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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 ...
Unfortunately, many cameras that fall prey to this can only be corrected by professional repair. But, here are some things that you can do that may correct it. They only seem to work for less than 40% of the lens errors, but if the camera is out of warranty, they're worth a try.
You have dirt trapped in the lense mechanism. use compressed air can to blow it out then turn camera off ans slap it into the palm of your hand a few times and turn on again to test if it has cleared. This is not a joke it actually works. Lots of these types of cameras suffer from this problem and I have fixed them using this method. Passed on By a Canon Tech!!! It certainly worked for mine . Be persistent some work immediately others take several goes of blowing and slapping face down
Canon Powershot's error E18 has to do with the lens:
If it appears on a black LCD with E18 written on the corner, it is mostly due to the lens getting 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. I am giving below a link which will help you with E18 problem.
Hope this helps, let me know if you have a proble.
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I've had this with a diff model of Samsumg (V10). The problem with mine was that the lens wasn't opening, which was causing the beeping. I held the camera with lens facing down and when I pressed the power button I lightly tapped the camera against the palm of my other hand. The lens extracted.
I have more problems with the lens now but that may have something to do with me dropping it later:(
I HAVE SOLVED THIS! I Totally fixed my CAMERA! If you turn on your camera, the lens does not come out, and it just beeps then turns off, then listen to me. You need to unscrew the outer casing and take off the metal shell. Hold the camera in one hand, palming it, looking down at the LCD (ie the lens is pointing into your palm). This is to orient you. If
you look at the left SIDE of the camera, near the upper left corner of
the LCD, you can peek through some of the windows of the black plastic casing
and see 2 PLASTIC GEARS. The top one is white, the other is black. These are
the gears that actually move the lens in and out. All I did was give
the white gear a good jiggle with the tip of a pen and evidently it
made the teeth of the gears mesh together like its supposed to and ....
VOILA .... the lens came out when I powered it on and all is well! I
know this is gonna help someone!