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12-29-2010, 12:00 PM   #1
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Help wanted to solve an issue in a digital camera, please. Thanks for your time!

Hi there everyone,

I have bought this nice camera Pentax Optio V10 Digital Camera in 2008 and itís running greatly fine and good, up to yesterday morning!

Yesterday evening, when I pressed the Ďstart /oní button, the lens start to move front and back automatically (i.e. in and out from the camera or zoom-in or zoom-out...sorry I am not pro in the camera world but hope you may get the point which I am trying to illustrate here!). After 2 times of this (automatic in and out action), the camera turn off automatically.

Additional information, for your evaluation:

-I havenít drop the camera down,
-If I connect the camera with the cable, which is connecting camera with the PC, to transfer the pictures), then I can able to see the content of the pictures without any problem.

Since i have bought this camera from my student work, it would be very grateful if you could offer any suggestions/solutions, which would be highly appreciated. Thank you very much for your courteous attention, in an advance.

12-29-2010, 12:32 PM   #2
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Are you sure that the batteries are good? When you plug into the computer it may be getting power from the computer,
12-29-2010, 06:44 PM   #3
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+1 on the batteries. Unless you hear grinding it sounds as if the camera is trying to start and then shuts down due to lack of power. Plugging the camera into the computer only accesses the card (if the optio works like our dSLRs) so very minimal power is needed. You aren't turning on the display or activating the zoom on the lens.

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If you get a battery warning while zooming in and out then the issue sounds like the battery is bad. If the shutdown has an error message flash on the screen, it might be the motor for the focus is not clearing the camera startup protocol (self test of the focus). Sometimes, if a camera is not stored in a case, lint or pocket crud will cause problems. Don't be too eager to blast the lens gaps with compressed air as it might make things worst and gummed lens motor or gear. Check with a bright light around the gaps to make certain that no crud is stuck. When powering up, do you hear any laboring of the motor?

12-30-2010, 04:09 PM   #5
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Thank you very much for your timely reply as well as the thought provoking tip, Sparkle, JeffJs as well as MysteryOnion!

Answering to Sparkle and JeffJs:

Yes please, I have recharged the battery before insetting into the camera, but not sure whether it’s really in good condition to retain the power or not. So, in referring to your information, I will go to the local camera repair shop to check with another battery, and, if its works means then the problem would be OK; otherwise I will share further experiences and or questions in next week.

Answering to MysteryOnion:

-I didn’t get any warning information, but yes, I do heard some noise while the lens is zoom-in and out,
-your predictions are absolutely correct: Yes, in the past 2-3 weeks onwards I am carrying the camera without the (camera) cover. While reading your reply I have checked my shoulder bag and found some dust, particles, etc. So I will check the camera with a bright light around the gaps to see if there is any crud or dust is stuck, before going to check with the battery issue.

Anyhow, I will share further experiences and or questions in next week.

In meantime, I would like to take a moment to wish every one of you a very Happy Sparkling New Year 2011!

Thank you once again for your in-put.


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