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Camera not working - E18 displayed in viewing mode

When turned on in viewing mode, camera bleeps then displays 'E18' in bottom left corner. In camera mode, bleeps and grey horizontal lines on screen; lens doesn't open. Camera working fine last time it was used and batteries are newly charged.

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When I turn on my camera it immediately turns off and lights up E18 in the bottom left corner of the display screen.


Lens errors are 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. Or the battery ran down with the lens extended ...

Here's some things that you can do to try to correct it. They only seem to work for less than 50% of the lens errors, but if the camera is out of warranty, they're worth a try:

http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html

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Error E18, the zoom is blocked


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Canon E18 error happens when the lens gets stuck while trying to extend. The camera will beep a few times and the LCD will display a little E18 in the lower-left corner. The lens gets stuck in the extended position, and refuses to move either to focus the lens or to retract when powered off.

There are six screws holding the metal frame of the camera body together, two on each side, and two on the bottom. Remove all screws, pop the strap-hook plate (sorry, probably not the most technical term there), then gently lift the front plate off by pulling up from the bottom, and remove the back plate in the same fashion. These should come off relatively easily. This is what the camera should look like as you remove the plates:
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  1. Now, looking from the top of the camera, you should see a small motor on the left side, as shown below (it’s beneath the cable with a “22” written on it):
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  2. Take your screwdriver (or another small instrument) and gently try to rotate the plastic piece attached to the motor on the left side, as shown below:
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  3. At this point, try placing the battery back in the camera (if you have removed it), turn the camera to one of the capture modes, and press the power button. If all went well, your lens should now be able to extend and retract properly.
Please do rate the solution as FixYa and revert for further assistance.

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Rylee

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Camera won't function - "E18" (Canon PowerShot S230)


Try lightly tapping lens on a hard surface. This sometimes reseats the lens. If this does not work take to bits and reassemble.

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Whirring sound after start then black screen with E18 in bottom corner


this is very easy to fix- switch your camera on, grab then lens around the edges, and carefully give it a firm twist. It should click and turn on.

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Camera frozen, emits a buzz and "E18" in the lower left hand corner


Assuming you have tried the repair people on this site first, and need to follow it up further, I have found a site which gives some insight and proposes a fix if you would like to view it, it's at www.e18error.com They explain the problem like so:

Canon E18 error happens when the lens gets stuck while trying to extend. The camera will beep a few times and the LCD will display a little E18 in the lower-left corner. The lens gets stuck in the extended position, and refuses to move either to focus the lens or to retract when powered off.

Apparently, people who posted about this incident on forums say they had to send the camera for repair and that Canon has horrible customer support and response time.

They also say how you may be able to fix it yourself - which is nice - well worth a visit! Hope this helps

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