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Re: Canon SX1oo - lens error
This is probably THE most common failure among digital cameras. There's a halfway chance of fixing it yourself, described here: http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html
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PCB? Are you referring to a Printed Circuit Board if so then you are right it's a warranty issue. If you have the receipt of purchase in the USA and have friends or family living in the USA you could send the camera to them to forward onto the USA Canon repair depot. Once repaired the camera would be returned to your friend or family who in tern would forward it back to you. Also if the Canon service in your country said it was the PCB without looking then it might be a known problem with this model. OR because it's an American market camera they don't want anything to do with it.
The E18 error is related to the LENS not able to retract fully. If it is still under warranty, I would advise you bring it to the nearest service center. This is to avoid further damages. Otherwise, you can try a few things below.
There are a couple of things you can do.
1. Turn it on and then off. Spray canned air around the lens.
If trick 1 will not work out, try this.
2. Make sure the battery is fully charged. Turn on the camera and then give it a couple of firm whacks on the side. Make sure nothing is blocking the lens and wait for it to fully retract.
Let me know how it goes.
Canon Scanners are reliable. Canon has chosen error codes logically, 'P' os Paper related, 'C' os cover related, 'E' is Engineering Support related.
E21 is Document Motor Trouble. E2 is Separation Motor Trouble. Check of connection and load or you may to replace motor. Try connecting the motor to a different location and if the error is same, probably there is no motor fault, if it changes then it definitely motor fault. As a last thing you may need to change the PCB on the side.
S. Mohan, Chennai, India
I've had similar problems with various versions of this camera. Here's the fix, if all else fails. These are step-by-step instructions to take apart and fix the camera's lens error. http://johnsmouth.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/lens-error/
Canon error numbers are logical! Error starting with 'P' is paper related. If there is already soem paper inside the scanner while inititalising, u will get this error. Check for shreds of paper in the paper path. (Error starting with 'C' is Cover and 'E' isn Engineer reqd)
S. Mohan, Chennai, india
The noisy sound is not a good sign as it means that there's something wrong with the lens alignment mechanism. I suggest you take it for a service since the cam is only 3 months old and still under warrany
After posting on here I took my FX01 to a repair centre and was informed the motherboard had died. They couldn't give a specific reason for this, saying it could be anything relating to humidity, extreme temperatures, static, even just a slight knock, etc. Cost of repair was higher than purchase of a new camera so I grudgingly went for that option. I hope you guys have better luck!