Question about Canon PowerShot A85 Digital Camera
I had to disassemble my Canon Powershot A85 because of the error E18. Now I'm stuck with the last step. I disassembled the zoom and I'm stuck with reassembling it. there is a small flat cable that was attached somewhere and I don't know where to put it back. Please, help me fix this...
Posted by Anonymous on
Error code e18 means that the focus motor gears a jammed, dirt or grain of sand in them. you can try to fix it by gently banging the camera on somthing soft, their are also instructions on web on how to disasemble and fix this fault. BUT unless you have some skills, the right tools and conditions i would not attempt it. leave it to the experts. their are several flat cables, without actually seeing I cant tell you
Posted on Sep 24, 2007
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the E18 displayed on the LCD is an error code which means the zoom lens is stuck or obstructed when trying to extend. This is a common problem with many Canon compact digital camera models.
you can read more about this error code and a list of many of the cameras affected on this webpage: www.e18error.com
one possible cause for this error condition is something obstructing the tiny geartrain that operates the zoom lens (dirt, sand, etc). It may be possible for you to recover from this error by dismantling the camera and dislodging whatever is obstructing the lens or lens geartrain. Sending the camera in for professional repair will probably cost you more than buying a new camera, so it's worth your while attempting this repair yourself if you're up to it.
several of the Canon digital cameras I've seen are constructed in a similar manner and luckily use screws to hold the case together, allowing for disassembly.
over in the Teardown section here on ifixit.com, I've posted pictures of the stepsrequired to fully disassemble a Canon PowerShot S500 digital camera. Even if you have a different model Canon camera with an E18 error, you may find these photos give you an idea of what's involved in the repair.
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