The lens of a camera is the most important component. While you can take a picture without a functional screen and work without a flash, when the lens doesn't work a picture cannot be captured at all. If your Sony W-50s lens is stuck and refuses to move, don't give up and buy a new camera just yet. Try a few simple troubleshooting methods to see if you can get it up and running before spending more money.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Post-It note
- Small flathead screwdriver
Attempt to turn the camera off and then back on again. Sometimes power interruption will cause a lens to stick.
Charge the camera's battery fully and attempt to power-cycle the camera. If the battery is so low that it turns off right after being powered on, chances are that it doesn't have enough power to operate the lens motor.
Using a flashlight, investigate the crevasses where the lens pops out. Any small, foreign objects stuck in there may cause the lens to stick. Use a Post-it note to try to remove the object; if this doesn't work, try the screwdriver -- cautiously.
Investigate the structure of the lens as well. If it looks bent or diss-formed, try to bend it back into place with the screwdriver.
Tips and warnings
- Always check to see if you have a valid warranty or service plan before trying to do any repairs yourself.
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