Having problems with your Nikon Coolpix 8700 Digital Camera ?
What does lens error mean? - Nikon Coolpix 8700 Digital Camera
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 :
HELLO, MY HUSBAND AND I BOUGHT A NIKON COOLPIX S2oo DIGITAL CAMERA IN MID DECEMBER FOR OUR DAUGHTER TROUBLE WITH CAMERA TODAY SAYING LENS ERROR. NOT SURE WHAT IT MEANS TURNED CAMERA OFF AND ON STILL SAYING LENS ERROR. WE WOULD APPRECIATE ANY ASSISTANCE. IT WAS WORKING FINE UNTIL THIS AFTERNOON. 781-340-1965. THANKYOU MICHELLE KELLY.
Your lens is not responding as the cameras computer thinks it should, it may have got wet, banged, dirt, grit or sand may have got in and is jamming it, unfortunately this will mean the camera is in need of opening up for attention.Best o ... Nikon Digital Cameras
My camera worked fine one day, then it was in my purse. When I went to use it the light was on and the screen said there was a lens error. Everytime I try to turn it on now it makes a grinding noise and refuses to open and then closes completely with the lens error reading For no reason my camera (Nikon coolpix model S210) doesn't want to work with the term "Lens error" and lens won't come out WELL YESTERDAY MY NIKON COOLPIX s210 DIGITAL CAMERA WAS WORKING PERFECTLY FINE THEM I GOT UP TO TAKE P
\012\012try these:-\012\012\012connect it to pc and on it\012vaccum the barrel of lens\012changing mem. card and batt. for 2min. ... Nikon Coolpix S210 Digital Camera
What does lens error mean? - Nikon Coolpix 8700 Digital Camera
Fixing a Lens Error on a Digital Camera\012\012This has to be THE most common failure mode for a digi ... Nikon Coolpix 8700 Digital Camera
Lens error my camera keeps saying lens error and then shuts off My Kodak M753 digital camera is telling me "lens error: 1,1,5,1,0,0", how can I fix this? - I have no proof of when I bought it, so a refund is out of the question. my camera was covered by luggage and now when i turn it on, it says lens error I dropped my digital camera just recently back in October and all of a sudden when I turn the camera off the lens is still out when it's suppose to be in... I really don't know how that hap
This is probably THE 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 ... Fuji FinePix A345 Digital Camera
My nikon coolpix s220 digital camera fell on the floor with the lens out. the lens is half out when the camera is on and off. when i switch the camera on the lens retracts twice and then the screen just says 'lens error'. the warranty ran out just over a month ago. i haven't yet check what the repair price will be. can anyone help me please?!
This\015\012 is such a common fault that I hope you don't mind me pasting my stock \015\012generic answer below. No point in reinventing the wheel!Stuck lenses ... Nikon Coolpix S220 - Aqua Green 2.5" LCD Digital Camera
Lens error,lens stock up,,Nikon Coolpix L19 - Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera
HelloThank you for using FIXYA!!!This\015\012 is a suggestion. If you do not feel comfortable trying ... Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera
Nikon coolpix l21 camera lens error. - Nikon COOLPIX L21 Digital Camera
I have the identical camera. A camera lens error may occur for the following reasons;a.) check your battery. Use the recharger wall set to charge the battery and then try your camera.b.) lint, dust or greasy materials like skin oils and l ... Nikon COOLPIX L21 Digital Camera
My nikon s230 coolpix digital camera keeps having lens error than being okay, then the next time i turn it on, lens error again, right when i need it and im really pissed. i feel like i should sue nikon. they won't give me a ******* refund either. HELP ME! -.-'
HelloThe problem is that the lens has become stuck in the barrel. There are some DIY solutions you could try, but the \012probability is that you wi ... Nikon COOLPIX S230 Digital Camera
Lens error on nikon coolpix S 710 - Nikon COOLPIX S710 Digital Camera
Sometimes if you are barely touching or blocking the lens when it tries to extract, it will say lens error. You'll need to turn it off and then turn it back on. It's kinda of like a safe mode for the machanics so it doesn't break. ... Nikon COOLPIX S710 Digital Camera
Lens error Nikon Coolpix 8400 - Nikon Coolpix 8400 Digital Camera
\012\012try these:-\012\012connect it to pc and on it\012vaccum the barrel of lens\012changing mem. card and batt. for 2min.\012 ... Nikon Coolpix 8400 Digital Camera
