Question about Canon PowerShot A610 Digital Camera
I have a Canon A620, when I turn it on it make a horrid grinding noise like the cogs are slipping and the lens fails to extend or only extends partially. On rare occations it does come all the way out, but then when zoom is applied it grinds again.
Is it easy to take apart and fix? Has anyone else experienced this? Any other solutions?
SOURCE: Canon Power Shot A520
Due to impact damage your camera has suffered an obvious lens error and possible even sensor damage. It will have to be sent into the Facttory Service Center for a repair.
Call Canon Tech Support at 1-800-828-8080 to set the service up. They are open from 8 AM til Midnight, EST; M-F.
Hope this helps.
Posted on Jun 01, 2008
Yes it is the lens is exspencive but it canbe replaced. cost on the lens is about 150.00 for parts and labor. could be more or less at other digital camera repair shops.
Posted on Jun 26, 2009
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.
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Posted on Aug 19, 2009
You need to clean the contacts inside the battery compartment. Do this with a Q-Tip swab dampened in rubbing alcohol. It would be good to clean the battery and the charger also. Thank you,Dana
Posted on Sep 29, 2009
SOURCE: canon a630 will not stay
If the lens do not extend completely, then problem is lens itself.. When this happens the motor is unable to retract or to extend the lens either because one of the lens rings is damaged, or because of dust inside lens rings. Sometimes lens error occurs because batteries are nearly drained and insufficient power to lens motor. This will cause the lens rings getting out of alignment and you get jammed lens. In other cases the lens gets jammed either because of dust or dirt or because of a mechanical problem.As a result the camera freezes with lens half of the way out.
In some case the lens can be unjammed manually (see the tips below), more commonly the lens and the camera must be disassembled and there is no other way to fix the problem.
Try the tricks below. They rarely work, but you never know:
Test always with fully charged batteries you need as much power as you can get to unlock the lens. Ensure that batteries are Alkaline or good working rechargeable.
If there is dust or sand in lens blow air with a compressor on top the lens..
Sometimes methods like helping the lens movement while turning camera on and off works, but this methods can do more damage to the camera. Help out the lens while turning the camera on.
Remove the battery, point camera to the floor and put back the battery while holding on button and still pointing to the floor. Turn on this way and see if it works.
Connect camera to USB (that gives extra +5V power) and turn on still pointing to the floor.
You find some more detailed hint using the links below. The links refer to digital cameras (no film). In your case disregard all the parts that do not apply( e.g some hint is for lens not retracting - the cause of the problem is the same and I reported the link).
Lens not retracting on digital camera.
Fixing Lens Error.
Most of the time the lens error must be repaired disassembling the camera. Sometimes lens rings must be replaced. If you need a quote on repair see: Repair.
Here disassembling diagram and part list: A630 PARTS CATALOG.
Posted on May 06, 2011
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