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My lens cover is stuck - won't close all the way nor open all the way. I hear a grinding noise when i turn it on but nothing when i turn it off.

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The lens cover mechanism on these cameras are succeptable to debris and can usually be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired by a qualified service technician.


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