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My Pentax Optio S7 has developped a fault. When I turn it on, the zoom pops out, the screen lights up but it makes a buzzing sound then the zoom retracts and it switches itself off.

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  • thphantom Aug 11, 2008

    My Optio s7 has exactly the same symptoms though if holding down the playback button when turning on, playback mode works. Camera is 6 mnths out of warranty.

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The gearing for the lens has become damaged and the lens can no longer fully extend. As a result, the camera detects a fault when attempting to extend the lens and shuts itself off. The most frequent cause of this kind of damage is dropping the camera with the lens extended. Always used the wrist strap!

Unfortunately, there is no way to correct this at the consumer level for this camera. It is very compactly designed, and the lens is the hardest to get at. Even if you were able to get to it, you'd still need the replacement part for whatever has become damaged. You will need to return this for repairs - although with the price of this camera, buying a new one will probably be cheaper.

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