Question about Polaroid i733LP Digital Camera

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  • cinderelish Mar 14, 2008

    Exaclty the same problem. Lens is stuck open and looks slightly crooked. When I turn the camera on, it beeps and momentarily displays out of focus on LCD then shuts off.

  • spaztech Mar 18, 2008

    Camera a few months old, when daughter's friend dropped it. It won't turn on, and the lens is most of the way extended. Batteries fully charged. No signs of damage on the outside. Good products don't fail after one moderate drop. No LEDs come on, no beeps, no display.

  • amy meylian Mar 26, 2008

    i have the same problem the batteries went dead while i was taking pictures and the lens is stuck out crooked.and it will not turn on.i still have warrenty but i dont have the recipte so they will not fix it.

  • emily l Apr 20, 2008

    help me please!! i got this camera last christmas (07) and have only used it a couple times. i put it down a month ago and picked it up again yesterday, and it WILL NOT TURN ON!! the green light flashes, there are three low beeps and the lens won't extend. i replaced the memory card and batteries and still nothing. when you look at the front of the camera, the part of the lens that opens and closes is lopsided. ( the top left corner is higher than the top right corner.) I LOVE THIS CAMERA CAN SOMEONE HELP???

  • Anonymous Apr 21, 2008

    I have the same problem. green light turns on and lenses is stuck out and is crooked

  • loveya1616 Apr 27, 2008

    I have had my camera since christmas and i used it the most at a concert. at the concert it said replace batteries. so i did with brand new ones. it still says the same thing and gets stuck completely out! when i turn it on the camera either goes black but the picture is still there but frozen or it says replace batteries and goes black again. the lens are actually fully stuck out. I tried doing what ppl say to do but it doesnt help. i called polariod and they said i need the reciept but i dont have it it was from christmas! i dont know what to do and i dont have the money to repiar or buy a new one!! HELP!

  • kiele
    kiele Jul 07, 2008

    same here! dropped only twice 7 mounths old. touch while hand was damp. new battieries are put in and lens stuckout all teh way.

    hot pink

  • modymo Jul 28, 2008

    Yeah, we have the same problem. Went to change the batteries and the lens is now halfway extended and is crooked. Comes on, beeps and then turns itself off. Called Polaroid, unless you have the receipt and it's under a year, they won't even talk to you. Tried the retailer I bought it from and explained problem but they are "sure" that it was dropped (it wasn't!!). So tired of fighting "the system" I just went and got a new one!! Really too bad since we really did like this camera but just can't seem to figure out how to fix what should be a simpel problem!!

  • Anonymous Aug 24, 2008

    the lens is stuck

  • Anonymous Oct 11, 2008

    I was at a concert and kept getting low battery signals. I changed them twice and on the final time the camera turned itself off and now the lens is stuck. I won't really turn on. This is my sister's camera and she is going to KILL me. This isn't my fault in anyway is it? I see a lot of people with very similar problems....

  • dedikiss Oct 15, 2008

    i had low batteries i changed them..N then it turned on and the green light flashes and it made some beep sound like 3 times and then turns back off..its been like this for a couple months now and im past warranty is there anything i can do?..or am i gonna just have 2 break down N geta new 1! uh

  • maranda price Oct 27, 2008

    went to go change the batteries the lens is halfway out and crocked. when i try to turn it on the light blinks the picture that appears before you us the camera shows up for a few seconds it beeps 3 times and then shuts itself off.

  • Anonymous Jan 12, 2009

    my polaroid camera lense is stuck halfway.I changed the battery but it just makes a weird noise but won't turn on.


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This is a common problem with the camera. I have been dealing with fixing cameras for awhile now and have a good solution for this model. First, Polaroid cameras have a problem with certain brand batteries. Some batteries are marked "alkaline" but have a carbon base, because of this they will not power camera on properly or they do not have enough power to keep power on, sometimes causing the lens barrel to get stuck out and tilt. Recommendation: only use Energizer Lithium or Duracell Power Pix. You will get your moneys worth and you will not be spending a fortune in batteries. You can also look into rechargeable batteries (strength of 2000 mAh or higher). If the lens barrel gets stuck outside of camera, the camera will not power on. You DO NOT WANT TO PUSH THE LENS BARREL INSIDE, if you do this you will no longer be able to use the camera. Usually the lens barrel will tilt slightly, if this happens, GENTLY pull the lens barrel up and in the opposite direction of the tilt, you will hear a slight click sound and the lens will now be straight again. Now, insert NEW batteries (as recommended above), the camera should power on and the lens will retract back into the camera. This is the only time you should be pulling on the lens, remember DO NOT PUSH THE LENS INSIDE.

