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Re: Camera lens on Nikon L12
In both cases, if lens gear are out of place, or if dust is obstructing the lens gear, only simple things you can try are playing with the lens or blowing compressed air and cleaning dust. If you keep getting lens error then only effective way to proceed is taking apart the lens barrel, eventually cleaning parts, and mounting it back. This operation should be performed by somebody with experience in servicing cameras. At the end of the owner manual you will find instructions on how to contact nikon service in your area.
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Well, seems like a camera failure to me,actually the processor inside the boards is wrong, maybe your product is a failure ones, I think it's better for you find the dealer or service center to solve this problem.
But, you can try remove the battery off from the camera, and let the camera without it for about 2 hours, then try put it on again, maybe this trick can help you!!!
This is a serious problem with Coolpix cameras. If it is still under warranty then take it to a warranty repair facility for Nikon.
If it is not under warranty you could try removing the battery for a few minutes, put it back in and try the camera again. As a last resort before tossing the camera out.....CAUTION DOING THE FOLLOWING MAY RESULT IN PERMANENT DAMAGE TO YOUR CAMERA, DO THESE AT YOUR OWN RISK.... Other remedies that may work would be to gently tap on the sides of the camera to see if you lens may be stuck in a certain position. Or, you could gently and slightly twist the lens back and forth.... VERY GENTLY though. This may free up the lens and allow it to work.
I hope some of this works for you and good luck.
I had the same problem that everyone has my L12 was dropped from about 3 feet. I went to get it looked at by a dealer and they said it would cost 180 bucks. They said it was not worth it. Ok this is what I did to fix it. Mind you it can be a little difficult for the not so tech savy. First remove the batteries, then take all the screws out on the outside of camera, dont forget about the 2 under the battery cover and the one in the AV port. Carefully use a small flat tip screwdriver to pry the two plastic covers off. The hard part is over, now pull up the LCD, it is stuck on by double face tape. There is a silver cover 3 more screws to remove. Ok now for the easy part. Where the screen attaches to the motherboard there is some black tape low and behold under it is a connector. On my camera it was not connected very good. I pushed it back on and put it all together and now it works. 180 bucks saved. Hope this helps.
Dear All, Looking at other threads this seems a standard fault for many brands. I know the dreaded 'lens error' is a recognised Nikon fault.
I had the same problem with a Nikon Coolpix L1; lens would shuttle in and out rather woriedly and then get stage fright and freeze, hiding behind a lens error tag.
The solution came from a similar site to this and listed at least ten happy punters who tried it and found it worked, so, brace yerselfs....
Put a paperback book on decent sort of a table and slam the flat base of the camera down onto it as hard as you dare. If you slam and hold firm to the book it seems to give better shock without having to belt the poor thing to hell.
Worked first time for me. Not a cure, though. You'll have to repeat it every few months perhaps.
I suppose your camera may explode during the process; I decided mine was unusable as it was and so I'd nothing to lose.
If you break your wrist change to the other hand and don't slam so hard this time!!!
Before that I found some correlation between battery type, charge and lens function but the book bash was an instant cure.