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Zoom error and intermittent flash out of sync

My little one's Z1 came up with "Zoom error" when she turned it on. I "cured" it by manuallly winding the zoom motor out of limit and putting it back together. It did it again (I don't know how many times) and she found that a gentle tap on the table tended to sort it. What's going on? Is it just a grubby limit switch, or do I have to go deeper?

This was some time ago. Now it has developed a habit of randomly flashing out of sync, resulting in a very dark picture, so she has to retake it (sometimes a bit difficult if the moment has gone). How is the flash sync done? is this again mechanical, am I looking for a pair of contacts? or is it done in software?

I found a tiny 2 blade shutter/iris looking thing, in the middle of the lens assembly, driven by a stepper motor!! What is it? What does it do? With the inertia of the weight of the rotor and so on, it can't be very fast...can it??...

If there are software problems, do you have any firmware upgrades or whatever to sort them, and if so, how do I go about getting/installing them?

Can you help at all please?

Many thanks,

Bob. (mcnab "at" talktalk.net)

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Hello

The problem is that the lens has become stuck in the barrel. There are some DIY solutions you could try, but the probability is that you will have to get it fixed by a professional.

Use these at own risk as it may further damage the camera.

Firstly , try connecting your ac adapter or usb cable.

Try holding the shutter button while switching on the camera.

Look at the lens , and if some of the lens 'circles' is misaligned or not concentric then try wiggling it (while holding camera lens down).

Try gently pushing or pulling the lens when it extends but this is risky as it may cause the lens barrel to slip out of its guidance system.

Another way to do this is to place the camera lens down on a hard surface and then power it up. Be sure to use a soft cloth or something similar as to not scratch your lens or casing. Let the lens push the camera up and down a few times and sometimes the little resistance provided by the camera is enough to get things going again.

Try hitting your camera near the lens on the body with the soft tissue on the palm of your hand.

Other than that , I would take the camera to a repair center for a evaluation to see if it would cost more to repair than to replace the camera.

If it is still under warranty I would suggest you take it in before trying any of these steps and remove any off-brand batteries or accessories as some stores are really fussy about warranty repairs on camera's with non-brand accessories.

You can also have a look at THIS link.

Hope the advise is useful. please do not hesitate to let me know if you need any further assistance. Also, please be so kind to let me know if you found this helpful.

Regards
Andrea

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