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i have problem with my kodak v1253 camara when i turn it on it wont open its camera lens and it will shut down i have fully recharged the battry

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  • Mrdugan Feb 14, 2008

    I have the same problem, I have searched high and low with no result yet. I am taking my to a repair person tomorrow. Ill keep you posted on what the fix is.

  • Anonymous Feb 22, 2008

    bought my V1253 in Sept. It shuts down before a picture can be taken. Sometimes the lens remains locked in the out position and I have to take the battery out in order for it to retract. Since it was under warranty I was told to send it to a repair co. in Illinois. After going through this 3 times, I called Kodak and they finally sent me a new camera. Within the first week, I had the same problems. My only alternative they said was to send it out to the same company in Illinois and that is where it is right now.

  • coradelli Apr 15, 2008

    I have the same problem. Turn on - lens out, lens in and camera stop responding...

    Heeeelp :(

  • lbunn May 01, 2008

    I have the same problem. The lens is stuck in the out position.

  • MapleDawg Jun 15, 2008

    Same problem. Repaired by Kodak for another problem. In less than 30 days the described Kodak V1253 problem.

  • Anonymous Jul 07, 2008

    I also have same problem with my V1253 camera and

    have also gotten two different batteries thinking that was

    the problem, but it still happens with the lens coming all the way out and then immediately back in

  • ledriffs Jul 14, 2008

    same thing has happened to my camera
    i let my sister borrow it and i dont know if she dropped it or something
    did any of u drop it or banged it up before the problem occured?


  • flusteredof3 Jul 23, 2008

    I hope there is something out there to fix it.

  • superted100 Jul 26, 2008

    Same problem here. Turn on the camera, Lens protrudes then is immediately withdrawn and appears to turn its self off. I did note that, when pressing the 'favourites' button on the top of the camera, I can see previous photos but when switching to picture mode the screen goes black and appears to turn off.

  • Anonymous Jul 30, 2008

    have the same issue. This is the second camera. wtf???

  • Anonymous Aug 17, 2008

    have same problem rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  • JustinandBen Aug 18, 2008

    I have the same problem - and this has happened just at the start of our summer holidays in Turkey! Is there a solution yet?

  • Anonymous Aug 20, 2008

    Same problem. Camera comes on for a second, then lens retracts and camera turns off. Battery is fully charged. Camera is 8 months old. Tried replacing battery, but that did not help.

  • Anonymous Aug 27, 2008

    I also have the same problem......I hope someone figures out how to fix this....

  • phschaeff Oct 18, 2008

    same problem.
    reset, removing batteries and applying current firmware didn't help.
    Pressing the Favs-Button still starts the Camera in Fav-mode but video and photo modes don't work.


  • adicurzio Oct 19, 2008

    I have the same problem!!!

    What should I do?


  • Anonymous Oct 22, 2008

    I have the same problem.
    Has anyone spoken to kodak about this problem?


  • flasdfj Oct 23, 2008

    It is obviously a defect of the crappy V1253 camera. When some electronic part breaks (typically in one to two months of use), the lens pops out after power up for a few seconds then goes back in. The camera then shuts down. I already returned it twice (took a month each time to get it back). I need to take a trip in less than a week and I don't have a still camera. If anybody knows how to fix it, please post a link. I really need somebody to show how to open this camera and replace the damaged component so that all of the 100,000 + V1253 cameras that were sold can be fixed. Please post a link!!

  • BobSlob Oct 23, 2008

    this is fucked up.  ive done nothing but keep my camera over protected and babied.  a lot of money to spend on something that will break within a month or so of buying.  ill never buy a kodak ever again.

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2009

    same thing is happening to mine.  i tried blowing around the lens and tapping the camera maybe thinking the lens was stuck.  im so aggravated.  i had just bought this camera this summer and babied it.

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2009

    Turn it on and it quickly turns its self off

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I have the same problem, but it only started after I went to the beach and dropped the camera in the sand, it landed on its edge and did not go into the sand deep. I checked it thouroghly and did not see sand grains in the ports etc. I blew it off with compressed air lightly and checked again for sand. It looked clean to me. Then it started. It opened and then closed and I couldn't do anything to fix it. This is my second camera. The first one didn't open right either from the box, but I grabbed the lens as it opened and pulled it a bit until it popped and then it worked.

