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Pentax Optio WP

I press the on/off button and the camera makes a small whirring noise then the screen saver comes on for a few seconds and then goes off. None of the other buttons respond. The battery is freshly charged and I've downloaded the pix I had taken. Any suggestions?

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  • stucker1848 Dec 01, 2007

    I have the same problem. How was it remedied?

  • mbinzley Jul 19, 2008

    I also have the same problem with my Pentax Optio WP. It had not been in the water recently and I had just finished taking a bunch of pictures. Turned the camera off. About 5 min later I turned it on again to take more pictures and I got the whirring noise, a series of beeps and then it turned off. Is there any hope of getting this camera repaired or is it time to buy a new one?

  • mark361 Nov 02, 2008

    Same here. Dropped while on holiday in Dublin. Whirring noise, then nothing. Have read that it'll cost more to repair than bought for originally. Very disappointed. Won't buy Pentax again and will tell others to stay clear - it was less than two years old

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I have the same problem.  Here's a couple of things to try:

  • You can still access the picture review features by holding down the review button while you turn it on (note that if you hold down the trash button you'll see the firmware version.)
  • What doesn't work: Resetting the camera from the setting menu; replacing the battery, replacing the SD card, cursing. 
  • I've been able to consistently get it to function normally by hitting the camera into the palm of my hand on the left side (with the viewing screen facing you), just after turning on the camera.  If this doesn't work, keep hitting harder until it works.  Once on the camera works normally. 
My guess is that the lubricants are getting old and sticky - I had a Canon SLR that developed the same problem after being in the extreme cold. Possibly temperature changes may affect this problem - warm good, cold bad.  

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This suggests the lens motor/gearing has failed- I guess other aspects of the system wait for the lens to extend before coming active - possibly due to the waterproofing system. You can only go back to Pentax with this problem.

Posted on Aug 25, 2007

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I have the same problem this morning.
I turn it off, than bang it to my keen, because i really not happy.

ha ! it work, however after turn off, it sometimes appear again
:@(

not a good machine, but you may try especially you have no choice during your honey moon.

Posted on Mar 16, 2008

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