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Optio M20 Beeping

My Pentax Optio M20 is not working properly. When I turn it on, the camera starts to beep. It will automatically zoom in, then zoom out, and then automatically shuts off. I called up technical support and I was told that the camera needs batteries higher than alkaline batteries to power it. But with the beeping, there may be something wrong with the motor and the lens. Well I used rechargable batteries and lithium batteries and still the same problem... What exactly is going on here? About how much will it cost to get fixed? Is it worth it?

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  • Michael Cobian
    Michael Cobian Dec 23, 2007

    when i power up the lens goes out half way and then retreats back inside and the camera shuts down tried diff batt no luck WHAT U THINK

  • bablu21 Mar 25, 2008

    Hi. I have a Pentax Optio M20 Digital Camera. When I hit the on/off
    button, the camera turns on, the lens zooms out for a second and then
    back in, then it shows the "Pentax Optio M" load screen, then it shows
    "Auto Picture" in the center and a green dot in the bottom left with
    the words "EV Compensation" next to the dot. While it's showing this
    last screen, it beeps 3 times right before the lens zooms out again
    then back in just before the camera turns off. Is it worth spending for the replacement? If not, suggest me an alternative.

  • Anonymous Apr 06, 2008

    Pentax Optio M20 when turned on beeps and lens goes in and out while showing optio screen and then shuts off, with new batteries

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You certainly need to use high capacity Ni-Mah or lithium batteries. Using alkaline would have caused overheating and may therefore have damaged the board. You are right to ask is a repair worth it? Almost certainly the answer is no even if possible. There are usually no spare parts available. Go back to tech support and this time simply report the bare facts -'It wont stay on'. Say nothing about the battery situation. Depending on the age of the device you may be offered a reasonable swap out price.

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