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When I try to turn on my camera, the lens won't open all the way and it says "lens error." I have found out that there are sand particles in the cracks of the lens, so how do I get them out?

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This is a major stripdown and clean, not reaaly a DIY job sorry

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I figured sand got stuck within the lens, so I did the following:

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The problem seems that miniscule dust/sand particles jam the gears which moves the lens.
It is possible to turn the lens motor by hand bit by bit and remove particles stuck in the gear.

Also try restoring the factory settings and resetting the camera and seeing if that makes the error to go away. To do that, hold down the Menu button for five seconds. This should reset everything and (hopefully) make the error stop. If it doesn't, then you've got a separate problem-- come back and let us know if the error is still there. Also, if you have photos stored on the camera's internal memory, resetting the camera will delete those so make sure to download them first.
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1. Sand particles got stuck in the internal lens mechanism. Try in remove them with compressed air, blowing it through the camera lens openings. If this does not work, then here are the bad news.

2. Either the lens internal gears are damaged, the ultrasonic motor is damaged, or sand particles are really stuck inside the lens.

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I figured sand got stuck within the lens, so I did the following:

1. Turn camera up-side-down (with lens facing down)
2. Gently tap the sides of the camera (to loosen particles in lens)
3. Turn camera on
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I turned the camera on and off a couple of times to ensure I removed all sand particles from the camera.

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Hello sticky, This is a lens assembly mechanism problem. It is a delicate part of any camera. Altrought some people may sugest you to use a compressed air spray to remove the sand in the inner lens by blowing it out i don't recomand that because sand particles can be pushed out even further in the lens and could be causing even more damage. The lens assembly is composed of several servomotors, coils, some sensors and the actual lens. It does the following jobs: it extends the lens back and forth achieves focus by moving the lens zooms the lens by rotating them in the same time as the whole objective is moved back and forth Each of these operations is controlled by some servomotors who actually move these parts and are also connected to some sensors that pass the readings back to a main processing unit. When you open the camera this processing unit will check to see if the lens assembly is able to do all of these 3 things. Failure to comply with even one of them will result in some error (lens error) or simply having the camera not opening. "Lens error" or "zoom error" is a generic message, doesn't mean that the lens itself are damaged, could be the connector to their servomotors, sensor failure, some coils that are out of position and things like that. In your case the sand particles are preventing the servomotors to properly align the lens. They are all related to the lens assembly. Because this is a VERY fragile part of any camera I don't suggest you to try a DiY repair because you can damage the lens even further. Even service centers have problems repairing this, most time it is done under a microscope and some times it simply can't be fixed. This problems occur most of the time in corelation with the camera being dropped or received some shocks but even some small particles or sand in your case, can cause this problems as you can see. I would recomand you to go to a service center. Try not the big ones that represent large corporations (because they are expensive), instead look for a smaller one. Tell them you have a lens assembly problem, also tell them that it's caused by sand, ask them to make you a diagnostic and then ask for a cost estimate BEFORE they actually repair the camera. If the lens assembly is damaged beyound repair it will need to be changed as a whole, including all connectors, CCD sensor and so on. This could cost from $70 - $200 excluding labor parts that can be about $100. Therefore you should ask them a cost estimate. I'm sorry for not being able to provide a DiY solution but like i've said, i don't recomand one. In the future try not to expose the camera to any shock, sand or excesive dust and temperature variation. These are all known to give a great deal of trouble with digital cameras. If you need more info please post back. Good luck.

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