I am having the same problem. The optical lens is partially stuck open. The Canon displays for a few seconds, beeps several times, then turns off. I have tried to gently push the lens in and pull the lens out. Neither worked. Anyone have another suggestion?
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The manual is a bit confusing. I do have a power shot, but is is a bit younger. My camera does have 2 On buttons. One to put it in shooting mode. And one to set it in display mode. If I press the display button (arrow right) the lens stays where it is and I only can see pictures I took. When I press the on off button the lens comes out.
I think you only have to switch the main dial to the camera logo (shooting Mode) and then press the Disp button, to shoot pictures and if you want to view pictures, you turn the dial to playback Mode (arrow to the right) and press the Disp button.
If it works, no fix, just knowledge about how the camera works. It is all in the manual.
you may need to take it in to the camera place to get the internal batery for the clock replaced also you may need to up load the driver program for the camera the memory card may need the safe slide to be mooved
Switch top dial to "P" or some other mode, but not "AUTO"
Press FUNC then scroll down two steps to "Drive Mode"
Then press right from single shot, to multi-shot to 10 second count-down.
Then compose the shot, press the photo shoot button and listen for the countdown beep from 10 seconds.
This should work for the A520. With NEW or freshly recharged batteries, remove the camera's memory card, then turn on the camera. You'll probably see an E30 error. Next turn off the camera. Next insert the memory card, and turn on the camera.
If the above doesn't work, the following blog outlines some other repair options for a lens error. They won't work for all cases, but they're worth a try if the camera's no longer under warranty: