Having problems with your Canon PowerShot A540 Digital Camera ?

The lens cover opens only half way.

\015 About once a year the lens cover opens only half way. Then it doesn't close completely. Because this happens randomly, I don't think there is dirt in it. The camera eventually adjusts itself and opens completely, but there is a time gap when I cannot us it.\015

Answers :

Hi, the problem you are having is going to be with the lense motor and lense motor sensor, this is a very common problem with this type of camera and it is usually caused by grit getting into the lense causing it to stick or if it has been dropped the only other way it could have happened is if the camera has been placed down on its lense whilst the lense is open putting pressure on the lense motor.
\015\012If none of those causes have happened then it could just be a case of parts failing through no fault of yours.
\015\012Now the only problem is that you cant get them repaired their is no one who repairs these as the parts plus the labour costs would end up costing more than it would to replace the whole camera.
\015\012Getting the parts yourself would be impossible unless you brought a damaged camera and hoped the parts you needed were not damaged but then their is the problem of fitting and soldering and setting the lense motor up this is just beyond doing without specialist soldering and testing equipment, the chance of anybody replacing the lense motor and sensor is pretty slim as its all done by machine due to the complexity of fitting and setting the motor up.
\015\012The only real thing you can try is to go out and by a can of compressed air and then give the lense a good spray with this this would then remove any grit that could be causing it to stop and jam but failing this their is nothing else you can do but give it a try as sometimes this will solve the problem.
\015\012Im sorry their is no easy fix for your problem their isnt even anywhere i can send you to get it looked at due to the fact that knowbody repairs these its just not financialy worth it it just costs to much so im sorry i cant offer you much help due to the camera being a throw away item knowbody specialises in repairing these due to the costs involved costing more than replacing the whole camera.
\015\012Let me know how you get on or if you need further assistance ok
Have you had the camera cleaned professionally?
There may be lint or debris which prevents it from opening under the right circumstances.

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