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The lens on my kodak P712 camera constantly retracts and extends

This problem has just started, I checked the battery is ok. When I turn the camera on, the lens starts going in and out...I have to keep turning it on and off inorder to maybe take the picture. I have had this camera for about 3 yrs.

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  • Anonymous Jan 12, 2009

    on off on off , when power is on

  • Anonymous Jan 14, 2009

    The power, or lens, on my Kodak P712 also constantly cycles off and on.  I have replaced the battery, but problem is something else....?  Help.

  • deemorgan Jan 30, 2009

    I have the same problem and just off the "live chat" w/ a tech who suggested a new battery but mine appears fully charged and I don't think that is the problem but?


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This is due to a fault in the circuitry inside the camera that controls the retraction/extension motor. Unfortunately, this needs to be fixed in a camera workshop.

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