I have not been able to remove the front cover on the camera. There appears to be a screw next to the power on button and I do not know how to get to it or remove it so the front cover can be removed. I have tried various methods to free up the lense but I now believe I must access the lense which requires removing the front cover.
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Re: Lense won't retract on Canon Powershot SD630
Lens errors are fairly common. Usually it's sand or grit interfering with the lens extension mechanism. Or the camera's been dropped with the lens extended. Or the camera has been powered on, but the lens had been blocked preventing its extension. Or the battery ran down with the lens extended ...
Here's some things that you can do to try to correct it. They only seem to work for less than 50% of the lens errors, but if the camera is out of warranty, they're worth a try. You're also more likely to be successful trying these than going inside the camera:
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You can download Canon software from http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/support/consumer/digital_cameras/powershot_sd_series/powershot_sd630#DriversAndSoftware
(If the formatting's screwed up, it's http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/support/consumer/ digital_cameras/powershot_sd_series/ powershot_sd630#DriversAndSoftware )
You might want to consider NOT connecting your camera to your computer. The best way to download pictures from your camera to your computer involves removing the memory card from the camera and plugging it into a card reader (either built-in to the computer or connected via USB or FireWire). This is likely to be faster than connecting the camera to the computer, and won't run down your camera's batteries.
Once the card is plugged in, it will appear to your computer as a removable drive. You can use the operating system's drag&drop facility to copy pictures from the card to the computer's hard drive, the same way you copy any other files. Or you can use Canon ZoomBrowser or any other photo cataloging program.
you must have dropped or banged the camera,same thing just happened to me. i'v done some looking on the internet and it seems we have to bring the camera to a repair shop,but get a quote for the repair because one site advised just to buy a new one as its very expensive to fix. i'm going to get a quote and 1st for the work,just incase.
The lens has probably got something in the retraction mechanism that is stopping it retracting. This can be something as simple as sand or grit or as a result of a drop or knock. In most cases the camera will need to be stripped apart to remove the lens assy before it can be repaired. This is best left to a professional camera repair shop.
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
I've had similar problems with various versions of this camera. Here's
the fix, if all else fails. These are step-by-step instructions to take
apart and fix the camera's lens error.
Hi Jeanice21, I just posted the same problem a few minutes ago with my SD400. I followed a few steps of the suggested solutions and here's what worked for me.
1) take apart the front and back by unscrewing the six screws holding the camera together 2) on the left of the flash, there are two little retangular holes with grooved dials in them 3) using a little flat head screwdriver, push up or down to turn the grooves while power up in the movie or capture mode 4) the lens retracted at this point and my camera started working again. Good luck!
Mine has done this twice, both times requiring it to be sent off for repair, both covered under warranty though luckily. Both came back saying they replaced the shutter assembly. Camera is fixing to go back out for a third time (not shutter related). I've lost all confidence in canon with this one.
We have exactly what you need listed in our store as a repair package or we can sell you the parts and you can repair it yourself.
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