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Sony DSC-T5 digital camera. When I turn on my camera in "picture" mode with the power button, it says "Lens cover closed." When I slide down the lens cover within the first few seconds of powering it on (but only in Picture and Review mode, not Video), the camera shuts off. After that it just falls to the standard timeout. If the lens cover is slid down while off, there is no response. So, even though it is still giving some sort of response (killing the power if you slide it down), the lens cover's position isn't being recognized by the camera, rendering it useless.

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  • jlm022455 Mar 02, 2008

    I have exactly the same problem as described by bigz2k. I have not tried any of the suggested fixes here because I want it to be like it is supposed to be and these fixes fall short of that. Sony wants a minimum of $181 to try to fix it. My DSC-T5 is only two years old and has been taken good care of, not abused. The camera, with additional memory stick was around $500. That's a lot of money for only two years of use. I am not happy to say the least. I can't afford to spend my hard earned money on poorly designed/made products that don't hold up under normal usage. I will not be buying Sony in the future.

  • mybrokinsony Apr 27, 2008

    i can turn on my sony cybershot dsc-t5 with power button. nothing happins when i slide and when it is on and i turn to picture or video the screen says lens cover closed please help

  • Anonymous Jun 27, 2008

    I had the same problem: after my husband touched my camera it no longer turned on automatically when the lens cover was slid back, but could be turned on with the manual power switch. Unfortunately, it still could not take pictures and movies, only view existing pictures.



    After reading a fix for the T1 that suggested removing the lens cover and cleaning underneath, and another that also referenced the copper looking contact underneath I thought about trying to remove the big cover.



    But it still snapped open and shut nicely and I opened and shut itself hoping that some lint or something would fall out and fix it.



    Suddenly I noticed the so called lens cover was slightly out of square. I nudged it and it snapped back in to place, and I just took a photo. So thanks for giving me hope enough to stick with this camera. It's great.

  • sdsk Jun 30, 2008

    Sony DSC-T5 digital camera.

    When I turn on my camera in
    "picture" mode with the power button, it says "Lens cover closed." When
    I slide down the lens cover within the first few seconds of powering it
    on the camera shuts
    off. After that it just falls to the standard timeout. If the lens
    cover is slid down while off, there is no response. So, even though it
    is still giving some sort of response (killing the power if you slide
    it down), the lens cover's position isn't being recognized by the
    camera, rendering it useless.

  • Anonymous Jul 03, 2008

    I had the exact same problem - I tried what one of the 'guest' posts suggested - I too noticed that the lens cover was a little askew so i gently tried to fix it. It ended up rotating a little bit and now it is even more askew BUT whatever happened, it must have ended up in a position that engages the on button, because now it is working again.

    SO - I suggest trying to rotate the lens cover.


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I rednecked the crap out of mine. I pulled off the slide cover and placed a small piece of paper clip in the area of the copper to make a permanent contact. Then duct taped it secure and then cover the whole slide mechanism. I would not recommend this method but it worked.

Posted on Jan 08, 2008

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Open the battery door, remove the battery, remove the single screw in the battery compartment that holds the front cover on, then on the other end of the camera, remove the single screw also holding on the front cover, then remove the three screws on the bottom of the camera holding on the base of the camera. Remove the base and then remove the final screw holding on the front cover. You can now remove the front cover. Now you can see the copper covered flap that actuates the power switch on the camera. If you can get a small tweezers in place bend only the bottom of the flap out wards slightly. Hold the cover on, put the battery in and see if this did the trick, if not redo. But if you bend too far it will permanently turn the camera on.

Posted on Jan 08, 2012

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    Rick Knudson Apr 03, 2018

    This was right on target. Thank you

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Sony customer support- in th first instance If it is out of warranty it may make sense to buy the nest camera.

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I found this camera had beautiful picture quality and a nice step up from a basic point and shoot. In theory the idea of having an interchangeable lens is noble but this camera eventually runs into a problem of its internal sensors not recognizing the lens. An error message will come up saying 'the lens is not recognized please adjust lens properly' .. This basically disables the whole camera and makes it unusable. I did a bit of research and found others as well have had this pandemic problems with these NEX line cameras with continued problems even after repairs from Sony. My camera is brand new and been handled delicately, and followed the manual carefully on how to mount the lens properly. I suspect the camera requires to be too finely tuned and is not robust enough considering I only used it delicately in an indoor setting. I would recommend unfortunately to avoid this line of cameras for now. Solution is find a way to get away from this camera.

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    Ed Tu Mar 24, 2014

    sorry ignore my comment. it was for the Sony NEX-3N I was talking about.

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I just pulled mine to bits.
Front cover
Back cover
Botton plate
Top plate

I bent the little copper switch upwards, reassembled and then the camera would not turn off when I closed the slide.

Pulled it all apart again.
Broke a bracket (superglue is your friend)
Found a broken lug on the right side of the rear case (thanks wife for bouncing the camera (oh but it was just on the carpet) and snapping off the lug)
pushed the little copper switch back down a little (I obviously raised it too much the first time) so it sits flush with the chassis)
reassembled, damn, one screw short, time to go crawling on the floor. Find screw, camera is now all back together.

Due to the broken lug, the rear plate sits up a little near the W-Z key but it now works as it is supposed to.

I bought it off a friend and the front door would cause the camera to shut off at the slightest movement of your middle finger. Not any more, that has been fixed as well.

Yes it sounds all "dodggy workmanship" (hahaha)
But hey, it worked and the camera is fixed without giving Sony any more money by having them repair it or "buying another camera"

Posted on Dec 09, 2008

Rotating the lens cover fixed the problem

thanx lots

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Posted on Aug 11, 2008

I had a similar problem with my camera. I just opened it by unscrewing the little Phillips head screws and removing the front cover. There is a little black switch that is activated to sense when the cover is slid down. On the front cover that I removed there is a copper contact that should push this switch in. I took a small pair of tweezers and bent this contact out so as to always keep the switch activated. I suppose this could be done by taping the switch down as well. This makes you have to use the power button to turn the camera on and off, but at least it can be used.

Posted on Sep 16, 2007

  • Joel Harrison May 17, 2011

    It doesn't to be pulled out that far, re-open push it in slightly and close eventually you will get the correct position (took me about 4 or 5 times) and finally when its right it will act as it used to.

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