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E18 ON SCREEN

The code doesn't show up every time, but it's getting more and more often and nothing i can do makes it go away.

 

Taking it apart myself is not an option. I'm just not that handy. :)

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  • hera905 Oct 19, 2007

    the lens seems to be working...until that code shows up. then nothing works.

  • Anonymous Nov 03, 2007

    I have never had this problem until today. but E18 flashes on the screen and won't go away.

  • noidiots Nov 04, 2007

    Mine just started showing E18 today too! I also haven't been able to transfer photos from my camera to my computer for the past couple of weeks. Tonight I tried using a new USB cable to see if that might have been the problem and my camera started going nuts -- beeping, not showing anything but black on the screen, sometimes showing E18 on the screen and leaving the lens stuck in zoom. Are these cameras programmed to go bad after three years? What is the deal?

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The E18 error is fairly common. Usually it's sand or grit interfering with the lens extension mechanism. Or the camera's been dropped with the lens extended. Or the camera has been powered on, but the lens had been blocked preventing its extension.
Here's some things that you can do to try to correct it. Have already fixed several cameras with this problem by using these methods:
http://www.e18error.com/repair.html

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First tell me at this problem are your camera's lens woring properly or not

Posted on Oct 19, 2007

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