I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM CAMERA EAT UP BATTERIES AND LENS STAY OUT
THESE CAMERA'S ARE A RIP OFF I ONLY USED MINE 3 TIMES AND ONLY HAD IT FOR 4 MONTHS. AND THERE'S NO WAY TO TRACK IT ONCE YOU SEND IT IN. IT WORK'S LONG ENOUGH FOR THE 90 DAY CUSTOMER SERVICE RECEIPT TO EXPIRE.THINK TWICE BEFORE PURCHASING ONE.THEY SHOULD RECALL ALL OF THESE CAMERA'S AND GIVE CUSTOMERS THERE MONEY BACK. WE'RE IN A RECESSION NO ONE HAS MONEY TO THROW AWAY. SINCERLY NOT SATISFIED WITH THIS PRODUCT
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Everytime I try to turn it on, the lens comes out for about a second,
the camera beeps 3 times, the lens retracts and the camera shuts off.
The battery is completely charged and the camera is only 4 months old.
I had the same problem, firstly you will be able to press the button on the back to view your pictures, when you do and the camera powers up quickly press the menu button. Check that your battery settings are set to alkaline, then buy some good alkaline batteries and not cheap ones. Check that they are alkaline and not like what I did and bought panasonic zinc carbon.
This worked for me and mine would not turn on either until i changed the batteries to a good make.
Pry the battery contacts " in bottom of camera" up GENTLY" with a small flat head screw driver. They bend easy causing this problem. The force from the battery door can cause this. Always use the "rechargeable" batteries, and make sure it is fully charged. I'll bet anything it will work then. Also. clean the contacts top and bottom with a Q-tip, using a little dab of white vinigar on one side, then dry using other side of Q-tip.Then turn on camera without memory card. Kodak cameras love to eat batteries. The older they get the worse. You might have to repeat this every week or couple of months.
I had the same problem a year after I bought my camera. I returned it to Nikon and they fixed it and returned it. The problem reoccurred 3 times and each times Nikon repaired it free of charge. Then after a year it went again and, when I returned it to Nikon they sent me a new camera. Within a couple of months the new camera had the same problem. I have since resolved it with new batteries! The original coolpix rechargeable batteries do not seem to recharge properly so when I put ordinary AA batteries in it suddenly worked. Good luck.
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.