Having problems with your Digital Cameras ?

I have a Canon PowerShot A40 and when I turn it on in the picture taking mode, it flashes E18 and turns off. I can view previous pictures. The lens doesn't open up either. Help!


Answers :

E18 is a lens error message - Dirt may be in the lens mechanism. Canon can service it, although the camera is no longer in production.
Repair Help & Product Troubleshooting for Digital Cameras

Tips for a great answer:

- Provide details, support with references or personal experience .
- If you need clarification, ask it in the comment box .
- It's 100% free, no registration required.

Suggested Questions/Answers :

I have a Canon PowerShot A40 and when I turn it on in the picture taking mode, it flashes E18 and turns off. I can view previous pictures. The lens doesn't open up either. Help!


E18 is a lens error message - Dirt may be in the lens mechanism. Canon can service it, although the camera is no longer in production. ... Digital Cameras

When i turn on the camera the lens wont pop open even when the battery is fully charged.... i was taking pictures and it working fine turn the camera off and on again then the lens wont open anymore? i can still view all the pictures i took from the camera but cannot take pictures anymore coz of the lens wont open. i tried initializing the camera by going to set up it didnt work..msg error said turn the camera off and on again and i did but didnt work either many times i tried please help thnks!


The problem is\015\0121- some dirt somehow got on the outside of the lense. After it was retracted fully in, it prevents the camera from opening again. When you turn it on, if it opens a little bit, try to pull it out NOT too hard and let go ... Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N2 Digital Camera

I have small SONY DIGITAL CAMERA DSCW90S,when you turn it on the lens barral slide open, then closes then slides open then closes, the lens shutter keep nicely opening and closing but the barral is not stable keeps oppening and clossing for couple of times and then it says TURN THE POWER OFF AND ON AGAIN, but when i do so, it doesnt help. please help me, thank you :) Alena Lorinczova, DUBAI, UAE


... Sony Digital Cameras

Hi The lens cover on my Olympus mju 770sw wont open when I turn it on. I can still view all my pictures and see everything on the screen and if I hold the lens cover open I can see everything and even take pictures but it wont open on its own, although it does close on its own when I turn it off. Please help!


... Olympus Stylus 770 SW Digital Camera

The lens on my sd600 won't open when I turn the camera to picture taking position. Screen goes black and message says ''lens error, restart camera''. I have to go back to view mode and then turn camera off and on again in order for partially opened lens to retract fully and close.


Fixing a Lens Error on a Digital Camera\015\012\015\012This has to be THE most common failure mode for a digit ... Canon PowerShot SD600 Digital Camera

When turning on camera the lens will open then shut off on a fully charged battery. It will allow you to view pictures on the camera by selecting the favorites and turning it on but when you turn the selector to auto or any other position the lens opens then closes and shuts down.


Make sure that you are installing a fresh/ full charge battery\015\012Remove the batteryClean the metal contacts on the battery using a clean cloth \015\012Pls test with an alt. batt.If you do not have access to a dif. b ... Kodak EasyShare M863 Digital Camera

Lens is stuck and wont move. on the screen it states "Turn the power off and on again" help pls? Was working just fine and then started with the lens not opening...I opened manuelly and now it wont't take pics...I can view them on disc BUT it just says "turn power on and off" on the screen. Help!!!


I agree that the camera needs to be sent back when this happens.  I have seen people suggest pulling on the lens (a bad idea) and smacking the camera / rapping it upon something (an even worse idea).  Not only will these options often fail ... Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170 Digital Camera

Go to power it on, lens is stuck shut, immediately turns off. It makes the noise of starting as usual, the screen turns on and does its normal warmup, then the lens doesnt open and it turns off. tried a million times.


I had the same problem. all i did was force the lens...it worked for me ... HP Photosmart R927 Digital Camera

Hello, I have a Canon powershot SX100 IS, and everytime i turn it on it beeps and says on the screen "lens error, restart camera". I have tried tapping it, shaking it a bit. turning on and off. Put in new batteries, taking memory card in and out. Turning it on at different angles. Connecting to the computer. But nothing is working, it wont even let me look at the photos when i press the play button, and that doesnt even require opening the lens! please help! thankyou.


