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My camera is a Powershot A80. Error E18? What does this mean?

After years of good reliable use it suddenly refuses to work. I gives a repeated clicking sound, then an error message E18. I had taken 150 or so pictures, several short films, over the previous few days, then nothing. Any suggestions?

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Dear Cheuer,
Canon Powershot's error E18 has to do with the lens:
If it appears on a black LCD with E18 written on the corner, it is mostly due to the lens getting 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 or it may not even powe on.

I am giving below a link which will help you with E18 problem.

http://www.e18error.com/repair.html

Hope this helps, let me know if you have a problem.

You can also try the following ;
1). Remove the batteries from the camera, wait a few minutes. Put a fully charged batteries back in and turn the camera on. if it doesnot work then,
Remove the batteries again, as also remove the memory card. Then install the newly charged batteries, when you turn it, hopefully, it should come back to life.

If still you have a problem, then

2). Insert the cameras Audio/Video (AV) cable, and turn the camera on. Inserting this cable ensures that the camera's LCD screen remains off during the start process. Thus extra battery power is available to the camera's lens motor during start up. This extra power can be useful to overcome any grit or sand particles that may be jamming the lens.

3). If it is still stuck, please do ensure that you use fully charged batteries, now place the camera flat on its back on a table, pointed at the ceiling. Press and hold the shutter button down, and at the same time press the power-on button. The idea is that the camera will try to autofocus while the lens is extending, hopefully seating the lens barrel guide pins in their slots.

If Still it does not start, try to
4). Blow compressed air in the gaps around the lens barrels with the idea of blowing out any sand or grit that may be in there jamming the lens. Other variations include blowing with a hair dryer in “no heat” setting, or sucking the gaps with a vacuum

5). Repeatedly tap the padded/rubber usb cover with the intent of dislodging any particles that may be jamming the lens. Other variations include hitting a side of the camera against the palm of your hand. Dont hit very hard please. you might damamge something else

The last solution is if you are good with small screws, then you could open and clean the lens barrel. I can guide you on that, but if you are hesitant then please go to the nearest Canon Service center.

Try the above and let me if its any help.
Please do rate and thanks for using FixYa and Best fo luck to get you camera out of E18

Posted on Mar 10, 2009

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