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Camera i dropped my camera in the sand. now when i turn it on, the lens tries to open/close, makes a sound like its trying to open, but never does. then it beeps about 5 times and tells me to turn it off and back on.

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Clean off the lens and any other open areas when you dropped it..

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hi jasperke,

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make sure your Canon has fresh batteries and it is in recording mode.

1) Remove the batteries from the camera, wait for a couple of minutes,then put them back in and turn the camera on.

2) Try compressed air. With a fine tip blow off gun and drycompressed air (20 lbs) set the tip between the lens turret and thecamera body and turn on the air while moving the tip around the lens.It should remove all dust and sand. Turn the camera on and it shouldfunction fine.

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there is a guide to dismantle it with pictures: try it:

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