I have a Kodak LS443 4 mega pixel camera... the other day it stopped working... (And I never dropped it or anything) everything runs fine except it is as if there is a lens cover on. I can view previously taken pics and all menu options are available... just shows a black screen when taking new pics or when using the screen to take pics.
When I look into the lens while playing with the zoom button, it looks like there is something covering the lens inside (??)
that is the best way to describe it...
btw, the camera is a few months off warranty And I am confident to take such things apart and put it back together, with some direction...
Can anyone help me here?
My alternative is to pay to fix the camera, which will likely be more than the cost of a new one...
Thanks for an help you can provide.
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Re: something covering lens from inside?
You could also have a battery problem.
If the battery is weak, it may not extend the lens.
But other things could appear to work.
It takes a lot of power to extend the lens.
Your docking station recharges the batteries on that camera.
There has been one report (on this forum) of a Kodak camera having batteries that would not charge due to a bent/missing pin in the connector that mates with the docking station.
Some people have reported that a small slap on the side of a camera can jar loose a stuck lens.
But don't get slap happy and damage the camera.
Some people have reported that they could grasp the lens and pull gently when powering-on a camera to help it extend.
Again, don't over-do it.
Disassembling a camera would be a last resort and likely to cause more damage.
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Try removingthe batteryand memory cardfor at least 15minutes.With somecameras,thiswill reset thecamera andlensmayclear the error message,as long asthere issomething that isnot physicallydamagedthe camera.
Unfortunately, many cameras that fall prey to lens error problems can only be corrected by professional repair. But, here are some last resort troubleshooting steps that you can try that may correct it. They only seem to work for less than 40% of the lens errors, but if the camera is out of warranty (or repair cost approaches that of the camera), they're worth that try.
hi, if you can open your camera and remove the lens unit assy(just be carefull to the flat cable its easy to be broken) you can clean by yourself just to remove the sand goes inside of the lens unit and also to the gear.make it sure you need to use magnifying glass to see the small pc of sand .some time the sand goes to the gear that cause of malfunction or not rotate properly and also the focus gear have also sand that why the focus is bad.if you can't do this just bring to service center and request for cleaning.
check to see if the part of the lens that pops out the most is partially indented. if so, pull it out of the indent so that it returns to normal. if that isn't the problem then i'm sorry but i cant help you. best of luck.:]
Hey pooda2, It does sound like there is damage to your lens. Manufacturers’ warranty does not cover damage but a Best Buy™ performance service plan with accidental damage and handling would cover the repair. To find out if you have a performance service plan with adh on the camera you should call 1-888bestbuy. If you do have the plan you could bring your camera to a Geek Squad® precinct in a Best Buy™ store and they can send it out for service. If you don't have a performance service plan with adh on it you could still have it sent out to get an estimate on how much it would cost to repair it, but often with digital cameras the cost of the repair exceeds the value of the camera. Sincerely, Allan Go Ahead. Use Us.