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Camera wont take pic

When i turn on the camera, it acts correctly, but when i try to take a pic, the lense focuses in and out, and then tells me to turn the camera off and back on. This thing is less than a year old, and i have taken good care of it. any ideas? Ive had it off for several weeks, with the hope that the internal battery would reset itsself, but to no avail :(

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  • Hilderbrand Dec 03, 2007

    I'm having the same problem. I turn my camera on and it stays on for a minute and then says turn camera off and then on again. The shutter does not open.

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Some combination of repeated on/off cycling, manually holding the lens in upon restart, and a gently rapping the camera against my desk solved the problem for me.

It's my understanding that a speck of dust or dirt gets stuck in the zoom mechanism and the camera needs some "help" to get it cleared.

Posted on Dec 25, 2007

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