Question about Canon PowerShot SD600 Digital Camera

2 Answers

Canon SD600 lens jam

    Two months into owning my Canon SD600 I took it to the beach.  I thought I was being extremely careful, but I somehow must've gotten sand in the lens, because when I try turning it on it says "Lens Error, Restart Camera".  I've tried "Dust Off" but to no success.  Has anyone had similar problems or has any advice?  I almost forgot, the main problem is the lens is stuck in the extended position.


Posted by on

2 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer
Re: Canon SD600 lens jam

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!

Posted on Apr 29, 2008

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert that has over 10 points.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

    Problem Solver:

    An expert who has answered 5 questions.

  • Contributor
  • 9 Answers
Re: Canon SD600 lens jam

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

Posted on Mar 08, 2008

Add Your Answer

0 characters

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add


3 Points

Related Questions:

1 Answer

The lens is stuck out and it says lens error restart camera any thoughts on how I can fix this?

This is a very common problem, deb-ri builds up over a period of time and jams the lens housing. Get a can of compressed air attach the straw and aim it in the crevice between the camera body and camera housing, "give it one or two blasts" turn on to see if will retract, if no! lightly tap the lens body with your side finger "gently" if yes! aim the lens down, and open shut a few time in hopes getting rid of any lingering dirt.

Jan 17, 2011 | Canon PowerShot SD600 Digital Camera

1 Answer

My canon SD600 does not turn on at all. i even recharged the battery. it does not respond in any way.

the lens mechanismn may be jammed gently press the lens area while turning on but be careful not to force it or touch the lens itself.
once open a blast of compressed air may be enough to dislodge anyting blocking it.

Nov 13, 2009 | Canon PowerShot SD600 Digital Camera

1 Answer


turn on the camera. now press the buttons W and T alternatively. while doing so gently assist the lens assembly to roll in. it will help.
once you get the lens assembly in. shutdown the camera and open it.
its easy if you have the proper tools.
now reach for the lens assembly and reassemble it carefully

Jul 02, 2009 | Canon PowerShot SD890 IS / IXUS 970 IS...

1 Answer



Your lens needs to be cleaned, repaired or replaced. There are online places that will do it for a decent price and there are others that overcharge by way too much.

I know, because I own one that charges a reasonable price to do the repair! (Google 'darntoothysam')

Just let us know if we can help! Good luck from

Darntoothysam com


Sep 07, 2008 | Canon PowerShot SD600 Digital Camera

1 Answer

Lens retracts with difficulty

1. Do you have a camera case?
2. Or do you not?

The dust fibers from the case might have gotten into the cracks of the lens causing it to jam. So everytime it retracts, it jams. That's what i'm guessing. My old camera got jammed from sand grains on the beach.

- Take a thin strip of paper, and insert it in the cracks of the lens and circle around the lens and find any dust or anything. The paper slip should come out a bit dirty if that's the issue.

- Gently nudge the lens around, until you hear a click. The lens might have jerked into another position from the inside.

Aug 08, 2008 | Canon PowerShot SD600 Digital Camera

1 Answer

PowerShot SD600 will not focus

If the camera was open (lens extracted) the camera lens may be damaged. If you can retract it (power off), then maybe it's just dirty. Can you zoom in or out?

Jul 26, 2008 | Canon PowerShot SD600 Digital Camera

3 Answers

Does it need regular cleaning?

Sand generally has no effect on the electronic side of the camera, however it will definitely can cause problems with the mechanical aspect of the camera such as the zoom lens. this can be removed with a can of compressed air.

Suntan lotion likewise should not be any problem except for smudges on the housing/casing and especially bad for the lens. Additionally, the lotion would help the sand adhere to crevices and nooks of the camera. Wiping should get you just fine.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Thank you for using FixYa.

Feb 17, 2008 | Canon PowerShot SD600 Digital Camera

3 Answers

Lens error, restart camera

Your Camera is full of sand and you can try blowing it out and banging it out. But I'd say it's time for a new camera. Regards Thestreeker

Sep 18, 2007 | Canon PowerShot SD630 Digital ELPH / IXUS...

2 Answers

Canon SD600 Lens error

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!

Aug 10, 2007 | Canon IXUS V2 Digital Camera

Not finding what you are looking for?
Canon PowerShot SD600 Digital Camera Logo

764 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Canon Digital Cameras Experts


Level 2 Expert

246 Answers


Level 3 Expert

2598 Answers


Level 2 Expert

68 Answers

Are you a Canon Digital Camera Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides