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Help Every time I turn on my camera. I get a black screen with a E18 in the bottom lefthand corner.

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  • Anonymous Aug 17, 2008

    My camera lens does not retract and it beeps and E18 shows on the screen I tried the "banging"suggestion...doesn't work...this happened with no warning..I just had taken pictures and had no problem

  • jratko Oct 05, 2008

    I had just used my camera and it was working well. I tried turning it on later in the day and the lens came out, the screen showed a very blurry picture then went to a dark blue screen and E18 was in the bottom left corner. After a few seconds, the camera turns off but the lens doesn't retract.

  • jb34a Oct 19, 2008

    I turn my camera on and the lens does not come out, and E18 flashes in the lower left hand corner and the camera shuts off in about 5 secs.

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Place a thick bath towel (triple folded) on the table edge. with the camera off, hold it in your hand and tap the bottom of the camera with medium low force to the above mentioned table edge. Try turn it on to check if it's back to normal. You may need to tap it more then one time, if it doesn't work, with stronger impact force. Just be sensible, not too hard though.

In case you have doubt with this trick to fix, try google 'Canon E18' to find related problem being fixed by others with this method.

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The camera was dropped by my son, which happened before, when turned on the canon logo shows then the screen is black. An error message in the bottome left says E1b or E18. Help!! thanks


Here is some information on the E18 error: http://www.e18error.com
A repair guide (suggestions) http://www.e18error.com/repair.html
Forum for users with the same problem http://www.e18error.com/posts/index.php

May 21, 2009 | Canon Digital Cameras

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E18 error on canon digital camera s200 powershot dropped it and now the lens is stuck halfway out/in The lens will not open, it was not dropped. I get e18 error.


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.

http://www.e18error.com/repair.html

Hope this helps, let me know if you have a proble.

You can Try the following also;
Remove the batteries from the camera, wait a few minutes. Put a fully charged batteries back in and turn the camera on. if it doesnot work then,

2: Remove the batteries again, as also remove the memory card. Then install the newly charged batteries, when you turn it on it should come back to life.
3: Insert the cameras Audio/Video (AV) cable, and turn the camera on. Inserting this cable ensures that the camera's LCD screen remains off during the start process. Thus extra battery power is available to the camera's lens motor during start up. This extra power can be useful to overcome any grit or sand particles that may be jamming the lens.
4: Place the camera flat on its back on a table, pointed at the ceiling. Press and hold the shutter button down, and at the same time press the power-on button. The idea is that the camera will try to autofocus while the lens is extending, hopefully seating the lens barrel guide pins in their slots.

Try the above and let me if its any help.
Please do rate and thanks for using FixYa and Best fo luck to get you camera out of E18!

Mar 07, 2009 | Canon PowerShot S200 / IXUS 178 Digital...

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When I turn on my PowerShot A70, it comes on and immediately shuts itself off and the Error E18 appears on the screen.


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.

http://www.e18error.com/repair.html

Hope this helps, let me know if you have a proble.
Please do rate and thanks for using FixYa and Best fo luck to get you camera out of E18!

Mar 04, 2009 | Canon PowerShot A70 Digital Camera

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Camera won't function - "E18" (Canon PowerShot S230)


Try lightly tapping lens on a hard surface. This sometimes reseats the lens. If this does not work take to bits and reassemble.

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When I try to zoom, screen goes black and "E18" appears in bottom corner


I won't say this is a solution but to prevent the lens retraction E18 message which seems to be common with Canon zoom lenses, I put the extension tube on mine. Sometimes I put a polarizer lens on it but usually I just leave it on to protect the lens when it is on. I have dropped it (on the carpeting at home) and never had a problem. If you have a Canon with a zoom lens, get a lens hood for it ASAP!! My wife's A520 has one on hers too. No problems.
There are lots of other places on the web with suggested fixes. Keep looking and keep enjoying this camera. Merry Christmas all.

Oct 31, 2008 | Canon PowerShot S2 IS Digital Camera

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E18


E18 is the canon fault number for lens error. Is the lens stuck out? does it click when the camera is switched on? Try lightly tapping the lens on a hard surface. This sometimes resets the lens. If all this fails take it to bits! (but watch the flash module as this can give a nasty shock.Big black capacitor) You will see the lens module take the it to bits carefully and re seat the components. I have done a few over the years. It takes about an hour. If you have any more issues contact me.

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Whirring sound after start then black screen with E18 in bottom corner


this is very easy to fix- switch your camera on, grab then lens around the edges, and carefully give it a firm twist. It should click and turn on.

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E 18 problem


the E18 means the lens system has a problem. I had it with my S2 and sometimes it worked, sometimes not. Eventually it stopped working. The only solution was sending it to repair, they changed the lens system.

Best Regards

Nov 19, 2007 | Canon PowerShot S2 IS Digital Camera

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Screen is showing E18


The E18 error message relates to a problem with the zooming mechanism (lens would not retract or extended) Press the power button on and hold it down while extending and twisting the telescopic zoom lens. It might fix you problem. In any case it could not make it worse Good luck!

Aug 10, 2007 | Canon PowerShot A520 Digital Camera

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E18


E18 indicates a lens or "optical unit" problem. In other words your zoom lens won't function correctly. Canon will be more than willing to look after you.

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