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Canon A400 Hi, I have the above camera (canon power shot A400) and have just solved the E18 error by tapping the plastic A/V out cover - THANK YOU ! However, now, although the camera turns on, lense extends and I get full working order - after a few minutes I get the message 'Change batteriers'. and the camera dies. I have now put in several new batteries (including the little(cr1220) but the same message keeps coming up and the screen and the whole thing dies after a few seconds. Is this a further error ? Am I putting the right batteries in - LR6 AA 1.5v ? Any help would be greatly received, Richard

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Having using standard LR6 batteries in a Canon before you will only get 3 or 4 pics max before it drains the batteries. You really need high power AA's like 2300mAH+ rechargeables for any good performance or Lithium AA's

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Hi i had an e18 error appear and the lens was stuck. the lens is now going in and out but the focus is compleatley shot every thing is blured any ideas?? thanks


Hi,

"E18" indicates an error that involves the lens unit or lens cover in your camera .This error appears where the lens is prevented from properly extending or retracting .The error may also be displayed if the lens camera has been subjected to an external shock, or if a foreign substance (i.e. liquid, sand, dirt) enters the camera.Hold the camera so that your fingers do not touch the lens unit when you are shooting. Make sure the camera is off before the camera is placed back in the case. Exercise caution to ensure that the camera does not accidentally power on while the camera is stored inside the case.If you cannot clear the error code by turning the camera off and then on again, or if the error code is displayed frequently, a camera malfunction may have occurred and might require service from canon. Or else try pressing the power button on and held it down while extending the zoom lens. The lens will extend out and the camera will be freed from the error.

Thank you !!

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E18


Lens Drum gear broken so that it flash E:18,it need to replace

Mar 18, 2010 | Canon PowerShot A400 Digital Camera

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Have lost manual for canon power shot A400 tried to insert new memory card (scan disc SDHC card 4gb) it it comes up with an error reading on camera screen? Thank you in adv for any help.


Love the A400, it's one of my all-time favorite Canon P&S cameras. But sorry to say your camera will not understand SDHC cards. This format came out well after the A400 was designed. The max memory the A400 can use is a 2GB standard SD card, no higher. Fortunately, these are very inexpensive these days, and run about $6 with shipping:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=sd+card+2gb&x=17&y=26

The user manual may be downloaded directly from Canon here:
http://gdlp01.c-wss.com/gds/0900001151/PSA400CUG-EN.pdf

And the quick start guide can be downloaded here:
http://gdlp01.c-wss.com/gds/0900001155/PSA400QSG-EN.pdf

Feb 20, 2009 | Canon PowerShot A430 Digital Camera

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E18 Error


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 ...

Here's some things that you can do to try to correct it. They only seem to work for less than 50% of the lens errors, but if the camera is out of warranty, they're worth a try. If there's any consolation, the A400 lens barrel is very resilient in its design, so there is some hope here:

http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html

Feb 11, 2009 | Canon PowerShot A400 Digital Camera

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E 18 problem


Lens errors (E18 errors on Canons) 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 ...

Here's some things that you can do to try to correct it. They only seem to work for less than 50% of the lens errors, but if the camera is out of warranty, they're worth a try:

http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html

Jan 12, 2009 | Canon PowerShot A400 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.

Sep 04, 2008 | Canon PowerShot A400 Digital Camera

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Power Shot SD300 card holder


Simply reformat the card.
Assuming that you have not damaged the internal contacts in the card chamber whilst you were delving

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Lens cover stays open


Try blowing lots of compressed air around the open lens shutter to clean the mechanism. Or use a hair dryer for a few seconds (don't want to heat up the camera). Also with the lens barrel extended and pointed downward, tap the lens barrel with a pencil while you extend and retract the lens by powering the camera on and off. A grain of sand in the mechanism is usually the culprit, and you want to try to dislodge it.

You can open it up, but only as a very last resort. The above procedures usually work if you try them enough. But for those particularly nasty stuck mechanisms, here's an example repair on a Canon Powershot A400 (do this at your own risk, and it will void your warranty):

http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/11/repair-of-stuck-lens-covers.html

Oct 30, 2007 | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55 Digital Camera

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Lens won't retract


The E18 error is 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.
Here's some things that you can do to try to correct it. Have already fixed two A400 cameras with this problem by using these methods:
http://www.e18error.com/repair.html

Oct 05, 2007 | Canon PowerShot A400 Digital Camera

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