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Re: camera lens stuck
See my other posts, which may be able to help in this case. You may...may... be able to force the lens back into the track. The noise in this case sounds like it is off track....worth a try indeed. The other can be that the gears are broken, and will have to be repaired or replaced.
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The lens has probably got something in the retraction mechanism that is stopping it retracting. This can be something as simple as sand or grit or as a result of a drop or knock. In most cases the camera will need to be stripped apart to remove the lens assy before it can be repaired. This is best left to a professional camera repair shop.
If the sand is in the zoom gears or auto focus gears then the camera would need to be disassembled to remove. Nice thing about this camera is that no soldering is required to take apart. A few small screwdrivers, and some tweezers would be all that is required. Canned air and a needle might also be helpful for removing the sand. If the camera just buzzes then I would say that the sand is in the auto focus gears (the stepper motor will buzz). If the auto focus lens is not fully retracted then the camera lens will not go back in (to prevent the auto focus lens from bumping against the shutter assembly)
Hope you purchased an extended warranty. I've had two Cannon's with the dreaded lens error. Probably what happened was that while it was in your purse, somehow the power button got pressed. The camera powered up, tried to extend the lens, then stripped the gears or broke whatever mechanism extends the lens. The sad part is that if it's not under warranty, it probably not worth dumping $100.00 + into fixing it. Too bad, it's a nice 8mp camera with some pretty good reviews. I feel your pain.
I had the same issue with my S210, so after reading other people's advice to send it in to Nikon and since that was going to probably cost me as much as the camera itself I figured it wouldn't hurt to try a little something. The lens on mine was a hair off center or had been pushed in on one side (barely - looking at yours you may be able to tell which side) - mine was in my purse also. So, I took my handy dandy skinny prying instrument (normal kitchen butter knife) took the battery out to make it try to open again, then when I popped the battery in as the lens tried to push out I pried the side I thought was a little lower back towards center...I heard a little pop and it worked! The lens came all of the way out and it's all good.
So, use gentle hands and try if you want, but don't think I warranty this!
i had same problem, as a result camera has been in a drawer since 05. decided to try taking it apart tonight, while researching found other models of coolpix tend to get sticky lenses, before taking it apart turned it on and off 6 or 7 times while banging on the body beside the lens and it seems to have worked. camera turns on, takes pics, and systems error message gone. a good bang solves many problems
Hi: Lens errors like this usually happen as a result of something damaging the lens in some way. It could have been against something to prevent the lens from moving out. It could have been dropped when the lens was out. If the lens is impacted when the lens is out, damage can occur. If there is a buzzing, grinding noise as the lens extends, then the probability of damage to the small plastic gears, internal guides or other internal lens parts is high. What can be done is, as mentioned a few times in my posts, to hold the lens back or pull on it as the camera starts. This may cause more damage, and may not help at all, but some cases may re-align the internal parts in the lens assembly. This may be worth a try, since the camera is useless unless the lens works right. Hope I can give some help here on these.
Guess what I tried banging the bottom of my CW330 camera, as suggested by Timewarped, and the lens retracted and the "Lens Error 25" cleared. I can't believe it, you saved me about $80 in repairs. Thanks