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Wide/telescopic lens stuck

Although the lens works properly when turned on and off - and focusses properly when photographing - there is no movement at all when I use the wide/tele button. It seems to stay in the same position no matter what picture setting I have the camera on.
It is about three monthsold and Iknow it has notbeen dropped!

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  • mccasita Apr 14, 2008

    wide/telescopic lens stuck - camera only about one month old.

  • papeep Aug 24, 2008

    Mine does the same thing. It appears that the zoom switch is broken, as I'm unable to zoom in on photos in "play mode".

  • britnorton Dec 26, 2008

    The lenses seem to be working fine, it's the zoom switch itself that doesn't work. Is there a way to fix this on my own, or if not, about how much will it cost to get it fixed?



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