Having problems with your Kodak Easyshare V1233 12.1MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom ?
I dropped the camera and now when i try and turn it on the lens wont open. How can i fix that?
This has to be THE most common failure mode for a digital camera. Some common error messages that might show up on the LCD's of cameras with this problem include "E18 lens error", or "lens error, restart camera". Some cameras might show nothing at all, but merely make a beeping noise as the lens goes out, then in, then the camera shuts off. Sometimes the lens won't even move.
The problem is actually quite common throughout all camera brands. Usually it's sand or grit interfering with the lens extension mechanism. Or the camera's been dropped with the lens extended. Or the camera has been powered on, but the lens had been blocked preventing its extension. Or the battery ran down with the lens extended. Believe it or not, one BIG contributor to lens errors is using a camera case. Sand, gunk, case fibers, etc... accumulate at the bottom of the case. These materials love to cling to the camera by electrostatic build-up from the camera rubbing against the side of the case (especially those cases with soft fibrous intreriors). Once these materials work their way into the lens mechanism, that's all she wrote. I have many cameras, and NEVER use a case for this very reason.
A camera owner that suffers this problem may have no recourse for having the camera repaired. Many camera makers will not honor repairing this problem under warranty as they claim it is due to impact damage to the camera, or sand or debris getting into the lens gearing mechanism (neither of which is covered under warranty). The quoted repair cost is usually close to or more than what the camera is actually worth.
Fortunately, about half the cameras that suffer this failure can easily be fixed by one of the following methods. None of these methods involve opening the camera, although some have potential to cause other damage to the camera if excessively done. If the camera is still under warranty, before trying any of these, please please first contact your camera's maker to see if they'll cover the repair, or to determine how much they'll charge for the repair. Who knows, you might get lucky. But if they quote you a number that's higher than the value of your camera, you may want to consider the following methods.
The methods are listed in the order of risk of damaging your camera. Thus make sure you try them in the listed order. And remember, these fixes (especially #6 and 7) should only be considered for a camera that's out of warranty, who's cost of repair would be excessive, and would otherwise be considered for disposal if unrepaired:
Fix #1: Remove the batteries from the camera, wait a few minutes. Put a fresh set of batteries back in (preferably rechargeable NiMH 2500mah or better) and turn the camera on. If that didn't work, try pressing and holding the Function or OK button while turning the camera on.
Fix #2: Remove the batteries, then remove the memory card. Then install new batteries, and turn on the camera. If you get an Error E30, it means you don't have a memory card installed, so turn it off, slip in the memory card and turn it on one last time.
Fix #3: Insert the cameras Audio/Video (AV) cable, and turn the camera on. Inserting this cable ensures that the camera's LCD screen remains off during the start process. Thus extra battery power is available to the camera's lens motor during startup. This extra power can be useful in overcoming grit or sand particals that may be jamming the lens. If the AV cable doesn't fix the lens error by itself, consider keeping this cable installed while trying fixes 4, 5, and 7 as a means to provide extra help to these fixes. But note that I DON'T recommend keeping the cable installed during Fix 6 as you may damage the AV port while tapping the camera. Reinsert the cable only AFTER tapping the camera.
Fix #4: Place the camera flat on its back on a table, pointed at the ceiling. Press and hold the shutter button down, and at the same time press the power-on button. The idea is that the camera will try to autofocus while the lens is extending, hopefully seating the lens barrel guide pins in their slots.
Fix #5: Blow compressed air in the gaps around the lens barrels with the idea of blowing out any sand or grit that may be in there jamming the lens. Other variations include blowing with a hair dryer in "no heat" setting, or sucking the gaps with a vacuum (careful with this one).
Now we're entering into the realm of potentially damaging your camera in conducting the fix. There is definitely some risk here, so take care when conducting the following two fixes.