Try these procedures. ... Canon PowerShot SX100 IS Digital Camera

Stuck Lens I fell on my camera just recently and the lens is stuck open half way. When you power it on it moves a bit to the side and up, then to the other side and up and then beeps couple of times. You can view all the pictures and see the opening screen when you turn it on on picture-taking mode but it won't open up completely. Is it possible to fix? If so how?


The following blog outlines some 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:\015\012\015\012 ... Canon PowerShot SD400 / IXUS 50 Digital Camera

Access Message Whenever I turn the DSC-W70 on it displays a black screen and the word "Access." At the same time the lens extends and retracts, however unlike some of the other problems people are having, the lens is not getting stuck. Also I also notice a faint clicking/buzzing sound from within the camera when the lens is still and not retracting/extending. After about 10 seconds it begins to beep and displays the message "Turn the power off and on again." I am able to view previously taken ph


This is a hardware problem. Your simptons is tipical of a lens position sensor being faulty.\015\012\015\012There is however nothing you can do yourself. Contact your nearest Sony dealer and take the camera to a Sony service centre. ... Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W50 Digital Camera

I dropped my camera (Sony cyber shot DSC-W80) on the lens and the smaller part on the lens became slanted. I pulled the lens to become straight again and now when I turn it on its keeps retracting and extracting telling me to turn it off and on again. It doesnt let me take picture but I can view my pictures. How do I fix this?


\012\012Fixing a Lens Error on a Digital Camera\012\012This has to be THE most common failure m ... Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W80 Digital Camera

Access Message Whenever I turn the DSC-W70 on it displays a black screen and the word "Access." At the same time the lens extends and retracts, however unlike some of the other problems people are having, the lens is not getting stuck. Also I also notice a faint clicking/buzzing sound from within the camera when the lens is still and not retracting/extending. After about 10 seconds it begins to beep and displays the message "Turn the power off and on again." I am able to view previously taken ph


Could not believe it but it worked for me as well. First time I see that a good smack makes it work ... Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W70 Digital Camera

Camera (purchased for in Dec. 2008) will not open lens. Has been fully charged and blue light comes on but lens doesn't open. Light will not turn off without removal of battery. This happened suddenly. Previously had no problems with camera. Any suggestions?


Try these steps. ... Samsung L200 Digital Camera

I have an Olympus Camedia C-50 Zoom camera that has worked fine for a few years, but suddenly when I open the lens cover, the camera does not turn on. I charged the battery and it is fine, and I can use the quick view button in the back to see what I have already taken, but the lens will not come out and turn the camera on. What can I do?


Fixing a Lens Error on a Digital Camera\012\012This has to be THE most common failure mode for a digi ... Olympus Camedia C-50 Zoom Digital Camera

I have a sony cybershot DSC-W210 and just recently the flash wont work when its on any mode to take a picture it has the flash symbol on the screen flashing and the code E:91:01 underneath also flashing its takin pictures as normal just without the flash it wont let me change the settings of the flash at all. Apart from this the camera lens shutter seems to be sticking when i turn on the camera it doesnt always open i have tried cleaning the lens but it doesnt seem to make any difference!


I have a sony cybershot DSC-W210 and just recently the flash wont work when its on any mode to take a picture it has the flash symbol on the screen flashing and the code E:91:01 underneath also flashing its takin pictures as normal just without the f ... Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W70 Digital Camera

WHEN I TURN ON MY COOL PIX S51 A LENS ERROR MESSAGE COMES ON THE SCREEN AND DOESNT ALLOW AN OTHER FUNCTION WITH THE CAMERA. THE LENS COVER IS STUCK OPEN WHEN THE MASSAGE IS DISPLAYED. IF I TURN THE CAMERA ON AND OFF A FEW TIMES THE COVER WILL CLOSE BUT THE ERROR MASSAGE REMAINS. IM NOT SURE WHY THIS HAPPENS AND IVE NEVER DROPPED MY CAMERA AND ITS ALWAYS STORED IN A FOAM CASE. I CANT AFFORD ANOTHER CAMERA RIGHT NOW, IS THERE ANY SOLUTION TO MY PROBLEM?


