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Fix #1: Remove the batteries from
the camera, wait a few minutes. Put a fresh set of batteries back in
(preferably rechargeable NiMH 2500mah or better) and turn the camera
on. If that didn't work, try pressing and holding the Function or OK
button while turning the camera on. Fix #2:
If the camera's batteries ran down completely while the its lens was
still open, the camera may show a lens error or not start properly when
new batteries are installed. Remove the memory card and keep it
removed, then install the new batteries. When you turn the camera on
with the card removed it may come back to life, as this triggers a
reset in some cameras. Error E30 (for older Canon's) means that you
don't have a memory card installed, so turn it off, slip in the SD card
and turn it on one last time
My wife's Canon SD200 got stuck with an open lens and the E18 error. I opened the case and wiggled things and still nothing. Then, I turned the camera on and started tapping the edge of the lens casing with the magnifying glass I'd been using (need the battery and memory chip in place and make sure you've transferred pictures to your computer before trying this). Voila! The lens closed. But, of course, it wouldn't open and still gave the E18 error. Well, one good tap deserved another and Voila! again. It opened. After a few more iterations - and cleaning the lens casing each time, it was back to normal. The trick is the timing of the tapping. Just after turning on the power to the camera start tapping on the lens casing - not hard - just a light tapping. And don't tap on the glass lens itself -- you don't want to really break it.
take it to a proffesional... ull need a new lens and more likely a whole new camera but dont start buying until u ask someone that know ALOT about cameras anyway id have to see it up close to know wat excatly is worng. !!!! try cleaning ur lens !!!!!
My Camera: Canon PowerShot SD770 IS Digital Camera
Went to the beach yesterday, by the end of the night my camera gave me this error: "lens error, restart camera". The lens would no longer come out.
I figured sand got stuck within the lens, so I did the following:
1. Turn camera up-side-down (with lens facing down) 2. Gently tap the sides of the camera (to loosen particles in lens) 3. Turn camera on 4. The lens will eventually come out 5. Gently tap the sides of the lens 6. Turn camera off (continue tapping side of lens as it retracts)
I turned the camera on and off a couple of times to ensure I removed all sand particles from the camera.
I followed the directions contained in http://www.avh.dds.nl/Fix-Canon-SD600-Lens-Error/ and by disassembling the camera and turning the rotor just a little bit (page 4 of the instructions), it freed up the lens and it is now working perfectly! The camera had been put down on the lens as the lens was retracting and I assume that jammed the retract mechanism. While the camera was open, I blew out whatever dust/dirt was there (didn't see much). The fix took me probably 20-30 minutes, and I am very pleased with myself!