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Lens error When powering camera on, the view screen indicates a 'lens error'.

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  • soozie82 Feb 25, 2008

    yup, mine does the same, the lens comes out, screen says 'lens error' and the lens goes back in!! second time ive had a lens related problem :-(

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This is probably THE single most common failure among digital cameras. There's a halfway chance of fixing it yourself, described here: http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html

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