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I just dropped mine last night and the lens got in this funny bent position, so I popped it back to where its suppose to be. Now the camera turns on and off without the low battery signal but the lens doesn't retract or do anything by itself anymore. I can hear the little motor running that retracts the lens, but the lens itself doesn't actually move when I hear the little noises. So now, I have a wonderful camera with the lens stuck out. I should state that I have the i631. It's just like the i733 but one megapixel smaller. I've the receipt from the retailer that I bought it from so I'm hoping polaroid will at least look at it. I bought it back in June! It's only 4 to 5 months old!

I'm not sure if this will work for all of you, but try plugging it into your computer. When I had this issue for no apparent reason, plugging it into my computer seemed to awaken my camera out of the protective sleep mode that it was in. Sadly, it's not working for me this time.:-(

Posted on Oct 15, 2008

This is happening way to often and it's to expensive to last as long as a disposable camera
'they ****"polaroid should be ashamed of them selves.

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The same thing happened to me. Personally, I sent it back to Polariod. They sent me a complete new one. The new one did the same thing again! Butthis time, I do not have a reciept. Tomorrow I am going down to Best Buy and asking the "geek squad" to fix it. They seem to be the best bet.

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Oh my gosh! i also dropped my camera and the lens wont go in or out. it turns on. but will not go in or out!!! help!!!

Posted on Jun 06, 2008

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All you have to do, for my camera at least, was that i put in new batteries and all was solved...i never thought that was a major issue, its just something simple, YOUR OUT OF BATTERY

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Fix #1: Remove the batteries from the camera, wait a few minutes. Put a fresh set of batteries back in (preferably rechargeable NiMH 2500mah or better) and turn the camera on.
Fix #2: Remove the batteries, then remove the memory card. Then install the new batteries, when you turn it on it should come back to life.

Fix #3: Insert the cameras AV cable, and turn the camera on in picture review mode. Have no idea why this would work, except that quite a few people have reported some success with it.

Fix #4: Place the camera flat on its back on a table, pointed at the ceiling. Press and hold the shutter button down, and at the same time press the power-on button. The idea is that the camera will try to autofocus while the lens is extending, hopefully seating the lens barrel guide pins in their slots.

Fix #5: Blow compressed air in the gaps around the lens barrels with the idea of blowing out any sand or grit that may be in there jamming the lens. Other variations include blowing with a hair dryer in “no heat” setting, or sucking the gaps with a vacuum (careful with this one).

Now we're entering into the realm of potentially damaging your camera in conducting the fix. There is definitely some risk here, so take care when conducting the following two fixes.
Fix #6: Repeatedly tap the padded/rubber usb cover on a hard surface with the intent of dislodging any particles that may be jamming the lens. Other variations include hitting a side of the camera against the palm of your hand. A lot of people have reported success with this method. HOWEVER, there is also some potential for damaging or dislodging internal components with this method, such as unseating ribbon cables, or cracking LCD screens.

Fix #7: Try forcing the lens. More people have reported success with this method than with any of the other methods. HOWEVER, there's obviously some potential for damaging your camera by using this method. Variations include gently pulling, rotating, and/or twisting the lens barrel while hitting the power button. Attempt to gently straighten or align the barrel if it's crooked or twisted. Another variation includes looking for uneven gaps around the lens barrel, and then pushing on the side of the lens barrel that has the largest gap (note pushing the lens barrel all the way in is NOT recommended as it may become stuck there). While doing any of the above, listen for a click that indicates that the lens barrel guide pins may have reseated in their guide slots. If you hear this click, immediately stop and try the camera

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My polaroid i733 turns on the beeps 3 times then turns off when the sd card is in. i have tried formatting the card and camera but it still is not working any help

Had the same problem with our i733 Pink Polaroid. Beeps three times and then shuts off. The reason for this is that the lens is stuck in the partially open position. Because our camera was long past warranty and we bought it for $40 second hand I took the brute force approach. I grabbed hold of the lens and wiggled it from side to side while trying to pull it out (forcefully but being as careful as I could not to damage it) and then there was a small "pop" and the lens came out all the way and the camera was good to go again. Hope this helps.

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Very gently while sliding my thumb and index finger around the lens, I rocked it back and forth. DO NOT TRY TO TWIST OR PUSH,.....It felt like it "popped" back on track.

My assumption was it was probably hit from the side, and could not retract, once it was rocked back on track, it worked fine. It felt like it loosened a tiny bit as well.

Good luck.

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