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My Nikon Coolpix S3000 has

Fixing a Lens Error on a Digital Camera

This has to be THE most common failure mode for a digital camera. Some common error messages that might show up on the LCD's of cameras with this problem include “E18 lens error”, or “lens error, restart camera”. Some cameras might show nothing at all, but merely make a beeping noise as the lens goes out, then in, then the camera shuts off. Sometimes the lens won't even move.
The problem is actually quite common throughout all camera brands. Usually it's sand or grit interfering with the lens extension mechanism. Or the camera's been dropped with the lens extended. Or the camera has been powered on, but the lens had been blocked preventing its extension. Or the battery ran down with the lens extended. Believe it or not, one BIG contributor to lens errors is using a camera case. Sand, gunk, case fibers, etc... accumulate at the bottom of the case. These materials love to cling to the camera by electrostatic build-up from the camera rubbing against the side of the case (especially those cases with soft fibrous intreriors). Once these materials work their way into the lens mechanism, that's all she wrote. I have many Canon's, and NEVER use a case for this very reason.
A camera owner that suffers this problem may have no recourse for having the camera repaired. Many camera makers will not honor repairing this problem under warranty as they claim it is due to impact damage to the camera, or sand or debris getting into the lens gearing mechanism (neither of which is covered under warranty). The quoted repair cost is usually close to or more than what the camera is actually worth.
Fortunately, about half the cameras that suffer this failure can easily be fixed by one of the following methods. None of these methods involve opening the camera, although some have potential to cause other damage to the camera if excessively done. If the camera is still under warranty, before trying any of these, please please first contact your camera's maker to see if they'll cover the repair, or to determine how much they'll charge for the repair. Who knows, you might get lucky. But if they quote you a number that's higher than the value of your camera, you may want to consider the following methods.
The methods are listed in the order of risk of damaging your camera. Thus make sure you try them in the listed order. And remember, these fixes (especially #6 and 7) should only be considered for a camera that's out of warranty, who's cost of repair would be excessive, and would otherwise be considered for disposal if unrepaired:
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. If that didn't work, try pressing and holding the Function or OK button while turning the camera on.
Fix #2: Remove the batteries, then remove the memory card. Then install new batteries, and turn on the camera. If you get an Error E30, it means you don't have a memory card installed, so turn it off, slip in the memory card and turn it on one last time.
Fix #3: Insert the cameras Audio/Video (AV) cable, and turn the camera on. Inserting this cable ensures that the camera's LCD screen remains off during the start process. Thus extra battery power is available to the camera's lens motor during startup. This extra power can be useful in overcoming grit or sand particals that may be jamming the lens. If the AV cable doesn't fix the lens error by itself, consider keeping this cable installed while trying fixes 4, 5, and 7 as a means to provide extra help to these fixes. But note that I DON'T recommend keeping the cable installed during Fix 6 as you may damage the AV port while tapping the camera. Reinsert the cable only AFTER tapping the camera.
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.
12/17/2020 2:11:52 AM • Nikon Coolpix... • Answered on Dec 17, 2020


There are several questions that have already been asked AND answered about lens error, please see those answers.
3/30/2019 7:36:27 PM • Nikon Coolpix... • Answered on Mar 30, 2019

I spilled a little grape juice on my camera and

Use alcohol to clean the sticky grape juice residue form the lens barel. If that doesn't work, check this out: Find Nikon Authorized Repair Station
1/23/2018 4:30:20 AM • Nikon Coolpix... • Answered on Jan 23, 2018

My coolpix s3000 camera won't turn on after just

1) Please charge the camera and make sure the GREEN LED flashes. 2) When the green LED STOPS flashing disconnect the camera from the charger and wait a few seconds. 3) Now that the Camera is off attempt to turn it on. It is in a half way on while charging and you cannot 'turn it on'. 4) In review: Charge it, Disconnect it and turn it on.
12/22/2017 2:22:45 PM • Nikon Coolpix... • Answered on Dec 22, 2017

Can i use another usb wall charger for my nikon coolpix s3000 or can i only use the one that came with it?

Check the output Amperage on the original dedicated charger and what you wanna use as replacement. Some devices does not like over amperage and others the under amperage... Otherwise it shouldn't affect anything if you use other chargers.
11/19/2017 3:10:00 PM • Nikon Coolpix... • Answered on Nov 19, 2017

Nikon coolpix S3000 won't take a picture when the

Assuming you have new batteries and the camera lens cover is opening when turned on. Try switching to any mode other than automatic, turn off the flash, and press the shutter button. Many cameras have a safety feature that prevents the flash capacitor from charging if the case is opened. This is to lessen the chance of electric shock. They usually use one or two of the screws along the perimeter of the camera to complete a circuit that lets the processor know that the case is closed. Verify that all the screws are in place along the perimeter of your camera, and that there are no gaps along the perimeter seams. If you're missing a screw, try using one of the others to replace it.
If they're all there, next thing to check is the batteries. The brand that you're using may have reached its shelf life, or just may not have sufficient power to charge the flash capacitor. Try a better brand, or better yet rechargeable NiMH batteries.
If the above didn't help, then the flash tube or its circuit is probably at fault. In this case, would then recommend professional repair. This repair is somewhat difficult, requires some soldering, has some danger of electrical shock, and goes beyond what I'd like to describe here
9/2/2017 5:23:22 PM • Nikon Coolpix... • Answered on Sep 02, 2017

