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If i push the zoom out button to far to the edge the camera shuts of, as long as I use the zoom out button slow and don't push it to the edge its fine

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This is the beginning of the common E18 or Lens error problem in such PowerShot family cameras.

It may be a minor issue caused by dust or samd particles, which requires to have blowing in compressed air inside the camera, mainly in front of the lens area.

Also, it may be a major problem in the lens mechanism, where the internal gears (three of them) or the USM motor (Ultrasonic motor) are damaged.

If after blowing in compressed air the problem didn't dissapear, then you will need to have a qualified camera repair service in evaluate and quote the repair of the camera.

Other option is that if you are good or want to attemp the own repair fo the camera, you can find a broken camera (won't power on, broken LCD screen) in ebay or other online places, and swap parts. This requires some tools to open the camera, and a lot of precaution to see how the screws and parts are assembled.

I hope this helps you.

Best regards,

Posted on Jul 22, 2009

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