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When camera is powered up, red light comes on for approx 4 seconds and lens does not come out.

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Undo all securing screws on outer case, including two in the battrey compartment. Remove front part of case to reveal last securing screw on top, to release back part of case. Remove LCD by undoing two securing screws. Press LCD plug back into socket. Reassemble camera in reverse order. Install batteries and hay presto.

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