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Re: I dropped my NIKON COOLPIX L10!!
Sometimes to push the extended lens (with battery out) gently to the opposite side it is bending...may help. If it snaps back into the channel, fine, other wise you may not be able to do anything, and consider it a loss. That is because the cost to repair is too much. What you can do if the lens is broken is to sell the camera on Ebay as a broken or as is, or repair item. That way you may get some good money (up to $40.00) for this camera. There are those looking for parts cameras on Ebay.
The camera is very probably beyond economical repair (check your house hold insurance for accidental cover though) and I'd advise you to give it a good yank. You will find it sometimes clicks back into place. If its not covered under any insurance you have little to loose.
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Picture Project was replaced by Nikon Transfer and Nikon ViewNX2. Both of those programs will work perfectly well with the L10. You can download the current versions of all (free) Nikon software from
The best way to download pictures from your camera to your computer involves removing the memory card from the camera and plugging it into a card reader (either built-in to the computer or connected via USB or FireWire). This is likely to be faster than connecting the camera to the computer, and won't run down your camera's batteries.
Once the card is plugged in, it will appear to your computer as a removable drive. You can use the operating system's drag&drop facility to copy pictures from the card to the computer's hard drive, the same way you copy any other files. Or you can use Nikon Transfer or any other photo cataloging program.
Once the pictures are on your computer, you can use View NX2 to look at them and do some editing.
Remove the batteries, wait 5-10 minutes. With the batteries out, press and hold the power button for 10 seconds or so. Put the batteries back in and your camera will start over (re-boot). You will know if it worked if you have to reset the date. But if that lens is really stuck you may be out of luck. The cost to repair it will exceed the cost of a new camera.
You can obviously try to pull the lens and twist it, I'm assuming you did that, it fixes the issue in 20% of the cases but usually the mechanism is permanently damaged and needs replacement. There is a third party company in new york that carries a parts for small point& shoot digital cameras, : Camera Repair NYC
This is probably THE 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
This worked for my camera, Nikon Coolpix L10!! I'm so happy I didn't go out and buy another camera!!!
Remove the batteries, then remove the memory card. Then install the new batteries, when you turn it on it should come back to life. Error E30 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.