Question about Canon PowerShot SD300 / IXUS 40 Digital Camera
My daughters camera Canon IXUS40 is getting the E18 error .The lens was open , and it it would not close and the E18 error was showing up, I gently pressed the lens down until it had clicked close, I though this would solve the issue , now it will not open and the error E18 stills shows up when power up and shuts off shortly after.
Is there a fix to this problem?
The E18 error is an error message on Canon digital cameras. The E18 error occurs when anything prevents the zoom lens from properly extending or retracting.
The error has become notorious in the Canon user community as it can
completely disable the camera, requiring expensive repairs.
A quick internet search for "E18" + "canon" quickly reveals hundreds of similar complaints.
ConsumerAffairs.com reports that the "lens has a feature called bellows claw, which is a gear that physically extends and retracts the lens. A piece that holds the lens, the barrier plate, is not large enough and can sometimes cause the bellows claw to malfunction, resulting in a stuck lens". The result is a black screen that only contains the error message, E18. Another problem mentioned on the site blames a sticky iris in the lens, caused by grease entering inside from the microphones built into the lens. The buildup freezes up the ability of the lens to open.
Posted on Nov 13, 2008
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