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My camera all of a sudden wont take pictures

Im holding down the shutter release button but it wont focus to take the picture...im wondering what i did wrong..can you help?

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  • gmotis May 11, 2010

    All of a sudden when I turn the camera on it makes a stange noise and provides very blurry pictures when they are downloaded to my Photoshop Album. The noised doesn't go away until I turn the camera off. When such bad pictures all of a sudden?

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If the camera lens was impacted or extended while in a purse, or such, it may have stripped or broken gears in the lens.

If that is the case, the repairs are beyond the replacement cost for this camera.
You can try to hold the lens as stated else where on this thread, but it sounds like many I have had..broken parts in the lens.

You may want to consider to sell it for parts on Ebay or other site. See the other posts I made about this.

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