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On power up, lens extends camera beeps then retracts. The functionality of the camera is intact, if the play button is pressed with the power up button the pictures can be viewed, but normal power up the camera beeps and the camera retracts cannot take any pictures. This problem occurred when the camera was powered up too close to a surface blocking the lens from fully extending. Thanks for any help

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Re: On power up, lens extends camera beeps then...

Normally, the zooming lens will retract back to its origin if there's something blocking its mechanism when it is powered-up either externally or internally.

I just hope that in your case it is external. But if not, probably it is its focusing lens gear is not aligned or wear out (internal mechanical problem), and only Tech support can handle this.

Posted on Jun 25, 2008

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I had this same exact problem with my optio s7, and couldn't find an answer online to fix it.

I tried tapping the camera on a table (not too hard - just a firm tap), and it works normally now. I know this sounds a bit extreme, and perhaps you have already solved your problem, but this solved a lot of frustration for me.

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Damed lens mechanism Not repair will be economic Check out the Pentax Tech support but I fear a new camera is on the horizon.

Posted on Jul 15, 2007

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