I have used the camera for over a year. I was taking some pics with it today and then the next thing I know, the lens will not come back in and it's like froze. Put in some new batteries and it will come on and show me the pic screen and immediately go off on it's on and the zoom lens is still stuck out! What do I do or is a lost cause???
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That is the card access lamp. It should light briefly when you insert a card and when you take a picture. If it's constantly blinking, something is wrong. Try removing and re-inserting the card. Try a camera reset with no card in the camera. Try downloading the pics to your computer and then formatting the card in the camera to completely erase it.
First make sure that you accidentally didn't turn off the screen by repeatedly pressing the DISP button to cycle it on and off. If that didn't fix it, and if your camera is less than 1 year old, call 1-800-OK-CANON to arrange free warranty repair.
If your camera is more than a year old, a stuck shutter is another common failure mode for digital cameras. The symptoms of a stuck or "sticky" shutter are very similar to CCD image sensor failure. The camera may take black pictures (for shutter stuck closed), or the pictures may be very bright and overexposed, especially when taken outdoors (for shutter stuck open).
To confirm a stuck shutter, put the camera in any mode other than "Auto", and turn the flash OFF (you don't want to blind yourself for the next step). Next look down the lens and take a picture. You should see a tiny flicker in the center of the lens as the shutter opens and closes. If no movement is seen, then you likely have a stuck shutter. If so, please see the following for further info and a simple fix that may help:
I've had similar problems with other cameras. The problem is not the camera, however, it is the sim card. If you remove the sim card and place it in the card reader on the computer, the contacts on the card eventually wear out. What it sounds like is that your new pics were not saved to the card due to poor contact. If this is the case, unfortunately, nothing is recoverable as nothing was saved. A possible short term fix is to remove the sim card and scrub the contacts with a pencil eraser. A long term solution is to get a new sim card and leave it in the camera and transfer pics using a USB connection from the camera to your computer. I hope this helps.
contacts are dirty - get a pencil with an eraser on the end, just
a regular old pencil with a red rubber eraser. Detach the lens from the
camera, hold it so that the lens’ gold contacts are pointing down and
lightly erase their exposed surface, cleaning them of any hand oil that
might have gotten on them.
Do the same thing with the gold contacts inside the camera body.
This is a bit harder but it’s doable: just hold camera so lens opening
points down so no gunk falls in. Erase lightly. I've used a lens cloth and
dabbed at the contacts rather than blow them so as not to blow the
erasings inside the camera. Works well for me....let me know how you fair!
I Have The Same Exact Camera As You And Have lost of Experience With Digital Cameras I'm Guessing you just need digital camera compatible batteries (Rechargeable) Oh and keep in mind taking a picture requires a lot of energy use
Apparently often related to a lens motor malfunction. My old 4300 just gave this error for the first time today. The lens extended but made a whirring noise before the message popped up. Nothing I tried would fix it - but after I drove home it worked fine again.
I had a similar problem over a year ago after the camera fell out of my backpack (it was in its own bag but not well padded). When I used it the lens stuck and refused to retract, but I don't recall a "System Error" message. After a few tries, the lens went in and it's been fine since, until today.
Make sure there's nothing (dust, dirt) stuck in the lens barrels. Otherwise, just keep turning it on and off and hope it works.
What you are experiencing is not blur, its camera shake. You are shooting in low light so the shutter speed is being reduced by the camera's automatic features. Also the longer the lens (the farther you zoom), the higher the shutter speed you need. Even for non moving objects or when panning the shutter speed should be at least one stop above the focal length. ie - 300mm lens = 500 or 1000 shutter AT LEAST! (and don't forget, if its a film lens on your rebel, thats actually
300mm x 1.6 =480mm, so 1000 shutter or higher min.) Moving objects require even faster shutters. Solutions: Get faster (also called brighter) lenses which can be pricey. In low light use higher iso settings in the camera menu. Shoot in either manual or Tv mode and choose the higher shutter speeds while using the light meter to decide aperture. Use wider angle lenses or back off the zoom and move closer. Stabilizers built into the lens can steady the shot by two to four times as well.