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Lens keeps getting stuck and then the camera won't take pictures.

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My Sony cybershot dsc-w55 won't take pictures! I


Your lens is stuck due to either being banged or bumped or there is dirt/grit inside the lens gears. The lens needs to be replaced, but buying a brand new lens is out of the question. Sony will charge $125 just for the lens assembly, it's crazy.

A refurb lens can be installed for about $75 including return shipping. You should check the replacement cost of a used camera and see which is cheaper in the long run.

Hope this helps!

Thomas Drayton
Owner, Darntoothysam.com Digital Camera Repair

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My canon powershot SD 1000 will take outdoor pictures but wont take any with low light and the flash won't work. I see that someone else asked the same question but I can see what advice was offered


A stuck shutter is another common failure mode for digital cameras. The symptoms of a stuck or "sticky" shutter are very similar to CCD image sensor failure. The camera may take black pictures (for shutter stuck closed), or the pictures may be very bright and overexposed, sometimes with lines, especially when taken outdoors (for shutter stuck open). To confirm a stuck shutter, put the camera in any mode other than "Auto", and turn the flash OFF (you don't want to blind yourself for the next step). Next look down the lens and take a picture. You should see a tiny flicker in the center of the lens as the shutter opens and closes. If no movement is seen, then you likely have a stuck shutter. If so, please see this link for further info and a simple fix that may help. Recommend trying the pencil tapping fix listed in the link. It worked on my SD1000 with the same problem.

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I have a Canon PowerShot SD1000 and it turns on, but the screen is blank. It will upload any photos taken (although you can't see what pics you take), but even then you have to click the button on the...


A stuck shutter is another common failure mode for digital cameras. The symptoms of a stuck or "sticky" shutter are very similar to CCD image sensor failure. The camera may take black pictures (for shutter stuck closed), or the pictures may be very bright and overexposed, sometimes with lines, especially when taken outdoors (for shutter stuck open). To confirm a stuck shutter, put the camera in any mode other than "Auto", and turn the flash OFF (you don't want to blind yourself for the next step). Next look down the lens and take a picture. You should see a tiny flicker in the center of the lens as the shutter opens and closes. If no movement is seen, then you likely have a stuck shutter. If so, please see this link for further info and a simple fix that may help.
By the way, my wife happens to own a SD1000. Great little camera, but it's prone to stuck shutter every once and a while. Easily fixed each time though by simply opening the battery door while on, and gently flicking the lens barrel a few times. Again, see the link.

May 31, 2011 | Canon PowerShot SD1000 Digital Camera

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Lens stuck open on Lumix DSC-TZ5


This is a common problem when something goes wrong with the lens system.
This can be as a result of numerous problems.
Try to pull the lens as turning on and also gently twisting it in and out...just may make the lens go back on track.


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Lens is stuckpartly open power button does nothing-won,t turn off


mine has done this and I have grabbing the lens and pulling it out at the same time as I turn it on. It is a pain but it now works

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Sony dsc-w55 fell and the lens is stuck


Use bit more force to push or pull the lens as lens has been damaged. If applying bit more force lens goes to working, u saved $$$ otherwise, new lens option is always available at Sony repair shops.

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