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My camera (PS SD30 elph) lens will not retract and the diplay code of E18 appears. I have already checked the battery cover and such.

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There are a variety of things that may be causing this problem. Here is a website that takes you thru a list of possible solutions.

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The first few solutions are easy to try and won't damage your camera. If they don't work, do NOT proceed into the remaining solutions if your camera is still under warranty - send it in for warranty repair. If your camera is out of warranty, then the cost to repair the camera usually exceeds the camera's value so you can try the remaining items on the list.

Good luck!

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