Having problems with your Canon PowerShot S2 IS Digital Camera ?

I recently got my Canon S2 1S camera back from being repaired because it developed the "black screen." Now the problem is the lens is sticking and on occasion it will not turn on. Is that another defect the Canon has and is is worth fixing again.

Answers :

Fixing a Lens Error on a Digital Camera
\015\012This has to be THE most common failure mode for a digital camera. Some common error messages that might show up on the LCD's of cameras with this problem include “E18 lens error”, or “lens error, restart camera”. Some cameras might show nothing at all, but merely make a beeping noise as the lens goes out, then in, then the camera shuts off. Sometimes the lens won't even move.
\015\012The problem is actually quite common throughout all camera brands. 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. Or the battery ran down with the lens extended. Believe it or not, one BIG contributor to lens errors is using a camera case. Sand, gunk, case fibers, etc... accumulate at the bottom of the case. These materials love to cling to the camera by electrostatic build-up from the camera rubbing against the side of the case (especially those cases with soft fibrous intreriors). Once these materials work their way into the lens mechanism, that's all she wrote. I have many Canon's, and NEVER use a case for this very reason.
\015\012A camera owner that suffers this problem may have no recourse for having the camera repaired. Many camera makers will not honor repairing this problem under warranty as they claim it is due to impact damage to the camera, or sand or debris getting into the lens gearing mechanism (neither of which is covered under warranty). The quoted repair cost is usually close to or more than what the camera is actually worth.
\015\012Fortunately, about half the cameras that suffer this failure can easily be fixed by one of the following methods. None of these methods involve opening the camera, although some have potential to cause other damage to the camera if excessively done. If the camera is still under warranty, before trying any of these, please please first contact your camera's maker to see if they'll cover the repair, or to determine how much they'll charge for the repair. Who knows, you might get lucky. But if they quote you a number that's higher than the value of your camera, you may want to consider the following methods.
\015\012The methods are listed in the order of risk of damaging your camera. Thus make sure you try them in the listed order. And remember, these fixes (especially #6 and 7) should only be considered for a camera that's out of warranty, who's cost of repair would be excessive, and would otherwise be considered for disposal if unrepaired:
\015\012Fix #1: Remove the batteries from the camera, wait a few minutes. Put a fresh set of batteries back in (preferably rechargeable NiMH 2500mah or better) and turn the camera on. If that didn't work, try pressing and holding the Function or OK button while turning the camera on.
\015\012Fix #2: Remove the batteries, then remove the memory card. Then install new batteries, and turn on the camera. If you get an Error E30, it means you don't have a memory card installed, so turn it off, slip in the memory card and turn it on one last time.
\015\012Fix #3: Insert the cameras Audio/Video (AV) cable, and turn the camera on. Inserting this cable ensures that the camera's LCD screen remains off during the start process. Thus extra battery power is available to the camera's lens motor during startup. This extra power can be useful in overcoming grit or sand particals that may be jamming the lens. If the AV cable doesn't fix the lens error by itself, consider keeping this cable installed while trying fixes 4, 5, and 7 as a means to provide extra help to these fixes. But note that I DON'T recommend keeping the cable installed during Fix 6 as you may damage the AV port while tapping the camera. Reinsert the cable only AFTER tapping the camera.
\015\012Fix #4: Place the camera flat on its back on a table, pointed at the ceiling. Press and hold the shutter button down, and at the same time press the power-on button. The idea is that the camera will try to autofocus while the lens is extending, hopefully seating the lens barrel guide pins in their slots.
\015\012Fix #5: Blow compressed air in the gaps around the lens barrels with the idea of blowing out any sand or grit that may be in there jamming the lens. Other variations include blowing with a hair dryer in “no heat” setting, or sucking the gaps with a vacuum (careful with this one).
\015\012Now we're entering into the realm of potentially damaging your camera in conducting the fix. There is definitely some risk here, so take care when conducting the following two fixes.
\015\012Fix #6: Repeatedly tap the padded/rubber usb cover on a hard surface with the intent of dislodging any particles that may be jamming the lens. Other variations include hitting a side of the camera against the palm of your hand. A lot of people have reported success with this method. HOWEVER, there is also some potential for damaging or dislodging internal components with this method, such as unseating ribbon cables, or cracking LCD screens.
\015\012Fix #7: Try forcing the lens. More people have reported success with this method than with any of the other methods. HOWEVER, there's obviously some potential for damaging your camera by using this method. Variations include gently pulling, rotating, and/or twisting the lens barrel while hitting the power button. Attempt to gently straighten or align the barrel if it's crooked or twisted. Another variation includes looking for uneven gaps around the lens barrel, and then pushing on the side of the lens barrel that has the largest gap (note pushing the lens barrel all the way in is NOT recommended as it may become stuck there). While doing any of the above, listen for a click that indicates that the lens barrel guide pins may have reseated in their guide slots. If you hear this click, immediately stop and try the camera.
Repair Help & Product Troubleshooting for Canon PowerShot S2 IS Digital Camera

