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Lens error displayed by coolpix 3700

So I turn on my coolpix in shooting mode and the screen displays "Lens error". This happens every time I turn it on. Every other function of the camera works though. I tried switching the battery with a fully charged one. It was of no avail. The lens still don't come out. I desperatly hope I can save my camera with out having to send it to a shop for repair. I don't know how much this would cost. Maybe it would be better to buy a new one? Hope you can help, thanks

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Re: Lens error displayed by coolpix 3700

With the lens facing downward, hit the camera a sharp tap against the palm of the hand whilst simultaneously turning the camera 'ON'. If that fails, tap against a stiffer surface (desk or table), allowing room for the lens to extend and taking care not to damage the body of the camera.

Posted on Sep 01, 2009

Re: Lens error displayed by coolpix 3700

I have a Nikon Coolpix 3700 camera which had a LENS ERROR message on display when opened.
I tried various from site ie;taking out the battery and then the memory card and then inserting the battery etc, nothing worked.
Then I tried powering on the unit and at the same time shacking it/hitting it on my thigh and couple of goes at this....... boom the shutter opened up ! Then I powered it off/on several times to test if it works and YES it works perfectly fine. Hope this helps.....

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Re: Lens error displayed by coolpix 3700

The following blog outlines some repair options for a lens error:

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I was in Nice, France and had the "Lens Error" after changing the battery. recharging the original battery did not resolve the issue. After gently knocking the body several times with no result I was ready to ditch the camera in the middle of my vacation when my sister in law suggested placing the camera in the fridge as perhaps it had overheated - it was 38 degees C. Iwas skeptical but with nothing to loose I tried this and after 1/2 hr tried the camera and lo and behold it was cured and has continued to do so. I would however recommend taking the battery out of the camera before using this method as any humidity could cause the camera to short circuit. Good luck

Posted on Aug 19, 2008

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