Fix #6: Repeatedly tap the padded/rubber usb cover on a hard surface with the intent of dislodging any particles that may be jamming the lens. Other variations include hitting a side of the camera against the palm of your hand. A lot of people have reported success with this method. HOWEVER, there is also some potential for damaging or dislodging internal components with this method, such as unseating ribbon cables, or cracking LCD screens.
Fix #7: Try forcing the lens. More people have reported success with this method than with any of the other methods. HOWEVER, there's obviously some potential for damaging your camera by using this method. Variations include gently pulling, rotating, and/or twisting the lens barrel while hitting the power button. Attempt to gently straighten or align the barrel if it's crooked or twisted. Another variation includes looking for uneven gaps around the lens barrel, and then pushing on the side of the lens barrel that has the largest gap (note pushing the lens barrel all the way in is NOT recommended as it may become stuck there). While doing any of the above, listen for a click that indicates that the lens barrel guide pins may have reseated in their guide slots. If you hear this click, immediately stop and try the camera.
Tips for a great answer:- Provide details, support with references or personal experience .
- If you need clarification, ask it in the comment box .
- It's 100% free, no registration required.
Suggested Questions/Answers :
Lens Stuck My Lens is stuck on my Coolpix S200 and I'm getting the Lens Error message. I tried to push it back in like I read on here and it went partly in and now its completely jammed. I've only had my camera for about 4 months. Please help!! I'm hoping to fix it myself. i dropped my camera and now the lens wont come out. Everytime i turn on the camera it tells me to turn it off then on again. I've done it multiple times and it doesnt work. I tryed to push the lens in and out but it doesnt ma
YOU CANNOT REPAIR THIS SOPHISTICATED CAMERA YOURSELF!!\015\012I guess pushing the lens inside may have made the problem worse.\015\012I follow a rule- if you drop an electronic equipment and a problem occurs- it usually takes a profession ... Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S700 Digital Camera
When i turn on the camera the lens wont pop open even when the battery is fully charged.... i was taking pictures and it working fine turn the camera off and on again then the lens wont open anymore? i can still view all the pictures i took from the camera but cannot take pictures anymore coz of the lens wont open. i tried initializing the camera by going to set up it didnt work..msg error said turn the camera off and on again and i did but didnt work either many times i tried please help thnks!
The problem is\015\0121- some dirt somehow got on the outside of the lense. After it was retracted fully in, it prevents the camera from opening again. When you turn it on, if it opens a little bit, try to pull it out NOT too hard and let go ... Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N2 Digital Camera
I dropped the camera and now when i try and turn it on the lens wont open. How can i fix that?
Fixing a Lens Error on a Digital Camera\012\012This has to be THE most common failure mode for a digi ... Kodak Easyshare V1233 12.1MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
Lens Error! I dropped my camera on the floor, and now the lens wont open fully or close. The LCD says "lens error,restart camera." But even when I turn the camera off, it still happens. Its a Canon Power Shot A550. I need to find out how to fix my camera without breaking it some more.
Same problem. The lens is stuck in the zoom position. When the camera is turned on, the lens moves a just afraction like it want to fully open or close, then the camera beeps and prompts with the "Lens Error" Restart Camera. Solutions? ... Canon PowerShot A550 Digital Camera
Dropped camera camera fell on the floor while turned on. the lens wont go in it stock and deformed when i tried to open its just comes a beep for a while sound like opening and then shut off. what will i do, can it be repaired?
Droped ... Olympus FE-280 Digital Camera
I have two olympus 1010 camera's. Both have been dropped. The lens is patially open and the cover not fully closed. One will turn on so you can see through the LCD but only the top third of the field is visible. When photos are taken that is what shows up. Also it tries to focus but can't get it clear. The second powers up with information on the LCD but instead of seeing through the camera you see black. Phots can be taken but they too are black. What is wrong and what can be done to fix them?
