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Shutter door does not open automatically

When turning on the camera ... the lens extends but the shutter does not open ... it will slide open with slight manual pressure

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  • Anonymous Jan 01, 2008

    Yes same problem. I have to open shutter doors manually.

  • Anonymous Jan 01, 2008

    hi same problem - shutter wont open??

  • niftyniall Jan 20, 2008

    Shutter did not open, needed to be manually opened. Upon closer inspection a very small spring had broken, just behind the lens protective shutter, upon carefully removing it, the camera now opens but not as full as before, still works fine. The wire is the size of thick hair, a problem waiting to happen. It appears that there is two springs, and plastic ones associated with the cover itself. It appears to be very difficult to take apart this camera, to get to the problem area.

  • Anonymous Apr 07, 2008

    I have had the camera for just over a year and the shutter does not open automatically. I am able to open it manually but wonder if there is a more premanent fix and how much it would cost.

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Hello, just recently ran into the same problem. What is the best way to get spring out of there. Slight manual pressure isn't working.

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