This happened to my original after a month and I was sent a refurbished. Now it happened to the refurbished. After 2-3 calls to Kodak and talking to the "supervisor" who sounded like the same person on the other side of the world, they offered me 25 dollars off my repair. You have to be kidding me. Warranty aside(no longer under warranty) I should not have to pay for it when I'm onm my 3rd Kodak V1253 in 15 months!!!!!!!
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This usually happens when the contacts between the lens and the camera are dirty. Try taking the lens off and cleaning carefully the metal contacts on the camera and the lens. If that does not solve the problem, you can get a warranty repair or replacement since that camera should still be under the original 12 month warranty.
Since you were not as clear as you could have been, my expertise is limited. When I had a camera like this, mine did the same thing. I sent it in to the manufacturer and they told me it was unfixable and my best bet was to purchase a new one. I purchased a refurbished version of the same model, and it worked fine. This is a very rare problem, and your best bet is to get rid of the camera and get a new one.
Assuming that you have fresh or fully charged batteries installed,
chances are that the problem is corroded battery contacts inside the
camera. Remove the batteries and clean the inside contacts with a fine
wire brush, steel wool, or fine sandpaper. Remove any residue that's
in the camera from the cleaning, then reinstall your batteries.
Hopefully this will cure the problem and get the camera back up and
working the way it should.
If that doesn't do the trick, you might want to try your luck with the Kodak Troubleshooting guide at:
Probably the most common failure for all digital cameras, a lens error. 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:
I know this is late, but this happens frequently. If anyone else has the same problem try unplugging the TV for 60 seconds. Plug it back in and then hold the power button down for 30 seconds.
That will reset the TV.
You should see the Westinghouse logo come up and the HDMI should work. This has happened twice with my TV in 1 year.
An E18 lens error or a "lens error restart camera" message is almost always a problem that must be sent in to the service center for repair. Though most often the result of a fall or other physical impact, they can occur spontaneously. Like a car stripping its gears, the lens motordrive mechanism has gotten off track. Often the camera will make a grinding noise as the camera lens attempts to track back and forth and occassionally the unit will beep several times and turn itself off.
Unfortunately most point and shoot cameras have very delicate lens mechanisms and it doesn't take much force at all to cause this to happen. Very often you may inadvertantly obstruct your camera's lens with your hand when holding the camera and turning it on. In these cases it is often possible for your lens to correct itself by actually turning the camera on and off several times (restarting camera). In the case of falls or drops, however, the impact damage is often uncorrectable by simply restarting and the unit must be sent in for service at that time.
If this happens to your camera through no fault of your own and you are still within your twelve month warranty period, simply send the camera in for service and the unit will be repaired at no charge. If you are outside of your warranty period OR it is determined by a technician that impact, liquid, or grit (sand or dirt) damage is at fault then you will be assessed a repair charge (even if within your warranty period).
Typically customers with out-or-warranty repairs will have a choice of either repairing their camera at the stated charge or (depending on the camera model) taking advantage of the Canon Loyalty Program in which they may opt to select a specific refurbished camera model of slightly higher model design - at a discounted price.
If it is under warranty send it in as soon as possible. Have a brother same problem. I believe it is a known problem with Sony cameras, but you don't see that in there adds. But he sent his in they replaced the lens assembly and updated the software. His was only three monthes old at the time.
The LCD goes dark after the camera has been inactive for a time, to save battery. When that happens, you can easily restore the LCD display by half-pressing the shutter.
If you want to, you can turn this off by selecting menu-setup-SleepTimeout and turn it off. (I don't recommend it, though, as the LCD always on will drain your battery).