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Screen is showing E18

Hi there. Can't get it to work. Start screen comes on, then goes black screen with E18 in bottom Left corner. Any help would be appreciated. Thanx a million!!

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    E18 MESSAGE APPEARS SECONDS AFTER CAMERA TURNS ON

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The E18 error message relates to a problem with the zooming mechanism (lens would not retract or extended) Press the power button on and hold it down while extending and twisting the telescopic zoom lens. It might fix you problem. In any case it could not make it worse Good luck!

Posted on Aug 10, 2007

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