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Hi I have a lens error on my Nikon S210 each time I turn it on and the lens won't retract.

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Try the procedures in this tip.

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there does now seem to be a problem with these particular cameras. i work in a camera shop and have had a number of these returned to me with the same problem you all seem to be having. i have now been told that they are no longer being sold by nikon and you should all return them to place of purchase for a replacement or refund. even if you have no receipt your approximate purchase date can be obtained from the serial number. good luck

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SOURCE: Hi, my Nikon Coolpix s210 displays a Lense Error

you should take it do the shop because somthing might be stuck or it could have a malfunction well i dont no exactly i jus say go check it out

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Try jiggling the lens. Use compressed air to blow out any grit around the lens barrel. If that doesn't do it, you'll need to get the camera serviced or replaced.

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Fixing a Lens Error on a Digital Camera

This has to be THE most common failure mode for a digital camera. Some common error messages that might show up on the LCD's of cameras with this problem include “E18 lens error”, or “lens error, restart camera”. Some cameras might show nothing at all, but merely make a beeping noise as the lens goes out, then in, then the camera shuts off. Sometimes the lens won't even move.
The problem is actually quite common throughout all camera brands. Usually it's sand or grit interfering with the lens extension mechanism. Or the camera's been dropped with the lens extended. Or the camera has been powered on, but the lens had been blocked preventing its extension. Or the battery ran down with the lens extended. Believe it or not, one BIG contributor to lens errors is using a camera case. Sand, gunk, case fibers, etc... accumulate at the bottom of the case. These materials love to cling to the camera by electrostatic build-up from the camera rubbing against the side of the case (especially those cases with soft fibrous intreriors). Once these materials work their way into the lens mechanism, that's all she wrote. I have many Canon's, and NEVER use a case for this very reason.
A camera owner that suffers this problem may have no recourse for having the camera repaired. Many camera makers will not honor repairing this problem under warranty as they claim it is due to impact damage to the camera, or sand or debris getting into the lens gearing mechanism (neither of which is covered under warranty). The quoted repair cost is usually close to or more than what the camera is actually worth.
Fortunately, about half the cameras that suffer this failure can easily be fixed by one of the following methods. None of these methods involve opening the camera, although some have potential to cause other damage to the camera if excessively done. If the camera is still under warranty, before trying any of these, please please first contact your camera's maker to see if they'll cover the repair, or to determine how much they'll charge for the repair. Who knows, you might get lucky. But if they quote you a number that's higher than the value of your camera, you may want to consider the following methods.
The methods are listed in the order of risk of damaging your camera. Thus make sure you try them in the listed order. And remember, these fixes (especially #6 and 7) should only be considered for a camera that's out of warranty, who's cost of repair would be excessive, and would otherwise be considered for disposal if unrepaired:
Fix #1: Remove the batteries from the camera, wait a few minutes. Put a fresh set of batteries back in (preferably rechargeable NiMH 2500mah or better) and turn the camera on. If that didn't work, try pressing and holding the Function or OK button while turning the camera on.
Fix #2: Remove the batteries, then remove the memory card. Then install new batteries, and turn on the camera. If you get an Error E30, it means you don't have a memory card installed, so turn it off, slip in the memory card and turn it on one last time.
Fix #3: Insert the cameras Audio/Video (AV) cable, and turn the camera on. Inserting this cable ensures that the camera's LCD screen remains off during the start process. Thus extra battery power is available to the camera's lens motor during startup. This extra power can be useful in overcoming grit or sand particals that may be jamming the lens. If the AV cable doesn't fix the lens error by itself, consider keeping this cable installed while trying fixes 4, 5, and 7 as a means to provide extra help to these fixes. But note that I DON'T recommend keeping the cable installed during Fix 6 as you may damage the AV port while tapping the camera. Reinsert the cable only AFTER tapping the camera.
Fix #4: Place the camera flat on its back on a table, pointed at the ceiling. Press and hold the shutter button down, and at the same time press the power-on button. The idea is that the camera will try to autofocus while the lens is extending, hopefully seating the lens barrel guide pins in their slots.
Fix #5: Blow compressed air in the gaps around the lens barrels with the idea of blowing out any sand or grit that may be in there jamming the lens. Other variations include blowing with a hair dryer in “no heat” setting, or sucking the gaps with a vacuum (careful with this one).
Now we're entering into the realm of potentially damaging your camera in conducting the fix. There is definitely some risk here, so take care when conducting the following two fixes.
Fix #6: Repeatedly tap the padded/rubber usb cover on a hard surface with the intent of dislodging any particles that may be jamming the lens. Other variations include hitting a side of the camera against the palm of your hand. A lot of people have reported success with this method. HOWEVER, there is also some potential for damaging or dislodging internal components with this method, such as unseating ribbon cables, or cracking LCD screens.
Fix #7: Try forcing the lens. More people have reported success with this method than with any of the other methods. HOWEVER, there's obviously some potential for damaging your camera by using this method. Variations include gently pulling, rotating, and/or twisting the lens barrel while hitting the power button. Attempt to gently straighten or align the barrel if it's crooked or twisted. Another variation includes looking for uneven gaps around the lens barrel, and then pushing on the side of the lens barrel that has the largest gap (note pushing the lens barrel all the way in is NOT recommended as it may become stuck there). While doing any of the above, listen for a click that indicates that the lens barrel guide pins may have reseated in their guide slots. If you hear this click, immediately stop and try the camera.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010

