Digital cameras can be a fantastic tool in an individuals life for capturing and creating precious memories. However, many digital cameras can incur a lens fault that can cause a lot of frustration. When this occurs, your digital camera’s lens will get stuck whilst attempting to extend, or will get stuck when trying to retract. How can you fix this problem without heading down to your repairer or the manufacturer? Here are a few steps that will teach you how.
- Call the manufacturer or visit their website to see if they will repair your digital camera for you, it is best not to attempt to repair your own camera if it is still under warranty.
- Ensure that your camera has brand new batteries before starting. Remove these new batteries from the camera, giving it a few minutes, then replace them and turn the camera on.
- If you are able to obtain one, try compressed air using a fine tip blow off gun and dry compressed air. Set the tip between the lens turret and the body of the camera, turn on the air while moving the tip around the lens. This should remove any dirt and dust, making your camera’s lens operate as usual.
- Another method involves gently forcing the lens. Turn off the camera and place it on the back with the lens facing upwards. Take a look at the spacing between the lens and the lens housing, and if you find that this gap is not completely even all the way around, this solution may work for you. Very gently press down the lens on the side in which the gap is the largest. Often there will be a slight click when the lens goes back into place. Turn the camera back on and see how it goes.
- If you find that your digital camera’s lens does not extend at all or it extends and then retracts again, turn the camera off. Take the camera in one hand, and – using the other hand – gently rotate the lens. Once again the camera may click slightly. Switch the camera back on.
- If none of the methods work, dismantling the camera and cleaning the lens is a preferred option. It is best that an expert attemps this method, as digital cameras can be easily damaged.
Bring your camera down to Kirk’s Cameras prior to your repairwork, and we will advise you of the best alternative, or supply you with a new, fantastic camera to suit your needs!