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Olympus SP560UZ 18X Optical Zoom, Camera was dropped now when switched on zoom extends followed by whirring,clicking noise then zoom error appears ,then lens retracts. Cannot take photos .

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  • rogerj634 Aug 29, 2008

    Thanks for advice , makes sense

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Take it to the repair center.major damage

Posted on Aug 29, 2008

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    hemant somaiya Aug 29, 2008

    replacing the lens is the only option for you to make it work.

  • hemant somaiya
    hemant somaiya Aug 29, 2008

    please rate the solution.thanks

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Hello

The problem is that the lens has become stuck in the barrel. There are some DIY solutions you could try, but the probability is that you will have to get it fixed by a professional.

Use these at own risk as it may further damage the camera.

Firstly , try connecting your ac adapter or usb cable.

Try holding the shutter button while switching on the camera.

Look at the lens , and if some of the lens 'circles' is misaligned or not concentric then try wiggling it (while holding camera lens down).

Try gently pushing or pulling the lens when it extends but this is risky as it may cause the lens barrel to slip out of its guidance system.

Another way to do this is to place the camera lens down on a hard surface and then power it up. Be sure to use a soft cloth or something similar as to not scratch your lens or casing. Let the lens push the camera up and down a few times and sometimes the little resistance provided by the camera is enough to get things going again.

Try hitting your camera near the lens on the body with the soft tissue on the palm of your hand.

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If it is still under warranty I would suggest you take it in before trying any of these steps and remove any off-brand batteries or accessories as some stores are really fussy about warranty repairs on camera's with non-brand accessories.

You can also have a look at THIS link.

Hope the advise is useful. please do not hesitate to let me know if you need any further assistance.

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