Having problems with your Canon PowerShot S3 IS Digital Camera ?

Lens error Camera just gave message "Lens Error. Restart camera". Lens won't retract.


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It's about $124 repair charge if your camera is out of warranty. However, when I called customer service, he said to be sure the batteries are not getting old or running a little down, because besides that, the issue is something that will need repair work done.
Call the manufacturer for free tech support and find out if your camera qualifies for the upgrade program or how much the standard rate of repair (ballpark figure) is on your model.
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