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When I turn my camera on, it will than read: "lens error, restart camera."

When I turn my camera on, it will than read: "lens error, restart camera."

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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. 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:

http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html

Posted on May 27, 2009

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Thanks Mate, I have a canon ixus 6 that brought up this error and wouldnt extend the lens .. after trying all the suggestions in correct order it still wouldnt work. Well being told by a repairer that it wasnt worrth a fix, I decided to pull it apart myself for a look. (note) I have no knowledge of cameras at all.figuring it was the motor drive for lens opening that was in question i removed this from the lens a quite simple but fidly job, I then operated the gear by hand and drove the lens in and out ,decided to test motor to see if it worked by putting battery back in and turning cam on .. found it didnt work tested for volts at motor and found nothing .. connected a 1.5 volt battery to motor and it drove at this stage the lens was still extended so decided to shut it by hand and try again .. this time the motor drove correctly ,I reinstalled motor to lens drive and it has worked perfectly ever since .. a few things to take note of though . make notes or take pics with another brand camera ..lol of the disassemby I had a few screws left over and a thin metal plate that dropped out from god knows where ! nevertheless the cam is working fine still ..ohh and beware of the charged capacitor for the flash ... ouch !!it packs quite a punch ...just goes to show anyone can have a go at basic fixes that so called repair shops deem to expensive .. Paul ... Aus

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