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Pentax optio s4i , battery is fully charged but when you turn the camera on it turns itself off straight away ,its almost as if the lens is jammed because it hasn't retracted itself into the camera properly

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  • krhope Feb 12, 2008

    hi , there is not enough of the lens showing to get hold of to pull it out so i cannot do that

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Hi this is a common problem its usually down to a bit of dirt stuck in the lense itself

Posted on Feb 12, 2008

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  • paul proctor Feb 12, 2008

    What you can do is when you switch the camera on try and catch the lense and gently pull it out a little bit this should free anything that is jammed but you need to pull it out a bit for the dirt to come un jammed

  • paul proctor Feb 12, 2008

    If the lense hasnt gone into the camera properly then this usually means that a bit of grit has gone down the side of the lense and is stopping it retracting properly this will give the problem your having if you can grab the lense and pull it at the same time as switching on you should find that it will come out properly then retract again switching camera off but then when you switch it on it should work as normal let me know if you can do this if not you can try another way but let me know first.
    You might need to hold it tight and pull it but not to hard just get the lense further out than it is now then you should find it will work as normal

  • paul proctor Feb 12, 2008

    Let me know once you have tried this try a few times as you need to pull the lense when it should be coming out not going in if your camera has got a button that slide across one way for taking pictures and one way for viewing if this is a slide switch make sure its slides on for taking pictures also if it does have a slide switch put it onto view pictures and see if the camera comes on to view the pictures

  • paul proctor Feb 12, 2008

    Hi this is also worth trying but you need to be carefull doing this remove the memory card if it has one and remove the battery then find a bit of rubber or a couple of elastic bands three or four will do.
    As you look at camera from the back put the rubber bands around the camera running from left to right ie either side.
    then tip the camera so that the rubber bands are now running from top to bottom now find somewhere hard like table or something similar then not to hard i mean not hard enough to break the camera then bang it on the part where the rubber bands are doing this will protect the camera from the shock of banging it the rubber bands will cushion the camera and doing this will cause no dammage but then bang the camera on the table a couple of times then put the battery back in and give it a try this usually frees anything that is jamming the lense.
    If it still dont work then try couple more times it wont damage the camera plus you cant damage it anymore than it is anyway as you cant get them repaire it just costs to much and camera shops dont repair them and their are no servicable parts anyway.
    So try banging it a couple of times if this still dont fixit then try pulling the lense like i said earlier also try turning the lense slightly as some lenses turn when they move in and out.
    Failing this the problem that causes the lense damage is if someone has used the camera and put pressure on the lense whilst its out and in use.
    I mean say someone used it then put the camera down with the lense out and this could damage the lense motor these cant be repaired and cant be replaced let me know how you get on ok

  • paul proctor Feb 12, 2008

    the only other option is to gently bang the camera or shock it by banging it into your hand if knowbody has stresses the lense motor then it should just be jammed with usually a bit of grit try hitting it into the palm of your hand.
    Also cant you hold the lens enough to turn it slighly or not, usually turning it slightly will allow it to open.
    Is the lense deffinately slightly out.
    Do you plug the camera into your pc using cable or do you use a card reader if you plug it into computer using cable try and see if this allows you to turn camera on

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