I'll cover these separately:\015\012\015\012First camera may be as simple as the cover blocking part of the image, or it could be that part of the sensor is damaged. Sensor is the part inside the camera that light hits and converts to vo ... Digital Cameras
My lens is stuck partway open and it tries to open and close when i turn it on but wont move. How can i fix it? Its never been dropped and only been used about 4 or 5 times in the 9 months since i have had it
Fixing a Lens Error on a Digital Camera\012\012This has to be THE most common failure mode for a digi ... Sanyo VPC-S880 Digital Camera
I have a canon power shot A530. I dropped it on the floor with the lens open.....now the lens is half way out and it wont go out all the way or close all the way. when i turn on the power it comes on then cuts off with out displaying a picture in the veiwer on the back of the camera. I am sure i need to send it in for repair, if not tell me how to fix it, if not tell me where i can take to repair it
MY LENSE IS ACTING UP...AND IT SAYS...LENSE ERROR...RESTART CAMERA..WHAT DOES THAT MEAN ... Digital Cameras
My Olympus Fe-230 camera's lens won't open. I turn the camera on and it makes the sound of the lens opening, and the lens begin to "push out" but then retract. This happens a few times and then the camera stops "trying" to open. The actual lens is never exposed [as in the black 'cover' never opens]. How do I fix it?
Try these procedures. ... Olympus FE-230 Digital Camera
I dropped my camera last night with the lens open. right away i tryed to shut it off and the lens just make a noise like their tryign to shut but they dont. i left it alone for the night and this morning it still does the same thing. The lens are just stuck open and no screen even comes up when i try turning it on. Ive had this camera for about 2 years now so i dont think i still have warranty on it. What should i do?
Take it to the repair shop, I think this is the only solution... ... Casio Exilim EX-S500 Digital Camera
Lens trouble My lens will not come out entirely on my camera, for when I push the button to turn it on, the lens tries to completaly come out but then quickly retracts back halfway and remains stuck about halfway open. The screen is black and the light flashes red everytime I turn on the camera, along with a noise of something stuck. I have tried using that little button that someone told me was the reset button, along with plugging it in, and charging it. None of this has helped me with fixing
Appears to be a repair issue... lens track may be off ... Olympus FE-280 Digital Camera
Hi there, I dropped my camera and now the lens will not close. When I turn it on it makes a very high pitch sound and you can hear its trying to move the lens, it moves a tiny bit then the error comes up on my camera and turns itself off. Are there any possible fixes I can try myself? I really want my camera over Xmas, so any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you!
You would need to get it repaired, getting close to the holidays it's tough. The place that a lot of people go for help with these is www.camerasandparts.com They just serv ... Canon PowerShot G9 Digital Camera
Help!!! i dropped my Nikong Coolpix L11 camera on the pavement. The lens got dented in, so naturally i popped it back to its normal place i turned it on and it worked for about 30 seconds and then popped but with the image that said "Lens Error". So i turned it off then turned it back on and it did the same thing. It did that for about 10 minutes and now as soon as i turned it on it says "Lens Error". I cant figure out how to fix it, i've tried slightly tapping it against my desk, i've tried hol
Hellothere are tiny plastic gears inside and may have chipped or a small piece of sand got in causing the lens to jamb. "very fragile"one solution is to ask a camera repair shop how much a lens mechanism would be to replace. ( ... Nikon Coolpix L11 Digital Camera
I dropped my Canon SD110ois camera and now the lens is stuck open and displays Lens error, restart camera. While trying to turn on it makes a motor sound like it is trying to open but is stuck. Is it broken?
