Having problems with your Canon PowerShot S400 / IXUS 400 Digital Camera ?
E18 I am getting an E18 message on my camera screen, what does this mean and how can I fix it?
This error is cause by a few things. First you need better power, how old is the unit? The battery pack may need replaced, the lens mechanism draws alot of power and sometimes if the flash is charging and the lenses are moving it struggles for power and shuts down. Another thing that can cause this error is jammed gears in the lens. This can be cause from an impact (dropped unit) or debris in the lens mechanism (sand, dirt, dust) the gears are so small and as is dust anything can blow in there and get jammed in the unit to jam it. I have got units to function again by tapping on the front of the lens while repeatedly tapping on the front of the lens. The idea is to work the jam out and free the lens. The E18 means a stuck lens but the reason its stuck i canot tell with out looking at it. Tap on the front of the lens (the part that moves in and out like a telescope) or try and tap on the side while powering it on. If you know some one with a unit like yours try their battery before you get a new one. They are very power hungry and if your unit is a few years old it may be time for a new battery.
I managed to get life into my Canon Powershot S70 by tapping it quite violently while holding it with the lens down, and forcing the lens out : ). I was almost on my way to can it. It works fine now.
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