Based on your post, my camera probably needs the lens assembly replaced. The lens sometimes will not extend when the cover is slid open. It does rattle when I shake it gently.Is the repair something I could do myself? Do you have any idea what the repair would cost? Would it be better to just replace the camera? I bought it in September 2003. I appreciate any advice you can give.
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The problem you are describing is a problem with a sensor in the lens assembly of the camera. It seems to have failed and needs to be replaced. Following are the instructions to send your camera to Olympus for service.
Olympus will charge a flat rate repair fee for this product if beyond the one year factory warranty or the warranty is voided. The cost is $73 plus your local sales tax. This covers parts and labor, factory cleaning and diagnostic check, 6 month warranty and the cost of shipping the product back to you is all included in that price.
Olympus will charge a flat rate repair fee for this product if beyond the one year factory warranty or the warranty is voided. The cost is $167.85 plus your local sales tax. This covers parts and labor, factory cleaning and diagnostic check, 6 month warranty and the cost of shipping the product back to you is all included in that price.
There is a common problem with the A series Powershots, that the lens assembly jams in the telescoping zoom, or in the digital imaging module, in which the lens assembly has to be replaced. I'm not sure if the S series has these issues. You can check with Canon support to find out.
How far apart are you? I mean it all goes back together in reverse order. If the lens is disassembled, you need to get the outer lens tube back on its tracks in the inner tube. That takes a little working, but it should be doable. You should be able to turn the small gear that is on the lens assembly and be able to extend the zoom lens, itll be tough, but if you cant, then the camera will probably not be able to do it either, look for something off track.
The small gears that link the viewfinder and lens may be out of sync.
If you are a technical person, you can remove the frontcover, first taking off the topcover, (one screw is hidden under the mode dial). Power up the camera and remove the batteries when the lens is fully extended. BE CAREFUL NOT TO TOUCH THE CAPACITOR!
Gently lift the viewfinder and move the viewfinder gear one tooth. It will probably only move one way.
Put the batteries back in and try the lens. If this does not solve the problem, you may need to replace the lens or viewfinder.
It is possible that a flexible circuit connector has loosened. This can be checked by removing the covers, DISCHARGING THE CAPACITOR. (The large, black, cylinder beside the lens.) Remove the black Phillips screws holding the LCD and main circuit board and then carefully lifting the circuit and checking the large connector on the back of the main circuit. BE CAREFUL! It is easy to break the flex.
The other, most likely cause is the failure of the Photo Interrupter in the lens. The only solution is to replace the lens and reprogram the camera.
If it tries to move and fails, then you have a lens problem.
Likely a crack (invisible to the naked eye) in the outer barrel.
Usually lets the ball bearing fall out of it's groove between the
two barrels. Rattles a little if you gently shake the camera. Almost certainly needs the lens assembly replaced.
If it doesn't even try, but the rest of the camera operates normally, then I'd guess you're looking at the interconnection(s) between the mainboard and the lens motor(s). Connector pulled apart, cracked mainboard, or something.
you say that "Now it will not work at all" If it doesn't even try and the rest of the camera is dead as a doornail, then perhaps the battery connections? Power board?
It would help to know the history of the camera. Was it dropped, sat on, or at the beach? Was it working then suddenly stopped?
I've worked on a lot of digital cameras. To determine the problem with the zoom, disassemble the camera down to the lens module. Try to isolate the extension-retraction circuit and drive the motor from an external source. Usually you'll find the lens has broken tracking tabs on the main group barrel or retrofocus converter group or the ways or guides have cracked. I recently repaired a Nikon 4100 that responded nicely because the guide elements just snapped back into place. Usually they snap and break off or are already broken off because most are plastic. Some older ones are aluminum and can be bent back into shape but that takes quite a lot of experience. Sometimes there's just a piece of grit in the ways and you can revive it by complete disassembly and cleaning. Otherwise you might be looking on eBay for a parts camera with a good lens or mainboard.
The cover opens in two positions. To completely open the lens cover for shooting images, slide the lens cover over until you hear two clicks. When the camera is on the first position, you can playback images.