Hi, First, make sure that the camera is not in Macro (close up) mode.
To set a good reference point reset the camera to the default settings.
Press the Menu button At the top there are tabs. Select (the 3rd wrench icon)
Arrow Down to Reset Arrow
Right once Press Menu/OK
Select Yes and press Menu/OK
Allow the process to complete
Please let me know the result.
Next, the one thing that even experienced photographers miss is that a single small spot or smudge on the lens can cause the problem that you are having. Carefully clean the lens again and look for any scratches. Depending on the environment that you are shooting in, a haze can build up on the lens and cause incorrect readings and the shutter will not release until accurate focus has been achieved.
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Does the lens attempt to focus when you press the shutter release halfway?
Does it hunt back and forth or not respond at all?
Last possibility, the shutter may be stuck in the incorrect mode,
Try a "hard reset":
With the memory card removed, take the battery out, switch the camera on (hold the power button for 5 seconds) and allow it to sit idle for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes switch the camera OFF (hold the power button for 5 seconds). Reinsert the battery & card and try powering the camera up and taking a few shots.
It should not come on, but, pressing the on button helps to drain the residual energy in the camera that holds the configuration memory during the hard reset process.
Good information. Go to the setup menu and set IS to OFF. Pleas not if there is a change in function.
Was this one of the good images that was shot before the shutter stopped firing?
I will "opt out" Possibly another expert has a better solution.
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How old is the camera?
What is the status of the SD card in it? is the SD card readable? if so, can you review previously taken images off of it? And after that, if you can, take it out and see if the switch is thrown in the direction the arrow next to 'LOCK' points... if so, it is write-locked, and no picture can be written to it. Try pushing the switch in the opposite direction to the arrow, then try taking a picture.
Does the camera have its original batteries in it?