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Lens error, restart camera message

When I turn on the camera the lens will not extend. There is a clicking sound like it is trying to open. Then a message appears through the view finder "lens error, restart camera" .

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  • LullusHuo Nov 20, 2008

    The lens protudes only a tiny bit rather shakily seems to try to extend, then it beeps about 4-5 quick times, afterwards, if I'm lucky a black screen will show saying; "lens error, restart camera." Then it shuts off on its own. When I turn it back on, its just a repeat of before.

  • Anonymous Nov 20, 2008

    hi

    My canon Power Shot SX100 IS zoom lens wouldnt close. When I turn it on i get the error "Lens error, restart camera

  • Anonymous Nov 22, 2008

    mine is doing the same thing

  • numinut Nov 26, 2008

    I have the same problem, except my lens is open most of the way and will not retract. It happened while I was shooting the WI Badger football game in about 30 degree weather Nov. 22 2008, but warming it back up did not help.
      Jim

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This is probably THE single 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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