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Lens cover stuck DSC600

Camera seems to function Ok . Lens comes out and retracts as it should, but lens cover blades which should close after lens retracts are stuck in the fully open position. When the camera is turned on the lens comes out in the normal position (lens cover being stuck in the fully open position), lens retracts normally when camera is shut off. Just after lens retracts a slight noise appears for about 2 seconds (approx 600 cycles). Blades on the lens cover do not move and remain stuck. When this was first noticed, the lens cover blades were intermittent for a few on and off cycles, but they finally remained frozen in the fully open position. The noise as heard with the ear next to the camera and sounds like whatever drives the cover blades is trying to close them to no avail. Have you ever seen this before and is it an inexpensive fix ? Since it is frozen in the open position and the lens opens normally ,I am able to use the camera as usual.

Thanks for any info you can provide. John

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  • intinstr Aug 11, 2008

    I'm having the same problem - began at the end of June 2008 - Camera had worked beautifully before then.  I live in Africa and don't have easy access to Sony repairs and I worry that my lens will be damaged!

    One time, when I switched to movie mode and then off, it closed.  But now, no matter what I try, it stays open.  Also, if I switch it to look at the pictures I have taken, and it cycles to close the lens, I must turn the camera completely off in order to take anymore pictures.  But, if I'm quick and go back to picture-taking mode before it has time to cycle, I don't have to turn the camera off.

    I tried using a small pin to see if I could pull the lens pieces out - VERY CAREFULLY - but I'm just so afraid that it might do more damage that I've not been at all aggressive on that tack.

    I've also tried thumping it against my hand - again, thinking that it's just stuck on something and a little jolt will free it up.  No success.

    I hope someone can help me soon!  

  • ctwist Sep 08, 2008

    I have the same problem with my DSC-S600. I thought that I may have been able to fix it myself, so I started to take the camera apart. I removed 4 exterior screws which allowed the rear of the case to be removed. I removed 1 (or maybe 2) internal screws to release the internals from the rest of the case.

    I was then stuck. It looked like I needed to remove the central wrap-around section of the case. I prised up the bottom of this, but I couldn't see how to remove it, and I didn't want to break it.

    Any suggestions about how to continue with this?

  • ctwist Sep 08, 2008

    Continuing my previous post:

    I was able to remove the front portion of the case. It contains a tab that locks onto the top portion of the central wrap-around portion of the case. With a bit of twisting, it came loose.

    This revealed the lens cover mechanism. I was able to close the lens cover by pushing the circular ratchet while the motor was trying to close it. This revealed the problem; a tooth was missing from the small cog wheel that is attached to the motor. How much more would it have cost to use a metal cog instead of nylon?

    Hopefully the Sony service company will be prepared to sell spare parts.

  • ctwist Sep 08, 2008

    Another follow-up to my original post:

    I was able to get it working by removing the cog wheels from the motor and rotating the broken cog wheel to a different position. I seems that there is a position where the missing tooth does not cause a problem.

    If you try this, make sure that you don't release the 4 cog wheels when you remove the cover from the motor. If you don't know their original position, it would probably be impossible to work out how they should be assembled.

  • Anonymous Dec 11, 2008

    i have the same problem.please help!



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I had a lens cover that would not open (Canon A480). I simply held the camera upside down (facing the floor) opened up the lens protector with 2 Q-Tips, sprayed upward with alcohol, waited 10 seconds, wiped around the lens and absorbing any residual alcohol and repeated this process x 2. Now we have a functional camera once again. I never would have done this had my warranty not run out and been about to discard it anyway.

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    anik_egglefi Jan 21, 2013

    I had a lens cover that would not open (Canon A480). I simply held the camera upside down (facing the floor) opened up the lens protector with 2 Q-Tips, sprayed upward with alcohol, waited 10 seconds, wiped around the lens and absorbing any residual alcohol and repeated this process x 2. Now we have a functional camera once again. I never would have done this had my warranty not run out and been about to discard it anyway. So it wasn't a 800.00$ Camera but now I don't have to throw it away! Happy I am.


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You may have the same problem that i had. It does involve taking the camera apart. Not overly difficult - just fiddly.
Let me know and i'll talk you thro' it

Posted on Aug 27, 2008


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