HelloThe problem is that the lens has become stuck in the barrel. There are some DIY solutions you could try, but the \012probability is that ... Nikon COOLPIX S51 Digital Camera

I just got my camera in the mail yesterday and haven't even used it underwater or dropped it. Whenever I try to turn it on, I hear the lens trying to move. Then when I turn it off, the lens opens. I can still view my pics that I had on my memory card but I can't take pics or videos. What do I do??


You have a defective camera....return it immediately. ... Olympus Stylus 850SW Digital Camera

When power is turned on the lens opens and then shuts repeatedly until telling me to turn off the power and start again but doing this just causes it to do the same thing. How can I get it to open an operate properly. The battery is fine as I can view existing photos etc. on the screen.


Fixing a Lens Error on a Digital Camera\015\012\015\012This has to be THE most common failure mode for a digit ... Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W110 Digital Camera

When I turn on my Samsung NV3 camera, the shutter opens, a blurry image appears on the LCD screen and then it turns its self off. Although the camera appears to be off, if you press the button to view previous images, the blue power light on top comes back on, and the images can be viewed The battery is fully charged


Your problem may be due to weak/worn out batteries or corrosion on the battery contacts inside the camera\015\012which can prevent the full power of the batteries from flowin ... Samsung NV3 Digital Camera

My powershot A580 when turned on extends the lens and brings up the function window but no subject on screen and then goes blank. have to turn camera off to retract lens. camera can still view image previously taken before problem. camera is approx 2 years old, happy with this camera to date.


This\015\012 is such a common fault that I hope you don't mind me pasting my stock \015\012generic answer below. No point in reinventing the wheel!Stuck lenses are pr ... Canon PowerShot A580 Digital Camera

My kids accidentally dropped my Panazonic Lumix TZ-10 on the floor (not from a great height). The lens at that moment could only half close, but after turning power on and off a few times, now it opens and closes as normal. I can still view photos HOWEVER I cannot take new photos, the screen is black and the photos turn out black. I looked into the lens as it took the photo and there is no movement in there. The camera is still under warranty.


The warranty is unlikely to cover accidental damage but you could check if you have any insurance cover, perhaps in house contents or travel, or you might ask the retailer if he would help under 'goodwill'. It sounds as if the lens extension mechanis ... Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 Digital Camera

My ex Z1000 wont take pictures. i turn the camera on the lens goes in and out some times it looks like its going to let me take a picture and then the lens closes back into the camera and the screen goes black. It looks like the cameras off but I push the play button on top and it lets me view pictures. I don't think its the lens because the lens seems to open and close fine. Ive only used this camera 3 times and it has been stored safely so Im not sure what happened. It will only let me get int


Your camera problem has the problem chance. Fisrt you should try with full charge battery. sometime weak battery cause also. Second main pcb does not resetting every time after taking picture.\012I hope you luck! \012Would you give more detail pr ... Digital Cameras

Sony Cybershot DSC W90, when I turn the camera on I get a message that says to turn off and back on again. It will allow me to view photos already taken but will not turn on to take pictures. I hear the lens trying to go out into picture taking mode, but it does not open.


There are a number of solutions you can try,1.\015\012\015\012you will need to turn off the camera and hold the camera on the edges in a way that you wouild hold a pack of cards\015\012you ... Sony Digital Cameras

Hello, My Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W190 got wet and when I try to turn it on, basically the lens does not open it sounds like the camera is clicking as if it is struggling to turn on. Then the message on the screen reads, "Turn Power off and on again".. Once the camera dried, I was able to view my pictures but I can not take any pictures or videos.


Fixing a Lens Error on a Digital Camera\012\012This has to be THE most common failure mode for a digital camer ... Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W190 Digital Camera
  • Start your question with What, Why, How, When, etc. and end with a "?"
  • Be clear and specific
  • Use proper spelling and grammar
all rights reserved to the respective owners || www.lionebra.com || Terms of Use || Contact || Privacy Policy
Load time: 0.4228 seconds