Beeps repeatedly, lense won't retract...won't take pictures?
Camera not working....was fine one minute and the next the lense won't retract, it beeps upon powering up, and it will go to review picture mode and show the pictures on the camera, but won't take any new pics, and the lense won't retract? When you power off it beeps repeatedly?
Hi Jeanice21, I just posted the same problem a few minutes ago with my SD400. I followed a few steps of the suggested solutions and here's what worked for me.
1) take apart the front and back by unscrewing the six screws holding the camera together 2) on the left of the flash, there are two little retangular holes with grooved dials in them 3) using a little flat head screwdriver, push up or down to turn the grooves while power up in the movie or capture mode 4) the lens retracted at this point and my camera started working again. Good luck!
I had all the same problems with the camera that first started with a "memory card error" (the memory card was not the problem). I also only could get a "background" screen on the LCD. I was totally frustrated to the point that I figured I'd have to buy another camera. So, I figure it wouldn't hurt to manhandle the camera. I lightly tried to pushed the lens back in while pressing the power on-off button... The camera lens pushed and jerked (I didn't really fight the push). Thinking I did nothing... I then tried turning it on again....like magic, the camera turned on normally with screen showing ready to take the next picture. And no more "memory card error" either. I don't really know how this worked, or whether it'll work for anyone else, but it did for me.
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After pressing the power button in capture mode, the lens would extend and a slight humming from what appeared to be the auto focus motor could be heard for about 5 seconds. When the motor stopped humming, the camera would beep and display E:61:00 in the LCD Screen.
Camera would extend the lens but not be able to focus on anything past 8 inches or so.
Zoom in and zoom out would not work.
Playback mode and the Setup mode was not affected.
To solve this Put the camera about a half inch from a hard surface. Let the lense go out and hit the surface and retract a little bit. Let it go out all the way when it tries the next time. If that doesnt fix it, try this: Turn it on and let the lense go out fully See where the lens comes out of the camera? The little round crack that surrounds it? Wiggle the lense a bit and blow in there a bit. (Be sure not to blow on the lense!)
Now turn it off/on again, and it should be fixed
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Hi there please follow the steps and let me know the result.
1. Ensure batteries are fully charged & clean the battery connector point in side the battery compartment.
2. Look carefully between the lens and the camera body for any sand, dirt or any damaged etc.
3. Try turning the camera with the lens facing down and shake to dislodge anything stuck
4. Try removing batteries and memory card, wait 5 minutes and refit the battery only.
5. Now turn on camera( with out card ) and see ,if working then fix the memory card & again turn on the camera. If working then fine .
Otherwise format the memory card and fix back in camera again & try. Make sure before format the memory card take a
back up all photos in your computer then format. If no luck then reset or restore the camera setting by pressing Menu key for 2 sec ..
in not done the press both Menu & self time key for 2 - 4 sec.
i hope it will gives you success
i had the same problem a while back. I fooled around with my camera lens a bit and it turned out that one side of the lens was sticking out a bit. I pressed down on this and pushed the power button and it worked. The next time I turned it on the same thing happened but if you keep doing the same thing it should work.
Sadly, most digital cameras don't have a reset button like it older more reliable elders. But, most digital cameras have a "menu" button or a "review" button. If either of these are still working and can be seen on the display screen then your problem lies within the lense or digital shutter. If you can't see anything at all, even the "Menu" or "review" your problem is much more extensive. If so, you can NOT fix this yourself without ruining it more.
I can say that most of the camera shops can refurbish it for you for a lower price. Or you can purchase and already refurbished camera for about half have you paid for the new one.
Hope I helped.
Try putting the camera in play mode or print mode and turn on and off until you get an off state with the lense retracted. Next, hold the zoom lever to the left (W) and power on. This worked for my camera. I am not sure the first step is necessary but this is what I did and the camera works fine. I think when I dropped it the lense gear got out of sync.
This is an almost epidemic problem with all brands of digital cameras that have extending zoom lenses. I've had Canons hang before and now my Samsung S500 lens is stuck and camera is beeping in error mode (the kids dropping them you know).
Continuing to power on the camera may cause further damage, but you have to face the fact that these cameras sell for $99, so sending it in for service of a very delicate lens assembly is probably going to be a tough call.
First make sure you have brand new batteries or a full charge. Sometimes it's this simple.
If not, maybe it's just hung and you can gently rock the lens extender as you power on the camera. I've had a lot of success with this method.
If the camera takes a lot of hits to the lens assembly, it will eventually strip some of the plastic parts driven by the servo motor. At this point, it's all over; you'll get nothing but some clicking noises as the motor tries to extend the lens and the camera starts beeping in error mode.
All is not lost. You can always recover your pictures from the memory card by purchasing a USB card reader from most any electronics retailer.
As for the camera, you can try to get it serviced. I'd probably opt for a local service center rather than withering into a skeleton while dealing with the manufacturer.
If you know someone handy with a miniature screwdriver, there are dozens of this model camera for sale on ebay for $0.99. Many of them power up and are in great condition except for the LCD screen. You could easily take the LCD screen from yours, transplant it and have a working camera again for 20 bucks or so!