I fixed the problem on this camera.. so far. I turned it on and let the lens open. I figured the computer was getting, or not getting, a signal to keep it open. At the very base of the telescope lense i turned it a bit more in the direction it was already turning as it tried to open. I noticed that it stopped just short and as i applied a bit of pressure it moved another few milimeters...and whalahh, it stayed open and the camera worked. I turned it off and on and did not touch it, and then it closed again!! So I turned it back on and "forced" it a bit at the lowest telescope base again to make sure it was rotating fully and it moved again a few mm's... and then stayed on. Then I looked really really close at the rim around the lens and did see some "junk" I took a very thin, flat piece of metal, some kind of binder clip my wife had on the computer desk. It was very, very thin and I used it to "clear" around the channel of the telescoping lens and then blew it out again with air. Now the camera works without the little "twist" I had to give it to help it open. Maybe the camera has some sort of sensor that if the lense is not all the way engaged open, it shuts back down. Anyway, it worked for me.

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Ok i have solved my problem.  i was having the same thing as everyone else here.  i was so frustrated and i think i have solve the problem.  ok taking different parts from solutions in this i did the following.
1.  took battery out for approx 5 mins tops. 2.  held favorites button till screen with date setting came on. 3.  set date to default setting.  (just hit accept) 4.  pushed review. 5.  viewed some pics. 6.  pushed video button. 7.  took video 8.  turn camera off 9.  turn camera on.

it should now work.  mine does.  after all kinds of methods this one I found by accident and trial and error worked.  i hope this helps everyone.  i was so mad, but now not so much cuz the cam works.  but i wont buy a kodak ever again.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008

  • BobSlob Oct 31, 2008

    poo is a solution

  • BobSlob Oct 31, 2008

    Poo is a problem


    but here is the solution

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I have the v1253 for nearly a year now, use it at least once a week for fun video and snapshot photos.  Not very good low light performance or battery life, as is typical with every ultra compact i know of.  But this one is dirt cheap for taking satisfactory HD clips.  Anyhow, i had the stuck lens problem too about a month ago.  I charged the battery, no luck.  Next blew forcefully around the stuck extended lens (mouth, not air compressor).  Next I 'helped' the lens return as the screen shut off by gently pressing it in evenly with a couple fingers.  Then when i turned it on it would extend and then shut off and retract immediately so i figured it was still stuck somehow.  I turned it on again and helped the lens assembly out by pulling gently.  now it's working just fine again, extending and retracting under it's own power--something may have gotten stuck in there requiring encouragement.  Give it a try--if it's busted anyway can you do much harm?  good luck!

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I fixed my v1253 following these steps:
1. Pulled the battery when the lens starts to come out before it could power itself off.
2. Gently pull the telescope out until it clicks.
3. Use a fine tip paint brush to clear debris out of the cracks.
Camera works just fine now.

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I also have the same problem. I am SURE it is a Kodak V1253 defect where the Kodak engineers had a real f..k-up. I already returned my camera twice for the same issue for repair-only. This is the exact issue: I hit the power button, the lens opens for a few seconds, then it closes. Then the camera turns off. Pulled the battery, waited for 10 minutes, put the battery back in, hit power and the set time date or cancel menu comes up. Hitting either returns the crappy V1253 camera to the same state as before, lens opens for a few seconds and then closes - camera turns off.

Stupid Best-Buy wanted to charge me a 15% restock fee to return it when I first realized the camera is **** (found out in < 2 hours after purchasing, tried to return to the Best Buy in Orlando where I bought it and they ripped the perfectly-repackaged box open and told me they won't take it back. I was going to to return it because at 100% zoom, the image was blurry indicating that you don't get a true 12MP resolution or the optics are ****). I was forced to keep it and suffered with it ever since. I now need to take a trip in less than a week and I don't have a camera. It took about a month the last time I sent it for repair. Don't trust the V1253! There is a manufacturer defect with the electronics. If anybody knows how to open it and can post pictures to fix this common issue by cleaning some part of the circuit board, please send a link!!

