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Canon PowerShot SD200 E18 Error

When I turn on the camera and I switch it to capture a picture, the lens moves a little but then i hear a grinding noise. it then beeps acouple of times and then the words E18 appears in the bottom left corner and then it turns off. so far I havent found any solution for this problem and i need help.

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Re: Canon PowerShot SD200 E18 Error

Cherries4u2 had a good idea, but it isn't necessary to open the camera case. My wife's Canon SD200 got stuck with an open lens and the E18 error. I opened the case and wiggled things and still nothing. Then, I turned the camera on and started tapping the edge of the lens casing with the magnifying glass I'd been using (need the battery and memory chip in place and make sure you've transferred pictures to your computer before trying this). Voila! The lens closed. But, of course, it wouldn't open and still gave the E18 error. Well, one good tap deserved another and Voila! again. It opened. After a few more iterations - and cleaning the lens casing each time, it was back to normal. The trick is the timing of the tapping. Just after turning on the power to the camera start tapping on the lens casing - not hard - just a light tapping. And don't tap on the glass lens itself -- you don't want to really break it.

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I was out drinking with my friends, when i decided to be a professional photographer but I dropped my Canon Powershot sd200 with the lens open. After the accident the "E18" error code came up when i would turn the camera on and then it would shut my camera off automatically, with the lens open. After finding this site and learning that u have to be a professional to fix it and since my warrenty is over and I was not a professional, I decided to go at it myself what else did i have to lose. "I FIXED IT". Take the screws off, open it up and wiggle **** around,and then put the screws back on, it worked for me

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Re: Canon PowerShot SD200 E18 Error

The "E18" error code indicates an error that involves the lens unit or lens cover. The grinding noise you hear-to my regret- means that len's mechanism is malfunction. This type of problem could be fixed by professional only.

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What does E18 mean?

Canon E18 error happens when the lens gets 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. This is caused by dirt in between the telescoping portions of the lens. You can clean this with compressed air, generally. Blow air all around the turret sections of the lens. you can also GENTLY push the lens inward ( have the lens extended and take the battery out... then push inward...)

Jul 10, 2009 | Canon PowerShot S50 Digital Camera


Working with E18 and cannon cameras

he E18 seems to be a significant flaw in an otherwise great camera.

It is a flaw well know by users of Canon Powershot and Ixus cameras and is currently not acknowledged by Canon as a flaw in camera design.


Canon E18 error happens when the lens gets 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.

Apparently, people who posted about this incident on forums say they had to send the camera for repair and that Canon has horrible customer support and response time.

The problem usually happens because dirt or sand get into the lens mechanism. But it seems that more and more people are showing, who took great care of their camera, and still started receiving E18 errors.

It seems that the problems have been happening with the following types of Canon cameras:

- Powershot A40
- Powershot A60
- Powershot A70
- Powershot A75
- Powershot A80
- Powershot A85
- Powershot A95
- Powershot A400
- Powershot A410
- Powershot A430
- Powershot A510
- Powershot A520
- Powershot A530
- Powershot A540
- Powershot A610
- Powershot A620

- Powershot S1 IS
- Powershot S2 IS

- Powershot S10
- Powershot S30
- Powershot S40
- Powershot S45
- Powershot S50
- Powershot S60
- Powershot S70
- Powershot S80
- Powershot S400
- Powershot S410
- Powershot S500

- S100 / Digital Ixus
- S110 / Digital Ixus V
- S200 / Digital Ixus V2
- S230 / Digital Ixus V3
- S330 / Digital Ixus 330
- S400 / Digital Ixus 400
- S410 / Digital Ixus 430
- S450 / Digital Ixus 55
- S500 / Digital Ixus 500
- S550 / Digital Ixus 750

- SD20 / Digital Ixus i5
- SD30 / Digital Ixus i Zoom
- SD100 / Digital Ixus ii
- SD110 / Digital Ixus iis
- SD200 / Digital Ixus 30
- SD300 / Digital Ixus 40
- SD400 / Digital Ixus 50
- SD450 / Digital Ixus 55
- SD500 / Digital Ixus 700
- SD550 / Digital Ixus 750
- SD600 / Digital Ixus 60
- SD630 / Digital Ixus 65
- SD700 / Digital Ixus 800
- SD800 / Digital Ixus 850
- SD900 / Digital Ixus 900


If your camera is still under warranty, the best thing you can do is to take it to the nearest official Canon repair shop and Canon should fix it for free.

