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Canon sd600 lens error

Lens not retracting.. help!! which way does lens spin when it gets turned on that way i could possible help it go in the right directin

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Manually rotating sensor rotor inside camera and cleaning gear fixed the Canon "lens error" for me.  
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It seems you have 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 your problem. In any case it could not make it worse Good luck!

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I turned the camera on ansd its states a lens eror the lens does not retract back in

That's a great little camera, what you probably have is dirt in the gears or they may have just gotten jammed. A great camera though, Canon did well on the SD600, not like a lot of the other models with the cheaper quality components now. Getting that fixed would require service, so you'll need to find a shop. A place that is excellent for help with the Canon Powershot repairs is They only service these models and they are excellent in you need to have something like this repaired. They should have your SD600 Lens Error Service available through their site or maybe you can email. There are a few shops but that one is excellent and they just do the Powershots exclusively. Hopefully that will help to look after it. Good luck with the problem you are having with it.

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When the lens will not retract and camera is not functional (no picture on display, and does not shoot) , and you already tried replacing batteries with a new fresh set (ensure please) , and then restarting camera with no memory card inside, then camera is faulty.

Try an easy fix by pushing gently the lens (do not force them, just help them) while you turn off camera at same time. Try also switching the mode selector.

If still no luck , then the camera must be disassembled to fix the problem.

Possible reasons are :

  • Faulty lens mechanism or jammed lens (camera usually turns off by itself in this case)
  • Main board faulty.
  • Ribbon cable to main board broken or connector defective.
  • If there is no power at all it is the connector from batteries to main board, this is also a ribbon cable.

If the camera is less than one year old will be replaced by manufacturer.

If your warranty is expired you can get an estimate for repair from manufacturer, or from a third party like Advance Camera here :Advance Camera Repair you can book the repair online.

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Manually rotating sensor rotor inside camera and cleaning gear fixed the Canon "lens error" for me.  
I placed instructions with photo's here:

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I followed the directions contained in and by disassembling the camera and turning the rotor just a little bit (page 4 of the instructions), it freed up the lens and it is now working perfectly! The camera had been put down on the lens as the lens was retracting and I assume that jammed the retract mechanism. While the camera was open, I blew out whatever dust/dirt was there (didn't see much). The fix took me probably 20-30 minutes, and I am very pleased with myself!

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Since your camera should be still under warranty, best thing will be to conntact to the appropriate factory service center for correction of the problem. Good luck!

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