My 13 year old daughter used our camera and now the optical zoom lense stays in the "out" position. I turn the camera on and the screen lights up for less than a second and turns off. To the left of the on/off dial, a flashing blue light goes off when I turn the camera on (and turns off a second later). The optical lense always stays in the out position.
When i dropped my dx7630, a tiny plastic part broke that worked the
holdback spring for the battery. Kodak has a repair service, or a
referral service for repairs, but you have to send the camera in. i
sent it in. they emailed me to say it was not a repairable part and
didn't even ask if i wanted it back. luckily, i kept the memory chip. the C875 i bought was $100 cheaper and had 1M more pixels. good luck with your
natural light photography from now on. i think Kodak just figures you buy a new camera whenever anything goes wrong, it'll be better and cheaper anyway.
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A Minolta X500 is a 15+ year old camera. The shutter arm is stuck in the winding position is an indication that the shutter mechanics are broken. Repair would be way more expensive then picking up a used model. Minolta has dropped out of the camera business, some older Sony digital cameras can use their lenses if you have a number of them. Zoom lenses are usually what comes with most camera kits.
Look at your memory card. SD cards have a slide switch along one edge. The position farthest from the metal contacts locks the card, protecting it from writes. The position nearest the contacts unlocks the card.
From page 80 of this manual: "Optical zoom blocks sound being recorded when zooming."
Many cameras do this as otherwise the recording will include the sound of the lens being zoomed. There are two possible workarounds for this: 1) Don't use the optical zoom while recording. 2) Use an external sound recorder to record the soundtrack and mix them together on the computer.
Features: Red-eye Correction
Camera Type: Compact
Resolution: 3.1 Megapixel
LCD Screen Size: 1.5 in.
Optical Zoom: Without Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom: 4x
Interchangeable Lens: Not Interchangeable Lenses
Optical Zoom: Without Optical Zoom
Focus Type: Autofocus
Macro Focus Range: 7.87 - 11.81 in. (w)
Focal Length: 6.1 - 18.3 mm
Image Sensor Type: CMOS
Camera Resolution: 3.1 Megapixel
Image Resolutions: 2560 x 1920 · 2048 x 1536 · 1600 x 1200
Video Resolutions: 640 x 480 (VGA)
Video Speed: 15 fps
Video Format: AVI
Aperture Range: f2.8/f4.8 (w/t)
White Balance: Auto · Daylight / Sunny (Preset) · Cloudy (Preset) · Fluorescent (Preset) · Tungsten (Preset)
Memory Type: Built-in · SD Card
Built-in Memory Size: 16 MB
Compression Type: JPEG
Flash Type: Built-In
Flash Functions: Flash Off · Auto Flash · Forced On
Viewfinder / Display
LCD Protected Position: Without LCD Protected Position
Interface Type: USB 1.1
Video Interface: Video Out
Battery Type: 2 x AAA Batteries
Built-in Microphone: With Built-in Microphone
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 2000 · Microsoft Windows 98SE · Microsoft Windows ME · Microsoft Windows XP
Width: 3.5 in.
Depth: 0.8 in.
Height: 2.44 in.
Family Line: Vivitar ViviCam
Product ID: 44609540
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What you can try is this. Turn the camera off. Remove the lens. Put the lens back on, turn on the camera. note any messages. You should read your manual. You may be set in manual mode on the camera or the lens or check both. Make sure that the camera is set to auto lens in menus and on the camera, if it has a setting on the outside. Make sure, if the lens is AUTO, to set the switch to auto. Hope it works.
Sorry to say; the camera is faulty and needs replacing.
I have a HP 635 which is the third one after the first two were faulty. The current one has had excessive battery use problems but I think it has been rectified by applying a solution from Fixya (Nspektor).
I would recommend returning it and getting a refund, or store credit at least, and buying a different brand of camera.