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 recently got my Canon S2 1S camera back from being repaired because it developed the "black screen." Now the problem is the lens is sticking and on occasion it will not turn on. Is that another defect the Canon has and is is worth fixing again.

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 S2 IS Digital Camera

My canon powershot sd1000 has a "lens error, retart camera" when I turn it on.. then it beeps a few times and turns off. Is it worth sending it somewhere to get fixed or would be just be more cost effective to get a new one?

Try these procedures. ... Canon PowerShot SD630 Digital ELPH / IXUS 65 Digital Camera

My Canon powershot A1100 IS is not focusing at all. The lens extends when turned on, but when it tries to focus (when set to "Auto"), I hear a clicking sound, as if the motor is trying to adjust the lens, but is not. It sounds like a more serious repair and probably not worth fixing. Anybody have any thoughts what this may be and whether to fix or toss? Thanks! A. Nadell

... Canon PowerShot A1100 IS Digital Camera

My 450d canon won't turn on and when the battery is in, the WB button (second on the right side of the screen) is blue. I have a feeling this means' get it repaired' as I had a friend borrow it and said they spilt a drink near it but not on it, but this seems like they may have spilt the drink ON my camera and have caused some sort of water damage. I'm really quite worried as I'm often told repairs cost more than the camera is worth and I don't want to have to buy another!

This happened to my 450d had it fixed at Fixation cost ... Canon EOS 450D Digital Camera

Canon power shot a610, had camera in waterproof platic case. when i turned it on, the zoom focus lens wasnt lined up with tube it sits in and caught the edge stopping it from expanding out. now it wont come out at all. is it worth fixing?

Lens errors are 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. Or ... Canon Digital Cameras

I recently bought a Canon A590. I've taken perhaps 20 photos on half a dozen occasions and I'm having trouble getting the photos onto my computer (only 2 years old, up to date). I can usually only retrieve about 30% of the photos completely, another 50% "half" the photo with the other portions white, gray or black, then 30% I can't access at all. I'm not sure where to start to fix this problem; at this point I'm ready to return the camera and be done withit!

Hello!!! Try hard resetting once!!! Switch off ur camera ,\015\012remove the batteries and press the power button for few seconds. then\015\012put the batteries back and try powering on!! ... Canon Digital Cameras

E18 my canon powershot A150, got the whole E18 problem, it turns on with the blue canon screen, but then two seconds after it turns into a faded black with E18 in the bottom left hand corner. i seriously dont know whats wrong, and it hasnt even been a year since i got the camera, is there any way i can fix this problem? because at the moment buying a camera, my parents would not be too pleased :| it turns on with blue screen then it goes black and it says e18

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 ... Canon PowerShot A400 Digital Camera

