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Unuseable Camera Hello, this is a sudden emergency. A sibling borrowed my camera and it came back un-usable. She said the battery went out, but I think she just said that not to get in trouble. What is happening is this: Firstly, the camera is off and the lens remains un-retracted. When turned on the screen is black and nothing happens untill I press the tiny button below the speaker, the icon is a paper with a symbol close to( <~> ) that to the right, the screen illuminates to black with E18 in the lower left hand corner then totaly powers off. I'm charging the battery as of now, but I'm totally ticked off. As you may know this is a $270 camera and I just don't have the money to take it anywhere or buy a new one if this one fails to work. Please tell me this is fixable? Thank you so much!

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  • Dottie_Lou Nov 20, 2007

    My camera ran out of batteries. I put new ones in, but it will not power on. The lens is in a positions to take pictures, and will not retract. When I try to turn it on with the power button, all that happens is that two lights flash next to the buttons to take pictures, and to view the pictures. I have tried pressing all the buttons on the camera, but nothing seems to work.

  • alexatkinuk Nov 27, 2007

    Actually I just bought one today which did the same thing. I put some batteries in it, the camera powered on then suddenly the batteries gave out leaving the lens out. When I replaced the batteries, it just turns on green then flashes red 10 times and then nothing.

    This is not an amusing thing to happen as it cant be dust, it hasnt been dropped, the batteries just ran out after an hour or so of use and now it wont work at all. What a rubbish design that it doesnt even try to bring the lens back in.

  • Anonymous Jan 18, 2008

    same problem...I have two different casios..both cameras the lens locked up in the out position and not retract...batteries are good etc. Any way, with nothing much to loose at this point, I went ahead base on some comments here and gently banged the camera on my desk with the intent of trying to dislodge sand/dirt that might be jamming the lens. Sure enough both cameras seem to be working now. Must admit and ending up smacking both pretty I don't know if I damaged anyhing else. But now I know the cause..crap must get in around the lens and then lock up the in/out mechanism. So this is the cause of the this problem. Smack the baby a few times..

  • Anonymous Nov 09, 2008

    I have the exact same problem. I tried to wiggle the lens, but I was unable to unjam it. Recharging the battery did not made any difference. The screen did not even go on when I press the on button. There was absolutely no response from the camera.

  • rrhynus Nov 22, 2008

    Same problem, for a while I could gently press the lens while hitting the power off putton and the lense would retract, now it's stuck out and no response



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I had the same prob. on my wife's birthday so I was tearing my hair out to get pics of cards, balloons etc. Then read a (laughable)suggestion that it can be fixed (E18). It was to tap the bottom of the camera hard with the batteries ejected. It worked! So thank you to the correspondent that sent in that tip and saved me a lot of money.

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E18 is the error code for a stuck lens. 2 things can cause this, debris in the gears from shooting in a dusty sandy environment or an impact (dropping the unit) if there are no signs it was dropped then it is probobly jammed up from some dust or sand in the gears. Ive fixed a few that were jammed by tapping on the lens as i power it on some times a slight tug on the lens mechanism can free it from a jam also.

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I had same problem after the camera set unused for several months, I tried tapping on the bottom of the camera and pulling pushing on the lens while power up and it fixed it. Thanks

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Go to the Nikon web page, customer services, Nikon are fixing them for free, I have just got mine back. John.

Posted on Oct 16, 2007

I read a few descriptions of the problem, and I was about to take the solution saying "cannot be fixed, just buy a new one", when I came across your solution. A few taps on the lens and the camera was in working order again! Amazing! Thank you very much.

Moshe Sharon

Posted on Oct 28, 2007

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