My casio exlim camera fell on the grass while i was taking a pic....when i picked it up i saw that the lens was stuck opened....i tried turning it off and on but the screen read lens error or sometimes retry power on.....i can still see the pictures i had taken before it fell, but when i try to turn it on the lens comes out then goes back in.,,,,
is this problem able to fix???
AFTER TAKING SOME PICTURES I TURNED MY NIKON COOLPIX L3 OFF BUT THE LENS STUCK IN THE OPEN POSITION AND NOW I CANNT CLOSE, OPEN TAKE PICTURE, NOTHING. I TURNED THE CAMERA OFF, ON, CHANGED THE BATTERIES, NOTHING HAS WORKED
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The lens is driven by a minute gear mechanism. When the lens opens, but is jammed, something has to give, and usually it's a tooth on a gear. Sometimes it's just dirt or sand, impeding the movement, and you can try to blow it out with compressed air, but if that doesn't work, I would consider buying a new one, they're very inexpensive these days, compared to the price of a repair shop!
If you've recently dropped the camera you may have damaged the lens tube (housing) or jarred the zoom mechanism off of its track -- either of these problems will require professional repair. If the camera has not been dropped, your problem may be due to weak/worn out
batteries or corrosion on the
battery contacts inside the camera
which can prevent the full power of the batteries from flowing into the
camera. Try this free fix before you do anything else: remove the batteries and wipe the camera contacts firmly with
a dry cloth (heavy corrosion may require cleaning with a wire brush,
steel wool, or sandpaper). Remove any residue that may have fallen
into the battery compartment during cleaning, then wipe both ends of
the batteries and place them back in the camera. This cleaning clears
the problem about 90% of the time. If it doesn't work for you, your
batteries may be too weak/worn to properly power the camera, or the
camera may require professional repair.
We dropped our Samsung s730 (twice!) and got the lens jammed slightly sideways. I read a blog somewhere about this and just did what she said- If it is stuck out and obviously jammed sideways, push on the lens the way it should sit. I had to press really hard, but it snapped back into place and now works fine!
This WILL NOT work if: The lens retracts normally and goes back out normally, or it is not OBVIOUSLY stuck slightly askew. Sadly, with cameras this low in price about the only option is to replace it as repairs would cost more than a replacement.
In the future I plan on getting a squaretrade.com damage warranty on ALL my small 'droppable' electronics, it is pretty inexpensive (usually the same price as 'store brand' extended warranties that only cover defects).
this occured to me whilst using my Sony P200, took it appart and found the lens motor had basically jumped its gears and jammed, the only solution was to replace the lense section (as motor & gears were built in) as no other part was damaged but to do that it would be at least £70 and the camera had dropped value to £160 and i could get a better camera for that amount...so my advice get a new one. and sell the remains on eBay.
We had the same problem with a Casio Exilim. Had been stuck for months...had nearly given up until I saw another post about banging the camera pretty forcefully to get the lens unstuck. I hit it once on the bottom onto my desk(w/ paper and blotter on the desk-so soft), then twice with the back of the camera against the desk. I turned it on and the lens was unstuck!! Immediately took a couple pictures and it seems to be working fine! If the camera may be lost, you've got nothing to lose to try this out...Good luck!
With the power off, hold the camera in your palm and smack the front of the camera on your leg or arm. You might have to smack it a few time to get it to work. It has to do with the camera CDD lense (shuttle) being stuck. By smacking it around, it will free up the lense. Being extra gentle with it though. It worked for me. Hope this help.