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Zoom Error When it turn on the camera the lens will come out only partway and goes back and forth until the camera shuts off.

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I have had the same problem with my camera. It mostly occurs when my battery is going dead. It will go in and out while trying to turn the camera on and off. It will get stuck open and stuck closed and sometimes half way.

I put new batteries in, and it works like a charm. I can now tell my battery is going dead when it starts to behave that way.

Posted on May 05, 2008

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