For some reason, ever since New Years (which means I don't remember how it happened), my zoom button on my Canon SD600 has been sticky. It will still zoom, but it takes much more effort, and it will zoom more than I want it to, and I can't get the right amount of zooming because it just sticks. Is there anything I can do to fix this?
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Take your camera to a Canon authorized service center and see if they can try to clean the button area. This might solve your issue. Other than a cleaning they will most likely have to replace the button assembly and/or top cover depending on how the camera is designed.
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The SD600 was designed to use SD cards. The SDHC specification is backward compatible, meaning that SD cards will work in SDHC devices, SDHC cards will not work in SD devices. This is a hardware incompatibility, not updatable in firmware.
e18 is a lens error message, the lens is stuck or bent, and wouldn't come out, that's why camera shuts off after it tries to do so at the start, not much you can do, but replace the whole lens assembly
You are facing several problems that must be first taken care of.
The lens assembly is not sealed ermetically so if beer got into it..that's bad because no service center can dissasemble the lens assembly to clean them. However you should take your chance. First of all the camera needs to be dissasembled. Second, it's main board and buttons must be washed in something called izopropilic alcohol. Then the internal battery and external one must be removed and eventually a firmware update should be done. You may have all of these done in a service center, they aren't that expensive repairs. If after this repairs the pictures will come out blurry or distorded this means that the lens assembly was damaged. I think however that you should try these first. Please go to a service center, try the smaller ones, generic "camera repair service", not the larger ones working for large corporation (they tend to be expensive). Ask them for a cost estimate before actually repairing the camera.
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