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Shutter When I turn on the camera everything is fine but the shutter wont open. Instead i have to use my fingers to keep the shutter open just to take a picture. I dont know how this happend. I use the camera for an hour and everything is fine then I leave it in its case for like 10 minutes and when i turn it back on the shutter wouldnt open! Please help! :(

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  • critter2 Nov 09, 2007

    Everything works on my camera but the lens cover, which does not open automatically when the lens extends. I can gently push it open, but the springs close it instantly. Camera was working fine one day and then this happened when I took it out of the pouch. It hasn't been overused or dropped, and turning it on and off repeatedly or removing and reinserting the battery don't change the situation. Any ideas on how to fix?

  • daveisdavid Jan 21, 2008

    Hi stiny1130 and critter2,



    I also encounter the same problem with the shutter closed at times.

    However, how do you use your finger to open the shutter since there is a glass that preven you to do so?



    I notice that whenever I go to cold countries, this problem occurs. I'm wondering whether could it be that this model cannot stand the coldness thus the shutter malfunction.

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You mean the lens protector doors, not the camera shutter. This seems to be a problem on this camera. Aparently you bumped it against something or dropped it. The only way I know of to fix this is to take it apart and set the arm of the spring again into the side as it should be. You cant do it with out takeing it apart.

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