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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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  • Norwaybabe Mar 29, 2008

    My Ixus 40 is almost 4 years old and I started thinking about buying the ixus 70. A few days afterwards, the E18 occured!
    I was just looking on some of the pictures I had on the memory card and when I was going to the camera-mode, the error started. I can't get the lense back in the house.
    There is no more warranty on my camera, so I guess I'll just have to buy a new one.
    But as another person wrote, his camera started working again after a few days, so I'll wait before I buy another.

    Norwaybabe

  • Driftus Apr 04, 2008

    When i turn my ixus 40 off the lens does not retract there is a grinding noise then the camera beeps for a few seconds and the E18 code appears in the screen

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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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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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