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Canon PowerShor S3 not functioning

Starting receiving error message "Lens error Restart camera". Restarting camera does not correct error. Camera will not connect to PC via USB.
Basically turns on, shows error, turns itself off.
I have read several threads regarding the "F18" error on several other Canon digitals, however, the S3 is not listed as an affected unit. Do you know if this is the same problem? Bought the camera for my wife last year and she loves it, but if this problem is endemic to the Canons I don't want to buy another-any suggeations?
Thanks for your help.

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  • Anonymous Dec 16, 2007

    Same problem, lens error. I bought my Canon S3 Jan. this year.

  • Anonymous Dec 25, 2007

    Lens will not extend and Lens error restart camera appears. This does not help.

  • Anonymous Dec 26, 2007

    Similar problem, lens error message. Camera will take pictures but will not review or download. Tried restarting, removing batteries, etc. but no luck. Camera is past it's warranty date by approximately 6 months. I'll try compressed air next. Hope I can resolve the problem as the camera is otherwise great.

  • Anonymous Jan 03, 2008

    I was recently out of the country and my camera started doing the same thing. Seemed like it was mostly when I tried to to zoom that I got the lens error message, but occasionally I'd get the message no matter what. I bought the camera in May.

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    jimmy Sep 22, 2014

    There is a guy on Bay that fix this for a low price. Fix is for Canon S2, S3, S5 and other SX models with lens error. here is the link in case you need: http://www.ebay.com/itm/141334025954

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Had my S2 IS now for 3 years , never had a problem with the lens. I'm careful not to bump my lens into anything. I actually bought the lens hood and put a filter on my lens so that no dirt can get into my lens or I can't accidentally bump my lens into anything while i'm using it as it's protected by the adapter and filter.

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