Last week out of nowhere my camera suddenly decided to have a "lens error" that would keep the camera from opening. Nothing happened, it wasn't dropped, it was all very sudden & unexpected. Ever since I taught myself to change my own headlights & taillights from youtube I've been feeling more empowered to figure things out for myself, so I asked Lord Google what I should do about my camera & the answer was "beat it".
Apparently the lens error is super common in this make of camera but it's not recognized by the manufacturer as a defect so it would basically cost more than it's worth to fix it. So the best suggestion is to bang it against something hard & hope to jiggle loose whatever's wrong. I found this forum discussion on whole matter where someone was having a similar rant to my own... but what was really intriguing were the responses.
Note: We have had so many success stories from the “smacking the crap out of your camera complaint/solution” we decided to put up a donate button to funnel some cash to the author of the complaint. If you fixed your camera by reading this complaint, donate and buy this guy a beer.
haha I guess if there's no other hope for my camera, I've got nothing to lose! So I've been having a grand ol' time knocking the crap out of my camera, shaking, prodding at it... I may have crossed the line when I started throwing it across the room & gave it to a friend to disassemble. Meh. If it wasn't dead before, it sure is now. I guess it comes at a good time though, Black Friday & all. But if nothing else at least you know why there haven't been any pretty pictures of friends of adventures lately. R.I.P. Camera