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E18 my canon powershot A150, got the whole E18 problem, it turns on with the blue canon screen, but then two seconds after it turns into a faded black with E18 in the bottom left hand corner. i seriously dont know whats wrong, and it hasnt even been a year since i got the camera, is there any way i can fix this problem? because at the moment buying a camera, my parents would not be too pleased :|

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Re: E18

E18 indicates a lens or "optical unit" problem. In other words your zoom lens won't function correctly. Canon will be more than willing to look after you.

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The screen is black i hear a clicking and moniter says e18

E18 means you have a mechanical failure it's depend from the zoomunit. If you can fix it by yourself you can clean the small gearbox that is driven the zoom assy sometimes ther is sand or contamination partikels in it.
Otherwise you must replace the zoomunit it's not so expencive.


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Apr 15, 2009 | Canon PowerShot S1 IS Digital Camera

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When I turn on my PowerShot A70, it comes on and immediately shuts itself off and the Error E18 appears on the screen.

Canon Powershot's error E18 has to do with the lens:
If it appears on a black LCD with E18 written on the corner, it is mostly due to the lens getting stuck while trying to extend. The camera will beep a few times and the LCD will display a little E18 in the lower-left corner. The lens gets stuck in the extended position, and refuses to move either to focus the lens or to retract when powered off.
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Mar 04, 2009 | Canon PowerShot A70 Digital Camera

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E18 is the canon fault number for lens error. Is the lens stuck out? does it click when the camera is switched on? Try lightly tapping the lens on a hard surface. This sometimes resets the lens. If all this fails take it to bits! (but watch the flash module as this can give a nasty shock.Big black capacitor) You will see the lens module take the it to bits carefully and re seat the components. I have done a few over the years. It takes about an hour. If you have any more issues contact me.

Sep 04, 2008 | Canon PowerShot A400 Digital Camera

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E 18 problem

The E18 error happens on Canon cameras usually when the lens is jammed when extending.
The error is so (in)famous that it has it own website where you can find help and advice on how to fix it. You can view the site by clicking the link underlined in blue below:

There is also a Wikipedia entry which you may find helpful:

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Aug 02, 2008 | Canon PowerShot S500 IXUS 500 Digital...

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The following blog outlines some repair options for a lens error. They won't work for all cases, but they're worth a try:

Dec 30, 2007 | Canon PowerShot S45 Digital Camera

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Whirring sound after start then black screen with E18 in bottom corner

this is very easy to fix- switch your camera on, grab then lens around the edges, and carefully give it a firm twist. It should click and turn on.

Dec 18, 2007 | Canon PowerShot A400 Digital Camera

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Blank screen on Powershot S40 - I don't think it's E18

This is a problem with the CCD card. Canon has issued a recall and will fix/repair for free. Go to the Canon website and search for CCD to get more info (or call them direct).

Dec 24, 2006 | Canon PowerShot S400 / IXUS 400 Digital...

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