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On power up, lens extends camera beeps then retracts. The functionality of the camera is intact, if the play button is pressed with the power up button the pictures can be viewed, but normal power up the camera beeps and the camera retracts cannot take any pictures. This problem occurred when the camera was powered up too close to a surface blocking the lens from fully extending. Thanks for any help

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  • Tony McFadden Jul 18, 2007

    This problem has occurred with the camera before and has been fixed, i was just hopeing to fix it myself without sending it to pentax.
    thanks anyway

  • Anonymous Feb 17, 2008

    THe exact thing has happened to me. Turns on, beeps, retracts. Can still view pics. Don't know what to do...

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2008

    so mine turns on then it doesnt show anything, then it turns off=((

    & it's my parents caaam ! i'm so screwed . & okaay i've

    never dropped it & there arent even any scartches

  • skidoo Apr 11, 2008

    On power up the lens extends but sound rough like the gears inside are messed up.

  • Anonymous May 27, 2008

    Lens extends,camera beeps,then retracts battery OK.

    Tank-you for any help. Maria


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Normally, the zooming lens will retract back to its origin if there's something blocking its mechanism when it is powered-up either externally or internally.

I just hope that in your case it is external. But if not, probably it is its focusing lens gear is not aligned or wear out (internal mechanical problem), and only Tech support can handle this.

Posted on Jun 25, 2008


I had this same exact problem with my optio s7, and couldn't find an answer online to fix it.

I tried tapping the camera on a table (not too hard - just a firm tap), and it works normally now. I know this sounds a bit extreme, and perhaps you have already solved your problem, but this solved a lot of frustration for me.

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Damed lens mechanism Not repair will be economic Check out the Pentax Tech support but I fear a new camera is on the horizon.

Posted on Jul 15, 2007

  • Anonymous Jul 15, 2007

    Oh dear my typing- this should read
    Damaged lens mechanism
    No repair will be economic
    Check out the Pentax Tech support
    But I fear a new camera is on the horizon.
    Not that it make your problem any better


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