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Lens jammed??? Okay, Sadly, I did drop my vivicam4345 digital camera, while trying to take pictures... T_T I guess in a momentary lapse of judgement I failed to put the strap around my wrist.. but whatever, it still happened.... sooo.... my problem is this: Everything on the camera works, except the lens, I never get a "lens error" message either, however, now that it's been dropped the lens does not go completely inside/flush to the camera....and the inner ring of the lens does not really extend at all... therefore, though I could still take pictures they are all blurry because the lens cannot focus properly.... I called a local camera store, but they already said they ship their cameras out to be repaired, which may end up costing me more money, and the lady made me mad b/c she basically just tried to sell me a new, "better" camera without even listening to my problem... >_< so if anyone can offer any opinions on what this might be and how to solve the problem that would be great. I only got the camera last year for Christmas, so it seems a shame to give up on it just for this, but obviously, if it will cost me more to fix then to buy a new one well.... ^_^;

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  • saturnbunny Feb 01, 2008

    Oh, I forgot to say that... the only time I gte an kind of error sound was when I tried to use the zoom option, it began to emit a quiet, yet high pitched noise.... I'm assuming this is because the smaller part of the lens does not extend.

  • patriciad Feb 16, 2008

    I have a similiar problem. I dropped my camera as well and now the lens does not come out at all. Same problem with the cost of fixing it. It would be about the same price as buying a new one. Any ideas worth trying???

  • Tiffipooh Mar 01, 2008

    I have the exact same problem, you described it so well, I am able to take pictures and everything yet the lense will not zoom out properly. When I need to take a picture now, the zoom will only come out so for and the protector of the lense will only open up half way, yet when I turn my camera off it opens fully and now my camera lense is exposed therefore, I have to push the zoom down to have everything close properly. THIS SUCKS!! please help!!

  • Anonymous Apr 12, 2008

    my problem's like that, too!!! i was trying to take a pic of my friend, which she didn't want, so she hit my hand and it flew into a wall. now it'll turn on and everything, but the lens won't go completely in when i turn it off! i tried to push it back in but people said not to toy with it because i might break it. HELP!

  • cash4me21 Sep 07, 2008

    my zoom button is screwed will not open

  • Anonymous Oct 21, 2008

    Lens is stuck and the batteries die fast , i.e the red light goes off after 2 pictures despite the fact that the batteries are fully charged.



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Take it to a camera shop like jessops to see what they say.

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