Having problems with your Canon PowerShot A480 Digital Camera ?

Lens error - clicking/gravelly sound when opening and closing and zooming. Comes up with 'lens error' on camera


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The lens has probably got something in the retraction mechanism that is \015\012stopping it retracting. This can be something as simple as sand or grit \015\012or as a result of a drop or knock. In most cases the camera will need to\015\012 be stripped apart to remove the lens assy before it can be repaired. \015\012This is best left to a professional camera repair shop.
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Lens error - clicking/gravelly sound when opening and closing and zooming. Comes up with 'lens error' on camera


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