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Too much fun... sand in the camera!

Yup. The title says it all. From the gritty noise when the lens would zoom, I'm pretty confident that there's sand in it - and the last time I turned the camera on, the lens got stuck in the open position and there it stays. Now it won't fully turn on (says there's a lens problem and to restart the camera - then shuts itself off). Do I dare take it apart and try to clean it myself? It's still in warranty - but I would imagine that that isn't covered... I'm against sending my camera somewhere for 6 weeks if it can be avoided. I love it and used it constantly before this little incident. suggestions? Thank you in advance!

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  • Sarah Carnes Jul 29, 2007

    I did try this, actually - and it helped a bit - and then, I suppose more sand shifted around and now it's totally stuck. When I turn it on, it does not even sound or feel as if the lens is trying to move - the sound and movement seems to come from deeper within the camera.

  • Anonymous Jul 12, 2008

    yup i went to the beach today and had the same thing happen... this is a relatively new camera for me and i love it... i'm afraid to try anything to fix it..



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Best advise i can give you is to get an air canister at your local walmart or whatever store. use the tube and get in the little cracks with it, try to move the lens in or out a LITTLE while you spray so it loosens the sand enough for the spray to move it out.

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  • Anonymous Jul 29, 2007

    looks like no camera for you for about 6 weeks sorry, remember to send it with reciept requested, sorry again,



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