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As soon as I turn my camera on, the lens starts making a weird clicking and buzzing noise. I then get a message on the screen saying "Please turn camera off and on again"

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Hello

The problem is that the lens has become stuck in the barrel after dropping it. 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.

Hope the advise is useful.

Regards
Andrea

Posted on Aug 07, 2010

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  • aaron_arm440 Aug 07, 2010

    I'll try all of your suggestions. Starting with the less risky ones first...thank you very much.

  • aaron_arm440 Aug 07, 2010

    Just wanted to add, I tried your suggestion of placing the camera on a hard suface and letting the camera move up and down. And it worked! Thank you ever so much. I really appreciate your help. Thank you.

    Regards

    Aaron

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    Andrea Lock Aug 07, 2010

    Hello

    Glad that i could be of assistance.

    Kind regards
    Andrea


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The lens motor is faulty has it had a knock?

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  • aaron_arm440 Aug 07, 2010

    Well a while back I did drop the camera...but it worked fine up until about 20 mins ago. Thank you for your feedback.

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