I followed the troubleshooting steps at this address:

http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html

Gently holding onto the lens to prevent it from retracting during power off was the solution that worked for me.

My camera's problem seemed to slowly get worse over time until it finally stopped taking pictures. At first my wife and I noticed that pictures were sometimes out of focus. It turned out that my wife takes pictures using the viewfinder where I use the LCD screen. She wouldn't notice that pictures were out of focus. If I saw that the LCD was out of focus I'd power cycle, press the zoom button to get the lens to move, and/or try tapping the camera while holding it upside down and powering it on. Eventually it got so bad that we couldn't get any pictures in focus and I ended up buying a different camera. Then last night I tried the trick about holding the lens and the camera is working again.

I suggest you first see if the camera will power on when switched into playback (picture review) mode. Move the slider to the playback position and turn on the camera. Can you review pictures? If not, then clean the battery contacts by rubbing them with a pencil eraser and replace the batteries. Try holding the power button down for several seconds, it seems like my camera is slow to power on sometimes.

If you can review pictures in playback mode you'll know the problem is not batteries, battery contacts, or the LCD display and circuitry. Is the lens stuck? To jar it free, try holding the camera upside down and tapping the edge against the palm of your other hand while holding the power button down. As mentioned earlier, this used to work for me.

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