Posted on Oct 23, 2008

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I just fixed mine. Dirt in the lens mechanism was the issue. I blew it out with a can of duster and it worked just fine. I went one step further though and took the camera apart. The camera comes apart very easy if you have a small Phillips screw driver. 20 minutes later had the entire inside cleaned out and the camera back together. If the duster doesn't work take it apart and really clean it. What have you got to loose?

Posted on Apr 28, 2010

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The problem is that the lens has somehow lost it's index for the "fully extended" position. It's not just a Kodak problem, a lot of small cameras experience it. One cause is when the power button is accidentally depressed when the user is retrieving a camera from a pocket or purse. The lens starts to extend, hits an obstruction (pocket lining or purse) and loses its index. The best way that I've found to reindex it is to hit the power button, wait until the lens extends fully and, before it retracts, grab it with all five fingers so that you create equal pressure on all sides and hold it. The camera should reindex, turn it on and off and you should be good to go. I have used this method successfully in the past.

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My mother has one of these cameras and it was doing exactly what the OP described. After she said she was going to chuck it I figured I could pull it apart and not worry. The problem turned out to be a loose ribbon cable. I pulled the case apart, removed the display and then the plate below it. There was a loose ribbon cable in there. Once I reconnected it the lens worked like a champ.

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I have had this camera for a year and a half and loved it! Last month it did to me what it has to everyone else, it would turn on, lens semi come out and then it would go back in and shut off. I was soo frustrated and upset with trying soo many things, I ended up shelving it and working on research for a new DSLR.

Today I fixed the camera though! I forced it to keep the lens out by removing the battery once it was out. I put it in Video mode just trying to play with settings, and tried to move the zoom, I noticed it barely moved and then wouldnt move the other way or at all. I went and grabbed my husbands pressurized air can and blew around the lens in all the spaces, and then also inside where the battery and mem card go.

After that it worked just fine!!

Still going to buy my DSLR, but I still want a pocket camera for general shooting and convenience of fitting in my purse or pocket.

Posted on May 22, 2009

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I have the same problem too :(
i start up the camara , a second later its shut down ...

i dont know what the problem???? i changed the battery and still have it!

Posted on Sep 14, 2008

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I've had this happen several times, I find gently prying/pulling/pushing on the lens while powering it on/off has worked, but its a pain in the a$$ alright, definitely Kodak will not be on my short list for the next point & shoot I buy because of this. It's too bad though, for a point & shoot it takes 1/2 decent 720p video, as long as the sound isnt too loud.

For the fix tcmits did taking it apart and finding a loose cable - I'd like to see a picture how-to on this..

Posted on Feb 16, 2010

I have 2 of these cameras, newegg sent me a new one after i wanted to exchange mine but never asked me for the old one back. this camera is ****. both of the cameras are defected. one takes blurry shots without flash on and one has the same problem as this...

Posted on Oct 30, 2008

I have the same problem too :(
i start up the camara , a second later its shut down ...

i dont know what the problem???? i changed the battery and still have it!

Posted on Sep 14, 2008

It seems a regular problem. I have had 3 over the last 5 months all did the same. I then switched to a Kodak M1033 (purely because there were no V1253 left!!) and guess what. 2 weeks in and IT has the same problem.

Not very happy bunny

Posted on Aug 28, 2008

Oh no. I have the same exact problem with mine =[
I heard it may be a gear problem.

Posted on May 16, 2008

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If you've recently dropped the camera you may have lens damage that is causing the camera to shut down. If you haven't dropped it, your problem may be due to weak/worn out batteries or corrosion on the battery contacts inside the camera which can prevent the full power of the batteries from flowing into the camera. Try solution before you do anything else:


Step1: Remove the batteries and wipe the camera contacts firmly with a dry cloth (heavy corrosion may require cleaning with a wire brush, steel wool, or sandpaper).

Step2: Remove any residue that may have fallen into the battery compartment during cleaning, then wipe both ends of the batteries and place them back in the camera. This cleaning clears the problem about 90% of the time. If it doesn't work for you, your batteries may need to be replaced, or the camera may have a problem that requires professional repair.
Thank you!

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