Having problems with your Canon PowerShot SD870 IS Digital Camera ?

Digital camera dropped lens-opened on the beach and now the lense will not open properly

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There is sand in your lens and it is jamming upthe gears. One grain of sand will cause the lens to fail! You can try to take the lens apart and clean out the sand but it's not easy and an opened lens usually never focuses exactly right again.

Look for a defective camera online that has a good lens but broken LCD or some other problem and fix that one using yours as parts or have yours fixed with a new lens.

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