Question about Kodak EasyShare C913 Digital Camera
Ok, one time, me and my little sister went to the beach to play around. Then, we decided to make a movie about a sand man. But during filming, I got sand in my camera and now, one of the lens protectors won't close and the the part that goes in and out sometimes jams. So can I open my camera? I think I can because there are screws that hold the camera. So what should I do. Do I open it, or not?
You should not open it. You should take it to a professional for repair. Sand is scratchy, the more you mess with it, the more scratches.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Need to clean
Hello sticky, This is a lens assembly mechanism problem. It is a delicate part of any camera. Altrought some people may sugest you to use a compressed air spray to remove the sand in the inner lens by blowing it out i don't recomand that because sand particles can be pushed out even further in the lens and could be causing even more damage. The lens assembly is composed of several servomotors, coils, some sensors and the actual lens. It does the following jobs: it extends the lens back and forth achieves focus by moving the lens zooms the lens by rotating them in the same time as the whole objective is moved back and forth Each of these operations is controlled by some servomotors who actually move these parts and are also connected to some sensors that pass the readings back to a main processing unit. When you open the camera this processing unit will check to see if the lens assembly is able to do all of these 3 things. Failure to comply with even one of them will result in some error (lens error) or simply having the camera not opening. "Lens error" or "zoom error" is a generic message, doesn't mean that the lens itself are damaged, could be the connector to their servomotors, sensor failure, some coils that are out of position and things like that. In your case the sand particles are preventing the servomotors to properly align the lens. They are all related to the lens assembly. Because this is a VERY fragile part of any camera I don't suggest you to try a DiY repair because you can damage the lens even further. Even service centers have problems repairing this, most time it is done under a microscope and some times it simply can't be fixed. This problems occur most of the time in corelation with the camera being dropped or received some shocks but even some small particles or sand in your case, can cause this problems as you can see. I would recomand you to go to a service center. Try not the big ones that represent large corporations (because they are expensive), instead look for a smaller one. Tell them you have a lens assembly problem, also tell them that it's caused by sand, ask them to make you a diagnostic and then ask for a cost estimate BEFORE they actually repair the camera. If the lens assembly is damaged beyound repair it will need to be changed as a whole, including all connectors, CCD sensor and so on. This could cost from $70 - $200 excluding labor parts that can be about $100. Therefore you should ask them a cost estimate. I'm sorry for not being able to provide a DiY solution but like i've said, i don't recomand one. In the future try not to expose the camera to any shock, sand or excesive dust and temperature variation. These are all known to give a great deal of trouble with digital cameras. If you need more info please post back. Good luck.
Posted on Apr 04, 2007
SOURCE: Digital camera got dropped into
THIS SOUNDS TERMINAL, BUT YOU MIGHT TRY USING CANNED AIR LIKE YOU USE TO BLOW DUST OUT OF YOUR COMPUTER, AND SEE IF IT HELPS ANY. MOST OF THESE CAMERAS ARE MADE WITH THE IDEA THAT THEY WILL NEVER BE TAKEN APART OR OPENED FOR CLEANING ETC. SO, THAT IS THE ONE PROBLEM YOU ARE FACING. I DOUBT IF IT WOULD BE WORTH SPENDING THE MONEY TO SEND IT IN TO BE CLEANED. THAT CAN GET VERY EXPENSIVE IN A HURRY, PLUS TAKE A GOOD MONTH OR MORE FOR THE REPAIR. SORRY, I CAN'T HAVE MORE CHEERY NEWS, BUT THINGS LIKE THIS JUST AREN'T TAKEN INTO ACCORD WHEN THEY MAKE THESE CAMERAS. IF I CAN HELP MORE JUST REPLY TO:
Posted on Nov 04, 2008
If you have sand in the lens then chances are that some moisture has got into it to.
This means you have to disassemble the camera to get it working again and takes plenty of patience as its not for the faint hearted.
If you don't want to do it yourself you can take it to a service center for repair.
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Posted on May 28, 2009
This is not a user solvable problem. One thing that should not be done is to turn on the camera when it has been dropped in dirt, sand or water. This will, in your case, grind the dirt around and parts try to move and contaminate additional parts of the camera. It's only worse if water is involved as this will likely cause shorts in electrical areas.
Take the camera to a repair shop and get their opinion on whether it is fixable and if so what they estimate the cost to be. Sometimes it's cheaper to buy a new or used camera.
Posted on Jul 22, 2009
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When kids don't have anything to play with, they make do with what they have, but these days there are some brilliant sand toys around that you can use on the beach or in the sand pit. You can get everything from sand toys that help you haul, trawl and build, to toys for throwing games etc. I'd say it's well worth investing and your family will be very grateful.
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