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My Son's camera had the same problem. 3 beeps and
it would turn off with the lens out. I think it must have
been dropped, he says no! Look carefully at your lens
and see if it looks crooked. If it is like his was, pull it out
a bit to straighten it out. His is working fine now!
I had the same problem, stuck lens, 3 beeps and shutdown. You must get pissed off at the camera first. Then bite the lens, clenching it like pliars (you could probably use pliars too), turn the camera on and immediately start pilling on the lens in the outward direction. The tooth grip unstuck the lens and vot it worked. you can take this solution to the bank.
The lens is sticking, I had same problem, thought it was the battery. It kept doing 4 beeps and turning off, but the lens would be out.
Lightly lube the lens area with WD 40 worked, be real careful and don't use alot of it. My camera works fine now. I actually read the solution someone on this site, can't find it now, but wanted to post that it worked for me. I love the camera and was bummed it wasn't working. Works great now!
Mine got stuck with lens out. The batteries were new so I never imagined it could be the batteries, but they were cheap ones so I recharged a pair of good ones and once I put tried them on it worked just fine again. Conclusion, the "new" cheap batteries had only enough energy to turn it on and then they couldn't give it enough energy to make it work anymore and that's why I couldn't retract the lens or even turn it off properly. So in your case, try using a couple of good and new batteries.
I had exactly the same problem. Lens stayed open, when powered on you get three beeps and nothing. I found when I pulled the lens out a little harder it gave a little click. When I powered on it worked perfectly.