Question about Cameras
There are many things that can create this error, and it's the most common problem with digital cameras. The first thing to suspect is that dust, lint, or sand has worked it's way into the lens assembly, and obstructed a gear that drives the lens, or is impeding the focusing lens. You can try to fix this by spraying a can of compressed air into the front of the lens assembly, in the hope of freeing the gear or lens up. Here is a blog about the problem, and things you can try to get your camera working again. They say 50% of the problems can be fixed, trying their suggestions. Unfortunately, if the lens got bumped too hard, damage may have occurred to the gears, but you have to disassemble the entire camera, to determine that. Here's the web blog:
If your camera still isn't working, make sure you get an estimate before having it repaired. The cost of repair can sometimes be more than a new camera.
Posted on Jul 05, 2010
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. Or the battery ran down with the lens extended. If the camera is still under warranty, before trying any of these, please please first contact your camera's maker to see if they'll cover the repair, or to determine how much they'll charge for the repair. Who knows, you might get lucky. But if they quote you a number that's higher than the value of your camera, you may want to consider the following methods.
Place the camera flat on its back on a 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 auto focus while the lens is extending, hopefully seating the lens barrel guide pins in their slots. 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 (careful with this one).
Posted on Jul 05, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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