Other brands of cameras have been reported with similar problems. It usually means a trip to the repair shop.
Step one is to put fresh batteries in the camera and see if that solves the problem.
Others have had some success with two methods.
I would not recommend either method unless you have decided that the camera is not worth fixing.
1. While the lens is opening pull on the lens in an effort to assist it to open. Start with a gentle pull and increase if necessary.
2. Get some canned air and blow air into the area where the lens housing enters the body of the camera.
Hello everyone - I have a Digital Olympus c-4000 camera. Have had it for about 2 years with limited issues. Recently I tried turning it on to take a picture and the zoom lens open partially, seemed to get stuck, beeped in error and closed - then tried to do it again on its own 2 more times before it shut off completely. Any recommendations on a fix? Warranty expired and not worth the est. service fee of $155. Any recommendations???