I have a Canon Powershot A95. When I turn the camera on, it zooms in instantly on its own. It refuses to zoom out and I cannot take any pictures. Is there anything that I can do to fix this problem?
I had a similar problem. The lense extended when I turned the camera on and immediately retracted and turned off by itself. I pulled the memory card and then reinserted/reseated it. It appears to have fixed my problem.
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If the pricture was taken in low-light then it just will look grainy. If not then make sure you're zoomed all the way out (i.e. not using Digital zoom as opposed to Optical Zoom) and make sure the resolution settings on the camera Menu are set to the highest setting.
The E18 error is related to the LENS not able to retract fully. If it is still under warranty, I would advise you bring it to the nearest service center. This is to avoid further damages. Otherwise, you can try a few things below.
There are a couple of things you can do.
1. Turn it on and then off. Spray canned air around the lens.
If trick 1 will not work out, try this.
2. Make sure the battery is fully charged. Turn on the camera and then give it a couple of firm whacks on the side. Make sure nothing is blocking the lens and wait for it to fully retract.
Let me know how it goes.
If you decide to open your camera, here's a pictorial disassembly. Don't go any further than popping the top off to examine components in the vicinity of the zoom lever. Look for anything different than what's showing in the picture. Usually the zoom lever and switch gets gunked up with dust and debris that can easily be cleaned off. Use the pictures on page 2 of this website as a guide :
have you tried to check the mode or settings? Digital zoom is different from manual or analog zoom, when we say digital zoom the camera expand the picture digitally, the zoom lens is not moving when it reach its maximum length but the picture keeps on zooming in.
It is very unlikely to be a problem with the batteries if you are sure they are new and the right size and correctly inserted. The fact that it turns on at all would indicate that the batteries are fine.
A "stuck" zoom on this range of cameras is often solved by giving the camera a gentle slap. (I have an A95 which had a similar problem that solved itself when my girlfriend dropped it). I wouldn't recommend dropping your camera, but try a little soft violence and you may find it works. If not, then a repair shop is definitely the best solution as these cameras have few internal parts that an amateur could fix.
Possibly another solution could be to try the external power supply - most main camera shops should be able to supply - thus eliminating completely the possibility of the batteries being the problem, but it sounds like a mechanical issue with the zoom mechanism.