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This is probably THE most common failure among digital cameras, and it can be caused by dirt, dust, grit, or dropping, among other things.

There's a halfway chance of fixing it yourself, described here:
http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html

Posted on Feb 14, 2010

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My Coolpix camera lens won't open, says lens error, any ideas how to fix.


Hi Connie:
Lens stuck, is common defective that need new lens unit replacement or just repairable.

Causes of a Lens Error: There are a number of ways with which a lens error can be caused. Particulates might have managed to get into the mechanical bits that allow the lens to retract, a purely physical interference with the lens mechanism. If the camera was dropped, especially while the lens was extended, there's a pretty good chance something might have been knocked loose, such as the guide pins upon which the lens withdraws and retracts.

How to Repair a Lens Error: As scary as a lens error might seem, there are some easy fixes. Before trying any of them out, however, first take a good long look at your camera warranty and maybe have a chat with the company. If the lens error will be covered under the terms of the warranty, go for it. Even some of the simple fixes mentioned below might void the camera warranty. Sincerely, however, it's unlikely that a lens error will qualify for the warranty.

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Lens error message lens opens; adjusts a few times then retracts to close position then error message any ideas? Thanks, Joe


Good day,

This is a common problem and sometimes can be fixed.
Please see details on my tip on how to fix this error here:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r7041378-digital_camera_lens_problems

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Jan 03, 2011 | Nikon Coolpix S210 Digital Camera

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I Have a Nikon Coolpix S210, the lens is stuck in the extended position and I have no pictures on the screen. I have at times seen that when I turn on the camera and the power light is on, it tries to...


Here are some ideas. Once I solved such an issue on a camera that had fallen down on a hard floor (by applying force on the lens to make it retract)..but please read everything here first *before* you try that:
http://www.wikihow.com/Repair-Lens-Problems-on-Your-Digital-Camera

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Lens error


There is a mechanical displacement. Lens has been shifted to side. That grinding sounds come because motor pushes lens to retract but something is stopping lens's way.......
So get it serviced. Don't turn it on or off, It increases pressure on motor.....

May 03, 2010 | Nikon Coolpix S210 Digital Camera

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Lens error


Hi.

Check the articles below and follow troubleshooting in case of lens error:

Lens not retracting on digital camera.

Lens Error.

Regards.

Apr 09, 2010 | Nikon Coolpix S210 Digital Camera

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Hi everytime i try to turn on my nikon s210 the lens will not extend and it dislplays a lens error


This is probably THE most common failure among digital cameras, and it can be caused by dirt, dust, grit, or dropping, among other things.

There's a halfway chance of fixing it yourself, described here:
http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html

Feb 13, 2010 | Nikon Coolpix S210 Digital Camera

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Hi im trying to find out how to fix a nikon s210 lens


Try to reset the camera or take it into Nikon it might be damaged

Dec 13, 2009 | Nikon Coolpix S210 Digital Camera

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S210 Lens Error


Try jiggling the lens. Use compressed air to blow out any grit around the lens barrel. If that doesn't do it, you'll need to get the camera serviced or replaced.

Jul 24, 2009 | Nikon Coolpix S210 Digital Camera

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