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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Hi Amber, This is an almost epidemic problem with all brands of digital cameras that have extending zoom lenses. I've had Canons hang before and now my Samsung S500 lens is stuck and camera is beeping in error mode (the kids dropping them you know). Continuing to power on the camera may cause further damage, but you have to face the fact that these cameras sell for $99, so sending it in for service of a very delicate lens assembly is probably going to be a tough call. First make sure you have brand new batteries or a full charge. Sometimes it's this simple. If not, maybe it's just hung and you can gently rock the lens extender as you power on the camera. I've had a lot of success with this method. If the camera takes a lot of hits to the lens assembly, it will eventually strip some of the plastic parts driven by the servo motor. At this point, it's all over; you'll get nothing but some clicking noises as the motor tries to extend the lens and the camera starts beeping in error mode. All is not lost. You can always recover your pictures from the memory card by purchasing a USB card reader from most any electronics retailer. As for the camera, you can try to get it serviced. I'd probably opt for a local service center rather than withering into a skeleton while dealing with the manufacturer. If you know someone handy with a miniature screwdriver, there are dozens of this model camera for sale on ebay for $0.99. Many of them power up and are in great condition except for the LCD screen. You could easily take the LCD screen from yours, transplant it and have a working camera again for 20 bucks or so! Good Luck
Posted on Apr 22, 2007
SOURCE: Canon powershot s80
Marcus, usually this is caused by some dirt or some parts of the lens mechanis may have been derailed due to impact or brakage.
what you want to do here is turn the camera on, and gently nudge the lens left to right or up and down.
if this did not work, you may also try to push the lens inwards or pull it out, just to check if the lens is stuck or the motor to make the lens go in and out is not operational anymore...
if you have more questions just lemme know
Posted on Sep 30, 2008
I had the same problem. Even though I was keeping the camera on the dock all of the time to charge it, the solution was very simple - get a new battery for inside the camera.
I bought new ones at a greatly reduced price on eBay. Now I carry one with me wherever I go in case the battery wears out/down.
I shoot a lot of videos, so it really takes a lot out of the batteries.
Posted on Dec 19, 2008
Everytime I try to turn it on, the lens comes out for about a second, the camera beeps 3 times, the lens retracts and the camera shuts off. The battery is completely charged and the camera is only 4 months old. HELPP :(
Posted on Jun 17, 2009
Try lithium ion or rechargable batteries (maH > 2500). Alkalines (regular duracell/energizer) have trouble powering many digital cameras since they cannot sustain the amount power output necessary.
Posted on Jul 29, 2009
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Jan 02, 2014 | Nikon COOLPIX L810
you hear a noise from the lens when you try to take picture or During turn
on/off time then it's a lens guide pin problem OR Somehow its jammed or
damaged. It's happens when the camera pressed or drop down during turn on mode
or long time not use.
For the solution you need to
follow the steps.
Turn off the camera and remove the memory card and clean the external body of
the camera and make sure in place of the lens there is no dust or damaged sign.
Now turn on the camera without memory card & make sure the battery are
If the lens not moving then give a little shake or thrust by hand ( carefully
very slow) and then wait for a moment. If no changes then turn on the camera
and give a little twist an anti clock side and leave for few second. It is
risky ( Do it slowly at your own risk)
If nothing change then reset the camera setting from the menu option.
After following all steps, if the camera does not start working then you need to visit service center for replacing the Lens or Repairing. If you have any more questions ask me I fell happy to answer your question. Thank you.
Jul 08, 2011 | Nikon Coolpix 5700 Digital Camera
Apr 26, 2011 | Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS6 Digital Camera
I'm sure that every1 looking at this right now would love to
be able to do a quick fix for the dreaded E18 error. Well, I have fixed mine
several time in less time that it takes to take a picture. So here it is: This
error occurs when the lens is "stuck" or not extending "straight". The error can
happen in 3 ways: either when the lens wont "come out", or "comes out" and then
retracts, or does not retract at all. Mine did all of these at one stage or
1) If the lens doesn't extend at all or it extends, but then retracts again, do as follow:
Turn the camera off. Place the camera on it's back with the lens facing up and have a look at the "spacing" between the lens and the lens housing. You'll probably notice that the gap is NOT EVEN all the way around. To fix this, simply -VERY GENTLY- press down on the side where the gap is the biggest. You will hear a "click" as it pops back in place. Try powering it back on.
2) If the lens is extended all the time and won't retract at all, do as follow:
Turn the camera off. Take the camera in one hand and with the other gently, in turn, take the two part of the lens and gently move it round in a circular movement. Do so with both sections of the lens. You will once again hear a little "click" as it pops back in place. Power the camera on.
This has worked for me many times and it seems to happen when the camera has been carried around and possible had a little knock. I hope this is of help to someone else.
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