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My lense wont extend

When I turn on my phone in veiw pictures mode it turns on and shows my pictures but when it's on take a pic mode the lense doesn't extend and it makes a weird clicking noise I have put new batteries in and everything. PLEASE HELP ME I LOVE THIS CAMERA ~:)

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  • alex rodarte May 22, 2008

    I ment to say when I turn on my CAMERA!!!

  • alex rodarte May 22, 2008

    The lense will go all the way out but then go back and repeat a few times until the screens says turn on and off while making a loud beeping noise. Nothing shows up on the screen except darkness when the lense is all the way out. What do I do? can i take it apart and fix it or not?

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I have this camera and it's been broken for a while, I got sand in the mechanism when I was on the beach.

I'm a completely a-technical guy, but I opened it up (4 screws, 1 of 'em next to the batteries). Be careful taking off the cover, but you do need a little force. (Be careful in general, actually.)

Inside, I lifted the black hatch on the bottom left of the lens. (2 screws). There are 6 (white) cogs of different sizes underneath, which connect to the main (black) cog which extends the lens. Under the white cogs is the motor for the lens, but unless you get absolutely no buzzing or anything when turning the camera on (which would mean your motor is toast) you don't need to go here.

I made a schematic drawing before taking out all the little cogs and sprockets and whatnots. I cleaned them one by one with a needle and put them back using tweezers. I tested it by pushing the main (black) cog with the needle, clockwise, and pulling out the lens manually. It came all the way out, whereas before it didn't, so I closed it back up, and it was fixed!

Good luck.

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Hey alex2716,
This problem is usually caused by either damage to the lens, or something inside the lens is obstructing the movement of the lens (i.e. sand). You could take the camera apart and see if there is something obstructing the movement of the lens but unless you are a camera repair technician you could easily do more harm than good and it would void out any warranty the camera might be covered under. I would have the camera looked at by an authorized service technician, and maybe all it needs is a good cleaning. I hope this helps!

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