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Camera won't come on and lens doesn't retract

The camera won't come on and the lens doesn't retract. I have changed the batteries but i bout rechargable batteries and I don't know if they have a charge.I dropped the camera the last time I used it.

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Re: Camera won't come on and lens doesn't retract

If you bought ni-cad batteries then you may have recharged them incorrectly and they do not have a good charge. Try fresh non-rechargable batteries.
If you bought ni-cads, buy nickel-hydride next time. They do not have a "memory" issue like Nicads.

I think the key here, though, is that it was dropped....

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