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Pentax Optio M20

When the camera is turned on, the lens extends, makes a slight buzzing sound and then retracts and the camera turns off. It also will not download pics onto my computer.

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  • Anonymous Jan 13, 2008

    exactly the same problem.

  • lucabella Feb 11, 2008

    Me too! Exactly the same thing! (Except I can download pics into my computer.)

  • Anonymous Feb 16, 2008

    Exactly same problem. Local shop were not sure they could get parts if they took it apart. Have emailed Pentax for a response.

  • LMichelle Feb 18, 2008

    Exact same problem, why do so many people have this and nobody can find a solution?

  • arl1974 Feb 19, 2008

    I have the exact same problem also!

  • bablu21 Mar 25, 2008

    i have the exact same problem. pls help me out.

  • georgeker Jul 16, 2008

    same problem.

    lens extends & retracts

  • Anonymous Jul 29, 2008

    optio m20

    same problem, lens extends & retracts, with new batteries,

    cannot use camera 12 months old.

    can tou help

  • pamn Dec 31, 2008

    Same problem with my optio S10. Tried new battery-same problem. Turns on, buzzes, turns off. It is exactly one year old, just out of warrenty. Help!

  • rickaa May 11, 2010

    i have the same problem....and its not the batteries because ive tried all types of brand new bateries, and nothing.



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When the camera is turned on, the lens extends, makes a slight buzzing sound and then retracts and the camera turns off.

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