I have a nikon coolpix l20 digital camera and when i turned the camera on the picture will pop up to take the picture but lens do not come out and then its says lens error
HelloThe problem is that the lens has become stuck in the barrel. There are some DIY solutions you could try, but the \012probability is that you will have to get it fixed by a professional. ... Nikon COOLPIX L20 Digital Camera
Lens error when i start my digital camera nikon coolpix l2 it shows lens error, not zooming
Try jiggling the lens. Use compressed air to blow out any grit around the lens barrel. If that doesn't do it, you'll need to get the camera serviced. ... Nikon COOLPIX L2 Digital Camera
Lens error message on nikon coolpix - Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera
From the manual: "Turn the camera off and then on again. If the error persists, contact retailer or Nikon-authorized service representative." ... Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera
Nikon coolpix S8 lens error - Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera
This is a pretty common problem with the coolpix range. Basically it means the lens has had some issue while driving in or out of the camera body, in some cases a simple tap on the camera side(not recommended by me) can fix the problem, in others you ... Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera
I have the nikon coolpix s610 digital camera that is only six months old. however, every time i turn on the camera the lens will not open and the screen reads "lens error". i have turned it off, taken out the battery and the scandisk but nothing has corrected the issue. what do i need to do?
Ok, being that it is 6 months old highly advise you just have it serviced under warranty. http://www.nikonusa.com/Service-And-Support/ ... Nikon COOLPIX S610 Digital Camera
Lens error, camera wont open the lens. - Nikon COOLPIX S630 Digital Camera
See http://www.fixya.com/support/r13011856-lens_error ... Nikon COOLPIX S630 Digital Camera
Lens Error Hi, I have a Nikon Coolpix L6 Digital Camera which is telling me Lens Error.
See Lens Error ... Digital Cameras
Lens error on nikon coolpix s210 - Nikon COOLPIX L10 Digital Camera
This is probably THE 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 ... Nikon COOLPIX L10 Digital Camera
Nikon coolpix s10 lens error - Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera
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 ... Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera
Nikon coolpix s10, Lens error - Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera
This is a pretty common problem, especially on the coolpix range of cameras. Basically it means the lens has had some issue while driving in or out of the camera body, in some cases a simple tap on the camera side(not recommended by me) can fix the p ... Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera
Lens Error on Nikon Coolpix L3 - Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera
Sometimes removing the batteries for a day may correct the problem temporarily. But the real problem is really in the lens mechanism. "Lens error"can only be repaired by Nikon or an authorized repairman. I sent mine back in Dec. 2007. It was repaired ... Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera
Nikon Coolpix L4 Lens error - Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera
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 ca ... Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera
Nikon coolpix s10 problem lens error. - Nikon COOLPIX S10 Digital Camera
Your camera lens is bad. Sorry to say this is a repair not worth the price. ... Nikon COOLPIX S10 Digital Camera
Lens Error on NIkon CoolPix L2 - Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera
Lens error is usually caused by mechanical faults concerning lens assembly. The lens cannot extend or retract fully, the error is detected and lens error is returned. Sometimes this can be fixed playing with the lens during extraction or ... Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera
Lens error message on nikon coolpix L18 - Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera
This is the third coolpix that I've had to either repair or replace in the past two years. The first time, Nikon told me that there was nothing they could do to repair the lens and suggested that while the camera was under warranty, to replace it for ... Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera