Dismantled after "Zoom Error" and now it won't power up.
I got the dreaded "Zoom Error" after a weekend at the sand dunes... I tried the "telephone trick" but it didn't make a difference. Last night I **carefully** took everything apart and cleaned the sand off, but when I put it all back together, the camera was completely dead. I double checked that all the circuit boards and bands were connected, and put fresh batteries in, but still nothing. I'm wondering if this is really the end... any tips would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
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Re: Dismantled after "Zoom Error" and now it won't power...
The problem is that the lens has become stuck in the barrel. There are some DIY solutions you could try, but the
probability is that you will have to get it fixed by a professional.
these at own risk as it may further damage the camera.
try connecting your ac adapter or usb cable.
Try holding the
shutter button while switching on the camera.
Look at the lens ,
and if some of the lens 'circles' is misaligned or not concentric then
try wiggling it (while holding camera lens down).
pushing or pulling the lens when it extends but this is risky as it may
cause the lens barrel to slip out of its guidance system.
way to do this is to place the camera lens down on a hard surface and
then power it up. Be sure to use a soft cloth or something similar as to
not scratch your lens or casing. Let the lens push the camera up and
down a few times and sometimes the little resistance provided by the
camera is enough to get things going again.
Try hitting your
camera near the lens on the body with the soft tissue on the palm of
Other than that , I would take the camera to a repair
center for a evaluation to see if it would cost more to repair than to
replace the camera.
If it is still under warranty I would suggest
you take it in before trying any of these steps and remove any
off-brand batteries or accessories as some stores are really fussy about
warranty repairs on camera's with non-brand accessories.
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Stuck zoom is the most common failure mode for a digital camera. Some
common error messages that might show up on the LCD's of cameras with
this problem include "E18 lens error", or "lens error, restart camera".
Some cameras might show nothing at all, but merely make a beeping noise
as the lens goes out, then in, then the camera shuts off. Sometimes the
lens won't even move.
The problem is actually quite common throughout all camera
brands. 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.
A camera owner that suffers this problem may have no recourse for
having the camera repaired. Many camera makers will not honor repairing
this problem under warranty as they claim it is due to impact damage to
the camera, or sand or debris getting into the lens gearing mechanism
(neither of which is covered under warranty). The quoted repair cost is
usually close to or more than what the camera is actually worth.
This part can be easily replaced in most cameras. The following video shows how to open a Nikon Coolpix P80:
you may be true that sand must be creating this problem, as this happens very often. the sand enters into the lense assembly, creating friction in the movement. if this has happened total dismantelling and cleaning of the lense assembly will solve the problem, but that has to be done by an expert at the repair shop.
I think a grain of sand was blocking the zoom tubes. This will not work if the camera has been dropped & the zoom apparatus is bent. It is entirely at your own risk & may invalidate any guarantee but they may charge anyway if you have got sand in.
I cut a finger of 80gm computer paper 1cm X 5cm. Inserted this first around outer zoom tube & worked it all around. It goes in quite deep so be gentle. I switched on to open zoom & tipped out batteries before it had time to close & repeated procedure. When I put batteries back in it worked OK. I repeated procedure with lens fully extended. I found a thin bit of plastic packing worked better as it did not kink so easily. It is still working today having failed 100% before.
We had this problem for about 2 weeks, we discovered that having the camera auto retracted after the "ZOOM ERROR" message, giving the camera couples of light slaps (slap the camera's LCD side and aim the camera down), this fixed the camera right away
Lens errors are fairly common. 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.
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 they're still worth a try:
There is no easy fix, you?ll have either disassemble and get dirty, or take to an authorized repair person. This zoom error problem is usually caused due to dirt or dust in the zoom mechanism.
If you think you can handle disassembling the camera then grab a set of gentile screwdrivers and follow these instructions:
You will have to remove a few circuit boards in order to get to the zoom mechanism.