My camera won't turn on but it'll let me view all my pictures just fine. I think their might be a problem with the shutter because it sticks out a bit. When I try to turn my camera on it'll show the FujiFilm Welcome Screen and then just go to a black screen. If there is anyone who knows how to fix this without taking it to get fixed professionally please tell me, i would be very grateful of that! If not, and you know where they can fix it (other then sending it back to the company) please inform

This is a very common problem. It may need firmware upgraded. The manufacture will do it for $50 or you may be able to find a software update on the web. ... Canon PowerShot A620 Digital Camera

My LCD screen on my Canon Power shot G3 is blank (just white). There are no icons; no viewing of things I wish to photograph. I called customer support they said there was no problem with the CCD image sensor on G series cameras per the Canon service letter of 10/6/05.I would have to pay about $135 plus shipping to get it fixed or trade for another camera which would cost me money also. I'm not happy with this because I assumed that Canon would fix the problem if it appeared on the G series. Ple

If the CCD were bad and everything else OK, you would see all the icons on the LCD (viewing screen), and you would be able to see images on the memory card that had been taken in the past while in Replay mode. The service letter you refer to covers r ... Canon Digital Cameras

Canon SD400 I dropped my SD400 and it will turn on, but the shutter will not retract. However, the screen comes on in color and then goes black and says no image. I can access the menu screen while on the picture taking mode. If I move to anything else the camera beeps three times and turns off. What should I do? Can it be fixed? Should I take it somewhere to get it fixed... and where can I take it?

Its very eas to fix this one.. \015\012\015\012just use a small screw driver and open it up.. \015\012\015\012its possible that the gears were just misaligned. \015\012\015\012got mine fixed..  ... Canon PowerShot SD400 / IXUS 50 Digital Camera

Lens error When I turn the camera on it says "Lens error, restart camera," and turns itself off. When I turn it back on, the same problem occurs. The lens covers aren't completely closed, and the entire lens seems to be sticking out a little bit, like it didn't retract all the way. Please help! Thanks. Turn on the camera, camera shows a canon logo, then before turns off it said lens error, restart camera

\015\012\015\012I have a solution posted in doc "nikon s5 s6 lens cover error repair.doc"  uploaded on site http://www.esnips.com/web/papputatiyasStuff&n ... Digital Cameras

When I turn the camcorder on there is no view and the lens cap is off Hi I phoned Canon this morning and they informed me that it needed to be fixed by a technician He said that unfortunately it was a common fault that occured with this model MV630i and providing the fault was what he thought it would be, the camcorder with be fixed with no charge There was no quick fix solution A lesson for all is to check your camcorder regularly and not wait until it is required for a special ocassion.

... Digital Cameras

I have a canon zr850 camcorder that doesn't seem to record or playback from tape...it turns on and seems fine but when I record on a tape it shows it's recording but nothing plays back. I tried using the same tape to playback on another camcorder and nothing shows up as if the Canon didn't record to the tape...I tried the other way around recording from the other cam and tried playing it back it doesn't work on the Canon...so right now it wont play back or record though it seems fine The only

You could have a bad head on the unit, or some other problem, which could involve many possibilities. The unit will have to be troubleshot, and then you will know what it will cost to restore operation. Often, it's just better to get another one ... Digital Cameras

My Canon A460 says the Card is locked. The lock switch on the card is set to unlock. I have another camera with a similar card. Both cards work in the other camera. neither card will work in the A460 both say Card Locked. It must be something in the camera. I have tried the turn off remove card turn on take picture. No card message. Turn off replace either card and see Card Locked.

Back up your data first,thenyou reformat the memory card in the camera.i guess you have formatted the memory card in another device.canon cameras generally do not accept cards that have been formatted in another device.then sitch off the camera and r ... Canon PowerShot A75 Digital Camera

I have a canon SD1100 I just purchased and after a few minutes the camera will not shut off, the power button won't work and I have to open the battery cover to turn it off. Somehow this completely drains the battery too every time even if it was just charged. Also the camera turns itself on by itself about 10 minutes after you put the battery in it and once again you can't turn it off. I got another battery and the same thing happens. Otherwise it works fine.

