Question about Canon PowerShot SD200 / IXUS 30 Digital Camera

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Lens stays out

Upon power-down, lens fully retracts but then comes back out, ending in E18.
Same upon power-up, lens fully retracts, then comes back out, again ending in E18.
Opened camera as far as i could, blew in to dislodge possible dust, no change.
Is it worth removing lens (how?) and cleaning motor/gears (how?)? (I have / am comfortable with tiny tools).

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E18 is lens error. When the lens will not retract and camera is not functional (no picture on display, and does not shoot) , and you already tried replacing batteries with a new fresh set (ensure please) , and then restarting camera with no memory card inside, then camera is faulty.

Try an easy fix by pushing gently the lens (do not force them, just help them) while you turn off camera at same time. Try also switching the mode selector.

If still no luck , then the camera must be disassembled to fix the problem.

Possible reasons are :

  • Faulty lens mechanism or jammed lens (camera usually turns off by itself in this case)
  • Main board faulty.
  • Ribbon cable to main board broken or connector defective.
  • If there is no power at all it is the connector from batteries to main board, this is also a ribbon cable.

If the camera is less than one year old will be replaced by manufacturer.

If your warranty is expired you can get an estimate for repair from manufacturer, or from a third party like Advance Camera here :Advance Camera Repair you can book the repair online.

Posted on Apr 10, 2009

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