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Dropped into sand has sand in zoom and won't work now

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There's nothing you can do without causing further damage...you need service.

Posted on Jul 03, 2010

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Toshiba camileo H10 camcorder. No picture. Screen shows Zoom 1 fail E AF PI fail /.


Hello Charles,

Just to be sure it is NOT a software issue, remove the battery then replace it back after about 5 minutes and then try turning it ON again.

The error you are getting is a "zoom error". A problem connected with your camcorder's optical zoom not working, it is either it has broken parts or something is caught in the zoom mechanism.

If something serious happened to it, like if it was dropped accidentally or a force was applied to it, then it is probably broken parts inside and needs servicing. Otherwise, it could be just dirt or sand stuck inside the mechanism.

To try and resolve the problem with dirt/sand you can:

Hold the camcorder with the lens facing the ground, then tap the side of your camcorder repeatedly.

OR

Use a canned air and spray it into the lens area of your camcorder.

Oct 21, 2011 | Toshiba Video Cameras

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How do I get sand out of my OlympusFE-100? Dropped it in the sand now it won't turn on. When it tries to turn on the zoom just goes out and in several times and then it shuts down. I am hoping that I can...


I would be hesitant about cleaning it out yourself. If you use canned air, then you may make the problem worse by blowing sand deeper into the works. If you disassemble, critical alignment of the lense may be lost.

Take the camera to a Wolf's or similar, and see what they can do for you.

Jun 30, 2010 | Olympus Camedia Brio D-100 Digital Camera

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Error zoom


Sorry, it needs to go in for service.
Usually this type of fault happens due to sand/ grit in the mechanism or it has suffered a knock/ drop.
If it is grit/ sand then they may just clean the lens mechanism.
If it has suffered an impact, then it will probably need replacement.
Sorry for the bad news.
Cheers.

Sep 22, 2009 | Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Digital Camera

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Digital camera got dropped into the sand, and some sand worked its way into the lens and focusing system, and now the camera cannot zoom or focus, but still turns on and takes pictures i have a lumix dmc...


THIS SOUNDS TERMINAL, BUT YOU MIGHT TRY USING CANNED AIR LIKE YOU USE TO BLOW DUST OUT OF YOUR COMPUTER, AND SEE IF IT HELPS ANY. MOST OF THESE CAMERAS ARE MADE WITH THE IDEA THAT THEY WILL NEVER BE TAKEN APART OR OPENED FOR CLEANING ETC. SO, THAT IS THE ONE PROBLEM YOU ARE FACING. I DOUBT IF IT WOULD BE WORTH SPENDING THE MONEY TO SEND IT IN TO BE CLEANED. THAT CAN GET VERY EXPENSIVE IN A HURRY, PLUS TAKE A GOOD MONTH OR MORE FOR THE REPAIR. SORRY, I CAN'T HAVE MORE CHEERY NEWS, BUT THINGS LIKE THIS JUST AREN'T TAKEN INTO ACCORD WHEN THEY MAKE THESE CAMERAS. IF I CAN HELP MORE JUST REPLY TO:

ARCLIGHT1217

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Cant zoom on my DSC-W80 sony cybershot after droping it in the sand at the beach


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Oct 25, 2008 | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W100 Digital Camera

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Zoom Error


I think a grain of sand was blocking the zoom tubes. This will not work if the camera has been dropped & the zoom apparatus is bent. It is entirely at your own risk & may invalidate any guarantee but they may charge anyway if you have got sand in. I cut a finger of 80gm computer paper 1cm X 5cm. Inserted this first  around outer zoom tube & worked it all around. It goes in quite deep so be gentle. I switched on to open zoom & tipped out batteries before it had time to close & repeated procedure. When I put batteries back in it worked OK. I repeated procedure with lens fully extended. I found a thin bit of plastic packing worked better as it did not kink so easily. It is still working today having failed 100% before.
Chris

Jul 02, 2008 | Cameras

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Zoom Error


We had this problem for about 2 weeks, we discovered that having the camera auto retracted after the "ZOOM ERROR" message, giving the camera couples of light slaps (slap the camera's LCD side and aim the camera down), this fixed the camera right away

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Zoom Lens


Lens errors are fairly common. Usually it's sand or grit interfering with the lens extension mechanism. Or the camera's been dropped with the lens extended. Or the camera has been powered on, but the lens had been blocked preventing its extension.

Here's some things that you can do to try to correct it. They only seem to work for less than 50% of the lens errors, but they're still worth a try:

http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html

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Sand in camera


no need to take apart just power up and gently pull the lens out and vaccuum the sand out, camera now works perfectly

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