This is the same problem that it seems others have had where I can't turn my camera on. The zoom opens and shuts a few times, and then it just closes and says "Turn your camera off and then on." I literally just got this camera last week :(
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Sounds like your lens might be stuck. Do not force it closed or pull it out for that might further damage parts that are an integral part of its sliding mechanism. http://www.teleplancamerarepair.com/Sony_Cyber-Shot_DSC-W150 can repair this for you and they also clean your camera as part of the repair.
if there were any parts you were not able to put together after you opened it , make sure to very carefully put those back to go along with your camera.
It could be the batteries running low. The mechanical zoom consumes battery power and at a certain point the camera will turn itself off. If you wait a minute and turn it back on it seems OK, until you try the zoom again. If you are using non-Canon batteries the camera doesn't always detect the battery level accurately and may flash "low battery" when there is still power remaining, or just turn itself off without warning. So I suggest changing the batteries and check that the battery terminals are not dirty or loose.
Hi, Most common problem in al the digital camera's. Slide motor start malfunction and the massage appears"Turn off the power and on again". In this situation you have to replace slide motor or lens block assembly, And your camera work fine again. Thanks for using fixya.
Had 570UZ for 2 weeks and "ZOOM ERROR" occured. Seemed hopeless. Changed batteries several times, bought new Alkaline. No change. Finally decided that it is probably a connector problem. Turned Camera Off. Held Camera by the lense barrel. Held palm of other hand and thrust the back of the camera ( LCD side) into the other hand. The idea being to jostle the camera contents without cracking the LCD. Did this a couple of times, turned camera on and it works fine. At least for this evening. At least for now it seems like a classic component connector problem somewhere inside the camera.
I had the same problem with my 6-month old Olympus SP-560UZ and was quite upset until I thought of a way around this. The error seems to be due to the lens becoming off axis and not extending. I was able to turn on the camera by lying it down flat on its back so the lens will extend straight up when the camera is powered up. Once it is turned on, it seems ok to move it back in its normal position. So far so good - and it is free…
I've purchased several of these cameras used as we liked our first on and it eventually failed with this same problem. I have had four of these now and they all end up with this same problem. Take the battery out then turn the selector to any new position and then off, put the battery back it and the lens should recline and camera turn off. One of the cameras would then work for a while after doing this but then hang up again. I think this is a very common problem based on my experience but no other confirmation than yours.