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Lens error when I power on the camera, the lens comes out, then quickly closes and it says 'lens error' and shuts down

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  • 1513 Mar 25, 2008

    we have the same problem - lens error and then shuts off

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2008

    same issue here. help!

  • bleigh12 Apr 07, 2008

    my camara will come on in play back but in camara mode the lens comes out then the screen says lens error and shuts off the lens does not close

  • ndougb Apr 07, 2008

    My camera is doing exactly the same thing.

  • lchaz99 Apr 25, 2008

    I have the problem of the lens not going in. I have only used this camera on one occasion and around the house a bit. The solution did not work for me. Any other suggestions?

  • robbinbuck10 May 14, 2008

    My camera has been acting fuuny - lens error - I fixed it the other day by just cleaning it but now it will not come out at all. Every time I turn it on it shuts down and gives mwe an error message about the lens. Since to be a problem.... need help! Tired the soloution that was offered at the end of the page and that did not work!

  • Anonymous Jun 08, 2008

    lens error too

  • x0kaaylaa0x Jul 12, 2008

    its the same. i turn it on and it closes and on the screen says "lens error"

  • laneyxannx91 Aug 03, 2008

    same problem. i turn my camera on and the lens comes out, then says lens error and shuts down.

  • jenniferd131 Sep 08, 2008

    i tried to blow out dirt with hair dryer did not work not sure how to fix but i don't like this ****, new camera and now it don't work urghhhhhh what else can be done to fix lens error help please

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My daughter had this same problem with her camera. We tried everything to get it fixed including the compressed air thing and it didn't work. Then I read somewhere to lay the camera face up on a flat surface pointed toward the ceiling. Hold the shutter button down at the same time hold the power on button down and it should try to focus while the lens barrel is extending. We tried that and it worked. Her camera is as good as new!! Hopefully this will help you guys as well.

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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 cleaner.

Posted on May 26, 2008

Place the camera flat on its back on the kitchen 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.

Posted on Apr 11, 2008

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