When I powerup camera, it either works normally OR the lens comes out - then powers down immediately leaving the lens out OR I get a change battery message. Cleaning the battery contact points with alcohol doesn't seem to help.
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Lens errors are fairly common. 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 ...
Here are some troubleshooting steps that you can try that may (or may not) correct it. They only seem to work for less than 40% of the lens errors, but if the camera is out of warranty (or repair cost approaches that of the camera), they're worth that try. Some of the later steps do involve some risk to the camera, so carefully weigh your options before deciding to conduct them:
omg! thank you so much Stephan you are th best i just bought the camera for Christmas. Went to the beach yesterday and it sttopped working the method with holding the lens and moving it around i saw some sand come out now it works!!!!!! :-D
Hi! Either the lens stucks in outter position or the focus is stuck. It's hard to tell without seeing it and taking apart the camera and lens. You should give it to a local repair shop or Kodak service center. I work in Kodak service center.
I HAVE SOLVED THIS! I Totally fixed my CAMERA! If you turn on your camera, the lens does not come out, and it just beeps then turns off, then listen to me. You need to unscrew the outer casing and take off the metal shell. Hold the camera in one hand, palming it, looking down at the LCD (ie the lens is pointing into your palm). This is to orient you. If
you look at the left SIDE of the camera, near the upper left corner of
the LCD, you can peek through some of the windows of the black plastic casing
and see 2 PLASTIC GEARS. The top one is white, the other is black. These are
the gears that actually move the lens in and out. All I did was give
the white gear a good jiggle with the tip of a pen and evidently it
made the teeth of the gears mesh together like its supposed to and ....
VOILA .... the lens came out when I powered it on and all is well! I
know this is gonna help someone!
Perhaps this is related to the focus problem you posted? Battery drain because the lens system hangs up on power-up? If this new lens system fail to open properly you can have battery and focus problems?