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Please help - camera will not focus

All of a sudden my camera will not focus and makes a tiny noise when I turn it off and on. There are no lines in the pictures, just blurry. I reset the camera but it did not help. Please somebody help me, my hubby is going to blame me :(

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  • anissa gooch May 30, 2007

    Also it has not been dropped.

  • anissa gooch May 30, 2007

    Just checked and it is on auto not macro. Any more ideas?

  • ArykahUofA Nov 03, 2007

    Identical problem. Makes the same noise when it turns on. Won't focus. Happened all of a sudden, and we haven't dropped it. I am worried about sending it in to Casio because of what people have said about them always blaming the customer - the camera has a minuscule scratch on it, so I'm sure they'll take that as evidence of mistreatment, even though we've never dropped it. What should I do?

  • Anonymous Feb 27, 2009

    yea right now i am having that exact same problem the dude said it would be like 150-200 dollars to send it in and is isnt a garentte if it will be fixed! i would recommend trying to fix it yourself...or getting a new one!

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The problem is definitely with the gears.
I spent a few hours disassembling it and examining the problem - I took pictures of the major things, and I'll probably make a quick write-up.
Important things:
1. DO NOT touch lenses with anything! Scratches, dirt, smudges - all will really mess up your pictures. Use a q-tip and rubbing alcohol to clean.
2. Be Very careful with the ribbon cables - They are thin and fragile. (for example, in pic 4, you can see how I unscrewed the CCD and focus mechanism, flipped it over, and screwed a screw back into the chassis to hold it still so I wouldn't stress the ribbon cable that's wrapped intricately around the chassis & zoom motor. My tool [covered in lithium grease] is on the screw I'm talking about])
3. Be VERY careful with the ribbon cable socket clips. They are very similar to what are in Ipods and such, and I've broken one off with very little force. That latch breaks, you can either consider the camera a total loss or spend HOURS clamping the cable down somehow, only to have it come loose since the CCD chassis does not screw to anything, it is just compression attached to the body.

Really, just work the gears some with a small tool, Treat the whole thing as delicately as possible, clean the screw gear and put some grease on the gears - will be much smoother and probably better than new.

This camera was abused, it's been dropped, etc, and had glitter all in it. It was my girlfriends.

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It's the focus motor gears. They have been knocked out of alignment, and the noise is the tiny focus motor spinning. The lens will need to be disassembled to fix it, but it is fixable...unfortunately, you probably won't get help from Casio.

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Have you got it set to Macro[very close work]? check you setting and the manual.

Posted on May 30, 2007

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    john ash May 31, 2007

    Well it looks like the lens mechanism has become defective.
    Either all by itself or it has been knocked.
    So it could be a repair shop job.

    You could run it through the other settings and back again to see if it rights itself.

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I think the tolerences inside the camera are really tight and the case might have been tweaked. take out all the tiny screws holding the camera together. pull off the case 9leave battery and card in). operate the camera and see if the mechanism frees up/camera operates normal.

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Whatever you do, don't send the camera to Casio America, Inc. in Dover, NJ. They ALWAYS claim the camera was abused. Then they try to get you to BUY a reconditioned camera!In the future, stay away from Casio products! THEY ARE A COMPLETE RIP-OFF.

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