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Lens error, restart camera

I took my camera out camping with me and out to the beach, but no where near the water and I haven't been able to get it to work sense. Is there something I can do to fix it? The lense wont close and it says "Lens error, restart camera" when I try to restart it. I have the Canon PowerShot SD630. I brought it to a camera shop and the Geek Squad and they said it would be $160-200 to fix it, but I paid $300 for it.

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Re: Lens error, restart camera

I pushed real hard on the lens, it almost felt like I was going to break it, but something clicked and I turned it back on and it worked!!!

Posted on Oct 24, 2008

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Re: Lens error, restart camera

Manually rotating sensor rotor inside camera and cleaning gear fixed the Canon "lens error" for me.  
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Re: Lens error, restart camera

Your Camera is full of sand and you can try blowing it out and banging it out. But I'd say it's time for a new camera. Regards Thestreeker

Posted on Oct 19, 2007

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