Pics gone in DCIM folder. Using a Nikon s3000

You cannot create new folders on an SD card and copy images to them, as the camera will not recognise them, since they were not create in the camera. Copy the entire contents of the card to a folder on your HDD, then format the card in the camera.
3/18/2017 12:07:49 PM • Nikon Coolpix... • Answered on Mar 18, 2017

How do I fix "lens error" problem described below?

usually caused by particles in the lens advance and retraction mechanism.may need cleaning by expert.but first try to GENTLY pull the advanced lense out up to fully out position.note the word GENTLY,otherwise the camera will be ruined.
4/28/2016 5:08:08 PM • Nikon Coolpix... • Answered on Apr 28, 2016

How do I fix lens error problem on the described camera?

hi, lens error occur normally when it fell or the lens shaken, if so open the camera, take the lens unit out, disassemble the lens unit, then fix it again properly. example below: (this is not the told model) 26001619-d45g1cthg0xtwq5elxo43iw2-1-1.jpg 26001619-d45g1cthg0xtwq5elxo43iw2-1-3.jpg
2/11/2016 3:30:52 PM • Nikon Coolpix... • Answered on Feb 11, 2016

Will not charge nor will it detect when plugged into the computer

That is a setting in most cases. It is in TOOLS. If the setting is OFF it will not recharge via the computer. In most cases... Press Menu (then got on left to TOOLS) as it looks like a wrench. Then go to 'Charge by Computer' set it to "AUTO" or ON/YES.
9/2/2015 8:02:24 PM • Nikon Coolpix... • Answered on Sep 02, 2015

Pictures will not transfer to my pc via the usb or the sd card

Did you install the Nikon ViewNX 2 before you connect the camera? Are you sure there are pictures on the memory card? When you don't know where you left the CD with the software, you can download it for free from this Nikon site: Current versions of Nikon software Nikon Knowledgebase
4/23/2015 11:09:20 AM • Nikon Coolpix... • Answered on Apr 23, 2015

Images will not transfer to PC via USB or SD card

This reason might be because of Virus in your memory cards the best option is.. try formatting the memory card or use different SD card, and reset your camera settings
4/23/2015 10:14:06 AM • Nikon Coolpix... • Answered on Apr 23, 2015

Light does not flash when charging battery

Please try this: 1) Make sure camera is OFF. 2) Plug Charger into the wall (not into camera) 3) Last think plug charger into the camera
3/27/2015 6:25:49 AM • Nikon Coolpix... • Answered on Mar 27, 2015

I am thinking of buying

I would recommend you to buy Nikon Coolpix S4000 Nikon's Coolpix S4000 creates touching memories by combining 12.0 effective megapixels, 4x wide-angle Zoom-Nikkor glass lens and an amazing 3.0-inch High Resolution HVGA (460k-dot) touch-panel LCD with sensitive touch. The Coolpix S4000 also features HD (720p) movies for high quality movie recording. The Coolpix S4000, with Nikon's EXPEED image processing concept, 4-way VR Image Stabilization System and Smart Portrait System enables you to get incredible pictures, incredibly easy. Nikon's Scene Auto Selector automatically analyses the scene you are taking and adjusts the scene mode for you. All you have to do is compose, then touch You can check out more detailed review for Nikon Coolpix S4000. http://hubpages.com/hub/Nikon-Coolpix-S4000-12-MP-Digital-Camera
1/14/2015 1:58:06 PM • Nikon Coolpix... • Answered on Jan 14, 2015

How do I return to English menu on Coolpix s3000?

Go into your menu screen. Scroll down until you see a black block with a C in it.That is the "Reset All" selection. That resets the camera to factory defaults and the default language is English.
1/7/2015 8:58:42 PM • Nikon Coolpix... • Answered on Jan 07, 2015

My Nikkon Coolpix s3300 displays everything in unfocused shades of purple and anything that is emitting or reflecting light glares like it is being viewed through night vision goggles. Is there a fix

If it works in the morning (when it is presumably cold) and not in the afternoon when it is hot, it is possibly a temperature sensitivity issue in the electronics. I would contact Nikon Support ASAP because your warranty is about to expire. There number is 1-800-645-6687 and the are open 9AM to 8PM EST, Monday to Friday.
12/25/2014 4:42:26 PM • Nikon Coolpix... • Answered on Dec 25, 2014

I need a driver download for my coolpix s570

Do you REALLY want a driver? The best way to download pictures from your camera to your computer involves removing the memory card from the camera and plugging it into a card reader (either built-in to the computer or connected via USB). This is likely to be faster than connecting the camera to the computer, and won't run down your camera's batteries. Once the card is plugged in, it will appear to your computer as a removable drive. You can use the operating system's drag&drop facility to copy pictures from the card to the computer's hard drive, the same way you copy any other files. Or you can use any photo management program such as Picasa ( http://picasa.google.com ).
9/3/2014 9:09:42 PM • Nikon Coolpix... • Answered on Sep 03, 2014

Firmware update for nikon coolpix s3000

Follow this link for the upgrade and instructions: Current Firmware downloads available for Nikon products Nikon...
8/31/2014 3:16:05 AM • Nikon Coolpix... • Answered on Aug 31, 2014
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