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S410 What is error E18? Installed new battery and receive loud noise and E18? Worth fixing or buy a new camera?

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The E18 error happens on Canon cameras usually when the lens is jammed when extending.
The error is so (in)famous that it has it own website where you can find help and advice on how to fix it. You can view the site by clicking the link underlined in blue below:

http://www.e18error.com/

There is also a Wikipedia entry which you may find helpful:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E18_error

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There is a step-by-step tutorial (with pictures) for fixing this yourself on this website, which is too long to re-post here.

You can also try tapping the USB port lightly against a hard surface, and using compressed air to blow out the area between the camera body and the lens turret.

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Here's some things that you can do to try to correct it. They only seem to work for less than 50% of the lens errors, but if the camera is out of warranty, they're worth a try:

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Here's some things that you can do to try to correct it. They only seem to work for less than 50% of the lens errors, but if the camera is out of warranty, they're worth a try:

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Here's some things that you can do to try to correct it. They only seem to work for less than 50% of the lens errors, but if the camera is out of warranty, they're worth a try:

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Here's some things that you can do to try to correct it. They only seem to work for about 50% of lens errors, but they're worth a try:

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Assuming you have tried the repair people on this site first, and need to follow it up further, I have found a site which gives some insight and proposes a fix if you would like to view it, it's at www.e18error.com They explain the problem like so:

Canon E18 error happens when the lens gets stuck while trying to extend. The camera will beep a few times and the LCD will display a little E18 in the lower-left corner. The lens gets stuck in the extended position, and refuses to move either to focus the lens or to retract when powered off.

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