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If it recently sustained a drop or other impact, the lens mech is damaged. With the lens out, visually inspect it to see if it may be slightly crooked or askew. If so, gently try to "pop"it back into alignment. If not, sand or other debris may be caught in the mechanism. While the camera is turning on and the lens is extending, gingerly (but firmly) tap the cameras bottom against a counter or other hard surface. This will often let the debris work its way out. Let me know if this works or not.
Saw a similar problem recently, same cause, and result was the lens was jammed.
Did manage to wiggle it free after many attempts...it only stays on for a few seconds before faulting and going off...but it's a bit hard to get a hold on the edge of the lens to pop-out the low side.
Started by laying it on it's back and checking the level of the lens edges for the low spot, then used a thick sewing needle to lift up while turning the unit on (again and again) until the gear-ring popped back in during the lens-check at start-up.
A drop could have damaged the lens tube (housing), causing the camera to shut down to prevent further damage, but your problem may be due to weak/worn out batteries or corrosion on the battery contacts inside the camera
which can prevent the full power of the batteries from flowing into the
camera. Try this free fix before you do anything else: remove the batteries and wipe the camera contacts firmly with
a dry cloth (heavy corrosion may require cleaning with a wire brush,
steel wool, or sandpaper). Remove any residue that may have fallen
into the battery compartment during cleaning, then wipe both ends of
the batteries and place them back in the camera. This cleaning clears
the problem about 90% of the time. If it doesn't work for you, your batteries may need to be replaced, or the camera may have
a problem that requires professional repair.
Try removing the batteries and memory card. Let the camera set for awhile. Put the batteries back in but not the memory card, restart the camera. Does it work know? If it does, turn the camera off put the memory card back in. Turn the camera on, does it work now? If it doesn't, replace the memory card.
How did this occur? If the lens was hit or dropped while the lens was out, that can cause a lot of damage. First, Look at the lens as it is extended. You may be able to gently push the lens in the opposite direction after starting the camera. This has worked for me on some. If the lens protector on the end of the lens has popped off, look at the problem. If the shutters have also popped out.... oh boy, that may not be able to be fixed. You may want to sell this camera on Ebay as a broken or AS IS, PARTS, FOR REPAIR. These lenses are not the easiest to repair, and the small parts inside may be broken.
I have done this with several camera. Some times you can pop it right back into place and sometimes you have to get a new lens. Iwork on these cameras just about every day because of lens issues. It is just the luck of the draw. Hope this helps if you cannot get it working repairs for that problem can run from 75.00 and up. Just FYI good luck.