Question about Polaroid i733LP Digital Camera
I733 POlARIOD PINK CAMERA. LENS STUCK HALF WAY OUT AND WON'T TURN ON. SEEMS TO BE A COMMON PROBLEM, I NOW HAVE 2 OF THESE I733s WITH THE SAME CONCERN. CAN THIS BE RESOLVED? CAMERA WILL TURN ON BUT THE LED BLIPS ONCE AND GOES OUT. LENS STUCK HALF OUT. TURNED THE CAMERA OFF JUST AS THE AUTO-SHUTDOWN FROM LOW BATT WAS OCCURRING AND THE LENS STOPPED WHERE IT IS NOW. CAMERA 1 YR OLD, SECOND UNIT 1.5 YRS OLD, BOTH SAME ISSUE. DICKHEADS AT POLAROID WILL NOT ASSIST. ANY HELP?? KS Yes My Polaroid is only 6 months old and I lost my receipt so Wal-Mart will not exchange it. My lens is stuck half way out and the green LED lights turns on only for a little while and then it goes off.
I am sorry to tell you this but that camera is beyond economical repair.
I have attempted to repair two of these cameras and failed to purchase the parts required.
The fault lies in the gearing that drives the lens in and out, the gears get out of alignment with one another (ususally when the lens is extended) and sieze thus burning out the small motor that drives them.
I have searched and searched for a source for spares and never found one.
Posted on Jul 25, 2008
Fix #1: Remove the batteries from the camera, wait a few minutes. Put a fresh set of batteries back in (preferably rechargeable NiMH 2500mah or better) and turn the camera on.
Fix #2: Remove the batteries, then remove the memory card. Then install the new batteries, when you turn it on it should come back to life.
Fix #3: Insert the cameras AV cable, and turn the camera on in picture review mode. Have no idea why this would work, except that quite a few people have reported some success with it.
Fix #4: Place the camera flat on its back on a table, pointed at the ceiling. Press and hold the shutter button down, and at the same time press the power-on button. The idea is that the camera will try to autofocus while the lens is extending, hopefully seating the lens barrel guide pins in their slots.
Fix #5: Blow compressed air in the gaps around the lens barrels with the idea of blowing out any sand or grit that may be in there jamming the lens. Other variations include blowing with a hair dryer in “no heat” setting, or sucking the gaps with a vacuum (careful with this one).
Now we're entering into the realm of potentially damaging your camera in conducting the fix. There is definitely some risk here, so take care when conducting the following two fixes.
Fix #6: Repeatedly tap the padded/rubber usb cover on a hard surface with the intent of dislodging any particles that may be jamming the lens. Other variations include hitting a side of the camera against the palm of your hand. A lot of people have reported success with this method. HOWEVER, there is also some potential for damaging or dislodging internal components with this method, such as unseating ribbon cables, or cracking LCD screens.
Fix #7: Try forcing the lens. More people have reported success with this method than with any of the other methods. HOWEVER, there's obviously some potential for damaging your camera by using this method. Variations include gently pulling, rotating, and/or twisting the lens barrel while hitting the power button. Attempt to gently straighten or align the barrel if it's crooked or twisted. Another variation includes looking for uneven gaps around the lens barrel, and then pushing on the side of the lens barrel that has the largest gap (note pushing the lens barrel all the way in is NOT recommended as it may become stuck there). While doing any of the above, listen for a click that indicates that the lens barrel guide pins may have reseated in their guide slots. If you hear this click, immediately stop and try the camera
Posted on Jul 25, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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