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from your question I understand there may be problems in the lens unit, in some cases totally open the lens unit fully re assemble it again,clean the sensors at side of the barrels, can override this snags.
the below picture is not the same, but similarly you take the cam sect out and reassemble it.
Here are the steps: 1. Make sure you will install a new or fully charged battery/batteries into your camera. 2. Clean the battery contacts. a. Remove the battery/batteries and the memory card from your camera, then wipe the battery contacts with a soft, clean cloth. b. Reinstall the battery/batteries into your camera. Please make sure that you are installing a fresh/ fully charged battery c. Without the memory card, turn your camera on. 3. Please test with the a different battery If you do not have access to another battery Try these steps instead: Please take the battery out of the camera. b. Insert the charger into the unit from the main socket and turn the camera on. If the camera works you will need to replace the battery. If you camera doesn?t switch on you will need to order a No power repair or a new cable. In order to organise your repair or Trade up please Contact KODAK: http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-path=14563&pq-locale=en_US&_requestid=3490
Are you using the recommnded battery KODAK Li-Ion Rechargeable Digital Camera Battery KLIC-7004
first you need to do make sure the battery is fully charged., now if you if this solution will not resolve the issue it means that the Gear Lens is defective thats why your Lens will not retract and camera will not stay On. you need to call kodak to send your camera for repair call toll free 1 800 235 6325., Gudluck!
1) remove and digital media cards. 2) turn the camera on and delete any pictures that may be stored in the camera memory (not on a removeable card) 3) remove the batteries for 60 seconds 4) replace the batteries without the media card and lay the camera on a flat surface with the lens pointing up (5) The lens should retract. 6) Turn off the camera 7) replace the media card and turn on.
I think the camera was getting hung up on the pictures stored in the camera's memory.
the problem is that the lens is out of alignment. if its not making grinding sounds try manually help the lens to reseat itself. if that doesnt work its not ecomical to repair unit cuz parts and labor are about 120-130 dollars.
The battery probably needs charging. The camera will automatically shut down if the battery is going flat.
With the Exilim you need to make sure that you don't overcharge the battery by leaving it permanently docked in it's little docking station - this can damage the battery. There is an LED on the docking station which shows the status of the battery. Red is charging, green is fully charged - take it off the docking station.
The zoom lens on my A345 has been intermittently sticking for years. Finally it would only pop out about 5mm. I took my courage in my hands and put 1 drop of very light oil (sewing machine oil) on a cotton bud and wiped it over the visible parts of the lens cylinders. Switching it off the barrel retracted, and when switching on it extended fully. I wiped the same bud (without adding any more oil) over every exposed parts of the barrels. It's not failed yet, but it's early days...
When the battery dies, usually the camera will retract the lens if possible. If the battery is so dead the lens can not retract, I would recommend trying to charge or change the battery. Or try to turn the camera on, and then manually shutting it off if you can.