This should be the most common failure mode for a digital camera. Some common error messages that may show up on the LCD’s of cameras with this problem embody “E18 lens error” (older Canons), “ACCESS” error (Sony), “Zoom Error” (Fuji), “Lens Obstructed” (Kodak), “lens error, restart camera” or just “lens error” (nearly all camera makers lately use this variation). Some cameras might show nothing the least bit, but simply make a beeping noise as the lens goes out, then in, then the camera shuts off. Generally the lens will not even move.
The downside is truly quite common throughout all camera brands. Typically 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 worn-out with the lens extended. Believe it or not, one BIG contributor to lens errors is employing a camera case. Sand, gunk, case fibers, etc… accumulate at the bottom of the case. These materials like to cling to the camera by electrostatic build-up from the camera rubbing against the aspect of the case (particularly those cases with soft fibrous intreriors). Once these materials work their manner into the lens mechanism, that is all she wrote. I even have many Canon’s, and never use a case for this very reason.
A camera owner that suffers this drawback could haven’t any recourse for having the camera repaired. Several camera makers can not honor repairing this downside underneath warranty as they claim it’s thanks to impact harm to the camera, or sand or debris getting into the lens gearing mechanism (neither of that is roofed below warranty). The quoted repair cost is sometimes close to or additional than what the camera is truly worth.
Fortunately, concerning half the cameras that suffer this failure can simply be mounted by one of the following strategies. None of these methods involve opening the camera, though some have potential to cause other harm to the camera if excessively done. If the camera is still beneath warranty, before trying any of these, please contact your camera’s maker to work out if they’re going to coverthe repair, or to see how abundant they’re going to charge for the repair.