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Everytime I turn on the camera, the lens start to zoom in and out for itself and then an "out of objective" warning message appears. then, it turn off automatically. What could possibly be the reason for this?

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There is a capacitor dump that you can try.

Remove the batteries, wait 5-10 minutes.
With the batteries out, press and hold the power button for 10 seconds or so.
Put the batteries back in and your camera will start over (re-boot). You will know if it worked if you have to reset the date. But if that lens is really stuck you may be out of luck. The cost to repair it will exceed the cost of a new camera.

Regards 8ushy

Posted on Jan 04, 2011

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