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Lens cover error

I have been having issues with my Nikon Coolpix S5 since purchasing it. When you hit the power button to turn it on, the lens cover only goes partway down and then you get a lens cover error and you cannot take any pictures. Does anyone know if Nikon has fixed this or if there is any other way to get around it. I have actually turned it upside down and hit the power button but that doesn't always work. Thanks for your time. It's a great little camera EXCEPT for this quirk.

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  • Surfking Mar 29, 2008

    Same problem.



    Any solution?

  • nhnonna Apr 10, 2008

    No solutions posted yet - I can't believe it's only us Surfking! LOL

  • rrphotolog Apr 12, 2008

    same problem, have a chant that involves unspeakable words and turning the thing on and off. Always works, sometime between try 1 and 99.

  • Anonymous May 21, 2008

    I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM. 


  • nhnonna May 27, 2008

    If I could, I would simply remove the lens cover, but I can't. Anyone got any suggestions????

  • Anonymous Jun 24, 2008

    Same problem. So far the only thing that "works" for me is to hold down the power button while GENTLY banging on the left side of the camera (side closest to the lens).



    Not a permanent fix, but does seem to do a little something momentarily. The hardest part is being gentle when all you really want to do is chuck the thing across the room!

  • nhnonna Mar 23, 2009

    I ended up contacting Nikon and having it FIXED under warranty.

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Hello

The problem is that the lens has become stuck in the barrel. There are some DIY solutions you could try, but the probability is that you will have to get it fixed by a professional.

Use these at own risk as it may further damage the camera.

Firstly , try connecting your ac adapter or usb cable.

Try holding the shutter button while switching on the camera.

Look at the lens , and if some of the lens 'circles' is misaligned or not concentric then try wiggling it (while holding camera lens down).

Try gently pushing or pulling the lens when it extends but this is risky as it may cause the lens barrel to slip out of its guidance system.

Another way to do this is to place the camera lens down on a hard surface and then power it up. Be sure to use a soft cloth or something similar as to not scratch your lens or casing. Let the lens push the camera up and down a few times and sometimes the little resistance provided by the camera is enough to get things going again.

Try hitting your camera near the lens on the body with the soft tissue on the palm of your hand.

Other than that , I would take the camera to a repair center for a evaluation to see if it would cost more to repair than to replace the camera.

If it is still under warranty I would suggest you take it in before trying any of these steps and remove any off-brand batteries or accessories as some stores are really fussy about warranty repairs on camera's with non-brand accessories.

You can also have a look at THIS link.

Hope the advise is useful. please do not hesitate to let me know if you need any further assistance.

Regards
Andrea

Posted on Sep 29, 2010

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