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My Optio won't stay powered on.

When I press the on/off button the screen lights uo and displays PENTAX, the lens zooms out but it gets to the end of it's travel and it sounds like a safety device is preventing damage by slipping the gears for a second then it zooms in again and shuts down. It seem like whatever limits lens travel is not set correctly. I've had a look inside but I cant see any stripped gears or broken/loose parts. Has anybody else experience of this ? I have the same problem, when I turn on my pentax 57 optic the lens extends but it beeps and then retracts and shuts off. Any solution pls.!!!

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  • drdaved Dec 03, 2007

    I have a very similar problem with my Optio s5i. It will power up and if the battery has been removed for a period of time, I will get the date setup screen, then the startup screen, initially which was the regular blue initial screen, but now is green boxes and the lens opens out. Then the lens closes up, the camera powers down and it will simply repeat that cycle over and over. This may be slightly different however overall as this camera was in a waterproof dive case which leaked a tiny bit during snorkeling. It just doesn't seem dead yet. So far, the only thing I have ventured to do is to slowly dry out the camera and give it time, almost 6 months now (at first it wouldn't power up at all.)

  • Anonymous Dec 25, 2007

    I have the same problem, the camera was brand new almost a year ago, and this problem of shutting down within a couple of seconds was occasionally recurring in the begining, but gradually within a month or two, it started to power on and shut down within a couple of seconds. It is very depressing that the Pentax corp had come up with such a flawed machinery.

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Hi drdaved It seems to be a battery cotact problem. The battery contact pins might have some rust. Try to clean them with a rubber and alcohol (after the rubber)

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