Question about Kodak EasyShare DX4530 Digital Camera

1 Answer

Lens Mechanism Issue

Camera is 4 years old and has taken very detailed pictures. Recently the zoom operation has become 'stiff' and the auto focus is not at sharp as it was. Can the lens assembly be accessed and cleaned or lubricated? Kodak's cost of repair is excessive and I have 3 accessory lenses that are not usable with Kodak's current offerings.

Posted by on

1 Answer

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert that has over 500 points.

  • Expert
  • 274 Answers
Re: Lens Mechanism Issue

Yes, the lens can be cleaned and repaired. But you need to almost completely disassemble the camera. If you are very good at mechanical repair on small items you can fix it. You need to be very patient. If you have big fingers like I do forget it. It's why I hired women to do my fine assembly work. You need the "jeweler's" touch if you know what I mean. The inside workings of the camera are really small and require a Magnifier with a light to see. Jewelers screw drivers and tweezers. Use Methanol to clean and not acetone. Alcohol works but Methanol is better. All the connectors are micros and irreplaceable if broken. The screw sizes (0-80 series and smaller)are mixed so care must be taken when replacing in the right location. If all this doesn't scare you then good luck.

Posted on Sep 16, 2007

Add Your Answer

0 characters

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add


3 Points

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Blurry pictures

You did not say which lens or lenses you are using, but most auto-focus lenses have a switch for selecting manual or auto-focus. First, check your camera's menu settings to make sure auto-focus is enabled and then your lens to make sure you did not accidently leave it in the manual focus position? If it is in the auto-focus position and still not taking sharp pictures, switch it to manual and see if you can get it to focus correctly. It is also possible that your auto-focus alignment is out because your camera was bumped, jolted or dropped. If realignment is necessary, you can send the camera and lens to Nikon for repair or find a knowledgeable camera repairman.

Jul 29, 2012 | Nikon D5000 Digital Camera

1 Answer

Picture not focused at 12x zoom

It's probably something to do with a lag or jam on your shutterspeed. so when you hit the button, and move you get a little blur. If its not this you might need to have your lens cleaned inside and out due to the camera zooms and catches the blurs on the lens after zooming so far in. I would recommend taking it to your local camera shop for adjustments and cleaning.

Sep 19, 2007 | Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 Digital Camera

1 Answer

Canon Rebel EOS Rebel Ti1 will not auto focus

The lens needs servicing, because the lens is stiff the auto focus motor cannot turn the lens to focus.

Mar 24, 2012 | Canon Digital Rebel EOS 450D EOS Rebel XSi...

1 Answer

Previously i had a problem with the lens as it did not came out but I managed to arrange it.. Now when I switch on the camera it turns off immediatley without allowing me to take any picture or viedo.. The...

Please recheck on the work that was done earlier as the mechanism could be jammed and not reponding to shut down. SInce the lens was taken out and reset if the auto focus/zoom mechanism was struck or jammed this can cause the camera to shut down.

Jun 29, 2011 | Samsung S760 Digital Camera

1 Answer

I have a nikon 55-200mm lens for the D40X digital camera. The pictures I take are blurred. I use the auto settings. the 18-55mm lens works fine and there are no problems with the picture clarity. Is the...

One of a few things might be happening
1. Photos being taken at high zoom (i.e. 200mm) are susceptible to camera shake, even though the lens is focusing properly. The solution here is use a tripod, zoom out, or steady yourself.
2. Photos being taken without flash when flash should really be used will result in motion blur (which is slightly different than camera shake). This is due to the camera using a longer shutter speed to let more light in, with the side effect being that objects will move while the shutter is open, blurring the picture. The solution here is to use a flash, or take pictures in better light.
3. The camera may be focusing on something other than what you intended.
3. If you are taking photos in good light with a steady hand, and the camera is choosing the correct subject to focus on, then yes, the lens could need readjusted, though this is not a very likely scenario.
If the lens is "hunting" for focus, that could be a sign that something is amiss.
A local camera shop can verify the accuracy of focus for your lens.

Mar 04, 2011 | Nikon D40x Digital Camera

1 Answer

Focus error? The camera won't focus. Focus Error is displayed in the viewing screen. Zoom action & everything else seems to work fine. Won't focus, won't take pictures.

This is a known issue with Fuji S3000 cameras caused by dust and dirt that get in through the loosely mounted lens mechanism, there are only three solutions.

  1. If under warranty you can send the camera in for repair.
  2. Saturate around the lens with WD40 and wiggle the lens until it becomes responsive again every month or so.
  3. Dismantle the camera and clean out around the internal gear-box and lens components about once a year.

May 03, 2010 | Fuji FinePix S3000 Digital Camera

1 Answer

When i turn the camera on, it cycles through opening the lens and zooming in and out but won't focus and then says "turn camera off and back on" but the same thing happens.

Sounds like there is some issue with the lens mechanism. Most probably something like a grain of sand fell into the cogs in the zoom mechanism (been taking pictures on a beach? ;). Dirt gets into the mechanism through the gaps between the zoom barrels and the camera body. One tiny grain of sand is enough to cause the lens mechanism to jam or malfunction.
Unfortunately, this is a problem with pretty much all compact zoom cameras. Usually there is not much you can do with this. First thing I try in cases like these is gently tapping the camera to shift whatever might be blocking the mechanism. If unsuccessul, then only way I know to fix this is completely stripping the lens to clean it or swapping the lens with one taken from another camera ("donors" available on ebay ;).
If you are not keen on tinkering with your camera I would suggest selling it on ebay - TZ3s with lens mechanism issues still fetch pretty good prices.
Sorry if this is not much of a help, but unfortunately there is no easy fix to this one.
Good luck,

Nov 08, 2009 | Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 Digital Camera

1 Answer

Camera won't take a picture when autofocus is on

It sounds like you have a problem with the auto focus on the lens. The 18-135 has a focusing motor inside the lens itself. If this motor is not working, then it won't focus. It could also be the contacts (small and silver on the lens look like ball bearings buried halfway into the top part of the lens where it connects inside the camera body) or the contacts inside the camera body. These can be CAREFULLY cleaned with alcohol and a QTip or a clean pencil eraser. Just make sure you don't get anything into the lens or camera.

If the camera is over a year old, it may just be time to take it to the camera shop for a cleaning.

Aug 26, 2009 | Nikon D80 Digital Camera with 18-135mm...

1 Answer

Zoom error

Just fixed the same problem on mine. This is what I did:
Unscrew 6 small screws around the lens casing and remove the casing (two layers ((rings)). Jiggle the inner most lens casing while you turn power on. The lens moving (i.e., auto focus) mechanism becomes unstuck. Voila.
The problem in my case was caused by the dust that accumulated inside the casing and caused the auto focus mechanism not to move freely.
Good luck.

Mar 05, 2008 | Fuji FinePix S7000 Digital Camera

1 Answer

Viewfinder jammed

The mechanical link between Lens on V/F element has broken - Only Olympus will be able to do anything for you -check out the support site.

Aug 19, 2007 | Olympus Camedia C-5050 Zoom Digital Camera

Not finding what you are looking for?
Kodak EasyShare DX4530 Digital Camera Logo

45 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Kodak Digital Cameras Experts


Level 3 Expert

93802 Answers

Donald DCruz
Donald DCruz

Level 3 Expert

17129 Answers


Level 3 Expert

2598 Answers

Are you a Kodak Digital Camera Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides