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Lens error - GE A730 Digital Camera

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  • sumpterdeb Dec 12, 2008

    my camera says lens error and shuts down. can you help?

  • rembrant3 Dec 16, 2008

    lens error, comes out and back in and then shuts down

  • Anonymous Dec 19, 2008

    i have the same freaking problem!
    its pissing me off

  • kalenaj12 Jan 31, 2009

    i have the same problem with my camra i am so mad now cause i heard that you will have to buy a new camra

  • tione49 Feb 03, 2009

    Same problem all of a sudden Lens Error everytime I cut it on.

  • shirl027 Feb 04, 2009

    i have tried turn off replacing batteries and pressing power button along with the shutter button. It still reads lens error. Please help! what else should I try?

  • Anonymous Apr 08, 2009

    lens error but the lens won't even extend now, tried the grab and twist but thats what caused it not to extend at all.

  • Anonymous May 12, 2009

    it turns on the lens extends then it shows a error message and then shuts off while the lens is still extended

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I just fixed the lens error problem.
Power up the camera. When lens come out grab it and gently twist the bottom barrel of the lens. You may have to repeat it several times, but it works. My camera lens is working fine. Also check out the Duracell PIX POWER batteries. Before I found these batteries ,this camera was eating up batteries and spitting them out before I could say GE.

Posted on Feb 28, 2009

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This worked for me. Number 7 was the one that I used, sometimes I have to redo it when I cut it on.

The methods are listed in the order of risk of damaging your camera. Thus make sure you try them in the listed order. And remember, these fixes (especially #6 and 7) should only be considered for a camera that's out of warranty, who's cost of repair would be excessive, and would otherwise be considered for disposal if unrepaired:

Fix #1: Remove the batteries from the camera, wait a few minutes. Put a fresh set of batteries back in (preferably rechargeable NiMH 2500mah or better) and turn the camera on.
Fix #2: Remove the batteries, then remove the memory card. Then install the new batteries, when you turn it on it should come back to life. Error E30 means you don't have a memory card installed, so turn it off, slip in the memory card and turn it on one last time.

Fix #3: Insert the cameras Audio/Video (AV) cable, and turn the camera on. Inserting this cable ensures that the camera's LCD screen remains off during the start process. Thus extra battery power is available to the camera's lens motor during startup. This extra power can be useful in overcoming grit or sand particals that may be jamming the lens. If the AV cable doesn't fix the lens error by itself, consider keeping this cable installed while trying fixes 4, 5, and 7 as a means to provide extra help to these fixes. But note that I DON'T recommend keeping the cable installed during Fix 6 as you may damage the AV port while tapping the camera. Reinsert the cable only AFTER tapping the camera.

Fix #4: 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 autofocus while the lens is extending, hopefully seating the lens barrel guide pins in their slots.

Fix #5: 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).


Now we're entering into the realm of potentially damaging your camera in conducting the fix. There is definitely some risk here, so take care when conducting the following two fixes.
Fix #6: Repeatedly tap the padded/rubber usb cover on a hard surface with the intent of dislodging any particles that may be jamming the lens. Other variations include hitting a side of the camera against the palm of your hand. A lot of people have reported success with this method. HOWEVER, there is also some potential for damaging or dislodging internal components with this method, such as unseating ribbon cables, or cracking LCD screens.

Fix #7: Try forcing the lens. More people have reported success with this method than with any of the other methods. HOWEVER, there's obviously some potential for damaging your camera by using this method. Variations include gently pulling, rotating, and/or twisting the lens barrel while hitting the power button. Attempt to gently straighten or align the barrel if it's crooked or twisted. Another variation includes looking for uneven gaps around the lens barrel, and then pushing on the side of the lens barrel that has the largest gap (note pushing the lens barrel all the way in is NOT recommended as it may become stuck there). While doing any of the above, listen for a click that indicates that the lens barrel guide pins may have reseated in their guide slots. If you hear this click, immediately stop and try the camera. The following photo illustrates unseated guide pins that would cause a lens error.

Posted on Feb 03, 2009

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My daughter has a GE A730 7.0 megapixel digital camera. When we turn it on the lens pops out the lens opens but then it goes back in, says lens error! and shuts down. Help.

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Solution Number 7 worked without a hitch i tuned the lens and voila. lol thanks a million i have this camera sitting my car since novemeber of last year and just decided to make the effort to see what went wrong

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