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Probably the most common failure for all digital cameras, a lens error. Usually it's sand or grit interfering with the lens extension mechanism. Or the camera's been dropped with the lens extended. Or the camera has been powered on, but the lens had been blocked preventing its extension. Or the battery ran down with the lens extended ...
Here's some things that you can do to try to correct it. They only seem to work for less than 50% of the lens errors, but if the camera is out of warranty, they're worth a try:
The issue is likely a bad lens assembly. Consumers wishing to repair this can check ebay for a replacement lens assembly, motor and sensor are usually included.
This happened to my Samsung s700 while I was mucking with it recently. It can happen when the lens meets severe resistance while trying to open, thus damaging the lens. The camera turns on and cannot tell precisely where the lens is, and subsequently the camera leaves the CCD imaging sensor turned off.
Replacement is easier than repair as lots of intricate parts are involved. However, the centermost ring will pop off with a little force, revealing four screws. The screws on the back side of the lens assembly are pretty obvious. Best of luck to anyone trying to fix this rather than replace it...
I had t he three beep problem and also the lens was open. I tried batteries - then i noticed the lens was slightly bent - i tried straightening and it snapped and went into place. then i tried turning it on and it was fine and when i turned it off the lens closed.
mine does the same thing. i just bought it like 2 months ago too. what could it be? i don't want to have to ship it back, but it looks that way so far. i bought new batts. too and that did nothing. also i called sony, and spoke w/ tech support, and they had me take out the batteries, hold down the power button for 30 secs and then put the batts. back in. ??? i was like what will that do and she said reset it, but it still won't power on and the lens is out. it beeps like duhduh and then goes back off. it is making me mad. b/c also i have bought 2 sony PS2's and they both quit reading games. what is with sony? can someone help us w/ the camera problem? thanks!
I had this same problem, and all i did was pop out the SD card, and tried turning it on without it in there. It powered up just fine. I then replaced the SD card and all was well. Possibly a problem with teh SD card.
I don't believe a "lens error" can be fixed at home. That is something that is going to have to be sent in.
Sometimes if repairing the camera costs more than what it's worth Casio will offer you a trade up to a different model.
Call the repairs dept and ask them about that program. Their number is 800-706-2534 and keep choosing option 1.