If this is a new camera, you should be running back to the store to return it. ... Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS Digital Camera

My Canon Powershot A460 shows Card Locked. The card switch is in the unlocked position. I have another camera. the card works in it. But the card from that camera also shows as Locked in the A460. I have tried the turn camera off and remove card, then turn camera on, then turn camera off and insert card. Both cards still shows Card Locked in the A460 and both work in the other camera

There is a lock lever inside the card slot. You could try to move it with something like a toothpick. ... Digital Cameras

I dropped my panasonic camera onto the zoom lens. the zoom will not close, the shutter stays open. When I turn on the camera it says "please turn off camera and turn on again." When I do this the same message comes on again. Is it worth geting fixed?

... Digital Cameras

I have a furjifilm finepix z200fd camera. I actually have two of them. I bought one and had it a year and it just stopped turning on one day. I bought another, cuz i liked the camera and just thought it was something we did to break the first one. a few months later the second one just stopped turning on. i think it may be the slider to that you slide to turn it on. Is there any ideas on what to do to fix it?

... Fuji FinePix Z10fd Digital Camera

E18? I can't turn on my camera. When I turn it on it beeps couple times then error E18 comes onto the screen and turns off. I read that I had some problem with my lens. How I can fix that? Canon Repair costs me as much as money that I can buy a new camera.

Http://www.4130-products.com/e18/index.htmlMy SD550 had an E18 error. I took it apart and found the broken gear, but was not able to get just the gear I needed. But you gain a lot of detailed photos of me taking apart my camera. ... Canon PowerShot S500 IXUS 500 Digital Camera

Lens error My younger siblings have been messing with me Coolpix L11 and now the lens sticks out and when i turn it on it says "lens error" Is there any way too fix this other then having someone fix it.

It happened to me as well. If you can see the lens is not retracting when you shut it off, just force it to go straight in by pulling it our or just pushing it up so it straightens out. ... Nikon Coolpix L11 Digital Camera

I have a Canon Powershot Digital camera just over 1 year and we turned it on the screen is all black now(started out 1/2 black-it flashes but no picture is taken- all settings are as they have been since we bought this camera from BestBuy. This is the 2nd Canon Powershot we bought in the past 3 1/2 years & it will be the last one. Can you tell me what I can try to get this fixed? Thank you. Karen from NC

Test ... Canon PowerShot A85 Digital Camera

My Canon Powershot A560 memory card is locked and it is the camera doing it not the memory stick.And there is nothing in the manual about how to fix it. When I turn on my camera I get an error message"memory card error" then when i press to view pictures it says the memory card is locked and turns itself off. I have had this camera for some time and have never had issues uploading pictures onto my computer or with the memory card.I really would rather not lose the pictures that are on the camer

Remove the memory card from the camera. Note that there is a small slide switch on one of the long edges of the card. Slide the switch to unlock or lock the card. ... Canon PowerShot SD750 / IXUS 75 Digital Camera

Describe hi, i have a canon powershot a520 that was left in someone's purse when she gave it back to me the lens is now sticking half way out and when i push the power button it blinks on for a split second immediately shuts off. is there a simple fix for this or is it a major problem Canon PowerShot A520 Digital Camera Problem

Lens errors are 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. Or ... Canon PowerShot A520 Digital Camera

I have a canon rebel xt camera. Every thing has been fine. I have taken a lot of pics. with no problem until now. I had put in a non canon battery from radio shack, and had used it for about 15 pics. The camera sat for about a day, and when I went to turn it on, nothing came on. So tried 2 more batteries , but it will not power up. Is there a magic button that will fix this? PLEASE HELP Thank you

In shop ... Canon Rebel XT / EOS 350D Digital Camera

Canon Camera - DS6041 wont turn on?? Saying err after afew mins of being turned on... Tryed new battery... Have no idea what went wrong?? Where in auckland can i take it to fix it??

... Canon Rebel XT / EOS 350D 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: 0.2657 seconds