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When I turn on my camcorder, it gives me an error message that says, Lens cover not fully open. What should I do?

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This is usually caused by a defective CCD image sensor and can be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired qualified service technician.


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