Question about Canon PowerShot SX100 IS Digital Camera
If you did not obstruct the lens, would think there is a battery problem. Digital cameras
require lots of power. As you call on it to do more things like
extending the lens and focusing the power requirement goes up.
I had a similar problem with my camera and finally discovered that the problem was with the battery to camera electrical connections. I cleaned the contacts as described in the source link about two months ago and have not had a problem since.
The following excerpts came from the source link. Hope this helps!
Most cameras will reset to original settings if batteries are removed for at least one minute. Remove extra memory to eliminate this as a possible problem. Insert fully charged batteries and restart the camera.
The secret to making digital cameras work better is having good electrical contacts between the batteries and the camera.
Digital cameras require lots of power. If electrical contacts are not really good, this can cause lots of problems so battery and camera contacts must be cleaned properly. Batteries may be fully charged, but will be viewed as low if contacts are not really good. The LCD display is a low steady load, but when lens extension, optical zoom, focus, and flash charging are added in the capture mode; the load is very heavy. With bad contacts, cameras do strange things like making bad pictures or shutting off with the lens out.
To prevent overcharge, use an automatic two or more hour battery charger with safety timer, temperature monitor and trickle charge technology ($9.78). For longer life, NiMH batteries should be charged often and kept in active use. To preserve battery charge, use the view finder and not the LCD display when possible. Maximum capacity is reached after 2 to 4 charge/discharge cycles.
Posted on Mar 14, 2011
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Your camera most likely has a lens error, this
is such a common fault that I hope you don't mind me pasting my stock
generic answer below. No point in reinventing the wheel!
Stuck lenses are probably the most common reason that compact digital cameras get thrown away, but there's a fair chance of recovering use of your camera again
The fault is commonly caused by dirt or grit blocking the mechanism, or due to it having suffered a recent fall. Another common cause is that the camera was in a pocket or bag and the power button accidentally activated and tried to open the lens against resistance. The mechanism may have simply become dislodged or there may be parts which have broken.
If your camera is still under warranty and has definitely not been subject to misuse then contact the Canon service department in your country to find out about a free repair. If the warranty has expired though a professional repair will far exceed the cost of replacing your camera. You will therefore have nothing to lose by trying to fix this yourself.
Please click here and you will be taken to an excellent article provided by the Camera Repair website. For the most part, you'll be guided on how to physically manipulate your camera to try and clear the fault. Although the article mentions Canon a few times, the advice applies equally to all cameras with lens errors and is not model-specific.
If the link doesn't work then cut and paste the following address into your browser:-
Good luck, I hope you manage to use this information to fix your camera. Please take a moment to rate the free answer I have provided for you and any testimonial which you might wish to add is always welcome!
Posted on Oct 04, 2010
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