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Dropped camera and don't know if it is fixable

I dropped my camera and it is usually durable, but this time I got it right where the lens comes out and it is now crooked and won't retract. Therefore, when I turn the camera on it just keeps clicking on and repeating but it can't retract the lens so I can't download pictures or use it. Any idea if this can be fixed?

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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 several cameras with this problem by using these methods:
http://www.e18error.com/repair.html
Try correction method #4 for your camera.

Posted on Nov 16, 2007

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Generally speaking, there is nothing you can do to correct the problem other than to send the camera to the appropriate factory service center for correction of the error. Following the repair cost you should decide, whether it worth it.

Posted on Aug 03, 2007

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