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I have a canon powershot SD850 IS digital ELPH camera. Every time i turn the camera on it beeps three times and says "Lens Error, Restart Camera" then it shuts off.

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Lens errors are displayed when the camera cannot move the lens or something is slowing it down.

Accidental damage may have occured including the possibility of it being dropped or having something spilled inside of it.

Determine whether or not you have a service plan on that camera from the retailed you purchased it from.
If not, call Canon for repair estimates. If it just happened all of a sudden this it may still be under the warranty. If they determine its accidental (or mainly not the cameras fault) additional charges will apply.

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