Gents and ladies, open the body of the camera carefully, expose the front end. use can of compressed air around the lenses to hopefully blow out any dust particles. Hit every nook and cranny. attempt to turn camera on and off and on. If your lens won't retract or extend, but your power is on and "lens error" on screen, go deeper, remove several screws to remove the lens--be slow and gentle!! Might be good idea to just loosen the tiny screws first to gently giggle the lens while blowing air into the area. As you press the power button, you should be able to hear the little motors trying to extend or retract the lens. try to work the jam loose--gently. I speak of experience--i had given my camera up and bought other ones to replace it but one day I decided to try to fix it. this is after my son had gone to the beach with it and it never worked again. the lens would not come out and "lens error" was on the screen. sometimes it would power on, other times it did not. But, after fiddling with it for awhile and taking the plunge unguided, the camera finally extended and retracted the lens and took a few pictures of my fingers!! Needless to say, there was quite a bit of sand inside the casing and moving gears. Now get after it and save your camera!
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Apr 4, 2011 - ... broke my lens cover on my nikon coolpix s52. when i try to turn it on it says Lens cover error and has a ... Can i fix it myself? What would be the approximate cost of repairs? ... How to fix Nikon Coolpix L6 digital camera lens?
Low battery voltage left the lens in a position that the electronic circuit can not resume the next operation. Its a typical Nikon digital camera problem. The tolerance on the lens barrel maybe too tight. The solution maybe replace the lens assembly.
Here are some troubleshooting steps that you can try that may (or may not) correct it. They only seem to work for less than 40% of the lens errors, but if the camera is out of warranty (or repair cost approaches that of the camera), they're worth that try. Some of the later steps do involve some risk to the camera, so carefully weigh your options before deciding to conduct them:
Check to be sure there isn't an obstruction that is keeping the lens from extending and be sure the battery is fully charged. If you find and clear an obstruction, just turn the camera off and back on and it should be okay. If none of this helps you will have to have a NIkon authorized repair service work on it for you. You can send the camera to Nikon for service or you can look up an authorized dealer in your area.