I went and walked my dog, took a couple pictures and then put my camera back. Then, I sat down at my desk, looked at the pictures, and set the camera back down on my desk, (Did NOT drop it whatsoever)
About an hour later I pick up the camera to take a look at the pictures before I put them on my computer, and I get the "Lens error, please restart Camera" error.
What do I do? I still have the one year warranty, but that requires a proof of purchase receipt thing, and I got it online on boxing day from my dad, so I don't have that...
What can I do?
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It's very possible that the problem is that the shutter is stuck, which is a known Canon issue on the powershot cameras, mainly on the S2 and S3 models, which it happens after some time (weeks or months) thata camera is not used.
Unfortunately the repair of it requires a complete disassembly of the camera, including the lens, fix it, and then put back together everything.
Definitely requires the skills, tools and experience to do it, so it's recommended that a professional camera repair center is performing this type of repair.
If you look for a reliable and low cost repair service for it, you can look in ebay for such repair services.
Example, look for seller ID Great_items_2004 or with the keywords "Shutter black S3".
ok here is what i did. opened up the back. took out battery. pushed down(in) really camera lens/flash on back of phone and felt it move back into place. replace batter. turn on. next time i tried camera worked normal again.
This is probably THE most common failure among digital cameras. There's a halfway chance of fixing it yourself, described here: http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html
My optio t10 did basically the same thing...turned on, lens goes out, then automatically shut off. I took the advice of a solution listed here for another problem...hit the camera. For whatever reason it worked.
For DSC-W17: The lens extended (normally I thought), but would not zoom. I shut it, and it was attempting to extract-retract, but shut with the lens rather extracted. Putting constant gentle pressure helped the lens to retract while shutting, even though it was attempting to extract again for 2-3 seconds.
Harder pressure however (about 1/2 kilo strength on wooden desk) made the lens totally unoperational... :(