The camera turns on and goes to the canon screen. After a few seconds the screen goes black and the camera shuts off. I am not able to do anything while it is on and the shutter will not close and the zoom does not go out when it is turned on like it should. My 1 yr old had it but I do not think he dropped it.
I saw a post suggesting removal of batteries for 24 hours to reset camera, then try brand new manufacturer recommended batteries....
(my wife informed me that my 3 year old dropped ours.......
i know there is a moral to this story....
but try the 24 hour approach to see if it resets...
otherwise probably not worth fixing...good luck
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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.
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.