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Shutter problem I've been using my Optio 330 on and off for about two years now and probably only put about 2000 pics on it. A few days ago, when I pulled it out to take a quick picture (fresh battery, good card), everything worked except the shutter. Is there something I can do or is it service time?

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Re: shutter problem

I have an Optio 330 too. Have had it since Feb 2002 (second owner) and taken over 5000 shots. I experienced something similar earlier this year: when i pressed the "on" button, the lens would extend, then there would be a jarring noise, the lens retracts, and the camera switches off. The camera couldnt work at all. I almost sent it in for servicing after a few days. However, I gave its base a firm bang squarely onto a thick floor rug. That solved it! The problem recurred one month later, i did the same thing, and it solved the problem again. Overall, the Optio is quite hardy, though it can get cranky with age. Hope it works for you.

Posted on Sep 08, 2005

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