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Kodak Z1285 Won't Turn On?

Hi I got a Kodak Z1285 camera when I try turning it on the blue light blinks and nothing else happens I changed the batteries but still the same? Can you help?

The lens is fully projected out and won’t retract?
It’s a new camera I got it this month it worked fine at first but yesterday when I try to turn it on it just wouldn’t.turn on :(

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  • Roak Jul 29, 2008

    Yes at the first try it attempted to turn on and the lens projected out like normal but then the power light went out and the lens remain out I changed the batteries and when I turn it back on the power light only blinks and nothing else happens

  • Roak Jul 30, 2008

    Ok guys I got it to work, a gentle tap on the side and it turn on and working properly



    Cheers

  • Anonymous Aug 21, 2008

    Amazing. Same problem (turned on, lens out, blue light, turned off with lens still out). Nada in the manual. Tapped, hit button. Works fine again. Very odd.

  • Anonymous Aug 29, 2008

    Bought a Kodak Z1285 and have found the memory card makes camera turn off after attempting to take a photo. Removed memory card for now.

  • Anonymous Jan 26, 2009

    ok i bough a kodak easy share z1285 and it worked fine out of the box and now when i try to turn it on the screen flashes and the blue light comes on



    !!!!!!!HELP!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous Jan 26, 2009

    i have the same camera
    i tried the them tap trick and it still wont work

  • Anonymous Feb 24, 2009

    i mm having error L 03

  • Anonymous Mar 11, 2009

    My kodak md853 wont turn on!



  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2009

    My camera had the EXACT same problem and until I found this website and tried the tap nothing worked but the blue light. But hey, the tap worked great! So I'm wondering if there's something inside that was blocking the lens from retratcting and the tap disloges it? Does anyone know of a way to directly report to Kodak about this problem?

  • littlelauer May 07, 2009

    Same problem here.. taped the back side of the camera... then it worked and closed up and now turns on. Odd.

  • jamie Aug 13, 2011

    hey everyone with the problem with it shutting off when lens extends listen up!

    i have managed to find out Or so i i think,

    it has worked on three z1285's

    open up the acess point screws, and lift the flaps and carefully prise apart the rear chassis of the camera, here you'll see the led screen and the white button chip.

    at the top of the led screen you see two tabs to relaese the screen, then where the white button chip leads to the main board there is a little black color that you have to lift to release the buttton chip.

    now you should have the empty metal chassis, unscrew at the two points.

    now the rear of the lens should be visible remove the silver screws and take of rear casing, you will see at the bottom right a kind of black fabric nxt to the magnetic color, tuck it in with a very small blade or prescision screw driver.


    attach the led screen and the white button chip on loosely and turn on the power to see if it has worked. if so turn it off place EVERYTHING back together carefully and your all done :)

    please email me for clarity on the subject or tell me if it has worked for you,

    regards

    Jamie Berry
    jamie.l.berry@hotmail.co.uk

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What a silly solution... and yet... it worked like a charm for me. So, here's what I think is going on. When this happened to me I think my batteries were weak. I think the stepper motor has just enough juice to extend the lens to a partial step. Then, stuck between the steps the camera can't boot because it can't move the lens. Tapping the camera jars the stepper to the next higher or next lower step and then the camera can boot up.

Posted on Sep 27, 2010

  • MajorDee Nov 29, 2010

    OMG. It worked! Bet the tolerance on the internal gears for the lens are extremely tight and they can bind if the battery power is too weak to recover the lens once it's extended. Thanks for the help!!!!

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HAd exactly the same issue! You turn on the camera, lense comes out then the screen goes black (turns off)
The blue light stays on and the only way to get it to turn off is to take out the batteries.

Next time you turn on the device, the blue light comes on and the green led flashes, sometimes it powers down and other times the blue light stays on but you have no screen still. The lense stays out.

I tried the "tap" it approach and it now works fine! My suggestion has always been, if it don't work, kick it!! why didn't I try this with this camera firstly instead of trying all sorts of different button combinations to see if there was some sort of hard reset for it?

Thanks for the advice everyone and happy snapping!! :)

Posted on Dec 24, 2008

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Same problem, lens extended and blue light on for fraction of a second. I've wrapped the camera with a towel and tapped at its back. Wonderful !!! Worked for me. I'm very happy. Thanks to you all folks !!!

Posted on Apr 26, 2010

  • proximages Nov 29, 2010

    Batteries must be well charged. Since I bought 4 Sony 2000 mAh everything is working fine. When the charge goes down I usually have the same problem and the litlle knock still works. The best for me is to have the other pair of batteries charged and replace them inmediately

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Hey everyone with the problem with it shutting off when lens extends listen up!

i have managed to find out Or so i i think,

it has worked on three z1285's

open up the acess point screws, and lift the flaps and carefully prise apart the rear chassis of the camera, here you'll see the led screen and the white button chip.

at the top of the led screen you see two tabs to relaese the screen, then where the white button chip leads to the main board there is a little black color that you have to lift to release the buttton chip.

now you should have the empty metal chassis, unscrew at the two points.

now the rear of the lens should be visible remove the silver screws and take of rear casing, you will see at the bottom right a kind of black fabric nxt to the magnetic color, tuck it in with a very small blade or prescision screw driver.


attach the led screen and the white button chip on loosely and turn on the power to see if it has worked. if so turn it off place EVERYTHING back together carefully and your all done :)

please email me for clarity on the subject or tell me if it has worked for you,

regards

Jamie Berry
jamie.l.berry@hotmail.co.uk

Posted on Aug 13, 2011

  • jamie Aug 13, 2011

    btw i will not take responcibilty if you ****** it up........ do it at your own risk :)

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There something missing here? You say it wont switch on but the lens won't retract?

But the lens retracts when you power down the camera?

You've missed something out ?

Posted on Jul 28, 2008

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I tried tapping the back, but the lens is still extended and the blue light turns on for about a second, then the camera dies again.
Tried tapping it, didn't work (i tried tapping each side and then doing so with quite some vigour, still no success)

Posted on Jul 14, 2010

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