Try the procedures in this tip. ... Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS Digital Camera
Vivitar 5386 turning the camera on, i get a "lens error" sign, and then the lens will go back in (after being 1/4 of an inch out) and the camera will shut itself off, how do i fix the lens?? ive tried air into the lens, and different batteries, and i tried opening the caemra up, but i couldnt get off the last screw, so i dont know what to do
I suggest that you take your camera to a profesional camera shop, like Jessops, and see what they say. if they cannot fix it then just buy a new camera. ... Vivitar ViviCam 4345 Digital Camera
I bought my camera Christmas Eve, and a new memory card Christmas Day. Yesterday, I tried turning the camera on and the lens opened and shut automatically and said Lens Error with a Large Red Exclamation point. I've come to the conclusion that it was because I hadn't formatted the new memory card with the camera and I'd already taken a few pictures with it. But now, when I turn the camera on, it no longer says that and only has a blurry image and does not take photos. I do not know how to fix th
... Nikon Coolpix S4000 Digital Camera
Lens Jam My G6 turned on accidentally in its case and the lens tried to extend but was forced to stop. Now, when I turn the camera on, the lens makes a ratcheting sound and gets halfway before stopping. It beeps and says "LENS" on the top LCD screen, before powering off. I've been quoted £160 just to have it looked at which is half the value of the camera! Does any one know how to open one of these up (safely) and what to do when you get inside to fix the problem?! Many thanks
Did u ever get this problem sorted, as I am having the same issue now. But mine just did it one day after turning it on ... Canon PowerShot G6 Digital Camera
"lens error" when i turn the camera on to shoot photos, the display says "lens error". It sounds as if the lens mechanism is trying to open, but it doesn't move. Lights keep flashing. I am able to view pictures I have already taken, but not able to take pictures. I have tried recharging the batteries and replacing them, but it did not fix the camera.
This happened to me last month. You can send it to Nikon for a free estimate on repairs. You only pay the shipping and they will ship it back to you if you decide not to fix it for free....only they don't tell you what is wrong with it. I suppose ... Nikon Coolpix 5400 Digital Camera
Dropped camera I dropped my camera (hp photosmart m425) and now when i try to turn on the camera the lens won't come out and it says lens error m425-12 (7f 80). I really need to fix it, I hope someone can help me.
This is probably THE single most common failure among digital cameras. There's a halfway chance of fixing it yourself, described here: http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html ... HP Photosmart M425 Digital Camera
Olympus FE-210 I dropped my Olympus FE-210 when it was on and the lens was out. Now, the camera still workes fine, but the lens will not close all the way. After I shut it off, it opens and closes as if trying to fix itslef, but tops after three tries. The zoom still works, but it makes a clicking noise as the lens adjusts. I wouldn't mind any of this, except that now I can't upload my pictures. Normally, when I hook up the USB, a screen comes up on the camera dispaying my options. Now when I ho
Dont drop it next time you ****** !!! ... Olympus FE-210 Digital Camera
My lens on my kodak easyshare m580 digital camera is stuck open and as extended as it could be. i've dropped it and that's what made it do this. i cant turn my camera on or off but when it gets turned on the inside of the camera makes a rough noise and the lens wont go back inside.
... HP Photosmart MZ67 Digital Camera
I dropped my camera and the lens (or rather the telescopic part that extends when you turn the camera on) has stuck half way open. the camera tries to turn itself off and retract the lens but to no avail... can you help?
Fixing a Lens Error on a Digital Camera\012\012This has to be THE most common failure mode for a digi ... Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS Digital Camera
My Olympus underwater camera wont turn on, i took it underwater then tryed to turn it on but the screen went black and now it wont turn on. I poped the battery door open and a couple drops of water somehow got in there. i took the battery and memory card out to let it dry but it still wont turn on. help?
Hmm well looks like you might have a problem... if you have it still under warranty take it back your probaly out of solutions ... Olympus ? 850 SW Digital Camera
My lense on camera wont open and it wont slide out. It's a Kodak Easy Share LS 443. 4.0 mega pixels. I tried to get to lens to open and pushed the part that slides out even futher in and now it is really stuck so when i turn camera on nothing happens.Can you please HELP! Thank You! Melissa
... Kodak Digital Cameras
Help Me! i just really need to know how to fix my camera lens. i dropped it and then tried to turn it back on and the lens didn't come out and it flashed "error 16" then shut off.How do i fix my camera without it costing?
Sorry...it needs service. ... Kodak EasyShare C763 Digital Camera