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The front panel (the lens side) will come off freely, but be very careful with the back panel.There is a ribbon cable connecting the display to the camera.Next up, you will need to remove the 3 black Philips screws in the corners of the chrome metal shield plate over the back of the lens and sensor. Next, disconnect the two approx 1.5cm wide ribbon cables from the black lens assembly to the main camera circuit board by pulling on them gently. (These need to be removed so that you will be able to remove and work on the lens.) Then, remove the 3 silver Philips screws in the black lens and sensor assembly that hold it to the camera.At this point, you should be able to pull the lens and sensor assembly out of the camera to work on it: It was at this stage that I could finally see what the problem was.The only tool you really need for the disassembly is a small Philips “jeweller’s” screwdriver.
If you are even contemplating doing this repair, you probably already have one.For this repair, disconnect it by pulling very gently on the ribbon cable, away from the connector.Prior to pulling the cable from the connector, you might need to release a small locking tab on the connector.Much as I had suspected, the pinion and circular rack had gotten stuck at the end of its range.I can’t be sure how this came about; certain battery conditions or other error conditions may have caused it, but regardless, it was repairable in the following way.A stuck lens is a very common problem with modern digital cameras with telescoping zoom mechanisms.