If your camera is out of warranty, or if Canon refuses to repair it for free (happens sometimes if for example they suspect the camera has not been treated properly) you can try some of the methods listed here to repair it yourself. These simple methods have helped a lot of people fix their cameras.

Before trying any of the suggestions, make sure your Canon has fresh batteries and it is in recording mode.

1) Remove the batteries from the camera, wait for a couple of minutes, then put them back in and turn the camera on.

2) Try compressed air. With a fine tip blow off gun and dry compressed air (20 lbs) set the tip between the lens turret and the camera body and turn on the air while moving the tip around the lens. It should remove all dust and sand. Turn the camera on and it should function fine.

3) Another method is to tap the padded USB cover part on a hard surface, for example, a desk. It sounds so simple, but very often in works.

4) Try forcing the camera lens:

Turn off the camera. Place it on the back with the lens facing up and take a look at the spacing between the lens and the lens housing. If you notice that the gap is not even all the way around the lens, the problem should be easy to fix. This type of a problem usually occurs if the camera was dropped while the lens was extended.

Simply - VERY GENTLY - press down the lens on the side where the gap is the biggest. You should hear a "click" as it pops back into place. Try powering the camera back on.

If the lens doesn't extend at all or it extends, and then retracts again, do the following. Turn the camera off. Take the camera in one hand and with the other gently take one part of the lens and gently move it round in a circular movement. Do so with both sections of the lens. You will hear a "click" as it pops back in place. Power the camera on.

Another version of this fix would be to pull and twist on the largest ring of the lens while turning the camera on. Listen for a "click". If at first the focus seems to be off, turn the camera on and off and take lots of pictures, close ups and distance. Focus should slowly start improving.

5) If that doesn't work, there is an online guide for dismantling Canon cameras and fixing the E18 error. (NOTE: Try this only if your camera is no longer under warranty!) It is a great guide with pictures and it can be found here.

There are 2 other guides, one Bulgarian and one Estonian with the take apart procedure for Canon cameras. They are not in english but have a lot of pictures which help with the process.

- Bulgarian guide
- Estonian guide

on Jan 03, 2010 | Digital Cameras

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Lens is jammed for Canon Powershot SD200

Lens errors (E18 errors on Canons) 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:

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E 18 problem

Hello there,
The E18 error is related to the LENS not able to retract fully. If it is still under warranty, I would advise you bring it to the nearest service center. This is to avoid further damages. Otherwise, you can try a few things below.
There are a couple of things you can do.
1. Turn it on and then off. Spray canned air around the lens.
If trick 1 will not work out, try this.
2. Make sure the battery is fully charged. Turn on the camera and then give it a couple of firm whacks on the side. Make sure nothing is blocking the lens and wait for it to fully retract.
Let me know how it goes.

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E18 lens will not come out

E18 Error Fixed Canon PowerShot A520 My lense would not come out and would give me the E18 error and shut down.

I just pressed the power button on and held it down while extending the telescopic zoom lense. It made a horrible sound but the next thing I knew the lense extended out and the camera worked again!

Apr 07, 2008 | Canon PowerShot SD200 / IXUS 30 Digital...

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E18 error pops up and to make it worse the screen is green and its making a lot of beeps
The better solution is to send it to Canon's service people.  They can fix he problem is the fixes at the above site won't work.

Mar 05, 2008 | Canon PowerShot A520 Digital Camera

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SD200 E18 Error

E18 is the error that comes when when the lens is stuck, so if the lens is stuck out, turn off the camera, carefully turn the lens until you hear a small clicking noise, then turn it on. I had the exact same problem, and that fixed it for me

Jun 23, 2007 | Canon PowerShot S400 / IXUS 400 Digital...

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Problem with E18

The "E18" error code indicates an error that involves the lens unit or lens cover. Or it may appear if you apply pressure to the area surrounding the lens while handling the camera. Remove and reinsert the batteries to see if the error code will reset. Generally speaking, there is nothing you can do to correct the problem other than to send the camera to the appropriate factory service center for correction of the error. Following the repair cost you should decide, whether it worth it

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