I took my camera to the beach and evidently got sand in it. The power still works and the lens cover opens slightly, but it won't open all the way and the lens won't extend at all. I was wondering if there is any way to clean it by taking it apart and looking for something blocking the gears.
I have a camera and I dropped it in the sand. The zoom works and everything, but when I turn the camera on and off you can hear the sand inside the zoom. I am really worried because I am not preparhed to have it repaired as it is out of guarantee. I was wondering if there is a way to fix it.
Me too :( I didn't even get it out, it was in a sock in my bag and it still managed to get some sand stuck inside - i'm really annoyed as this isn't covered by warranty - nothing's working! How do I take it apart?
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I know this is just southern inginuity but ours did the same after a trip to the beach. my husband took a knife and removed the outer rim, to loosen the sand out, then we had to tape the ring back on. still works. but if you don't won't to damage your camera, you might not want to do it that way.
My guess is that the lens has some sand in it. You might just want to open the lens as much as possible and give it a good cleaning with rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab as well as blowing it out with canned air. I know it seams kinda nuts, but if cleaning it doesn't work try to manually push the lens in slightly to free up some stuck sand. Also, you could tap the camera on a hard surface with a small piece of fabric under it to try to knock out some more of the sand.
Hope that helps!
The lens is damaged and needs to be replaced. Sometimes with use or maybe an accidental hit to the lens can cause a malfunction to the camera resulting in that error. Also if you for example took the camera to the beach, getting something like sand in the camera can jam up the lens and prevent it from fully extending or retracting.
The best thing you could do is take it to a competent repair shop, tell them what happened, and have them fix it. If it is just sand jamming the lens cover, they shouldn't charge too much to fix it.
Alternatively, if you can move the lens covers at all, try gently working them back and forth in very small movements while holding the camera with the lens pointing down - basically just try to work the sand out and let gravity help you. Be careful though, you may get sand deeper into the camera's mechanisms this way!
Anyone who has ever been near the beach knows that as soon as you are within 100ft of the sand you will feel sand in between your toes even with your sneakers and socks on. That's because sand is in the air and contaminates everything. Therefore, if you value your camera, mp3 player, radio, cellular phone PDA, or laptop computer, DO NOT TAKE IT anywhere near the beach. Solution: use an air compressor. Blow air & dust through the hose first. Use clean air to blow out extended lens area. Open and close lens and blow out several times. Firmly jolt the camera into the palm of your hand to dislodge the dirt particle. Use more air. You may notice sratches on the side of the lens cylinder that were created by the particles of sand. 99% pure isopropyl alcohol (91% if you're in a pinch is available at any drug store) can also be used on a Q tip and swabbed around the lens barrel cylinder. Make sure you use a few CLEAN Q tips on the lens. Now go buy a disposible camera and $10 mp3 player for the beach and leave the $200+ camera and IPOD at home or at the hotel room. Now you'll surely have a wonderful time at the beach.
You may want to call Olympus Customer Service and discuss their repair process and procedures for sending the camera in to have the lens assembly cleaned. Their telephone number is 800-622-6372 option 2 and then option 3
You will not be able to clean out the sand yourself. The sand probably got in to the mechanics of the lens and other moving parts.
The inside of the lens is made like a watch, and is very precision for calibration. Once you open up your camera and especialy the lens, I have doubts it will ever work again!
Servicing the camera may not be cost effective. You can enquire to Casio to see what they would charge for this type of service. I would think it would be more feasible to replace the camera.
If you want to take a camera to a beach, make sure it is in a sealed containment. The water vapour, any salt spray, sand, and or sand dust will certainly cause damage to even the most expensive cameras!