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Anonymous Posted on Sep 12, 2005

Camera doesn’t start

Sometimes, the camera doesn’t start. More exactly, after I press the Power button, the lens is not moving; the lens cover is not opened. Only the AF led is on, this mean that the camera is also on, but the LCD is off. The battery is ok. From this point, I cannot shut down and also I cannot start the camera. Only the AF (auto-focus) led is on.

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The only solution that I found is to take off the battery from camera. After I reconnect the battery, the camera starts without any problem (lens are moving, LCD is on, AF is also on). The battery status is full.

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