A lens error message on a Nikon Coolpix S220 can unfortunately be fairly common. This kind of error message is sometimes accompanied by a beeping sound as the lens attempts to come out or retract, or in some cases the lens might fail to move or the camera shuts down completely. This problem, however, is not unique to Nikon Coolpix S220 cameras only, but rather is a pretty common problem in other digital cameras as well.
Causes of Lens Error Messages
There are several problems that can trigger an error lens message in a Nikon Coolpix S220. These include:
- The camera is dropped with its lens extended
- The camera's battery gets drained with the lens extended
- Presence of dirt particles such as sand or grit somewhere along the lens' extension mechanism
- Dirt accumulation at the bottom of the camera case
Luckily for Nikon Coolpix owners, it not hard to rectify a lens error message. Most of the fixes are quite easy, though others are a little bit more extensive and can void the warranty on the Coolpix. In such cases, it's better to perform the more extensive procedures on cameras whose warranty period has expired, while bearing in mind that this warranty does not extend to problems caused by dirt or damage from impact.
How to Fix the Error Message the Easy Way
The following methods are good places to begin when fixing the camera.
- If the problem has been caused by flat batteries, remove the batteries then wait for a few minutes. Now put a fresh set of NiMH 2500mah batteries then turn the camera on. If this fails to work, press and hold the ''OK'' or ''Function'' buttons while powering the camera on. Alternatively, remove the batteries and the memory card together. Wait for a few minutes then put in a fresh set of batteries and replace the memory card, then power on the device.
- If the problem is being caused by dirt particles lodged around the lens mechanism, blow compressed air around the gaps in the lens barrel. Use a hair drier for this purpose, but take care to use the ''No Heat'' setting. Another alternative to this is to try to suck the dirt out using a vacuum cleaner, though blowing is often more effective than sucking.
- If the above methods fail to work, insert the camera's Audio/Video cable then turn it on. Inserting this cable ensures that the LCD screen is deactivated during the starting process, allowing extra battery power to flow to the lens motor during startup. This way, the lens motor might be able to overcome any resistance provided by dirt particles that failed to dislodge during the blowing process.
- Another effective method of fixing lens error messages is by placing the camera flat on its back on a flat surface with the lens pointed at the ceiling. The camera will attempt to autofocus with the lens extended which might be able to set the lens barrel guide pins back in their slots and fix the problem.
If all the above methods fail to work, try the next two methods, which are a bit more extreme.
- Tap the padded USB cover repeatedly on a hard surface to try to remove any stubborn dirt particles that might have jammed the lens. Also try hitting the sides of the camera using a hand. This method is known to work when all else fails. Keep in mind, however, that there is a potential danger of cracking the LCD screen or dislodging some internal camera components such as the ribbon cables so avoid hitting the camera too vigorously.
- Try to force the lens to move using a hand. Though this method is also quite successful, it carries the risk of damaging the lens or the lens mechanism if excessive force is used. It's therefore usually better to try to gently pull, rotate or twist the lens barrel when powering the camera on. Sometimes a distinctive click can be heard when doing this, which is usually a sign that the barrel guide pins have been reset into their normal positions.
If the lens or LCD screen has been damaged by a hard fall with the lens extended, the best thing it to buy replacement parts to repair the camera.
How to Buy a Nikon Coolpix S220 on eBay
Nikon Coolpix S220 is a small, compact digital camera that's a great choice for beginners who want a good-quality digital camera at a fair price. The camera produces better picture quality than many digital cameras of its size, mainly due to its fair-sized LCD screen and features such as its image stabilization system. The Nikon Coolpix S220 digital camera, as well as replacement parts and accessories such as LCD screen, lens, memory cards, zoom units, batteries, and chargers, are all available on eBay. Simply use the search bar located at the top of the site, then refine the following page of results using the filters on the left. Remember to always look at the seller's rating and history before making a purchase.