Canon E18 Error

Canon E18 Error

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What is the famous E18 error (lens error)
You can find Canon lens error (E18 error) repair instructions here or you can continue reading to learn more about the lens error, what it is and how it is created. Note that even if your camera was produced by another manufacturer, and not Canon, you can still use our instructions to repair the lens error.


This web site's mission is to provide a source of information and help for the Canon lens error. Canon lens error is usually reported as E18 error. The problem is common for most cameras with telescopic lens barrel. Other manufacturers might have a different name for the same problem (lens error, access error, zoom error, lens obstructed, focus error...). Some cameras only display a numerical error, such as E18. Due to the common nature of this problem, it seems that Canon has dropped the numerical marking of this error in newer cameras, and is now using the term "lens error". We will explain our procedure for getting rid of the lens error on the example of Canon cameras, however, note that our repair instructions can also be applied to cameras produced by other manufacturers as well.

Canon lens error (E18 error) happens when the lens gets stuck while trying to extend or retract. The problem can happen due to a number of reasons:
  • If dirt or sand get into the lens mechanism
  • If a a user dropps his or her camera with the lens extended
  • Another reason is turning on the camera in a situation where the lens cannot extend fully, like, inside the camera case or a pocket
  • Or if the batteries run out while the camera is being turned on or off. So the batteries run out while the lens is extending or retracting.
Older models of Canon camera will beep a few times and the LCD will display a small "E18" sign in the lower-left corner of the display. Some cameras might not beep or show any message, depending on the manufacturer and model. The lens will get stuck in the extended position, and refuse to move either to focus the lens or to retract when powered off. In some cases, the lens might extend or retract to a certain amount, but not fully.

Here is what the lens error (E18 error on Canon) looks like. You just get a black screen with small "E18" sign in the lower-left corner:

Picture of Canon E18 error
Photo: Canon lens error


It seems that more and more people are showing up who took good care of their camera, and still received a lens (E18) error. It is hard to say whether the error is a result of unproper care or a significant flaw in an otherwise great camera. It is a problem well known by users of Canon Powershot and Ixus cameras.



Whatever the reason is for having the lens error, you can try and fix it yourself by following our Canon lens error (E18 error) repair instructions.

The following Canon camera models were reported to have been affected by the E18 error (lens error):

- Powershot A40
- Powershot A60
- Powershot A70
- Powershot A75
- Powershot A80
- Powershot A85
- Powershot A95
- Powershot A400
- Powershot A410
- Powershot A430
- Powershot A510
- Powershot A520
- Powershot A530
- Powershot A540
- Powershot A610
- Powershot A620

- Powershot S1 IS
- Powershot S2 IS

- Powershot S10
- Powershot S30
- Powershot S40
- Powershot S45
- Powershot S50
- Powershot S60
- Powershot S70
- Powershot S80
- Powershot S400
- Powershot S410
- Powershot S500

- S100 / Digital Ixus
- S110 / Digital Ixus V
- S200 / Digital Ixus V2
- S230 / Digital Ixus V3
- S330 / Digital Ixus 330
- S400 / Digital Ixus 400
- S410 / Digital Ixus 430
- S450 / Digital Ixus 55
- S500 / Digital Ixus 500
- S550 / Digital Ixus 750

- SD20 / Digital Ixus i5
- SD30 / Digital Ixus i Zoom
- SD100 / Digital Ixus ii
- SD110 / Digital Ixus iis
- SD200 / Digital Ixus 30
- SD300 / Digital Ixus 40
- SD400 / Digital Ixus 50
- SD450 / Digital Ixus 55
- SD500 / Digital Ixus 700
- SD550 / Digital Ixus 750
- SD600 / Digital Ixus 60
- SD630 / Digital Ixus 65
- SD700 / Digital Ixus 800
- SD800 / Digital Ixus 850
- SD900 / Digital Ixus 900


Other models and manufacturers might also be affected by the same error.


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