On every mode except playback, the camera constantly makes a quiet (but noticable when you put it near your ear) mechanical sound from near the lens, like its struggling to alter the zoom or focus. Also, changing the zoom is much noisier noisy than when it was new. It seems to work as normal apart from this.
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Re: Strange mechanical sound from lens area
The noise you're hearing is perfectly normal. This generation camera uses a piezo electric focus mechanism to operate the lens. You will notice that the noise goes away if the camera is left alone for a moment while focused on a non moving object, this is because the focus adjustment is made and then the piezo circuit shuts down to conserve battery power.
You should have no problems with this camera, it is very reliable.
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You could try to help the lens coming out if you hear the motor trying to. Or hold the camera with the lens downwards to let gravity help as well. Hope that will help. Or the lens mechanism will be faulty and the whole lens needs to be replaced. But such a repair might not be worth it because of the costs and the value of the camera.
From your description it appears to be a mechanical problem. I doubt you can get it repaired in time for your trip. I suggest you put your money towards a new camera and you maybe able to use the SD memory card from the old camera after you format the SD memory card in the new camera.
No, it's not an error. What this
display indicates, is the availability of the total number of photos
you want to take. If the display says, "r06", then you are in JPEG
Mode. If it says "r03", then you are either 1) in RAW Mode, or 2) have
your Noise Reduction on (see FAQ #2). As you take a few photos in
succession, you will notice the indicator drops by how many photos you
very good poss that camera needs mode dial switch assembly.Especially if unit was subject to liquids near the mode dial .part # 147966811 for silver and 147966821 for black model..First reset camera by pushing reset switch should be around batt compartment and or memory stick area.
Defective mechanism, a stucked mechanism is present. camcorder are smart it can detects error and shuts down itself for safety. earlier models dominoes the defect if the user is not quick enough to react when something goes wrong with the camera. You need professional service to fix it.
Lens unit problem. Either imact or sand etc in the lens zooming gearbox area. Maybe uneconomical to repair on this model if new lens unit has to be installed. ( it is shutting off because the lens does not come on line properly and so the shutter and CCD do not come on line... when this happens camera switches off. )
Defective mechanism, a stucked mechanism is present. camcorder are smart it can detects error and shuts down itself for safety. earlier models dominoes the defect if the user is not quick enough to react when something goes wrong with the camera. you need professional service to fix it.
Sounds like the focus mechanism, your camera will be a very light sound while focusing. this is totally normal and nothing is wrong with your camera
the sound is a good thing it makes sure your photos are in focus :)